A cup of tea?
Over the last 7 years in photography I've done quite a bit of jumping genres, especially in the first 5 years. Seniors, newborns, parties, weddings, birthdays, along with a million other things. I was honestly shooting anything and everything I possibly could. I found that I was okay at some areas and honestly really bad at others! Posed newborns-not my niche! (But hey, I tried!) For the most part I enjoyed all of it. However, I had been advised to narrow myself down for ideal clients in an effort to not be everyone's cup of a tea. To be a successful photographer in such a huge industry you really have to set yourself apart. This is something I am still working on and probably always will be.
When I first started shooting weddings, I wasn't crazy about them. Honestly, I didn't like it. I would dread wedding day.
For anyone who knows me, this has got to come as a shock. Tiffany? Hated shooting weddings? What?? It shocked me too! I am a sucker for Nicholas Sparks and all things romance. I throw love around like confetti and sprinkle it on my pancakes.
But I hated shooting weddings.
As a photographer in small-town Alabama, weddings were where the money was at the time, so weddings I shot!
Why did I hate shooting weddings SO MUCH?! I put so much thought into this. I WANTED to love this! So why didn't I?
After a lot of reflection I realized that I didn't like photographing weddings because I wasn't great at it and I didn't enjoy doing things that I wasn't great at.
This thought made me look back and reflect on different events in my life. What I found is that I had a tendency to run from things I wasn't immediatly good at instead of working to improve my abilities. As a perfectionist, it was always easier to avoid the problem rather than trying to be perfect and failing. I realized that I would rather not try at all than to try and be bad at something and this was a huge character flaw of mine.
This realization became such a huge turning point for my business.. Instead of running from another thing that I wasn't good at I decided to bust my butt to be fantastic. (I'm absolutely not there yet, but I'm a heck of a lot closer than I was. I've learned that photography is an art that is forever changing and I think I will be learning until the day I stop shooting.)
I have read and studied more about photography and the wedding industry in the last year than ever before. I am so eager to learn everything I possibly can. I realized that the more I learned and the more knowledge I obtained, the more I enjoyed shooting weddings.
And now, I love it. I am absolutely infatuated.
It is my favorite part of my business.
If you are a perfectionist like me and you've found yourself in similar situations, I encourage you to take a step back and re-evaluate. Don't limit your potential just because you aren't immediately wonderful at something new. Don't be afraid to make big mistakes and don't be afraid to be really terrible at something before becoming great at it.
Embrace the new.
Love the learning.
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