Battle | Never End a Shoot Angry

Cosplay self portrait. Un autoportrait photographique

Photographers skilled with self-portraiture have been a huge inspiration these past few years, including the talented Cristina OteroKimberley Joanne Sinclair, and recently Brooke Shaden.

Working before the camera adds an extra layer of difficulty that I’m not used to.  Add in external flash, and things start to get a little hairy.  There’s a lot to juggle.

Although determined to improve and add self-portraiture (especially cosplay, conceptual, and emotive photography) to my regular routine, more practice means more opportunities to get frustrated.

Like the golden advice to couples ‘Never go to bed angry’…

Never end a shoot angry!

Ending a practice or attempted shoot in anger or frustration is only going to snowball.  You’ll say you shouldn’t bother, you’re a terrible artist, you’ll never improve, and that you should just forget your dreams.  All the typical self-deprecation.  Instead of putting your foot through the wall and throwing your camera back in its case, KEEP SHOOTING.

Shoot until you get an image you like, or at least feel you’re heading in the right direction.  End your practice on a positive note!  Put your camera away knowing you’re improving, and feeling inspired and excited for the next time you play with your camera.

Obviously, this shoot wasn’t going very well.  At all.  What little natural light had dwindled, and attempting to use an external flash was proving more difficult than usual.  Frustration was mounting, and I was ready to call it a day and start sulking.  But, I remembered the snowballing that happened the last time I did that…so I kept trying, and ended up with an image that I really liked, and that I was actually going for (sorta)!

So, let’s keep practicing.  Let’s embrace challenges as opportunities to learn and grow, and let’s remember to never end a shoot angry!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Pained | Self-Portrait Test

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