To some of us, photography has become a part of our day to day lives and to an extent apart of us overall. To other photography has been a way to relieve stress or even considered as something relaxing to do. The art of photography has given so much to each individual in different ways that I figured I would share some common life lessons that have been taught through photography.
Some of these lessons I have personally learned myself over a period of my career as a professional photographer. These lessons have gotten me through some pretty intense situation and I must say I’m thankful I learned what I did from a great teacher.
Patience is one of the first crucial things I learned as a photographer. Before I began photography I was very structured and essential had no patience for anything such as delays or cancellations but through photography, a lot of that changed. When I began to interact and build new relationships with clients I began to notice that patience is something I needed to make an asset and exercise correctly.
As a photographer, you are faced with many challenges that will test your patience. Some of these challenges come through your clients whereas you might end doing family sessions or even sessions that include a young child. In these settings, you virtually have no choice but to learn how to be patient. In addition to learning patience through your clients, you learn patience through the art of shooting as well.
Many times that amazing shot we want or need doesn’t just happen. Due to our desire to capture that specific shot we dedicate ourselves to be patient enough to capture what we envisioned or want. Patience has become an asset to me now and I have learned that some of the greatest results are earned through having patience and perseverance.
Speaking of perseverance brings me to my next lesson. It would take me all day to list all the times if stuck to a particular idea or vision until I got the results I wanted. It was difficult many times but nonetheless, I never gave up until I got what I needed. I have learned perseverance through starting my own photography company as well because I believed I had so much to offer to the digital market and brands who were giants.
Starting up the business itself was a huge challenge and then came the additional challenge of having to convince business owners like myself and brands as to why I am a great photographer or content creator for their company. Through my passion and drive for photography, over a period of time with patience and sticking to what I believe in, I built my clientele to what it is today.
Being prepared and planning ahead is another lesson you will start to value over a period of time. Having consecutive shots and turning up to the session with you battery about to die or with one full memory card will gradually become a thing of the past. You begin to make it a habit of not only checking your gear but also becoming organized with it as well.
With your gear organized, it becomes a lot easier to not only find what you’re looking for but also to run a quick check on your stuff and be prepared for the next shoot. I have applied this to my life in general and it has worked to my advantage on many occasions. Preparedness is something that should become a part of your daily routine even when you are not practicing photography. You will begin to appreciate this when noticing the problems or issues you have evaded by just being prepared.
This was a word I always heard being uttered by professionals when I was younger but I never quite understood what it meant to have a passion for something. I misinterpreted this as just liking a particular thing but boy was I wrong. I began to realize what passion is when I just started photography. Passion is when you see something for more than its face value and it gradually not only becomes a part of you but it starts to become who you are.
There were often days when I didn’t feel like doing photography but those days didn’t last long. In addition to that, whenever I didn’t shoot for an extended period of time, It took a toll on me mentally and physically as well. This passion I have for photography has afforded me many opportunities like this one now and without photography, I probably wouldn’t have learned what exactly passion is and how I can make it be helpful to me.
I hope you get to live and experience these lessons as much as I have. I also hope these lessons become an asset to you as much as they have to me through the art of photography. Thank you for stopping by and until next time, take care.