"Try to go out empty and let your images fill you up." - Jay Maisel
With only a small carry-on suitcase containing three shirts, two tank tops, one fancy top, one pair of jeans, one pair of black pants and leggings, three necklaces, my favourite teal sweater and two pairs of shoes, along with my purse containing makeup bag, cel phone, tablet, notebook, Canon 7D, 50mm lens and a 10-22mm wide angle lens and flash I am packed in anticipation and filled with excitement. That's it for four nights, five days in Richmond, BC where I am attending the Canadian Imaging Conference and Expo which I have attended since joining Professional Photographer of Canada.
I packed light intentionally. It's new for me, except when packing for a few days or week long hike. I am tired of lugging heavy suitcases full of clothes I decided not to wear. Or packing camera gear I thought I might need but never pulled out. This trip I am going in open, without expectation of what I will find when the chance to photograph presents itself. Between meeting up with peers, attending presentations from experts in our industry, watching the awards being presented and honouring the achievements of so many talented photographers, I want to just wander aimlessly with camera in hand. Alone or with friends, it doesn't matter.
When I go in open, or as Jay says 'go out empty', it will allow room to fill with experiences and visions. Not only experiences to be captured in frame, but also in the heart and soul. Just like the trip to Newfoundland last year where we spontaneously booked a boat tour for the next day where I captured this image above, or the jaunt through Goldstream Park on Vancouver Island last fall pictured below, I am looking forward to seeing something new, filling up on it, and sharing the adventure.
Terrill Bodner, MPA is an Accredited Professional Photographer living in Prince George, BC, specializing in Contemporary Family Portraiture, Corporate Headshots, Real Estate and Fine Art photography. Terrill is an Accredited member of Professional Photographers of Canada and holds the designation of Master of Photographic Arts.