So many of the creativeLIVE instructors have talked about balancing work and life. Jeremy Cowart, Tamara Lackey and Jasmine Star to name a few. What is the most important thing you’ve heard any one of them say about this?
Having trained in film and video, photography workshops is definitely different and not as seriously in profession as my fellow colleagues involved with documentaries covering topics of news topics worldwide. I'm loving digital transfer from 35mm definitely in terms of cost and market entry, and wifi and when it makes this accessible for more creative ideas. I can't seem to take these cheesy shots so seriously is my probelm with work and balance of portrait photographers who don't even seek commissions as artists. I like that it is profitable on digital vs. video which everyone wants after hours of work for free like t.v. People are willing to pay for that. But my problem is the subject matter when I'm not covering newsworthy that is not as community concerned and just vanity. I'm fortunate that my weddings asked for journalist style candid, and I just blended in the sand as much as I could. But when this industry feeds on vanity, and CreativeLife shows a photographer highlights his first wedding photo he's proud of a female up a bride's dress, I have to check vanity, as a cinematographer and filmmaker to think of something else.
Michael and I have watched all three of those instructors and then some, and we have learned a great deal from them all!
It probably was Jasmine and JD who mentioned it, or that we are just attributing it to since they are a married shooting team just like Michael and I are, but the key for us is that we get to work together. This is really important when work takes us into the late night. As long as we are together we are happy, and don't mind as much that we are working late, or long hours. It would be greatly different if only one of us did photography and worked long hours away from the other.
I think it was Jasmine who might have said that you need to make time for your spouse and family for your and their well-being.
Dawn & Michael Mitchell