Here’s how you can apply mindfulness to your photography:
1. Be all there when you’re taking photos. Completely focus on what you are photographing, what you are trying to say, and what your story is. Engage with your subject, and forget about everything else. Most of the time this happens naturally when you love what you’re taking photos of. Which takes me to my second point…
2. Take photos that you enjoy creating. Don’t worry about what you’re supposed to take photos of, or what you think others will like. Just go with your gut and trust your feelings. Have fun taking photos.
3. Take your time. Don’t rush taking your photos - no matter whether you’re just photographing some flowers, or are working on a story over a few days. Don’t let people walking past irritate you for example. Just do your thing and concentrate on it.
4. Take someone with you who’s just as passionate about photography as you are. It’s so much more fun going out and shooting with someone you can relate to, someone who you can talk to about photography, and even other topics you share an interest in. You’ll also feel more comfortable taking photos - that’s why the Photo Brunch is so great. You get to meet like-minded people, share your thoughts on photography, and explore London together - taking photos will feel more comfortable and natural, and you get to take your time.
There’s one spot left if you want to come along on 29 March.
What are your thoughts on mindfulness, especially when applying it to photography? Do you have any tips to add?