May 8, 2011

The Indicator of Aspiration Surprised Me

One of my favorite photographers to follow is Jasmine Star (see my Six Fix group on front page).  During her recent Creative Live classes, she made reference to a book she highly recommends...The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

Today I went to Borders and purchased that book.  It's a small paperback, easy read and only cost $13 ($9.71 online).  I'm on page 39.  And it is fantastic!

But today's breakthrough page for me is page 39 and I just had to share it with you.


One of the traits I see and hear so much in all the blogs is this resounding self doubt of new photographers.  Well, my friends, it may not be as bad as you think...as long as you now how to harness it....Page 39 sums it up beautifully...the rest of the book, I assume, guides us to harnessing it and unleashing our God given talent for the world to be blessed...Here is what page 39 says:

"Self-doubt can be an ally.  This is because it serves as an indicator of aspiration.  It reflects love, love of something we dream of doing, and desire, desire to do it.  If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), 'Am I really a writer?  Am I really an artist?' chances are you are.

The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident.  The real one is scared to death.'

My passion in photography has been to always capture personality and the special sauce of the moment...the special sauce being what I call the esthetic of the capture....

The love, achievement, and family cherish of life's special moments...

The face, the character, the eyes as the window to the soul in portraiture.

The grace, the power, the emotion in a sport's movements and intensity.

The grace, grandeur and quiet wow of a landscape.

The capture of a child's "face" in a team sport that memorializes the "face" of the child a parent so dearly loves and never wants to forget in their young and precious lives as they grew up...

And each time I gear up for a photo shoot, I'm as nervous as hell....I usually pray a decade of a rosary, or a whole rosary for intercession that I can deliver and capture a snap that will make the client happy and wowed...it's not about me...it's about me giving something to the client that makes them feel rewarded and thankful for capturing their treasure in a way that will forever bring a smile and happy thought each time they look at those snaps I took...

I don't care how "little" or big the shoot is...if I'm taking Little League pictures or Senior Portraits...my job is to give the client the best damned shot I know how to get and not corners cut...if after a 12 team photo shoot I realize I allowed shadow to overtake a face in a baseball individual shot, I'll call that client and see if they want a re-take...not waiting for them to call me...the face and the eyes, my friend, is so important...

Not much more I can add to this...I'll let it simmer and marinate for now...hit me back if it resonates with you...it sure did for me!

Later,

Mike