When celebrities get interviewed some of the main questions that they are asked is if they get nervous before a show, what their rituals are, or if they have any thing they do before a show to help keep the nerves away or as good luck.
When you start a business there is an insane amount of nerves that come along with the responsibility and I fully believe there are different kinds of nerves just like there are different kinds of emotions or different kinds of chocolate. Because you can never go wrong with chocolate!
Starting this exciting journey I had more scared nerves and fear of failure more then any thing else. But now that my journey is slowing becoming what I want it to be and I am learning more and more every day, I have new nerves!
I assist my dad with weddings or with an engagement sessions, and I always try to have him with me no matter the session, for me. This September we got an amazing opportunity to photography a wedding in Maryland at a castle! People were amazed that we even had castles in the United States but I couldn’t have been more excited to get to be a part of this one. It was beautiful for sure. But the next day as I was shooting a senior session on what felt like the first day of fall, the seniors mom asked, “Do you get nervous and feel a lot of pressure when you do something like that?”
I took a second to reply thinking to myself, “Should I tell her I was scared to death or as excited as dog when he sees his master.” I decided that I wanted to be honest and told her I was a little of both. I told her that of course there are nerves but I don’t feel a lot of pressure because I get so sucked into it that I don’t really think about much it because I am so focused! I came to realize that there are certain pressures when you have a consultation and a bride has a certain request or the mom has a big part in it and she has major requests. But sometimes the client is super laid back and I can be as creative has my heart desires!
Along with pressure comes the fear of failure. No one ever has the pressure of failure, they feel the pressure of trying not to fail which causes the failure, in some instances, or sometimes it causes success! In the Webster dictionary the word try is defined : to make an effort to do something: to attempt to accomplish or complete something : to do something in order to see if it works or will be successful. You have to try to get rid of the pressure or the nerves. You have to study, you have to work hard, and you have to be willing to take the last bit of strength you have from the day to keep trying just to become successful! As that is with any business, so it is in photography! The pressure to get all the editing done when you have so many sessions at once, or the pressure of spending extra money for advertisements and trying to get new clients and sessions/weddings booked!
I’ve learned that when I am nervous my pictures come out better because I am putting that extra pressure on myself and trying to better the pictures for the client, no matter who the client is, a friend, a family member, or a new client.
I’m not saying all this to put pressure on my clients! I am not saying this so people start to feel bad for photographers! I’m simply saying all this to share, and be honest and hoping my love and passion of photography shows through this amazing experience I have taken on by myself! I want to use the talent God gave me to best of my ability and I put pressure on myself for that reason! Trying is part of the pressure, pressure is a major part of the success. Success comes when you give it your all and when you feel like quitting that’s when it gets really good and you know that you just cant give up!!
-MaryAnne, Owner and Photographer
P.S. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” -unknown