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Diana Vilic

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Friday, May 8, 2015

What Photography Taught Me

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When I'm asked how long I've been a photographer, I always laugh and say "I've only done it for ____ years, but my favorite toy when I was 4 was a Polaroid camera." Simply put, I've been a photographer for as long as I could remember. I just never knew its importance until I really started looking.
Over the years, photography broke my heart and rebuilt it all over again. Every photoshoot represented a new challenge and through conquering them, I learned some of the greatest lessons. 

Lesson #1: Your only limitation is yourself.

This lesson has been over stated time and time again, but it's true. Your only limitation is yourself, not the camera, not the location, and not the subject matter. Although those things come with their own challenges, the work, as well as the result, is yours. 
Being a photographer taught me that my only challenge was my own artistic insecurity. I could learn camera settings, how to pose models and the business aspects of the craft. But I couldn't make work if I was overcome by my own insecurities. 
I am not my camera, the lens I use, or the talent I shoot. A great photographer can create great work, even if the worst conditions.

Lesson #2: Nothing matters but creating work.

It's the hardest thing in the world some days. Creating work when you don't feel up to it, or you're disappointed with what comes up. But you can't get better unless you create work. Steven Pressfield says,
“It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.”
Tragically, nothing is more true if you're an artist. Creating work is difficult, but it must be done. That's the struggle of an artist, especially if you feel like the work inside your head isn't being produced. It's downright frustrating, but nothing feels better than creating work. That's why we continue doing it. It makes us feel like we matter, and the work we do matters.

Lesson #3: Laugh at yourself.

If you look at any of my behind the scene videos, I'm either making my models laugh or posing to show them how to pose. Do I laugh at myself in editing? Every damn time. That's part of being an artist. You do what you have to do to get the result you want, even if it's laying down in the street to get the perfect angle, posing with models or making yourself look ridiculous just to get a laugh. 
Being an artist teaches you how to be shamelessly yourself. 

Lesson #4: You're the competition. 

If you're a photographer, you're going to discover everyone and their grandmother is too. Nothing is wrong with that. The beauty of photography is you have no competition because everyone has a different point of view. You don't have to compete with anyone but who you were in the past.When a client hires you, they hire your vision and viewpoint, not your gear and not who you know.

Lesson #5: Nothing matters more than the moment.

Photography makes you see things in a different way. Everything is beautiful and appealing. It's one of the best things about being an artist. You can capture moments that sometimes only you can see. 

Marketing student with a focus in visual marketing with a addiction to coffee.


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