Do you sometimes compare your creative work to other photographers’ work and get discouraged? think you are not good enough? Think you are not creative enough?
I do all the time - it is my biggest hurdle....it is my biggest creative block!
Measuring your success through comparison is a recipe for letting yourself down.
The only photographer you should compare yourself to is the one you were yesterday.
They say creating art is not a competition, someone does not have to lose for someone else to win. And yet we always compare ourselves against others! We can all win - if we create images that bring personal satisfaction.
Comparing, in photography or in life, is not creatively productive, it has crippled me for years moving forward in my business. You cannot look to external standards, whether it be others' work or their opinions, to find personal satisfaction. You must be comfortable with yourself and your art to find true joy.
The very act of comparing yourself to others takes up your precious time and headspace and you have absolutely NO CONTROL over this other person and their creative work.
When you compare yourself to your competition or tailor your business to match other businesses in the field, you´re forgetting the ONE thing your business has that no other business has; YOU.
The secret to your business is to be yourself!
Build your business around your own unique talents, ideas, and vision, and you´ll ensure that not only will you stand apart from the rest; but you´ll also do the work you love and were meant to do.
Instead of wasting valuable time comparing, focus on being more creative and innovative than ever before. Focus on doing things that are directly related to building your creative skills and your brand style.
The fastest way to free up your creativity is to spend less time on social media comparing and more time creating.
I have taken almost 6 months off social media - and it has completely changed y mindset about what I am capable of creating! I have stopped comparing myself and have just started accepting and enjoying the process of what I do! I feel liberated and free - we live in a world where everyone is on social media - but my words to you are do not lose yourself in the process of comparing other others. Everyone is on their own journey... it's beautiful, exhausting, complicated and liberating at the same time! For so long - I have been afraid to share my creative/artistic images - but I love the process of creating them and I love them, they are my heart and my true reflection - so I will share them!! The world deserves to see them!
WHEN YOU CREATE:
You generate more creativity.
You produce more ideas.
You improve your skills.
You get more business.
LIFE | INSPITED | ARTE
Post for your eyes only -
Take your power back and decide to post for yourself . What do you want to represent After all your Instagram account is yours right! Post photos that make you feel; happy and creative.
Have fun with it and do it for you – don´t post photos to try to please others and get more followers. It will only make you feel detached from yourself and stressed.
As a professional Photographer, Nikki Olivier Portraiture is a luxury Fine Art photographer for woman and children in the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland area, including Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Marcoola, Coolum, Sunshine Beach, Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach. Hinterland and inland locations include Gympie, Eumundi, Yandina, Nambour, Mapleton, Montville and Melany.
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