Becoming the dream.
What is the dream exactly? The photographer? What does that mean? Does that mean I have to fit in the box or the mold? Does that mean I have to do what everyone else is doing? Does it mean I have “made it” if I have a huge portfolio of engagement shoots and maternity sessions? It’s easy to diminish your dream when you find yourself not getting excited about doing what everyone else is doing. When it all comes down to it, it’s about the art and creativity. So if you find yourself discouraged because maybe you aren’t doing what everyone is doing, it’s ok. Just remember it’s about the passion. What’s your passion and why do you want to do it?
I find myself content and the most creative taking pictures of nature, skyscrapers and just going out for a walk with my camera. Every photographer has their own niche, and their own creative eye. It’s easy to force yourself to believe you aren’t “it” because you aren’t doing things a certain way. Don’t believe it! Be yourself, be who you want to be, be creative, follow your passion, be an individual. Creativity is not copying someone else, it’s being your own person and coming up with new things. Focus on what brilliant ideas are bouncing around in that imagination of yours instead of trying to do something someone else has already done. Nothing is more irritating than someone trying to be someone else and then taking someone else’s credit for it.
Perhaps you have a dream or there is something you love, but it looks a little different than how everyone else is doing it. Great! Go for it! And if the only person that it brings happiness to is you, that’s ok. Chances are, when you are doing something you are passionate about and something you really love, you will bring greatness to so many others.
Your dream is never too small.