This is something I’ve been wanting to blog about for a while now, the idea that people might be intimidated by me. This past year, I’ve been hearing it more and more. The reasons for people’s intimidation range from my looks (really?) to my talent. I can understand the latter, more easily…but it still seems silly to me haha.
I promise, I don’t think I’m better than you, and I’m not going to give you a brutally honest critique, unless you ask for it. Most likely, I’ll be encouraging and tell you what I like about your photo, while leaving out all the areas you could improve…or I’ll say its nice, when it isn’t.
Actually, I’m a little uncomfortable with people looking up to me, or viewing me as an expert. Wait, I take that back. When I taught preschool, I loved being the positive male role model for the kids that needed that. When it comes to photography though, I find that it tends to add a lot of pressure to what I’m doing and can sometimes stifle my creativity. I get into ruts where I expect perfection from myself and, when I don’t achieve it, I scrap whatever I’m working on.
Instead, I’d rather you view me as a peer. After all, I’m still learning and growing as a photographer, and person. I believe we learn and grow quicker, when we collaborate. Teaching is in my blood, and I enjoy sharing tips and tricks with others who are passionate about photography. I wish everyone shared how they edited and what gear they were using. We could all improve much faster, if that were the case. That’s why I try to be transparent and not charge anything for a glimpse behind the curtain.
This photo, from Connecticut, never would have happened if Shannon, of Seeing Spots Photography, had been too intimidated to start emailing me. Instead, we’ve become good friends, and we’ve both flown across the country for photo adventures together. Maybe you and I will have an adventure in the future too.
I’d like to make more photographer friends this coming year, and I’d like to connect with more of you, if you’re interested. Maybe I’ll even try to set up a photowalk somewhere in the bay area soon. If you ever want to talk about photography, or have a question, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even add my personal facebook, here. Don’t be intimidated! I’m one of the more laid back guys you’ll meet.