I am not perfect…

Last week I spent Thursday and Friday struggling to create this welcome video for my new website.  Of course I thought I knew it all already.  I mean I have a fancy DSLR, I even have a second external Microphone and I am a photographer so I know about stuff like composition, light and all that.  Well needless to say I spent Thursday and Friday struggling to get the light right, to get the talent to do what he was supposed to do, I kept looking at myself on camera after each shoot dissatisfied with how I looked (wooden, blank, frowning, needed a hair cut, what am I wearing? ….).  After spending Friday running round and round in circles I felt defeated and I was suffering with the curse of perfectionism – I had perfection paralysis and I was ready to give up.

But I decided I would ask a couple of people in a business group I am involved in – The Client Attraction Business School – and they, as usual did not let me down.  From Alexis Smith Doty of F22 Video Solutions.com who has this great, simple video tutorial on her website here to all of the how to make a video articles and other resources available on the main Client Attraction website  to the others in the Facebook group who encouraged me to let go of perfection and get it out there first then improve it.  I re-shot it on Sunday and now its up there.  Sure I can see things that are not perfect about it but then if you’re waiting on perfection before getting your work out there you will never get it out there.

The same is true for your photography.  If you find you spend time worrying about what others will say about your photography unless its perfect realise that no-one is perfect, you are always evolving and not static.  Holding out for perfection will only hold you back, frustrate and slow you down.  Implement now and you can improve later!  If you would like to sign up for the free gifts mentioned in the video fill in your name and email address HERE!

About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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