Still | Push Forward

Portrait photography is such a gorgeous and fun art.  Like any art, it takes practice and requires pushing to learn new skills, tools, and techniques.

Something that I’ve been quite shy about doing lately, even though it’s becoming evident that things are plateauing.

 

Photography that’s more dynamic, with different lighting, props, and even ‘sets’ to add depth and context have long been the dream, and a huge source of clutter!

Though despite more supplies than I’d like, anxiety keeps saying that I’m not ready, there’s not enough to work with, there’s not enough space, etc.

 But it’s really fear of failure.

What if I put together a gorgeous set, but can’t get a good photo?  Or what if I can’t create and dress a set at all?

Fear likes to sit in the back of our minds and keep us from pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones and routine, in or out of the studio.  We should remember that it’s okay to be afraid, that failure is a GOOD thing, and that we should never let fear keep us from moving forward.

If we’re really worried, then study, plan.  Let’s put forth our best effort, jump into new territory, and not be afraid to stumble.  Let’s embrace the scrapes on our knees, they’ll help us remember not to fall next time.

Hopefully the stash of supplies and props that’s been growing these past few years will soon be put to use, and hopefully you’ll enjoy the blunders along the way!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Contemplation

Cosplay self portrait. Un autoportrait photographique

Framed | Pushing Our Comfort Zones

Frustration, and the blues that often follow, are great reminders to keep pushing forward and practicing, no matter how irritated we may become and how much we may question our capacity to learn.

If photographing others makes you nervous, keep trying it.  If flash photography makes you want to put your foot through the wall sometimes, keep practicing with it.  If you’re afraid of working with a model because you’re afraid of wasting their time, work with them anyway.

The point is to keep pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us.  Eventually, the nervousness and fear will subside, and we’ll again find ways to push ourselves.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Old Burn | Brush

Challenges