It happens. When you put yourself out there for the world to see, when you share your work that is actually a reflection of yourself. For me, the criticism comes mostly from within but wherever the source, it’s just another one of the challenges in this journey as a photographer. One that is to be expected, I suppose?
When I had the lovely honor of photographing a boudoir session for a bride-to-be, I was met with comments on how classy and tasteful the photos were. It made my heart so happy, because my intentions in boudoir are exactly that – classy, tastefully sexy and beautiful photos meant as a thoughtful gift to a bride’s groom or husband. I had a session done and album made as a gift to my groom on our wedding day so it is something I fully believe in and stand behind. However, the photos were met with a couple other comments as well…ones that involved questioning my intentions for gaining business and questioning even my faith.
I was angry. Fuming. As was Shane.
The thing is, people are going to judge, whether it’s out of differing opinions or style, jealousy or ignorance. And that’s okay, because I can’t look to gain everyone’s approval. We can’t all have the same idea of what is lovely because that would make for a boring world. If you don’t like my idea of what is lovely, then you are welcome to look elsewhere. To those of you who do follow and comment and encourage, you mean more to me than you know.
I often remind myself of something Jasmine said at theFix in LA: what is your goal for number of weddings in a year? Twenty. Then all you need to do is impress and gain the approval of twenty brides. That’s all.