It is a rare event for one to see snow in Florida, but early one January morning it happened. As I walked out into the empty street of my neighborhood there was a crunch beneath my feet and I joyfully lifted the camera up to my eye. This was a photographers playground and I was not about to pass it up! My husband had not seen snow since he was three years old so I immediately had him strike a pose with delight. By this time a few of the neighbors had heard us outside and began to stick their heads out of doorways one by one. I called out to them, “come on out!” Dancing children were squealing and there was chatty laughter through out the neighborhood.
It was amazing how so many people experienced pure bliss during this historical event and not one person was worried about anything. No political agendas, race, religious or gender disputes. We were all equal and came together as a family. The whole world just stopped around as we played, laughed and chatted. As I look back at the joy that I felt and was surrounded by, I can only wish that my neighbors and rest of the world could be so happy and kind everyday.
When was the last time that you felt like that? I mean, the last moment that you experienced an amazing joy and wished that it would never end? Oh, what a happy day it was!
There is more to photography than just a click of the camera button. Many people think that having a camera and posting pictures make them a professional photographer. No, no and no. Photography is a creative art that is produced from the passion within the photographer’s soul. Great photographer’s know the importance of being a visionary, seeing the beauty of their subject and perfect timing is a must. Skill is a determined craft that is earned from spending hours on top of hours to master when it comes to the world of photography professionalism.
To be a great professional photographer one can never stop learning or learn to much! Always take the time to make mentors (other photographer’s), watch tutorials ask advice from other professionals in the industry and take classes. The more experience tucked under your belt the better your skill will become and in no time the craft will mastered to your satisfaction as well as others.
Once you have focused on your style of creative vision by following your own path and not copying others, your work will stand out and become a noticed success in your life. Remember that is important to learn from other successful photographer’s, but not acceptable to copy their style if you want to stand out when you are competing in a world full of amazing photographer’s. Competition is one of the healthiest and best ways to get yourself in the game and become better at what you do. Be courageous, put yourself out there and compete with confidence! Trust me, your greatest works will fall into place from your competitive spirit, sense of adventure and thirst for building a successful photography business.
Your skill will not be achieved overnight. Be patient and understand that it may take years before you actually reach the skill level that you have written on your list of goals. I am still learning everyday and realize that there is so much more to learn! I am in constant contact with my favorite mentor photographer’s asking questions and soaking up the knowledge that they share with me. Hang in there! If you have the passion and courage to express your creative art then you will surely be successful.