I had a couple of short conversations with some relatively new photographers just before Thanksgiving and in both conversations they apologized for not having a formal education in photography. One of them even gave me a sort of apology for being a wedding photographer, "I started out wanted to do fashion work, but it was just too competitive a market!"
Okay, time to square things away a little bit.
I know this is starting to sound like a rant, but let's wrap it up with a Zig Ziglar quote:
"Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude."
Stop apologizing for being involved in one of the most amazing career fields in the world. Keep working on your skill set. Don't let anyone step on your dreams of being an artist. Build relationships with your clients, vendors and other artists.
And, on those days when you feel a little overwhelmed, maybe even a little burned out, take your camera and just find a fun place to shoot. Take yourself back to what sparked your love for photography in the first place. For me it's any place near the water, which is why I love living in Florida and being near beaches like the image I used with today's post.
Remember, with the exception of modern medicine, nobody has given the world more than photographers. You're the magicians who stop time and take intangible memories and turn them into tangible products people can savor for a lifetime!
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