A friend of mine asked a poignant question in my Facebook group recently:
My personal answer: I used to, but no longer.
Reason being, my personal projects are what inspired me to initially BECOME a photographer, and at the end of the day, they're what keep me loving my camera and the art of it all.
Sure, I've moved into predominantly portraiture these last few years, weddings and fashion, but that doesn't change my love of non-human subjects. With or without a model, I love to shoot.
When I received my very first DSLR camera as a gift seven years ago, my very first subjects were bees and flowers.
This photo means a lot to me: I shot it in a French garden last Summer to practice my love once again, and to remind myself of how far I'd come in that time. This was also the first photo of my own that I ever printed and framed. I framed it not only because I love it, but also as a personal reminder to myself that I never want to 'forget my roots' as a photographer.
I could only hope that potential clients would appreciate my depth and versatility as a photo-artist.
I never plan to lose my love for the artistic side of photography.