Do Something Different


Hey everybody,

It seems like a decade ago… because it was.  College was a fun time for me; I chewed up photo classes like daily vitamins, growing stronger with each one. My favorite college photography professor, Mike Gullett, told me something during one of our independent class sessions that I’ve never forgotten:

“Every single session you do, I want you to do something completely different that you’ve never done before.”

That was easy at first.  And then it got really, REALLY hard.  Since then I’ve photographed 300 weddings and more than a thousand portrait sessions.  For that reason alone it’s easy to see how difficult it would be to do something new and that I’ve “never done before” for every single session.  Let me just say this, though: it is possible!  I know because I’ve done it.

The second reason this is hard is because you’re clients usually see images on your blog or website and, to a degree, choose you based on those images.  You might be afraid that you’re not meeting client expectations if you don’t give them the shots they’ve seen, want, and love.  However, you have to take care of YOU.  I believe my professor instilled his meesage in me to keep me fresh or, more importantly, prevent burnout.  I believe that if you keep the creativity part of you burning white hot, you’re not going to experience burnout.

Here’s a shot from a recent session that is, for me, completely outside the box.  It’s like nothing else you’ll see on my website, but I L-O-V-E it!  It’s probably my favorite from the session.

Here’s to keeping your creativity burning white hot,

Dale

website: www.benfieldphotography.net

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5 Responses to “Do Something Different”

  1. Jason Reusch says:

    Nice shot and good advice. Is this a photoshop overlay or did you shoot them through some kind of textured window?

  2. Thanks, Jason! Shot it through a window. Weird idea, good result.

  3. Will Duris says:

    Dale this is awesome. I like the soft focus result and the texture is really unique.

  4. Larry Reeves says:

    Great article, Dale! Thanks for the reminder that we need to mix it up! Have a great day!

  5. Eli Murray says:

    Great article Dale, good advice for new and experienced photographers! Thanks!