In our last post, “Following Inspiration“, I remembered Rumi, and some quotes I have always loved. This quote should be law.
A comment was recently left on our Instagram feed regarding one of our images. “Are you the photographer? Or the athlete?”
It’s a fair question about how we’ve worked for the last 16 years. Janine and I appear in many of our own images, we’re certainly our own best models. But, truth be told… we are anything but models. But why not shoot ourselves? We’re out almost every day doing something, we may as well shoot it. The process is self motivating, both passions support the other, and what it all adds up to is constant preparation for when we shoot assigned work. Physical training, full understanding of the sports we photograph, and continual visual inspiration make us what we are – athletes and photographers.
We get a lot of new photographers trying to break into the business asking us to critique their work. One glaring issue I often see is the failure to understand the subjects they’re shooting. And this likely includes a misunderstanding of what a client for that subject may also want. Our own subject matter is fairly limited to the sports we do and the passion we have for travel.
Each of these clips include images from very real days out. Above, Dan on the cover of the May issue of Runner’s World Holland, made during a run from our home in Interlaken, Switzerland.