2 minutes ago
Let’s get real. This hasn’t always been easy.
Within the last week, I had another college gal reach out and ask if she could interview me for a class assignment; I said no. Hah, I’m definitely kidding - I was beyond excited and honestly, floored that someone I didn’t know wanted to know about who I was and what I’m doing. Talk about some flattery to make you feel good!
One of the questions she asked me seemed to have a bit of an obvious answer considering what I do, until I really took a second to think about how much more goes into what I do beyond pressing a button.
“What is your most important piece of equipment and why?” After some thought, I realized that the asset, or “equipment” that assists me the most in photographing people is instinct, trusting what’s in my head. As I started out, I didn’t tap into any of my own instinct and was really just worried about making sure people liked what I was creating. In doing that, I was recreating work I’d seen all over Instagram, that was liked by thousands. Obviously, people like that person’s work so why wouldn’t they like my not near as good, recreation of it? I hope you’re finding this as funny as I am, looking back at it! Silly me.
It wasn’t until I realized what it meant to truly create something, that I started trusting whatever initial instinct that came about during sessions. Whatever idea, crazy or not, that pops into my head at sessions, is photographed without considering how it may turn out. That, my friends, is the best kind of creating. 🥂
Trusting that instinct has created some of my favorite images to date, much like this one! We all start somewhere, but goodness, am I thankful for change! Before you take a look at my feed and compare your work to mine or the girls on it to yourself, take a second to think.
I can assure you, it’s been a process!