A Reminder to Keep Trying
When starting out with photography, there may come a time when you struggle with self-confidence. You may feel that your work isn't good enough or that you will never be a great photographer. Almost everyone feels that way at some point.
When I first started out as a photographer I was not very good. I compared my work to other photographers who were doing better than me. Which only made me feel worse about my skill level. I didn’t give though I kept work and soon I got the opportunity to shoot a show where some of my favorite bands were playing. I remember being excited and having so much fun at the show.
The next day I shared some of the photos (of which a was pretty proud I might add). But there was this one photographer who told me my work was shit and I should stop trying. At that point, I felt I wanted to cry like everything I had worked at was getting me nowhere.
At that point, I decided I needed to make a choice. I could either sit and feel sorry for myself or I could work hard and become a better photographer. So I looked at YouTube videos, took my camera everywhere I went, and worked my but off, eventually I got better at it. I learned how to manipulate my camera in manual mode as well how to time the best shots.
It took time and hard work but I'm now where I want to be. I no longer only shoot for fun but in a marketing department at a university. I now know how to ask for press contacts to shoot a show and I've had my work used by musicians and music blogs.
The moral of the story, never give of up on your dreams because you can make them a reality.
Ashley is a Virginia based photographer living her dreams of shooting concerts & interesting people. When she's not shooting or writing for the blog you can find her curled up with a good book and a latte (coffee keeps her going).