As a working pro-photographer, most of the time you are ensuring that the images you produce match the expectations of your clients. Your clients invest an allotted time and a sum of money to realize their expectations. This sometimes can shackle the creative process as it sets down guidelines to work within otherwise known as a brief. From the photographer’s point of view those expectations can sometimes instil a little anxiety and in some cases compromises may have to be made in areas such artistic interpretation or budget.
That is why it’s so important for professional photographers when they have some down time to just go and play with the camera, that total freedom to make mistakes and see what happens. For myself I remember when I first started on this photography journey, shooting rolls of film dropping them into the lab and the giddy expectation of waiting to see if there was anything good. No digital cameras screens in those days the hope was that what you saw in your mind’s eye or pre-visualised matched the reality of your limitations as a photographer. Most of the time those limitations were exposed (excuse the pun) badly. But that hunger to get better to find those images that meant something to me remained and still does to this day, twenty something years later. So here’s a few images of my son Conor who was very patient with his dad, allowing him to make mistakes and have some fun.