How do you find inspiration in every day life to shoot photographs?
A big source of inspiration for me would be my peers and other photographers. There is no shortage of phenomenal photographers, especially those that share their work on Tumblr and Instagram, and much of those individuals’ work inspires me to shoot, to improve, as well as just to enjoy photography. Photography is such a love of mine and it’s very easy for me to find inspiration from peers.
Also, my travels, desire to travel as much as possible, and experiences would be another big factor that inspires me. There’s so much beauty in our world, and I’d love to take photos of as much of it as possible. I routinely think of places that I want to go to to shoot, even if they’re locally or not that far from my house, and that is definitely a big source of inspiration. I’m kind of a corn ball and may or may not have a list of places that I want to go to photograph.
There’s so many times where I’m headed somewhere - even sometimes just my morning commute to work - where I see the way the light catches a building or scenery and I think, “that would make a great photo and I need to take a shot of it,” and there have definitely been those moments where I have to pull over so I can take some photos of something that has caught my attention. At this point, I find inspiration fairly easily.
What motivates you?
Along with inspiration, I find myself easily motivated. A big factor for my motivation is my desire to continually improve. Because of that drive, I really push myself to make sure that I’m always getting out and shooting. I regularly set goals for myself on things I’d like to achieve, and that forces me to shoot as much as possible. To get better, I know I have to regularly shoot, so that is a big drive for me.
I can sometimes be a perfectionist in a lot of what I do, and that keeps me focused on meeting goals that I’ve set for myself. Also, photography is really fun. I really love that freedom that I feel when I’m somewhere, enjoying wherever it is that I am, and taking photos. I just want to experience that feeling as much as possible, and photography has continually provided me those experiences.