Wow! I cannot believe how much of a turn my life has taken in the photographic world. I am beginning to make a name for myself and it’s spreading beyond the local Fort Myers area as I have just reached the Tampa Bay area by recommendation. My Facebook fan page has exploded and I have a lot of followers on my other social media sites.
I have to take a stand back sometimes to get a grip on how fast things are moving. For most of my life I have doubted myself and my abilities, and I still do that with my photography too. I know in my heart that I am good, but sometimes my head gets in the way and I wonder if I’m good enough. I was called last week about photographing a destination wedding and was supposed to have met the couple on Saturday. That meeting didn’t take place for whatever reason and I had resigned myself that it may not happen. I doubted myself, deep down I wondered if I was good enough. I had met up with a friend Sunday evening and told him about the meeting not happening and that I was Okay if it didn’t, because something else would come along. Our conversation drifted to many different subjects and I really didn’t think much more about the wedding. I had decided that I was really okay if they didn’t call. Well to my surprise I received a text message from the groom to be that they wanted to book me for the wedding, I immediately contacted my friend and told him that the wedding was going to happen, he congratulated me and told me he knew I would be getting the job. I love that I have friends who 100% have my back no matter what. This knowledge makes me incredibly strong and their belief in me and gives me the strength to realize I am good enough and I can do whatever I set my mind to.
We should all be cognizant of the fact that the good people in our lives are the ones who stand up for us and cheer us on. I am incredibly blessed and take none of them for granted. My one hope is I don’t fall short in that area with them.
I admire the work of many photographers as it gives me creative ideas and keeps my own methods fresh and new. I follow several on Facebook, and watch their posts to see what they have going on. I belong to several groups, some promote concert photographers, and some are wildlife related and I am fortunate enough to post to them regularly and I view their work, comparing my work to theirs. I do realize there isn’t any comparison as photography is an art form and art forms are subjective. I view the work of others with an open mind without tearing my own work apart.
This I know; I am constantly growing and improving my craft, and every time I click the shutter my value as a photographer increases. I also know that I am at my best behind the lens.