I don’t often post my proper photography work on my personal account but here we go. My goal for 2019 was to push myself out of my comfort zone, as I felt myself becoming a little complacent with dance photography. I know when I turn up to an event, I am more than likely going to churn out a good set of shots — some shoots will never be my favourite, but I always know that it’ll be good enough for whoever’s booked me. But, I’ve never been a ‘good enough’ sort of person. I think being complacent and resting on a talent is dangerous, you should always be critiquing your work and looking at how to move forward. I’m never happy unless I come away from a gig and say: “they’re the best set of images I’ve ever done”. I hit a rut a few years ago when I worked on Practical Photography full-time, I was having to shoot so much stuff I didn’t care about and it became so laborious and tiring… to be honest, I didn’t like any of my work during that period — I literally have none of it in my portfolio now. But to get myself out of that rut, I started to take photos of dancers to spark the love of photography again. So that’s my method now, whenever I start to feel like I’m just ‘churning out’ sets of photos, I try something I’ve never done before, and find the love of photography again. I love drag, so I’ve been trying to do a drag shoot for so long. I am so overwhelmingly pleased with what we achieved at the weekend, and I can really see all my hard work through dance photography paying off. It was a real bucket list shoot and I can’t wait to post more of it. (If you want to see more, head to @cheekyrastallphoto)
I can’t wait to see what the year brings, as there are so many things lined up that are completely out of my comfort zone. If you have any wacky and wonderful shoot ideas, please send them my way. I’m down!