As of late, I've been dealing with the idea of understanding and embracing my style of photography (mainly with my post-production). I'm a huge fan of finding people that inspire and motivate me, so early in my photo career, I went onto Instagram and began following loads of people who I honestly adore and look up to, and to this day I still feel the same way about most of them. I think what I admire so much is that when I am scrolling through my feed, I can immediately tell whose photo it is based on the way it looks before I even look to see who posted it or who was tagged as the photographer.
That is a skill I am dying to have.
For people to recognize your work as your own just from looking at it is what helps you to get clients and gigs and more work because it stands out. You take this kind of photo so much better than the others. That is a gift and a blessing. Something I am working towards, but honestly it is so frustrating not to understand how to do something immediately. Especially for me, a person who is used to grasping something quickly.
I think I'm also just really hard on myself when it comes to my pictures. I have it in my head how I want the image to look, so when it doesn't come out that way I envisioned that can be a blow to my self-esteem. It's tough because I'm trying to please myself with my work but I also care what others think.
I guess the ultimate solution is to keep practicing because practice makes perfect. Perfect your craft by studying and repeating it over and over until it is ingrained into your mind and body. Until you no longer have to think about it. Until you are absolutely happy and don't care what others will think.
Maybe it it is that easy. Maybe it is that simple and I am just lazy.