Any advice for the novice photographer?
Creativity is a practice, and through observing, playing, and experimenting with the same thing over and over, adding small variations each time you build the creative “muscle” in your brain.
When you feel like your work is lacking that creative spark or you’re frustrated because you can see what you want to create but just can’t quite get there - allow yourself room to experiment during each session that you do. That’s how you build a creatively fulfilling portfolio of work. It’s ok to do the same thing each time, and to have a framework to follow. But add a little variation each time. Experiment and play.
Be curious, always. And make it a priority to shoot and create work that you love BEFORE you start booking paid clients.