I'm amazed at the number of photographers who I talk to who have absolutely no vision. Seriously, they have huge hearts, they're well-motivated, they're even passionate about their desire to be a success, but they've never taken the time to simply stop and think it through.
I read a lot of Melody Beattie's work just to help stay focused on what's really important. One of her thoughts recently hit home in a big way. The thought was, Let Your Visions Guide You.
“A vision is a small glimpse of light that shines and shows us our path, It is a quick flash of something that hasn’t happened yet….the more conscious and clear and direct we are, the more we can tune into and help create the highest vision for our lives.” Melody Beattie, From Journey to the Heart.
I know a lot of you are just getting started on your journey in photography, while others are more established. However, every one of us has a vision of how we want our lives to be and how we want to turn our skills into a career. Photography is about creativity, art and your heart. You need all three, the trifecta, to be successful!
Here are few questions you should be asking yourself:
What am I doing to build my skill set as a photographer?
Am I confident in understanding the process for capturing an image? Can I now envision what I want to create in my “mind’s eye” before I click the shutter?
Am I creating images that are my very best and different from my competitors? Do I put in the extra effort to help define my work as art and not just another photograph?
When I click the shutter does my heart beat pick up just a little in anticipation of the finished results? Am I passionate about photography, my clients and new technology?
They might seem like pretty basic questions, but so often lately I’ve found myself talking to photographers who lost their vision! It’s not their fault they lost it – only that they haven’t focused on getting it back. They “fell down”, which we all do, but they forgot to get back up!
Want to stay focused on that vision? Surround yourself with positive people. Interact with people who share some of your passions. Read blogs, attend webinars and workshops, listen to podcasts that can help you fine-tune your skill set and grow. Most important of all, take the time to recharge your battery. If you’re a parent then you know the signs of a sugar low when your kids are just out of gas! It’s no different as an adult, be it a sugar low or simply a passion low!
This passion for the craft is what got a bunch of us together to build SkipCohenUniversity and at the risk of sounding like an infomercial, check out March 8-9 and join us. We'll definitely be able to help you redefine your vision and passion is contagious. You'll leave the workshop with a new outlook on photography! (An earlier version of this had a serious typo, but thanks to Heather Carpenter I caught it. I'm going to use her quote: "You'll leave the workshop with a clear vision, the tools to follow it, and an amazing support team to keep you on track!" ) Thanks Heather - you can proof my stuff any time!
“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” Napoleon Hill