Last week I had the opportunity to spend 3 days on the set of creativeLIVE with Jen Rozenbaum for her Building a Successful Boudoir Business Course. (Here’s my audition video that convinced Jen to invite me to join her in Seattle).
The 3 days I spent with Jen and 5 other photographers were incredible. There were so many moments when a lightbulb would go off and I would think, “OMG, yes, that’s exactly it!” or “What a great idea!” or “Why didn’t I think of that myself?” But if I had to pick one moment when it just clicked for me it would be: Be who you are. Everyone can take a photo. No one else can be who you are. When you do that there is NO competition. I was stunned when Jen shared my Fine Art Nude project My Body is a Cage with her viewers as an example of pursuing something that is uniquely you. When you follow a vision that is truly yours, people will hire you because of you-not the products you offer or your prices or where your studio is located. When we as photographers are no longer viewed as commodities (What does this photographer charge? What about this one over here?) then clients will hire us because we see them and will photograph them in a way that no one else can.
This seems like such a clear and simple concept but the lightbulb moment in my head was so intense I thought it would explode! Even though I’ve been a photographer for over 10 years I thought that if I wanted to run a “successful” business, I would have to modify my style to fit into what a mainstream audience would want. I thought I had to tone down the personality of my work in case it was too different or provocative or weird. Jen reminded me that if I could just get out of my own way, there was no stopping me!
Why is it so difficult to show who we truly are? To show the imperfections and the dark corners we think no one else wants or needs to see?
I received so many, many comments and emails about my Fine Art projects so thank you from the bottom of my creative heart. It is finally dawning on me that I need to pull off the mask and reveal myself.
So my question to you is; is you were true to yourself, what would you do? What would you say?