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New Paths - On The Journey to Success

Have you ever had an idea or vision in your head of how things should go exactly and then realize it was very different from how things were actually progressing in the real world? Well that’s where I am right now with my photography business. I am sure there are a ton of people out there who have struggled with or gone through the same thing. I am stuck at the proverbial fork in the road, one path will lead me down the same route I am on right now with little to no progress and the other will lead me to progression in my career with some help.

I am anticipating my photography career to be a long and winding road. Soon I will embark on a new and exciting path and I am so excited and open to all the challenges and possibilities which I am sure will come with this new adventure. I am ready for a change in paths and ready to embrace the unknown of where this is going to take me.

There is nothing wrong with asking for help from people, if you ask, you will find that most of the time people are more than willing to help out with your journey. I am speaking of mentorship! I have decided to try mentorship and I couldn’t be more excited, nervous and scared for this new path and change. As I mentioned in my previous post, change is a good thing and we need to embrace that change and take the opportunities that come our way with vigor and enthusiasm.

Mentorship can only be a very positive thing, when you think about it, this is someone else who has been in the same or similar position you are now and they are willing to bestow their knowledge and life experience upon you, giving you the guidance you need to help you succeed. Your mind will be opened to new possibilities, thought processes and approaches to work and business. How can this be anything but a positive experience? I am looking forward to it and all the possibilities that could come my way on this new path.

Image courtesy of thepottershandacademy.com

Looking Back - Improving Your Skill Set

You know, just the other day I was looking back at some of my older work from about 15 years ago. In those days I was shooting with film and I began to laugh to myself as I perused some of my images. I was looking at a particular set of images that I shot back in 1999 on a European backpacking trip I was on for 2 ½ months.

I constantly hear from professional photographers who have been in the industry for a long time advising the new up and comers to the industry who want to break into the business that you should only EVER put your absolute “best” work forward and online. I would have to completely agree with that statement. Once your work goes into cyberspace it is forever out there for the world to see, so you had better make sure its excellent work and you are very proud of it. You wouldn’t want it coming back and biting you in the ass later on in your career. Now this brings me to my next point which is, what if that particular body of work IS your best at that particular moment in time?

In my opinion, as a photographer and an artist we should always be improving and evolving our work. This is probably one of the most important things to me personally otherwise aren’t we just wasting our time? Being pleased with yourself first as an artist is incredibly important, then you can worry about whether or not others enjoy your work. Of course we all seek the accolades of our peers, we want our work to be enjoyed by others.

For me the work I was putting out at that particular time when I looked at it 15 years ago, it was my best work in my eyes. When I look back at it now, I think WOW those images don’t represent what I saw in them back then. I would have to say my skill level and eye have definitely improved since then. This is what we all hope for as artists, constantly improving and honing our skill sets.

In that department, I have to say I am pleased with my progression as a photographer and as long as I can continue to improve and evolve as a photographer I can look through my catalog of work, put a smile on my face and be happy and proud of what I see!