Being a photographer is an interesting business.
There are very few other professions in which your friends, colleagues, family and clients are all looking over your shoulder at what you do, how you do it and the path you’re taking.
Imagine if people posted copies of a legal deposition onto Facebook hoping for hundreds of likes.
Imagine if a teacher posted her lesson plans.
Or a mechanic posted a list of cars he worked on today.
But I can look back over the year and formulate a timeline of not only my output photographs but I have photos of me doing my craft. I have documentation in ways that most people don’t. The above photo is from a test Tina and I did back in 2012. It’s so weird to see how far I’ve come and the trajectory that I’m in.
It’s images like this that give me a bit of pause, but also a reference point. I imagine a person who cleans homes doesn’t have this kind of visual documentation of the homes they’ve worked in.
The path to becoming a rockstar photographer is high on my inspiration board. The more, let’s say, celebrity a photographer becomes, the more value to his work and creativity for hire.
Insert a photo of me looking at other photographers’ work.
In my relationship with Tina, I don’t find myself to be a jealous person. But one of the biggest demons I fight is looking at other people’s work and fighting off jealousy in highly emotional and nauseating ways.
I hate other photographers who post too much. Or they post stuff that makes them out to be better than their work. And then I grow insecure and think, “Others must hate that about me.” Or, “I’m probably a shittier photographer than I make myself out to be.”
I saw this fStoppers article this morning of a list that B&H Photo in New York put together of 14 influential photographers from 2014. My first response is, “Damn! When do I get to be on that list?”
I get it. I’m not good enough yet. I haven’t found the celebrity status within the community that these guys have. And that keeps me out.
I look at some of these photographers and I realize they’re working another full-time gig doing self promotion. Or they have other people doing it.
And that kind of thing makes me jealous as well. I want their status, and I want more hours in my day to do it.
How about a 2015 todo list to get this year started right.
So I’m going to make a list of things I hope to do in 2015 to land my name in the echelons of photographic celebrity.
- Hire other photographers often to collaborate with on large projects.
- Do more personal projects
- Volunteer my time to schools and mentorship
- Hire more interns to mentor and help our workflow.
- Focus on Interiors and portraits, in motion and still, instead of taking almost any job that presents itself.
- Encourage the photographers whom I become jealous of.
- Take aim at undaunted creativity, searching for growth opportunities
- Get my portfolio professionally printed and reviewed by others.
Let’s see how this 8-thing list does when we reach December 2015.