• Great post, Anne, I couldn’t have put it better myself. The daily grind is the nemesis of inspiration, and for most of us “staying fresh” is one of the biggest challenges. As Thoreau said: “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Most women, too.

    Sing it, sister!

  • Larry Eiss says:

    Anne, This is a very well written (and difficult to write, I’m sure) article. I applaud your discipline in the area of cutting negativity out of your life. I came to a point some years ago where I stopped watching television news and so on, for exactly the reasons you’ve given up crime shows and shooting decay. It was one of the better things I ever did. It is brave of you to have written so personally about this topic, and I thank you for having taken the risk. The photographs you included are truly beautiful and leave me wanting to see more of your work.

    Oh yeah… I also learned something and as a result will think about my own future plans in a very different way. Thank you!

  • fotoeins says:

    Thanks, Anne, for your article!

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  • Steve says:

    An interesting post Anne. I made my living with photography through the 80’s and early 90’s. It eventually sucked the fun out of it for me and when I stopped, I went through a long period of not picking a camera up at all. Eventually, I rediscovered the joy that photography brought me and started photographing again. I frequently hear from co-workers that I should be doing it professionally but am always leery about losing the joy again. You are on the right path in looking for a way to develop a photography business while maintaining the joy.

  • Heather says:

    Holy.Moly. Geez Anne it’s like you just jumped into my brain and wrote this blog. How do you do that??? 😉

    I am so in the same place with you! Again! Love it!

  • Anne, this is incredibly insightful. I love your perspective, and know exactly what you are saying. I get so bogged down by the business side of photography that it can lose its magic. Getting out with my camera and looking for the beautiful in the world does wonders for the soul. Great post, Anne.

  • Thanks for such an honest and thoughtful post. I went through similar feelings and blogged 3 entries about it and I was struck but how similar are conclusions were. If interested:

  • Eric Leslie says:

    That is certainly the dilemma with most any career choice. I am a web developer by day and there was a point in my life when I spent all of my free time working on personal projects, but now I can’t stand it. I probably will never write another line of code for fun again, I have to get paid or compensated some how.

    With that in the back of my mind, I’ve been very selective with my photography ambitions. The obvious paying branches like portraiture and weddings sound much to much like work. So I’ve been stubborn and refuse to go down those roads.

    Great post Anne, enjoyed the read!

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