For many considering hiring a photographer one thing to consider is where their photographer of choice derives their inspiration from. The 'What' that makes that particular photographer want to crawl out of bed every day, grab their camera and go shoot something, or someone. Every photographer finds inspiration in different aspects in life, I do as well.
I shoot a lot of variety, my personal shooting is namely my own pets, my niece, and nature. What I enjoy about those very things is that I get to capture fond memories and my pets who are super adorable and totally photogenic make a challenge out of it every time. (So does my niece for that matter.)
But in my professional shooting my inspiration is vastly different. I am not just looking for the moment, I am not just inspired the idea of the shoot. Lets be honest after so many family shoots, or engagements being inspired just by what the shoot is, is difficult. So I have to let my creative self find that wow moment-- usually what really inspires me during a shoot is the environment and lighting.
But more than the environment and the natural lighting is creating a story in my mind, or having the couple tell me about themselves and their story to incorporate it into their photographs. Photography is meant to Be Personal! Including everyones unique story is what the medium came about, and no one wants generic images that everyone has.
The art of finding and creating images unique to my clients, of working with natural lighting, and the environment make photography exceptionally fun and is my biggest inspiration.