Why does photography cost so much?
How to choose your trainer and/or mentor
Legend has it that Picasso was sketching in a park one day when a woman approached him and boldly asked him to sketch her portrait. He sat her down, took a clean sheet of paper, looked at her face and with a few sweeps of his hand drew a stunning portrait that fully captured her essence.
“That’s incredible!” The woman proclaimed. “It’s perfect! How much do I owe you?”
I still believe in magic
Five important steps to remember when choosing a workshop provider or mentor.
Surrounded by thieves!
...As children we believed that everything was possible and that with our special powers we ourselves could make the magic come to life. Somewhere along the journey of life most of us stop believing. We start imagining that the magic is reserved for others, that our own unique class of special was a childish fantasy.
Fear is a toddler with square shaped toast.
the use of other’s images or the blue-prints to an invention that someone swopped in, mission impossible style and swiped out of the safe.
Fear will scream whether you are in mortal danger or if taking that action might be a bit embarrassing. It’s all the same to fear because fear has one job to do - alert you to potential danger - whether that danger is to your physical self or your ego, whether it is real or perceived.
Do you recognise me?
A “Not Yet” mindset is one that takes into account your ability to learn, to develop, to change and most importantly to learn from your mistakes. If you tackle every challenge that you’re faced with with a “now” mindset, then invariably you’ll be disheartened and disappointed at any result that is not 100%.
Mama is Creating
“I’m frustrated” she replies “although my work has improved dramatically over the last year I still don’t feel like I have my own style. I don’t stand out. You wouldn’t look at my work and recognise that its mine.”
The insight is spot on, and it’s an issue many artist struggle with.
“How do I develop a style, that is at once recognisable as mine”
Manipulation versus Inspiration
“I feel so guilty”, about the time that I spend away from my family, pursuing my dreams. About the fact that it’s a pleasure to go to work because I love my job, the fact that someone else has to mind my kids whilst I do what I do.
Once is a while, I catch myself...
There are two ways to influence human behaviour and attract sales; through manipulation or inspiration.
Reflect on your progress
It makes me laugh sometimes when people and by people I also mean myself hang their heads and bemoan that starting a creative business/running a creative business/growing a creative business is hard.
Really?! You think?!
Like many entrepreneurs and creatives I have a barrel full of projects, checklists and aspirations, some of which I am actively working on, others which have been temporarily(!) shelved. Through planning and projection I am often looking forward towards "what success looks like" this year, next year and so on. My own business coach even has me mapping my road 5 years into the future.
Planning is great. I strongly believe in the power of manifesting our desires and telling the universe what it is we want to achieve.