Through the Lens and Beyond, Deborah Owen, Photographer

Posts tagged ‘passions’

Like Spring, Change is in the Air

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Spring is a great time for renewing……

For many months I have been contemplating making some majors changes.  Even though I have made a good amount of change in my life, I knew I needed more.  I also began really looking at my business and  even though I love every photograph I take I realized that I need to direct my energies into something a bit more specific.  I enjoy every aspect of photography, from meeting people to the last image I work on, but I know success will come from specializing, so as of right now I am taking myself out of a couple of markets.

I have had this pull of wanting to photograph women over forty. I feel we are such a neglected group of people.  At this age we are raising children or may be getting ready to hatch them out of the nest, but we are so busy we neglect ourselves.  We are no longer in family photos because most of the time we are the photographer or we are uncomfortable with how we look because we simply don’t have the time to take care of our own needs and have let ourselves go.  As I have shared in prior posts I was so guilty of this, for as many great vacations our family went on, I have lots of photos of my ex-husband and our boys, but none of myself and it makes me incredibly sad to think they don’t have photos of their mom. When I’m gone how are their kids and grandkids going to remember me?

I have shared this before; it took me stepping in front of a camera to understand how important it is.

This brings me to my changes…..I have changed my look totally and I have also changed my reach on photography. I will continue doing events and concerts because I truly love the challenge of them, but when it comes to portraiture work I am scaling back on weddings and families and I am going to focus on women, specifically women over forty.  I feel this is where I should be.  I will only photograph weddings and family portraits when they are referred, but I will no longer solicit for them.

I am in the process of creating some studio space for myself so that I can invite clients to my home for a shoot if needed, although my passion is being outdoors and getting the perfect images with nature all around. I am in the process of re-evaluating where my pricing needs to be to make a living at doing what I love.

It’s not an easy road, but it will be a wonderful journey even if the road gets too bumpy and I think I should turn back, I won’t! Photography is my passion and I will live my dreams.  I also need to nurture my relationships with others, my tendency is to steamroll into whatever I am doing and neglect the people I care about, but I have learned I must have healthy relationships and make sure those I care about know it.  I must also take care of my emotional and physical needs and  allow myself to be taken care of from time to time.  Also, I simply must take my camera out for a day of shooting either alone or with friends, but I must do it.  Life is all about the journey and what we leave behind.  What is your legacy?

Passions, Frustrations and Legacies

11496_10153201783940136_1553834160_nAs a woman who sets goals for herself I work toward those goals through a timeline of individual ways of reaching those goals. Last year I wrote out a five year plan and as I completed the first year I realized I have begun a life that will allow me to be working for myself and enjoying my many passions. This is the year to really establish myself as a photographer and market myself and actually make an income.  I have also decided what type of photography I want to work in. I want to photograph weddings, portraiture; especially women and of course my events and concerts. I feel that this is where I do my very best work and I am so incredibly passionate about these avenues.

It’s not easy when people don’t value my time or effort and think all I do is “push a button”. They forget the time spent in preparation of the work, time spent actually photographing and all the post work that goes into the captured images. I belong to several online groups where I am able to share my frustrations and gain some input into how to handle those clients who don’t understand I’m creating a lifetime of memories for them. What I do is unique to me and I only put out my best work to the clients. In this day and age anyone with a digital camera is a photographer, but I would like to think my lifetime of experience sets me apart from those who have never looked through a viewfinder until they purchased their first basic DSLR. It’s incredibly frustrating to have someone tell me how wonderful my work is yet they feel they can cheapen what I do by wanting me to lower my prices for them. If I am going to make a living doing this, I need to help my clients to understand my value.

Being the daughter of a professional photographer I grew up understanding the basics of what it takes to make an incredible photograph, and the lessons learned in that darkroom have manifested into how I see and process the images I take. I view things as a painter of light and I can see composition in the simplest of ideas. I know a few photographers who take incredible photographs simply with their cell phones and yes I call them photographers because they understand light and composition and see things so uniquely, they are constantly producing some of the most creative images I have ever seen.  The camera is simply an instrument of what the eyes see and the heart feels.

My job as your photographer is to creative an image that first tells a story and second will leave a legacy to your family and lastly to make you feel and look incredible no matter if you are male or female. You cannot put a value on that. Anyone who has taken photos of their children understand this concept. When people lose their homes to flood or fire or some natural disaster they first thing they either take with them or look for is their photographs, why? Because many of those photographs are from an era that has passed and it’s all they have left of a loved one. I am so honored to have many of the photographs my father took and those from my mother’s family.

So when you see my work and you visit my menu of services, remember the value of those photographs, they are my passion and understand my frustration when you undervalue your legacy.

Birthday Goals

My blog has blossomed from simple writings to me sharing with the world my likes, dislikes, loves and passions.  I love sharing my creative side with those who enjoy reading my meandering and viewing my photos, whether it be the zoo, a rock band, or local fare.  I have a really good following on my blog, my Twitter and Facebook along with several other social media sites.  I set many goals for myself such as posting at least once per week on my blog, I go out and shoot at least once per week to get photos up on my Facebook pages and try to post on my other social media at least daily.

I have set a goal for myself and I can only do it if those who read my blog will take a moment and either visit my Facebook pages at  and  or simply take a moment and click the LIKE button to the right of this blog post.  I would love to reach 1000 likes by my birthday next Monday.  Yes, I know it’s a lofty goal, but with all of you clicking the LIKE button (if you haven’t already), sharing my pages with your friends and asking them to LIKE my pages I know I can accomplish it.

I love writing and I LOVE being a photographer and as long as I have an audience  I will keep posting and I will keep taking photos.  Thank you all and remember…….”LIKE” me for my birthday!

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