Yesterday, I read a blog by a popular photographer (who also happened to be a military spouse). In her post, she talked about the struggles she faced rebuilding her business in new markets and how she almost gave up. This definitely hit home for me, moreso because I’m still building my brand and will probably be facing a move within the next year.
Sad, I know, but it is what military life is all about. Packing up and starting fresh in a new place….
But I digress. In the blog she mentioned the difficulties she had gaining momentum and the impairment changing her fee schedule had on her confidence and I could definitely relate! Although I have not had to experience this first hand yet (I know it’s coming), I could relate on the level of confidence.
In a business where you are only as good as your last session, you find yourself competing to make the “newest trend” in portraiture. It’s so easy to get caught up in trying to immulate and perfect what everyone else is doing you forget to do the things that make you unique as a photographic artist. And although trying different styles from other photographers is a way to help you grow (something we all should strive to continue), it doesn’t hurt to merge what you’ve learned with how you want your art to speak to you.
Afterall, isn’t art just an evolution of the spirit presented in a creative medium?
If this post speaks to you on any level and I hope it speaks to someone, please know that your view of the world is worth sharing, whether you sing it, dance it, or capture it in a portrait. Share what you recognized and maybe, just maybe it will tap the heartstrings of someone else!