I think that everyone – creative type or not – goes through moments of self-doubt. Maybe you question your parenting, your career, or everyday choices. You question their value, their contribution to this world, or maybe the long term gain. I’m no different. I’m my own worst critic at times. With the loss of my parents this past Spring and the difficulties that have come up since, I have questioned myself quite a bit. Am I even good at this photography thing? Should I even continue to pursue it? Maybe I should be looking for a job? Maybe I should be adjusting “my style” to be like everyone else in the portrait market? Oh comparison – you and my critical side like to wreak havoc. You might think that given my summer in Peru, the last thing I would do would be to question, but I did. Often and mercilessly.
But then I got back into the swing of things and I was reminded why I do what you do.
Recently, someone asked me about my specialty when it comes to photography. I would like to say that I have a specific focus in the market – seniors, headshots, weddings, families, etc. But the answer is always people. If I can photograph a person, I am at my happiest.
That was my session with senior, Ashlyn, my reminder and my happy place. I loved getting to know about her during our session, and then taking all of our time together and capturing it in an image. I know it seems like I always say that this person or that person is gorgeous, but each person I photograph truly is. Maybe it’s their personality, mannerisms, smiles, or some other small detail. It’s seeing the beauty on the inside match up to the beauty on the outside. Sigh. I could go on. But instead, see for yourself this gorgeous girl.