As a creative business owner, a majority of the work I create is for someone else, and it's tailored for them and their audience. Obviously, that's my job, haha, and don't get me wrong, I still bring my own flair to it, but it's different when you're creating for a client vs. creating for yourself.
For the first time, in a long time, I ATTEMPTED 😅 to do a shoot without thinking about a client, the end use of the images, a lighting setup, or fixing every detail in the background. I didn't even tether for this shoot, just me and the camera. It was important to me to be able to have what almost felt like a moment alone, to just look through the viewfinder and see something different than what I would normally be looking for during a regular client shoot.
I still couldn't help myself from thinking like a commercial photographer at times and I'll be honest, I wasn't able to fully fall into the moment, but it was such good practice and overall very refreshing! I can't express enough the importance of having your own creative freedom and voice when it comes to being a professional creator. It's that individual spark that makes you so good at your paid work. So, it's important to never stop playing around and to keep that spark alive. ✨️