"For me making pictures is a real journey." - Penny De Los Santos

(version française ci-dessous)

Like many people aspiring to make a living at something they really care about and love, I can have moments of self-doubt. The trick I'm learning is to not let it be stronger than my desire to grow and evolve with my Photography work.

I was watching the beginning of a creativeLIVE course I purchased months ago (but still haven't had the time to watch!). The course, entitled Food Photography is given by Penny De Los Santos. I was immediately charmed by Penny's authenticity. She's had an impressive career working for clients such as Saveur and National Geographic. What I love about her work is how she mixes her photojournalism background and style with food photography. This is something I've done a bit but would love to explore further. On Penny's website it says "....photographing culture has been at the heart of Penny's work. Her evolution into food photography has allowed her to explore and celebrate culture, history and community through the lens."

What hit home though, was her intro on the creativeLIVE workshop. I'm quoting her here:

"For me making pictures is a real journey. The way I make pictures stems from where I started... it affects the way I approach subjects, it affects my evolution in how I see subjects....and whenever I talk about Photography, it's hard for me to not talk about feeling completely rejected, being told no, feeling discouraged, having dreams, being vulnerable, aspiring to be better and having the courage every day to keep trying. Because in a nutshell, THAT IS Photography, it is all those emotions and so much more. This career of Photography for me has never been a career but a lifestyle."

Dear reader, I'm curious about your personal experiences pursuing projects that were important to you. Please share!

Thanks to Penny for being so honest and open. Not everyone keeps it real like that!

I'd like to share some of her images I particularly like. All images by Penny De Los Santos

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Comme beaucoup de gens qui aspirent à gagner leur vie à faire ce qu’ils aiment, ça m’arrive d’avoir des moments de doute. Ce que j’ai appris c’est qu’il faut empêcher ce doute de devenir plus fort que le désir de grandir et d'évoluer avec mon travail de photographe.

 L’autre jour j’ai visionné un cours creativeLIVE que j'ai acheté il y a quelques mois  (et que je n'ai pas encore eu le temps de regarder!). Le cours, intitulé Photographie culinaire, est donné par Penny De Los Santos. J'ai été immédiatement séduite par l'authenticité de Penny. Son cheminement est impressionnant, ayant travaillé pour des clients comme Saveur et National Geographic. Ce qui m’attire envers son travail c’est de voir comment elle apporte son style de photojournaliste à la photographie culinaire. Je tente à travers mes photos de faire la même chose, et je veux explorer ça davantage. Sur le site de Penny on explique que "...la culture est au cœur du travail de Penny. Son évolution en tant que photographe culinaire lui a permis d'explorer et de célébrer la culture, l'histoire, et la communauté à travers son objectif."

J’aime beaucoup comment elle décrit son cheminement personnel et professionnel :

"For me making pictures is a real journey. The way I make pictures stems from where I started... it affects the way I approach subjects, it affects my evolution in how I see subjects....and whenever I talk about Photography, it's hard for me to not talk about feeling completely rejected, being told no, feeling discouraged, having dreams, being vulnerable, aspiring to be better and having the courage every day to keep trying. Because in a nutshell, THAT IS Photography, it is all those emotions and so much more. This career of Photography for me has never been a career but a lifestyle." 

Je suis curieuse d'entendre vos expériences, chers lecteurs, à entreprendre des projets qui vous tiennent à coeur. Partagez svp!

 Merci à Penny pour son honnêteté et son ouverture d’esprit.

 Je voudrais partager certaines de ses images que j'aime particulièrement. Toutes les images de Penny De Los Santos.

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