I've started to get several questions about all sorts of topics, so I figured this would be a great place to feature some answers to some of the questions I get. I'll be posting weekly, so be sure to get your questions out there - whether it's gear, personal experience, or business related - I'll do my best to answer!
Q: What would you say your biggest regret is with regard to your photography business? Or just photography in general?
A: I'll preface this with saying that I actually really have always been conscientious of how easy it is to have regrets just generally speaking, so I've worked really hard throughout my life to not have any. Like anyone though, there are certainly some regrets I have and I'd love to share that.
My biggest regret regarding my photography is that I didn't feel like I was worth enough or valued myself enough in the beginning.
While I think it could be said that I was really brave to begin my photography journey nearly seven years ago, I think I really lacked a lot of confidence and assurance that photography is an art, that NOBODY is the symbol of photographic perfection and EVERYONE starts somewhere.
Did you hear that? Everyone. Starts. Somewhere.
I think these words would have been a profound truth to meditate on when I entered the world of photography because I too often felt inadequate, much too vulnerable and that I would never be as good as other photographers I admired. I think if I would have reminded myself, I may have dreamed some bigger dreams, would have been a little more bold and taken more risks and been much, MUCH easier on myself. When you consider the fact everyone starts somewhere, it really translates to other areas of life, so I hope that more than anything I will always move forward when I'm learning something new or venturing in to new territory that I will remember how important it is to be gracious to myself and remember that everyone starts somewhere.
I hope this truth encourages you, too. Don't be afraid to start, wherever your start may be and just because your start may look different than someone else's start, it should never define you. Here's to taking risks, being bold in exploring what we find interesting and encouraging personal growth. You can never go wrong!