Photoshoot 3.6.16

 

I am by no means a professional photographer or cinematographer (you probably already guessed that from just looking at my stuff), but i do LOVE taking photos and making videos.

A lot.

I love the feeling of capability.

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To be able to take out the perfect lens on any occasion and take a photo of something is so satisfying to me.

Capturing a moment is so beautiful.

I feel proud of the stuff i create, because one way or another, it’s an expression of me.

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Now, i’ve been thinking about this feeling a lot lately. As much as i love it, i am also pretty terrified of taking photos sometimes.

I’m scared of what people might think of the photos i take.

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I’m afraid to take my big camera out in public because i might look strange.

I feel awkward and rushed when taking a picture down a busy street or around my neighborhood.

I’m self conscious, nervous, hesitant…

What will people think of me?

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The more i go over these thoughts, and even as i type this right now, i realize just how silly it is.

Who the heck cares what my neighbors think of me as i walk down the street taking pictures of beautiful autumn trees?

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Who cares what the strangers in downtown LA think if they see me filming a style video?

I don’t want to care, but I do.

So the question is, why do i keep caring?

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I keep caring because i’m letting myself care.

Social norms say that you don’t bring out a big bulky camera and take random pictures in Hollywood.

Social norms say you don’t get down on your stomach and position your camera to take pictures from a different angle.

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Well you know what? Screw social norms.

The fact is, the only thing holding me back is me.

I want to take pictures and shoot videos differently, i want to think of things that no one has ever thought of.

I want to be creative, and no one’s judgments are going to stop me from doing that.

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Art is supposed to make you feel something, to make you think, to make you look twice. If that’s so, then I want to give it my all.

Not shyly taking pictures when I feel like no one’s looking, but really putting myself out there.

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I want to make art for me and others.

It makes me happy, and i hope it makes you happy too.

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Well anyways, that was a fun venting session.

About these photos:

Thank you to my models Ariella and Eden for being so amazing 🙂

Photos shot on a Canon t3 with a 35mm lens.

All photos were taken in Venice, California.

 

Thanks for reading/looking 🙂

 

 

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