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Why do Photographers Blog?

Why do photographers blog?

I’ve asked myself this question many times over the past few weeks as I’ve been researching and developing my new website (which is coming by the end of the summer!). Every photographer I’ve come across has a blog, and, sure, it’s great for posting images of recent sessions and making sure the world knows you are consistently busy. But for most photographers, including myself, it doesn’t span beyond much more than that.

When I first started photography, I used my blog as a documentation of the process I was going through. Shooting my first portrait session (and posing my best friend next to GARBAGE bins). My thoughts on fate and how to prevent yourself from falling into the mental pits as an artist. That one time I dissected a JLo music video. These posts are still up on my old blog site, if you’re interested in reading them, and seeing them again makes me truly miss writing fearlessly and from the heart, and infusing my blog with things other than simply sharing sessions.

With those past blog posts in mind, I asked myself, why do I still have a blog if I’m not writing like I used to? Is it just because it’s a thing photographers do?

I’ve never liked doing things just because others are doing them. In fact, the more people are doing something, the more I want to run away from it and never hear of it again (on that current list, selfies – unless they’re with K’Naan!– Lululemon pants, Ugg boots, anything to do with the Kardashians…). So every time my Google calendar reminder would pop up telling me “blog today!” and I didn’t, I would feel pangs of guilt for having a blog sitting here just because everyone else does.

So today comes an announcement. I am changing the way this blog is run. Over the next few months, you will see a lot more interesting content relating to photography, creativity, business, inspiration, tips and advice and personal experience. It will still be a home for my ongoing work, but that will only be a fraction of it. My goal is to create content that will be accessible and relatable to everyone, even to the person with the LEAST interest in photography in the WORLD. So, if you happen to know this person, {cue Game of Thrones voice} BRING THEM TO ME… though maybe in 3 months, I still need to get some content up here.

Here’s to changing things up and taking trends and making them your own!

(And here’s my selfie with K’Naan!)

K'Naan selfie with Barbara Kowalski

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4 Comments

  1. June 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    Yay! Good decision and I’m looking forward to reading it!

  2. June 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    Hey, nice post! I’m Cameron and I’m very interested in fashion, style and photography. I think you would enjoy my posts; I would really appreciate a follow back! Thanks!

  3. June 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    I blog for many reasons. My blog is a photo journal for myself first. I can look back and see where I have been and where I am going. Not only do I love photography but I love to write as well. A lot of photographers don’t understand that a blog is different from a website in that writing is a component. We photographers need people to look at our work. I really enjoy the feedback I get from others … especially other photographers. I belong to a large camera club with about 150 members. Of those I would say somewhere between 10-20% have blogs … unless they are keeping them a secret.

    • June 17, 2014 at 1:39 pm — Reply

      Thanks so much for your comment Denise. I agree with you that more of us should take advantage of our blogs and the writing component that comes with it. :)

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