Are you a cheerleader or are you Simon Cowell?
I am my own biggest critic. We were raised in an environment where encouragement is scarce. It probably started from my ancestors. It must be earned and if you ever did something like going to Mars, the best you will get is "That's good". I think to myself that maybe my parents/ guardians are just avoiding being the American Idol contestant's parents. Simon Cowell used to ask the performers, "Who told you that you can sing, your mom?”.
I hope to change that. I want to be someone who encourages and motivates in a loving way. I really think we could use more of that around here.
At work today. I thought I was totally inefficient. I could not finish as fast as I want to with all the multi tasking that's involved. Turns out I have produced and executed the work perfectly.
And another example from a couple of weeks ago, one of my clients who was planning on using the images I've captured for her family as Christmas cards to send to their closest friends and relatives. I wanted it to be so beautiful for them that I spent countless hours researching, culling & editing, ensuring I do it justice as what I do in every shoot. But as Christmas was fast approaching, time was definitely of the essence. When I delivered the images, I had to tell myself "let it go" you've given it your all.
Upon receiving the images, the client had told me that she wanted to cry and mentioned to me that she did not even cry looking at her wedding photos. She was so thrilled that she made the decision to do the shoot and it is the best Christmas gift she has ever given herself.
For my lifestyle shoots, if I can touch emotions and create memories then I've done my job.