I have been a long time admirer of Carrie Sandoval…and every one of her perfectly posed newborn images. There is no doubt about it…she is a newborn genius. I had pretty much dubbed myself as mediocre and came to terms that newborns must not be my “niche.”
But, then I really started noticing which of my images stood out to me. The emotion. The connection between parents and children. It’s ALWAYS the emotion and connection for me. It’s how I see things through the lens. It’s what moves and inspires me. I gave up on trying to Carrie-ize my newborn sessions and embraced what I love the most.
And I realized that I’m ok with not doing what everybody else is doing. I don’t need to produce images like other photographers to feel successful. This is a business where we, as photographers, are our own worst critic. We compare. We feel up. We feel down. We feel awesome. We feel like a failure.
I am still guilty of comparing, but only recently have I realized that this is MY art. I know what makes me happy. I will never shoot like so-and-so. I just won’t. But, it’s ok.
As the great Zach Arias once said, “Stop comparing yourself to others, just get out there and do your thing.” Or something like that. I’m sure I slaughtered the quote, but you get the point.