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I Am Not A Wildlife Photographer…

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I’m not a wildlife photographer…

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But I love to shoot the birds and bugs in my backyard.

I’m not a landscape photographer…

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But I love to capture the beauty around me.

I’m not a sports photographer…

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But I love to witness mad skillz, yo.

I’m not a street photographer…

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But I love to find art in the moment.

I’m not a fashion photographer…

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But I love to collaborate with artists to make something interesting.

I’m not an architectural photographer…

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But I love to witness man’s feats of greatness.

I’m not a portrait photographer…

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But I love to see a part of a person’s personality conveyed in an image.

I’m not a wedding photographer…

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But I love to see a bride looking her best.

I’m not an abstract photographer…

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But I love to see the Devil in the details.

I’m not a maternity photographer…

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But I love to see a woman becoming a new mother.

I’m not a pet photographer…

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But I love to capture an old man saying goodbye to his old best friend.

I’m not a music photographer…

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But I love music and I think it’s what saved my life.

I’m not a headshot photographer…

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But I love to capture a person the way I see them.

I’m not a fitness photographer…

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But I love to capture a person in the best physical shape they can be in.

I’m not an editorial photographer…

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But I love to make a portrait that tells a story.

I’m not an event photographer…

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But I love an opportunity to score a free beer (or seven).

I’m not a fireworks photographer…

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But I love to see things that go boom!

I’m not a travel photographer…

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But I love to see new places and faces.

I’m not a fine art photographer…

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But I love to stretch my imagination.

I’m not a family photographer…

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But I sure do love my family.

I’m not any single kind of photographer.

I’m all of them and none of them.

I’m just a person who loves to capture life in a bottle so I can open it up and share it with everyone else every once in a while.


About the author: Joseph W Nienstedt is a Charleston, SC-based photographer who currently specializes in artistic, commercial, and lifestyle photography. He love the human condition, and finding the art in our expression.

You can find more of his work on his website or by following him on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, 500px or Google+. This article originally appeared here.

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