Y'all the photography world is tough! Way tougher than I imagined it would be. I jumped into this thing at a time where the phrase "everyone is a photographer" isn't just words but kind of a reality. With cameras on phones literally everyone is a photographer. There are also tons of pro and semi pro and hobbyist photographers out there and sometimes I struggle. It's so easy with facebook groups and instagram to see just how many people there are out there and that we are all competing. I used to tell people, don't worry, there are a lot of people out there, there's enough for all of us. I still believe that, I really do, but I have also learned that it's really really hard to cut through all of the noise to get to those people. The people who aren't looking for a deal, the people who value what I do and how long it took me to learn to do it well. Which brings me to my next struggle. Am I doing it well? I like to believe that I am. It's so easy to second guess yourself though when you see all of those other amazing photographers doing their thing. It's hard not to compare yourself to them. It's hard not to see this person's or that person's work and it looks nothing like what you're putting out and then you see that they seem to be doing really well and getting tons of clients so you start to change your style to try to match this person's or that person's but no matter what you do you just don't like the way your pictures look with that style of shooting and editing so you bang your head on your desk and revert back to what you have been doing because it's what you love for your pictures. In case you haven't figured it out the "you" in this scenario is in fact, me.
I do this, I scroll through my IG feed and through my FB groups and I look at the other photographer's in my area and see that my style is quite different than most. After seeing this quote by Mark Twain "Comparison is the death of joy" I don't actually do this as much as I used to because it was killing my joy. I was constantly questioning myself, my abilities, my style. Now I live and work by this quote " if you continuously compete with others, you become bitter. If you continuously compete with yourself, you become better". I look at my past work compared to my current work and there is a marked improvement. I love my work and my style of shooting and editing and I know there are people out there who will and do love what I do too.
So I am going forth in the world doing my thing, my way 'cause I gotta be me!