“Among men who rise to fame and leadership two types are recognizable—those who are born with a belief in themselves and those in whom it is a slow growth dependent on actual achievement. To the men of the last type their own success is a constant surprise, and its fruits the more delicious, yet to be tested cautiously with a haunting sense of doubt whether it is not all a dream. In that doubt lies true modesty, not the sham of insincere self depreciation but the modesty of “moderation,” in the Greek sense. It is poise, not pose.” – B.H. Liddell Hart
“You’re a quiet achiever.”
I’ve heard these words a number of times throughout my life… My first time I really remember, was in High School from my English teacher. Though over the years I think I really only ever heard the “you’re quiet” part. Thinking that was something a little wrong in that. But recently, I guess you could say it was a moment that mattered, I truly understood what this meant for me & I heard & felt those words sink right in.
So often in photography & in the business of photography we are told if you’re not busy, look like you’re busy, say you’ve got a limited number of spots left & create desire, fake it until you make it, if you want to be noticed, you need to be bold to be seen & loud to be heard, get exposure, be exposed… You need to market, market, market & hustle, hustle, hustle. I hear these things being said in the photography community all the time, all the time.… But what if that all just doesn’t feel right? Well, you’d probably be feeling like me & feeling super awkward, quietly cringing & not have a clue how you could possibly feel any meaning or authenticity about it all… And just like I was, it leaves you questioning how could any of that feel sincerely you?
But what if I told you there was a way.
For the last five years I’ve had the privilage of doing this photography thing full time, 2 years prior to that part time & 7 years before that a student of photography (yeah I know super indulgent). I’m not insta famous or nor do have thousands of followers or fans & I am certainly no cool kid, far from it, I may actually be the anti cool kid, particularly if you ask my kids, but strangely or is it surprising, maybe both (to me at least & I’m sure to others too ;), once a week I am contacted by photographers asking me, how I do what I do, how do I edit, how do I capture such real genuine connections with my clients and how do I get all my work… This made me me think, there is a way & I’m actually doing it… And that I really am already (quietly) achieving what so many photographers want to…
Light bulb moment…
So this got me reading & learning & discovering & thinking & writing.
And… I’m so so excited as that’s what has lead me to writing content for mentoring sessions which I will be offering in 2017.
Say whaaaattt??? So what’s it all about???
The Art of The Quiet Photographer: A new deeper soulful approach to lifestyle photography & business for the introvert photographer.
Well really it’s all about creating photography & a business that’s authentic to you, you the introvert. With soul, with depth & with meaning. It’s about discovering ways that you can be noticed by the right people. It’s about thriving in your photography & in your business by harnessing your propensities as an introvert.
So what would I cover… Well the topics are pretty huge, but the main three areas that I think I could really give you something back are…
– Website & Portfolio Analysis: Tips & feedback (Constructive Critique).
– Shooting & Editing: For connection, for creativity & for consistency.
– Marketing & Self-Promotion: In an authentic way, a way that feels like you.
Yeah yeah, I know… everyone is offering mentoring or workshops, so how is mine any different? Well… As far as I know, this is the first mentoring that is all about a new approach to creating a business & photography for the introvert photographer… I want to give you real tangible tips & strategies for you to apply to your photography & to your business, for you to create photography & a business model that feel like you, that has meaning & depth.
It’s everything I wish I knew 5 years ago.
I really think I have something to give. And believe me, that kinda of confidence doesn’t come easy. That kinda out loud expression, putting this out there, well it does not sit comfortably. It’s a bit scary, okay, it’s really scary & it’s very unknown grounds for me… But I truly & genuinely & whole heartedly believe I have something real to offer you.
And yeah I get it, you’re an introvert, so you need to think deeply about this…
…Well I’m quietly here, if any of that resonates with you & you’d like to hear more or start a mentoring session with me… I’d really love to hear from you…
And photos… of Moments That Matter, that in some weird way feel like they fit this… a long way to go, coming stuck, falling down, not feeling like you can get back up & taking a leap of faith… Captured on Portra400 on my new (to me) Pentax645n before it died, lets hope it can be fixed… eeeeekkk.
Moments That Matter, this is my blog post in the December blog circle of a group of super talented photographers on the topic, Moments That Matter, a personal post, please see link below…
Please follow on the blog circle to see the talented work of Justine Curran here.