The Joy of Photography

 
The Joy of Photography
 

Photography is one of my absolute favorite hobbies. Walking around with my camera always puts a smile on my face, but it's beyond easy to get discouraged. Surprisingly, one of the most discouraging things in Photography isn't not finding the time to shoot, but is the realization that there are a lot of photographers out there that shoot the same subject matter you do and may even do it better than you.

I can't tell you how often I look at other photographer's Instagram profiles and think, "I should just stop shooting. I will never be at that level." They get to go to far more exotic location, have more followers than I could ever dream to have, and they are posting phenomenal photos on a daily or weekly schedule. I try to get out as often as I can, but have too much going on in my life to shoot as often as I'd like, but why is that a problem? In short, It's not.

Stop worrying about what other photographers are doing. Stop worrying about how beautiful other photographers work is. Stop worrying about how many followers you have. Shoot because you love it. Shoot because you find it fun and relaxing. Shoot just to shoot. Don't take pictures for other people (unless that person is a client). Nobody starts out as an incredible photographer and nobody starts out with hundreds of thousands of followers. I started shooting more seriously only about 4 years ago, but still have a full time job and 2 kids to take care of. The photographers I follow who have over one hundred thousand followers have been shooting for over 10 years and have dedicated their lives to it.

The joy of photography itself is what makes me continue to shoot the way I do. I love being able to show people a moment in my life. I got so tired of saying, "You had to be there to see how beautiful it was." The photographs on my site are more than just something beautiful I shot. They are something I saw and experienced that I want to share with the world.

Whatever your reason to shoot is, don't worry about the world around you. Worrying only gets in the way of you becoming a better photographer. Any time you discourage yourself, think about it this way: Nobody started out great. Every photographer, painter, professional sports player, etc. started out knowing absolutely nothing about what they are now known for. It doesn't matter if you picked up a camera when you were 5 years old or 60. The photograph in the end is all anyone will ever see, not how old the person was when they took it.