Friday, February 12, 2010

The Artistic Community We Live In

One thing I love about the photography community is the share and share alike attitude among the profession. There is great camaraderie. Every photographer I've met has always been so gracious to share ideas and philosophies with me through the years and I, too, do my best to reciprocate. I think that philosophy spreads across many artistic mediums.

I have a strong belief that as artists, we should share our creative energies. Whether that is through your work, through helping another, or just through having an open and willing heart, the more you share of your talents with others, the more it comes back to help you. We are all inately unique, and certainly there are times when creativity melds into one another's work. But sharing those creative juices make us better artists, better people. If we could just open ourselves up and not imprison our artistic visions in a neat little box that we keep only to ourselves, but share with the world the things that make us great, I believe it will make us greater. We become better photographers, artists, creative thinkers. We build upon one another's thinking and learn from one another and grow from one another.

I guess what I'm trying to say is: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Don't let others tell you what you cannot do. Be inspired and open yourself up to allow others to be inspired by you. Don't feel threatened when someone else imitates your work. Instead, be flattered as those that imitate continue to grow their own style. Let us embrace and celebrate all of the creativity out there.

Most importantly, have enough confidence in what YOU do to not worry about what everyone else is doing.

Stepping off soapbox.

With that said, the next post will be the Q&A! I hope the little bit of knowledge I have to share will be helpful to some of you. Here is another creative slice of my life: CRAFTALICIOUS.

Some more images from the Arizona sessions. Enjoy.



Amber said...

Amen to that sista! I just love that one of the baby sticking her tongue out so far! How adorable is that?!

M Crew said...

Can't figure out which photo is my favorite. And I appreciate your "soapbox"...

Bowman Family said...

How cute is this family!!! They must have been so fun to photograph. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it helped me.