Friends! It seems as though the theme for the week has been expressing creativity and dismantling fears through whatever means possible. You can see my post about flexing my creative muscles here.
I've been a little nervous to share this post because the whole time you have been with me, I have been selling myself as a writer. A passionate one at that.
And now, here I am with a caption like "Photography" - WTF is that about?
Hear me out.
When I was a young, swarthy middle schooler - my mother (bless her) made me take band. While I ended up sticking with it all the way through high school, I always secretly envied those kids with their fancy cameras, and artistic art projects stamped proudly with their respective 1st Place ribbons at the County Fair.
Even so, I dabbled. When I got my first flip phone, it had a tiny, imperfect camera - but it was the first time I had a camera of my own. I took pictures of everyone and everything.
We are so lucky to live in an era where many camera phones are just as good (if not sometimes better!) than some point and shoot cameras on the market.
M got me my first DSLR for my birthday last year. I've used it for many important writing assignments, as well as for capturing THE BEST pictures of Ximena.
That said, one creative monster that appears again and again (for me, anyway) is The-Market-is-Already-So-Saturated Monster. This Monster likes to rear its ugly head when I begin to doubt my abilities because people are already out there doing it (whatever that thing is at the time), and they are doing it SO WELL.
While I am in absolute awe of ALL the photographers trying to make it, I have to ask: Why not me, too?
I am learning that it is so, so important to follow that which makes you curious. I am at a point where I am old enough to understand that tomorrow is never promised - so WHY NOT follow the curious path, and learn and explore and challenge yourself?
The fact that someone is out there doing it bigger and better than you should inspire you, not make you cringe and wallow in self-pity. Damn I wish I could be that good.
Because guess what? You can. They, too, started at the beginning.
The one thing that I admire about ALL of the creative people in my life - whether writers or photographers or bakers - is that they are committed to growth and learning. At the end of the day, I am a student of the arts - the work that feeds my soul and spirit. I consider myself a novice photographer - but I am just as committed to growth and learning. In fact, I would love any book or website recommendations for beginning photographers like me! Message me, or leave me a comment on Insta! Also, if you are in a modeling mood - let me know, would love to practice shooting with you. <3
Anyway, fast forward to just a few days ago: I had the opportunity to shoot my beautiful not-so-baby-anymore cousin. *Insert all the heart eye emojis* Take a look below, and tell me what you think!
I look forward to growing as a curious being with all of you. Until next time, friends.