When I fell in love with photography (on my iPhone & with my DSLR) I never imagined the amount of stress I would put on myself to make all my pictures perfect. It seems that with me, just a little knowledge about composition and lighting was enough to take all the joy out of my new hobby.
When I wrote the iPhone Photography Guide, I was surprised by all the email I received that said the exact same thing I was feeling. In a nutshell it is this, “I don’t think my pictures are good enough.” That feeling destroys all the fun we can have with our hobbies.
Today I want to officially announce that no one expects you to be Ansel Adams. Take a deep breath and start resisting the siren call of perfectionism. We all have had people tell us that we aren’t good enough, our work is not up to par, or have hurt us with their criticisms. It takes practice to stop letting past messages haunt us, but those memories do lose their power when we ignore them for long enough.
I hereby give you permission to take take as many pictures as you like, enjoy them and learn to celebrate the little moments in life. Ignore the thoughts that your pictures aren’t technically perfect and have some fun.
Here is one of my favorite sets. All the pictures are of my 5 year old goofing off. These are not edited, some are blurry, but all of them are perfect to me.
Here’s to being perfectly imperfect!
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What about you? Have you ever felt that self-criticism kept you from enjoying an experience or a hobby? How do you cope? What do you do that is perfectly imperfect?
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