I’ve got an intern, she’s starting in a couple of weeks from the time I publish this and she’ll be learning the way of the warrior during the month of June.
I just sent her an email with a few questions, first some basic questions asking about her choice of gear and editing software; then a couple of questions about her interest and views on photography. I’d like to know what she wants to photograph commercially and what she likes to photograph at a personal level. I want to see where her balance is.
This balance is very important for any working professional photographer as we don’t want to burn out doing only one thing all the time. We grow as photographers and creatives from things that we do outside of our niche. I think is a very good thing to have a niche, to be dedicated to an area of photography. But also, I believe it is very important to have a hobby in photography, something we do just for fun and pleasure with no links to any monetized outcome and no commercial pressure.
In my case, I do portraiture; at least once a month I try to get some portraits done with a model and a makeup artist or stylist and come up with a fun, creative and challenging idea to photograph. I have a separate Instagram account for this @el_pinche_xavo (look on the right-hand side of this blog) so the photography doesn’t clash with my professional work.
At the same time. the mindset is different, for mental health purposes is good to have something that takes us away from the stress of work no matter how much we love what we do. Being freelance is fucking hard!
Have you got balance in your photography? How do you deal with not burning out as a photographer? Let me know in the comments below and please share this if you think someone can benefit from it.