Last week I was challenged to a 5 day black and white photo challenge by a dear friend of mine! I was excited to accept the challenge because I don't normally do much black and white work because I love color. This challenge was really enlightening to me and pushed me to create my own black and white edit! I really enjoy when people challenge me to do something that I don't normally do and I encourage every photographer to accept challenges as often as you can! You never know what you will learn! :)
Blog Challenge #6: A Vulnerable Post
We have all had times of uncertainty and times where we just want to give up ... Including myself.
Not long ago ... I was having a really hard time in my personal life that few people know about. These things were becoming too much for me to handle I even started doubting my talents as a photographer!!
I was really having a hard time, I found myself comparing my work with others. I talked myself into a hole saying that the reason why I wasn't getting many clients was because no one thought my work was good enough. I kept telling myself lies that brought me further down because it was easier to find the negative then it was to find the positive! :(
One day I was talking to my friend about giving up until she stopped me and said something that I really needed to here! She said "Naomi! If you give up photography I will hurt you!!"
She has always been really good at being blunt with me! Everyone needs a friend like her!!
She not only was blunt with me but she also reminded me of all the things I was amazing at including photography. She reminded me of the people I have helped and of all the good I can bring if I would just stop putting myself down!
Man was she SO right!!
Through the next little while she, my husband and others who are close to me helped as I got myself back in order! I started reading more about things that are useful and listened to things that would help lift me up!
Not long after I had people asking me to take their pictures and I have been creating more images that I am proud of since!
I have tried really hard to stay away from the negativity in my life and cling to the positive!
There are still times that can be hard but I remind myself to keep moving forward!
This is a little quote that I found a while ago.
I LOVE looking at this quote to remind myself that everyday is a new day to become better!
If something in your life is bringing a lot of negativity, stay away from it or turn it into something positive!! Life is about experiencing joy, love and adventure!
So get up and create your happiness! Start NOW! :)
Blog Challenge #5: A Helpful Post
Happy SATURDAY everyone!!! :)
I am actually really excited for this post because I get to let you know one little thing that I do to help build my CONFIDENCE in myself before I go to work or do anything that might need me to be at my best! :)
We all know that we have times of DOUBT and DISCOURAGEMENT but those times should NOT bring us down or DEFINE US! If you are like me you probably have a hard time showing/feeling confident and want to become more confident not only with others but with yourself. Lately I have been reading, listening and researching a lot about many different ways to become more confident and more successful.
In fact I had a LONG conversation with one of my awesome cousins from my husbands side about this very topic. I was having a hard time figuring out what I needed to do to get my business running better and he in my opinion a very successful businessman and he reminded me about a quote that all of us know: "Fake it till you make it!" And what he actually said was "Fake it, Fake it hard and just start!"
So HOW can I help you get rid of doubt, discouragement and gain a little more confidence?
Well, the best answer I have for you is to start doing what I did read uplifting quotes, books "and just start!" That will get you going, read more self help books and start telling yourself that you are confident and just plain awesome! ;) It sounds really cheesy but we all know that "if you build it, they will come"! ;)
So, start applying to your life the good things that you read and you will find the confidence that is already in you because, let's be honest, you are awesome, confident and talented. You just need to believe in yourself! :)
Here are a couple quotes that I found on the internet to get you started!
Now that you know how I get pumped, I hope it works for you!! So get out there and make magic!!
Here is a little during and after of a photo shoot where I ended up working "my magic!" And yes I went into this photo shoot prepared with quotes and added a little music, whatever helps you get pumped do it and be awesome!!! :)