Owning my creative journey
Hiring a photographer can be a nightmare. Having nothing to wear. Feeling inferior. Confusing information. That too perfect model smiling from her portfolio (at least, that’s how I felt when I attempted to hire someone to take my head shot. It’s a true story, I phoned and canceled the morning of the big day).
Comparing yourself is a big no-no!
And it’s hard to heed my own advice. I detox from social media on a regular basis for fear of falling down that all too familiar rabbit hole – comparison.
Hence why photographers rarely reach out to each other, because they fear sacrificing some of their soul (or revealing their trade secrets). Do you know how many times I’ve admired someone’s’ work and wished I could achieve the same results? Do you know how many times photographers wanted to ask me questions, but daren’t get in touch?
Most new photographers are under the assumption that ‘professionals’ guard their knowledge like it’s a dark art. That assumption informs how they treat other people; hiding and disguising their knowledge in circuitous messages and vague responses. But what if we dared to assume something else: teaching others how to take beautiful photographs is a gift.
Creativity is contagious.
And these photographs prove it. With the gentle support of Studio 2, Ryde I finally pledged to never, ever compare my creative journey to someone else’s. Finding my own style in the studio felt like a marathon with no finish line, so I stopped racing against others. And my photography started to shine. I’m slowly learning that my journey is like a gentle stroll along Apply beach – invigorating and inspiring. So I might as well enjoy the beauty of it.
I’ve been described as passionate and energetic: gifts that rise to the surface once I get together with fellow creatives. Not having to force the situation, but sharing freely with a generous nature.
So …. what if I offer camera workshops like that?
And what if I set out to really encourage people to ask me questions?
Most photographers don’t have the guts. They’re terrified of ridicule; panic-stricken at the notion others will laugh at their inexperience. Not me. What’s hard to understand is sharing my passion for photography makes me happy.
And so does working with other photographers. Which is why I was thrilled to hear from Holly again (another talented photographer on the Island). This time we’re meeting in Studio 2 for our annual summer ‘fun shoot’. I might even ask her the burning questions I was too shy to ask last summer.
So, come on, ask me anything about my photography?
I’m happy to share the kind of tasty tips that other photographers keep as their trade secrets. Be sure to dip right in and share how I can help you today.
Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight