“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Short and sweet: as a photographer, sometimes I get caught up in detrimental mind speak when I can’t get the results I want. Statements like “if only I had [insert cool new camera or other gadget here] then it would be easier to achieve what I want”. The reality is, all I need is to get off my behind and go practice. I need to sop wishing for the results I want and instead “man up” and do what I need to do to achieve them. Have you had moments like that? Please feel free to share below.
“The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.” – Epictetus
This quote hit home harder than getting popped in the face by a line drive from the Hulk. Many of us are struggling right now, photographers, our clients – everyone has a story to share about how some aspect of their lives is in apparent turmoil. I submit to you that we must continue to navigate these stormy seas because nothing, including our trials, lasts forever and the treasures that await us once the sky clears and rains have stopped will most surely be worth the trials and tribulations we’ve endured. So don’t give up. Be encouraged. Keep Moving ===>>>!
By the way, a special thank you to Tasha Prescott of Tasha Prescott Photography for sharing this quote. It’s always right on time for me.
“The largest room in the world is the room for improvement” – Unknown
I heard this saying for the first time a few days ago as I was watching a video on the body-mind-spirit connection. I found it to be a fitting statement as I’ve been contemplating the trials and triumphs in my life. I can most certainly agree that there is always ample space in which to cultivate improved health, wealth and, of course, photographic technique. I submit to all my readers that if there is something in you lives that requires “fixing” do not hesitate. Spend time with it. Ask yourself how can you improve upon it or the situation and eventually the person or thing you need to make it work will manifest. Just breathe and go with the flow! 🙂
“Easy doesn’t enter into grown-up life.” – Michael Caine in The Weather Man
I hear people all the time expressing how “life isn’t fair” or “I’m not trying that; it’s too hard”. Thankfully, not everyone thinks that way or we’d never have this marvelous medium known as photography. Think about it: if Louis Jacque Mandé Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot had decided that “it wasn’t fair” that someone else was developing picture-taking technology or that doing so was “too hard”, then we may have never experienced photography as we know it today.
There have been days when I didn’t think I wanted to continue pursuing photography because I wasn’t grasping the techniques as quickly as I wanted. Instead of quitting, I did the one thing I rarely enjoy doing – I asked for help. You see, nothing that matters is ever as easy as we’d like it to be but that doesn’t mean we give up or quit. You have to push on until either you find a way or you get smart like I did and ask for help. No, easy doesn’t usually enter into our adult lives; idleness and procrastination shouldn’t either.
Credit: Reuters | Nir Elias
“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter” – Alfred Eisenstaedt
In the final days of my photo design class the top of discussion among many of my classmates was how difficult it can be to work with people. Some claim that people are too flaky and unreliable. Others stated working with people means that you are at the mercy of someone else’s schedule. As for me, I find that each of these statements can be true but even a nature photographer has to wait for his/her subject to appear or, in the case of a landscape photographer, waiting on just the right moment for the sun to appear (or disappear) is required to capture breath-taking images that move us. The point is, it’s all about how you handle your subject.
When I saw this quote over on the Photofocus blog I immediate thought of the exchanges with my classmates. I complete agree with the premise that as photographers, “it is our job as photographers to set the mood, break the ice, inject confidence, and the one (and only) way is to Talk” (Bollinger). Building a rapport with the people we work with is just as important, if not more so, as capture a great image. Now, I’m a shy fellow but when it comes to working with people I always do my best to learn about them before our session and make their time with me as enjoyable as possible.
Do you have a special way to connect with your clients/subjects? Please share in the comments below; I’d love to hear them!
Bollinger, Stephan. “Portrait Photography – Click with People.” Photofocus. N.p., 30 Jun 2012. Web. 1 Jul 2012. <http://photofocus.com/2012/06/30/portrait-photography-click-with-people/>.