3 weeks ago
Every photographer needs a muse. A muse is not a model. A muse is not trying to get TFP (“test for print”). A muse is your go-to person when you want to try new ideas. They don’t care about the results as long as you’re happy. A muse is a person you fall in love with when they are in front of your camera. It is unconditional love. You love them with or without make-up. You love them fresh or hung-over. You love them when they’re upset or ecstatic. You can photograph them even when the background music is bad Mainroom House. You’re inspired even if the only soundtrack is a broken air-conditioner. A muse gives you ideas by their mere presence. A muse will teach you things you couldn’t learn otherwise. Discoveries you will use with complete strangers later. You love your muse with clothes, without clothes and every single point in-between. But your muse is always spiritually naked with you. A muse makes you a better photographer every time they are the one in front of your camera. You never need a shot list or preparation when you photograph your muse. Even when you’re not drinking you feel drunk when you’re shooting your muse. A muse makes you run out of film, run out of batteries and run out of space on your memory card every time. That’s the only way you remember to stop. A muse knows she’s your muse and hardly ever wants to take photos with other photographers. She says “It’s just not the same.” She never gives other photographers the magic that she gives you. She knows that you make her look better than anyone else. She knows that your muse/photographer relationship is the stuff of legends.