I had a hard time sleeping last night...I was very disturbed over some things that I read yesterday from several fellow photographers...I've debated all day whether or not to write about it but I feel very strongly that I should "voice" my opinion on these matters...I'm sure I'm going to get feedback but I feel so strongly about this...I've decided to launch a campaign to be POSITIVE and encourage others, not tear them down!!!
I've only been the business for a year...I've learned alot, made alot of mistakes, cried alot, smiled alot...you get the picture!!! One thing that has been constant though is negativity from others....now don't get me wrong, everyone is not like this but it's amazing that through all the positive, it only takes one negative comment to bring you down...you've heard the one bad apple ruins all the good...well, the same can be said for being negative!
I'm really tired of seeing all the "seasoned" photographers tear down those who are just starting out! It amazes me how they are so quick to judge, condemn, tear apart and just be downright mean to others who are just following their dream! Didn't THEY have to start somewhere? How many photographers do you know that all of the sudden jumped on the scene charging high dollar and producing perfect pictures? I don't know of a one and yet people are constantly writing on their blog and facebook complaining about another photographer charging less, or copying or taking an idea and ruining it...so what? I would like to know one photographer out there who has not gained inspiration from others? I dare say there is not a one....
It all comes down to the clients! So what if photographers are brand new and charge less...as long as their client is aware of and it's ok with them, then let it be! I'm so thankful for those who took a chance with me and booked me for their wedding knowing that I had only shoot a few others...I'm so thankful for that first family to trust me with photographing their most prized possession...I would not be where I was today if not for my clients...I give them what they ask for and my focus is ALWAYS on them...that is what it's about people...our clients!!!!!!!!
We should focus on just making ourselves better...stop looking at other's work and condemning it!! So what if you would not have used that prop, or that angle...so what if you would have not edited that way...get off your high horse and start looking to see how you can make improvements in your own work! You might look at that picture and see all the things YOU would change but you know what...that client might have looked at that picture and cried because they loved it so much....that's is what's important!
I'm sorry to sound harsh but I'm done with the negative comments...if you can't say something nice, please don't say it all!!! My business is all about my clients, it's how it started, it's how it always will be! If I take the same pose over and over again because it was requested by my client, then I'm doing it! If I have a request from a client to do a "themed" session and I know that it's already been done before by another photographer...I'm going to go with it and just add my own touches to it! Just because it's been done before doesn't mean it cannot be done again! I share what I know with others...I take it as a compliment when someone asks for my help...we should be confident enough in ourselves to not feel so threatened by others...there is so much joy in helping others...I personally do not want to miss out on it!
Ok, so I've "vented" for today...I seriously have just been so disturbed, I had to get it off my chest...