The Importance of Personal Projects

by Chris Fisher

Many different creatives, writers, conferences and websites talk about the importance of keeping personal projects as a working creative. These 'personal works' are any body of work that wasn't paid for by a client — just work created out of passion for your art. In working 'through' these projects it can help stave off the burnout that happens with a lot of professional creatives, graphic designers, photographers, fashion designers, painters, etc. I'm sure most of us know of or have known someone who was all in 100%, and then one day they're just "done." It's the risk that all creatives take when their day job is also their passion, and there needs to be rejuvenation, a refueling of sorts to bring us and our work back to center. 

These personal works are important because it allows you the freedom to learn, explore, start small, grow big and expand your comfort zone into new areas you may have not ventured into — as well as reminding you why you started in the first place. 

Up until now, my blog has been focused on client-based work, unique opportunities, tips, and photography in the Kalamazoo and Portage communities. Recently, my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our twins, Mathew and Liliana. Not since we brought home our first puppy, have I felt the need to document and photograph every moment of new life. What began as a simple capture of the growth of our son and daughter has started to blossom into a personal project all it's own with the subject matter being focused around our family one week (and weekend) at a time. So, you may notice a shift in the focus of the blog with the incorporation of my ongoing passion project — Favorites from the Weekend. Through this, you'll be able to get a glimpse into snippets into my life, our family and the life of the twins while maintaining a focus on photography and portraiture. So without further ado, I hope you enjoy this series as it grows and develops: