I would like to share with you guys something that has helped me get to the level that I am at today with my photography and videography. I have considered myself a professional photographer for three years now and have a nice fan base in Birmingham, Alabama and the surrounding areas. One thing that I feel separates me from other photographers in my city is that I am humble and always willing to learn. Often times we do a few good projects and start thinking we know everything and that we are the best at what we do. This mindset will only STOP you from learning in this type of arena. Many times when I work events with other photographers they have a nasty attitude with me and tend to ignore me since I work with minimal gear and I am a little shy. I notice that they don't take the time to pay attention to the things I do because they assume they are better than me since they have more gear. Everybody wants to be the best so bad that they forget to enjoy the profession and take the time to learn from others mistakes and accomplishments.
I like to compare myself to a 2 year old child eager to soak in as much information and knowledge as possible at all times. That child has no pride. That child has nothing to prove to anyone. All that child wants to do is learn and explore creatively with no boundaries. EVERYTHING I come in contact with during the day I see as a learning opportunity. I don't ignore other photographers, I STUDY every move they make. No , I don't use everything I see but I keep it in my thoughts and apply it to myself if I ever get the chance to in the future.
Don't ignore people and stick your nose up in the air because you have worked with a few celebrities. Remain humble and always be willing to learn even from beginners. You have to have respect for the profession if you want the profession to respect you.
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