If you look backwards through this blog, you will probably notice a number of recent wedding, engagement, and family portrait posts. This is due to the fact that I have finally made the decision to merge my blogs. There are a number of reasons - some just for sheer convenience, but others stem from what I hope will be a better artistic decision. I want to do less of what I think I "should" be doing, and more of what I want to be doing. The goal of working for myself is freedom. Freedom to be creative and freedom to be myself. For a long time I thought I should keep everything extremely separate when it came to the two sides of my growing business. I thought I should keep wedding and portrait photography on one side, and all of the food sustainability work, art projects, personal work, underwater photography, etc. on the other. But I am increasingly feeling like I am overly complicating everything. Why am I trying to maintain TWO blogs?? And there have been so many times where I thought that some of my subject matter could easily be posted in both spaces. I have so many interests and goals for myself and my work, but I am still only one person. Now I am feeling like readers would rather see all of that. Things can be complicated and messy. I will experiment and try shooting using styles that later I might look back on and think, "WTF"? But that is the point of a blog, and I think it will make for a more interesting space and record of my growth. My portfolios will remain separate because logistically if wedding clients are searching for a photographer, I'm pretty sure they will want to easily view wedding work rather than skimming through other portfolios including fishing, underwater archaeology, and dairy farming. Hopefully they will want to stay and browse - or even be more inclined to work with me as a result of such variety.
Ultimately, I don't want to fall into this track of "wedding photography should look like X" or "wildlife photography should look like Z". Some inspiration for this can be found here, here and here. I am excited to start merging these areas of my work so that they influence each other. I don't want to be static. I want to grow, and I want there to be new challenges. I think having one unified space will help me do this. At least I hope so.