A New Beginning

“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.” – Thomas Szasz

I often struggle with my identity as a photographer, and the path I choose to take with this career.  I know I am not the only one.

I also struggle with being my own worst critic- as we all are.

For the past year, not knowing where I fit in this industry or where I’d like to go has effected me greatly.  This uncertainty has led to doubt, and then to harsh self criticism.  I busied myself with my other job, and the remaining courses needed to get my degree (none of which involved actually picking up a camera).

I have used these excuses to fall back into a creative standstill:

“I’m too busy..”

“I’m too tired..”

“I have too much homework..”

“I’ll NEVER be able to shoot fashion!”

“I edit too much to shoot portraits…”

“I don’t have the inspiration to shoot fine-art/conceptual…”

“I hate shooting small product…”

and lastly, but most importantly, the ever deafening voice screaming,


We all have our struggles — our obstacles and hardships. If we’re not careful, they can hold us back from moving forward, from doing what really matters.

So, enough with the excuses.  I’m learning an important lesson- struggle is an important part of the process. Your ability to tell that inner voice to SHUT UP is the difference between success and failure.  Being able to allow yourself to EXPERIMENT and CREATE, is what will lead to improvement in your craft.

What’s a project you’re currently struggling with? How are you fighting through? 

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