Ok, no doubt there is a society in the name of Self Appreciation- this is no link to them!
I read, and participated in, an interesting thread this week on a photography group on Facebook. It was mainly discussing whether being published in Magazines actually does anything for a photographers business. Cash generation was the main query that people were talking about.
It’s an interesting debate, which links into a blog I wrote recently; Staying Motivated in a Creative Industry.
I’m not going to speak on behalf of anyone else here, but purely give my opinion and feelings on this.
Celebrating success is a hugely important thing for me. Photography, as life, can be at times very lonely, very frustrating and can drive self doubt without justification. As photographers, we constantly look for the approval of other photographers, creatives and ‘Jo Public’ too, thats why we upload to Forums, Groups, Instagram, Facebook etc- we just want our work to be appreciated. When in fact there are only two people who’s opinions matter; You and Your client. If you client is happy- job done. If you’re shooting for yourself (again refer back to my previous blog post) then shoot for yourself and no one else. If you’re happy with what you produce- tell the world. Say it out loud .. “I love this image!!!”
Hell I’ve got a studio full of my favourite images which have been framed and hung on the wall. Yes my clients will see them when they’re at my studio- but they are there for me. For me to look at and think, I did that. I made that great image possible.
Don’t get me wrong- these types of images are few and far between. But I liken it to playing Golf (and I am shite at Golf but), every now and again you hit a drive that just feels right, as soon as you hit it you know its flying straight and going the distance towards the flag. Everything felt right. I feel this as a photographer, during a shoot I will capture an image at 1/200 and think THAT was it, all of the planning, effort and work that has gone into the shoot and THAT was the shot I wanted. I usually get quite giddy at this point and inform the rest of the team that THAT was it. Then, being quite pleased with myself, I finish the shoot knowing that if I don’t take another good image on the shoot, I still have THAT image. After the shoot, when I am able to (having waited for it to be published or released) I share the shit out of THAT image. If it gets lots of likes and comments- great- but really I don’t care. I just want people to see THAT image.
Please don’t confused this with blowing my own trumpet…. well it is really. But so what- If I don’t enjoy what I do and what the result is, why the hell am I doing it?
I want my name out there, I want to be published more because I know that it adds credibility when Im pitching to clients, it gives me motive to continue to shoot creatively and it gives me a platform to grow my skills even further.
I’ll rewind 13 months so when I set myself a personal target of being published in a Magazine. I didn’t really care which magazine it was, I just wanted to say that I had been published.
Bringing it right back to May 2016, I have had four front covers of Magazines, had eight editorial shoots featured in both UK and US publications, had an article in a photography magazine, an image in an International photography magazine and had my images used for advertising in both business and lifestyle magazines.
Am I proud?
Fuck Yeah. (Sorry for the swearing Mam)
“So What?” Someone asks in the conversation, “What has that done for you?”
Well for my self esteem and motivation. Shit Loads (Sorry again Mam)
For my business? Enough to make it worth while.
I’ve deviated a little from what I wanted to say, and I have to admit, having the kids watch Spongebob Squarepants as I write this has helped me constantly lose my thought trail. Hopefully the reasoning behind the post comes through.
Part of an 8 page spread in Surreal Beauty Junior Magazine
Me, looking very pleased with myself.