Have you ever been in that spot where you just feel "off" about what you're doing? Let's be straight up honest in the fact it has happened to literally everyone at some point. Maybe you don't have as many bookings this month, you moved and are tirelessly trying to rebuild your clientele, you are going to move and don't want to book out, or you just aren't feeling like yourself....
Here's my advice to you. (And it might sting a little at first.)
Evaluate yourself. Are you still in love with this? Are you still willing and able to give your clients every ounce of effort you have to capture THE special moment for them? If not, re-asses what you're doing, why you're doing it, and figure out if you REALLY want to keep doing it. If you don't REALLY want to do this photog thang DON'T. If you can't give your clients what they want, need, and deserve, STOP. Don't give sub-par stuff just because you aren't feeling it -- it not only destroys YOU it also breaks down the whole industry. If you aren't willing to give it your all, give it NOTHING -- but I want you to give it your ALL.
You see, I'm not saying quit. I want us all to make it, I really do. We all know who our competition is and as much as it sucks, sometimes clients think our competition is it's their mom's best friends cousin... We need to rally together to provide QUALITY images for our clients. We need to prove to them that WE are WORTH EVERY PENNY. We need to BELIEVE WE ARE WORTH ALL THOSE PENNIES, TOO. If you aren't feeling that movement -- get out. (No, seriously, I'm back to the all or nothing.)
Once you decide you to stay here is my two-cents...
Improve yourself. Get out and SHOOT. Build your portfolio. Teach yourself something new and develop yourself. Read some books on the business just to brush up or to learn something new. Make contact with people and find out what they WANT to see and read -- then give it to them. Get your name out there and get ready to rock your own socks off when you get back on that horse. Don't focus on what you HATE about ANYTHING, focus on (and capture) the things you ADORE (even if it's just a coffee shop down the street -- hey, maybe you can sell them some new website images). Here's the deal.. The way I see it you're either building your business or tearing it down. There is no standing still so rock it out and make the best and you'll flourish.
Oh, and those ten million reasons why you 'CAN'T'
*Parental censoring ahead*
FUCK 'EM. Take the word can't out of your vocabulary right now. YOU CAN. BELIEVE YOU CAN AND YOU CAN ACHIEVE IT. It won't be easy. You WILL cry yourself to sleep some nights and cuss when you see the new Wedding magazine drop with a Mazatlan wedding on the front but stand yourself back up, get on your big person panties, and improve YOU. Thoughts become things so dream big and big will come to you.
WHEN YOU VALUE YOURSELF AND YOUR WORK, YOUR CLIENTS WILL VALUE YOU TOO.
Oh, and I BELIEVE IN YOU. <3
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