As a kid, aside from feeding my gerbils and cleaning my room, the one responsibility I had was to my art. I spent hours drawing, painting and writing. I did these activities not because I had to, but because my heart told me to. There were no standards to uphold or investors to please. I was making art for the sake of making art, and it was magical.
That's why I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work with Sarah of Hooked and Loopy. Sure, she's a paying client and this session needed to be professional like any other. But unlike any other session I've done, creating product images for these wildly whimsical creatures allowed me to channel my inner 12 year old... and it was AWESOME.
I literally spent more time creating the environments for these guys than I did photographing them. And you know what? That's okay. For the first time in years I found myself living in the moment, relying solely on creative juices and loving every minute of it. Throughout the entire process, I was reminded of the age-old saying do what you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life.
I'm learning to really love product photography because of all the ways it challenges me... and because of the ways it brings me joy. When I was a kid, all I needed to be happy was a pair of scissors, construction paper and some glue. Turns out, some things never change.