Being a photographer can often mean that you are working with the public. Family photography, portrait, and product photography for companies means that you must present yourself as a professional, in order to enlist business from clients.
As a still life photographer, I work alone; never talking to customers or having to present myself in professional attire. In short, I can do my work wearing pyjamas. I love this, because when inspiration hits, I have only to pick up my props, style them and then shoot. I can produce a great product or stock photo in a couple of minutes. There is little set-up or camera gear. I don’t have to pack up equipment, heave weighty light stands or don a suit and drive to my client’s chosen photo location.
Still life is no-fuss and I love it. However, there are some ups and downs of this type of photography. Here’s my list of the ups and down’s of working in your home with still life photography.
I can wear whatever I want.
I often work with flowers and who doesn’t love that?
I create my own work-no boss but me!
It’s a growing practice.
I have connected with other amazing still life photographers through retreats and IG.
I work with things that I love, that have meaning or memory for me.
I am constantly sweeping up dried petals, pinecones, little branches after I use them.
I usually end up with this paraphernalia in my hair.
I am bound a fair amount to the light from one window in my studio. ( I insist on natural light for all of my photos).
I have a lot of props, so minding my budget can sometimes be an issue.
If you have a dog, he can get in the way of a shoot!
Your family chuckles to themselves as they stroll by…
Do you have any Ups or Downs to add? Feel free to let me know in the comments:)