I was reminded recently having purchased, read and reread Jonathan Canlas’ excellent FIND book of the need and importance of shooting personal work. Not an issue you might think; if you’re a photographer you take pictures – simple. Well almost, but not quite. You see it’s easy when you’re taking pictures professionally week in, week out to stop taking pictures for yourself. The advice in Jonathan’s book inspired me to grab the camera last weekend and head out with the girls, have a bucket load of fun and take a few pictures. The trip out also reminded me that personal work is important not just from the perspective of documenting your own life and your children’s lives but also in terms of experimentation, keeping your own style of photography ‘fresh’ and ultimately becoming a better photographer.