You never really know what will strike a cord with others. Sometimes it’s a Photoshop tip and other times it’s a funny image. And yet other times it sharing your raw emotions with people who you consider acquaintances, customers and online friends. Not that long ago, I made the mistake of looking at the work of some others and comparing it to mine. Instead of it inspiring me (good), it made me feel like my photography lacked something (bad). If you are able to motivate yourself by comparing, than the quote above may not apply to you. But if you are like me, you’ll understand this down to the core.
Immediately, I realized my mistake. I broke my cardinal rule. Don’t compare your work to others. I did it. I regretted it. And it made me feel a bit down. Writing often helps me feel better so I jotted down my thoughts. I wrote on my Facebook Page, “Comparing your work to others can suck the joy out of photography. There will always be people better than you and others not as good. Just compare your work to yourself and you’ll keep growing as a photographer.” And apparently this meant a lot to others – I have been getting comments and emails non-stop thanking me for these words ,and this small text post got more than a thousand “likes” and lots of shares.
Since it meant so much to others, I decided to share it here so it can be pinned and you can share it with people you care about. And next time I am starting to peek at other photographers or business people who are in my industry, I need to look back to where I was when I started MCP Actions in 2006 or to where I was 10-11 years ago with my photography and editing. I’ve come a long way. I bet you have too.