We all have things we either love doing or would love to do. Things that make us feel 'at home' when we do them. I was always attracted to photography, from a very young age, even if it took me decades to actually pursue my dream of doing it properly. I remember how I used to take pictures of people in my head as I talked to them, years and years before I even dreamed of doing portrait photography. Because I'm such a perfectionist, it took me a while to enjoy doing photography just for the joy it gives me, but even with all my initial doubts about my own abilities, having a camera in my hands has, from the very beginning, felt like second nature to me. I've known nearly right from the very start, that photography would always be something I'd do.
I don't do photography because I want to build a business out of it. I have built a business out of photography because I am truly passionate about it and I want to spend my days doing what I'm passionate about. Having said that I think too much emphasis seems to be put lately on the need to monetise your talents or the things you love doing, and I truly believe we don't necessarily have to do so. Making a living out of your passions can actually be draining and exhausting, as there is so much that needs to be done that has nothing to do with what you're actually passionate about. It's not, therefore, a decision to be taken lightheartedly. But if something makes your heart sing, then I truly think you should go ahead and grab every opportunity to do it. Life is made out of moments, and the more our heart is in those moments, the richer our lives will be. So go ahead and grab those moments that fill your heart and soul!
Also, I am a firm believer that your talent is not measured by how much money you can make out of it. I put as much work and passion in my paid shoots as I put in my personal projects. When I decided to carry on a personal project photographing women around Llanelli/Swansea/Burry Port areas, I did so because photographing women was something I wanted to explore further and also because empowering people is something that really interests me on a personal level. Unlike many other women that responded to my model call, Laura didn't do it so much because she felt insecure in front of the camera, but rather because posing for photos is something she actually loves doing.
As far as I know, Laura doesn't intend to do this professionally, and yet, this is something she loves doing whenever she has the opportunity. It was not her first time posing and she told me she could pose for hours without getting tired of it. And the truth is, she was a delight to work with. In a time when we are bombarded with images of perfection and it feels like so many people, and women in particular, seem to feel that there's something wrong with their appearances, it was lovely to work with a young woman who was able to simply celebrate who she is.
Posing did feel like it came naturally to Laura. She was truly enjoying herself and it showed. I must add she is also the loveliest person to work with, sweet and easy going, asking for opinion as much as she would put her own opinion in. She's also an intelligent young lady, fluent in English, Spanish and Catalan (at least, I think there were more! ) to whom is a pleasure to chat.
I loved her sense of fashion and the way she experimented with the camera, without being too self conscious. I loved how she seemed to enjoy every moment and how she dedicated herself full-heartedly to posing and exploring the art of posing. Her contact with the camera was full of presence and the session just flowed so easily.
Laura was clearly in her element, doing something she enjoys, just for the love of doing it. So if there is something that you'd love doing but you're not sure, I urge you to get inspired by these photos of Laura. She doesn't ask herself if she will make a career out of it. She didn't ask herself if it was worth it. She did if because she wanted to, and just look how amazingly she did!