Since I haven't looked at it in a while, I was able to view my portfolio with a fresh set of eyes. And you know what? I liked it. I actually was happy with what I saw. I finally feel like I'm starting to come into my own as a photographer and discover my own style. Sure, there's plenty of room for improvement. Who doesn't need improvement? I firmly believe we can never truly stop learning. But I've come a long way since starting this journey last fall and I can see that difference when I look through my work. That, to me, is key. As long as I'm growing, I'm moving in the right direction. Visible and measurable growth gives me a much needed confidence boost.
Please don't get me wrong - I know there is still a lot of work to do. I know I need to continue reading everything I can about running a business, practicing editing techniques, pushing myself creatively, and shooting photos at every opportunity. My weaknesses are no secret and I know what needs to be done to strengthen them. And I don't mean to sound arrogant or egotistical, either, but if we can be honest with ourselves about the negatives in our lives, why can't we be equally honest about the positives?
This month, I've realized it's important to recognize what you've done - both good and bad. We have a natural tendency to see all our flaws and beat ourselves up over them but we should be just as honest about our strengths. The good can be hard to see sometimes with the bad and the ugly crowding it out. But for me, this month was all about learning how to see the good and, you know what? I'm happy to say, the good is looking pretty darn good to me.