At the beginning of this year I didn’t really have a blog to speak of, now I have two! This one plus the learning blog I must keep for my studies. I have to write quite a lot about my work and how I reached certain images and series’ of images, which is great because I really enjoy writing. However, I’m still finding my way with this blog.
Primarily this site is for promoting my photography, whereas the other is for recording my development as a photographer. Having read a little about managing a blog where the purpose is to drive traffic to your site, I have understood that to simply show off one’s work without any chat and conversing at all isn’t the best way of going about it. One helpful marketing site I visited suggested it would be like sitting next to someone at a party who only speaks about themselves – a little dull and tedious. I think this is probably unfair since for some people and scenarios there is no reason to say anything about the images they produce – however, here perhaps showing off my work isn’t the aim really since I have a website to do that. Perhaps here I am generating a sense of who I am so that potential clients will be able to make a more informed choice about whether or not I am the sort of photographer they’d like to work with.
The whole self-promotion thing is a minefield and one that is taking me quite a while to get to grips with. Once moment I feel I’m becoming comfortable with it, the next I’m cringing in my boots at the thought of posting yet more thoughts and words out into the ether to be read or not read by someone or no-one.
Nevertheless, I keep going. I’m sure I’ll get there in the end. For now though the two separate blogs feel a little like a fragmented Me. As does the work I do in either sphere – work and study. I’m beginning to find something that feels very exciting in the way I’ve been working in my studies although am not sure how to maintain a sense of moving forward without simply repeating myself; and I’d love to be able to bring a little of that sense of creativity into the paid portrait work I do, but for now I am not sure I know how or even if there is any room at all for it. I’m certain each side of my photography practice influences the other but they still feel like very different aspects. Like the two separate blogs perhaps, I’ll simply get there in the end, where ever there is. Or perhaps not!
In the meantime I must prepare for a number of jobs at the end of the week and get on with my next study project involving colour.
I’ve included a few of the photographs I took for my last assignment here. They’re rather different to the portrait work I normally post but offers a flavour of the sort of work I’ve been enjoying.
All images ©Sarah-Jane Field