Lessons Learned While Not Working

Lessons Learned While Not Working

by Timothy Faust

In a typical summer, I am always incredibly busy with photography. I mainly juggle my commercial and wedding photography. A typical summer involves photographing weddings Saturday and Sunday, then hopping on an airplane Monday to spend a week photographing hotels for their advertising. Sometimes those weddings involved exotic destinations, and it isn’t uncommon for me to fly to seven or eight places each month. Because of the pandemic last summer looked very different. Weddings were cancelled or postponed, and hotels started tightening their budgets and postponing photo shoots.

I went from working 30 days straight, to having far too much free time. Going from shooting every day to suddenly not having any projects, was driving me crazy. I needed to do something, but it was hard to know what would be safe for both me and our community. I decided to take a road trip and do some landscape photography. I used to consider myself more of a landscape photographer than anything else, but that was gradually put on the back burner in exchange for more lucrative photography projects.

I put some tight restrictions on my road trip plan. First, I wanted to photograph places I have never visited before. Second, I didn’t want to be away for more than 5 days. And lastly, I wanted to minimize contact with other people. The result was a five day, 1,500 mile road trip to three places I have never photographed before, and one that I wanted to photograph again. The trip included one night backpacking trips to American Basin and Island Lake in southern Colorado. Then popping over the border to Arizona to photograph Horseshoe Bend and north rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Horseshoe Bend was the only place where I encountered other people, but there were surprisingly few people there.

It was a truly exhausting pace. However, being able to get outside and photograph places that inspire me was something I haven’t allowed myself to do in a long time. I’m excited to see things are starting to look up for us and that business volumes are starting to get back to normal. This summer, I plan on blocking more time to do the things that I love, and focus on more than just working. Those five days last summer was a lesson for me to remember why I became a photographer in the first place.

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