I think I’ve always been one of those people that can’t sit still for too long. Not literally, but you know…in terms of development and growth and all that. If I start feeling a bit too settled or complacent then I generally know it’s time that I need to start pushing myself more. Having said this, I feel like I’m always running around like a headless chicken so I probably bring on the stress myself by always wanting to do MORE. Anyone else like this?! But one of the main things I’ve loved since starting blogging is the creativity and photography aspect, which I haven’t actually had much chance to do as I always end up in front of the camera (People just don’t like flatlays anymore do they?!). So I decided that alongside my normal blogging work I wanted to try my hand at something else…Music photography.
Bit random you might think? Wrong. To me it makes perfect sense. I want to do something that I love, more like a hobby I guess and then who knows where It could lead. Because for me, blogging has never really been a hobby, I’ve always approached it more as a business. If you’ve read my previous post ‘Is the blogging market oversaturated’ then you’ll know I started my blog alongside my dissertation as almost a social experiment and then I loved doing it and it was going pretty well so I carried it on! But it was never really a hobby, and I think I’ve been craving that type of outlet at the moment.
So I’ve decided I want to start music photography. Something I’ve not really shared much before on this blog or my Instagram feed is my love for music. Growing up we’d always have indie and rock bands blaring out in the kitchen around family dinner time (One plumber looked very confused when me and my sister were eating dinner to Linkin Park one night) From big arena tours seeing Foo Fighters, to small intimate gigs in my hometown in Leicester, it’s been a big part of my life growing up and still is today. It may be a big goal (because I mean I actually have to get some bands/artists to agree to let me photograph them) but why not ey?
My boyfriend Jake and I recently had tickets to go and see a band called Paris Youth Foundation, who were described by NME as ‘Like all your favourite indie bands rolled into one’ (In the best way possible!) and I’d have to agree. Their catchy melodies have meant I’ve had their songs on repeat ever since I first heard their ‘If You Wanna’ song on the radio back in around December 2016. A couple of personal favourites for me are Missing The Mark and London, so definitely check them out on Spotify if you’re into indie bands. But anyway, I thought I’d message them beforehand to see if they were up for taking some photos before the gig and they were! It was completely out of my comfort zone but the lads were lovely and I got such a great buzz out of it, I just want to do more now!
So watch this space and if you’re a band or artist that’s looking for a free shoot whilst I build my portfolio up give me a message. I’ve also started a new photography instagram account @robynpoppyphotographs where I’ll be posting all my photography related content if you want to keep up to date with it!
Until next time,