Be not afraid of greatness.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them – She’s The Man.
Many of us become overwhelmed by greatness when we begin to achieve it. Hell, the moment I first realized that I may have been on the path to it, I freaked out and for a second everything went fifty shades of negative. People were calling me, giving me advice, demanding that I chin up and pull it together. Truth is, I knew exactly what went wrong. I had forgotten the plan. Destiny is a beautiful thing and the universe plays such a big part in it, but sometimes we need a plan for ourselves in order for the universe it work its magic.
From a photographer’s point of view.
I’ve learned over time to come prepared. When you’re working with models, it doesn’t matter what level of experience they have, it’s always good to have done the research to provide guidance to the client. For instance, a few months ago, I shot my first cosplay shoot and I was so nervous. I started looking at the character so that I could capture the character’s persona in my head. I wanted to be able to suggest poses and provide valid input for my model in case she needed it.
Months later, I got to take part in photographing one of my favorite couples ever. They’re legitimately destined fore greatness being a tremendously intelligent and photogenic couple. They gave me full reign on their shoot. I quickly began searching for references and poses to look at. I wanted to make sure I conveyed a style that would accurately describe their relationship. Yet, I had no luck. Nothing really called out to me the way I imagined. The girlfriend smiled, patted my shoulder and said “Now you have a chance to break grounds.” What did I do? I did the most rational thing I could. I pulled out a piece of hotel stationary, grabbed a pen and began to devise a plan. This impromptu session was about to become an outlined, stylized masterpiece. After I outlined my theme, our locations, her ideas and corresponded them all their relationship in words, it all became simple and greatness was born.
When in Doubt, Make A Plan, Stick To It.
It’s hard. Trust me, I know but there are ways you can overcome procrastination as well as fear and guide your way to the finish line.
Write down your plans. I have a notebook for everything. Plans for the week, blogs, photography ideas, all of it. It helps me remember things especially when I put them aside and think later, like “Oh I could’ve done that!” Writing down your plans, in your phone, in notebooks, etc. Is better. My suggestion? Evernote. One of the best computer-phone integrated apps I’ve ever had. It’s like the Dropbox of memos. (If you don’t have a Dropbox, you should. File sharing ftw.)
Celebrate Triumph: I don’t care how big or little it is, if you made a list of goals and checked something off of it, reward yourself. That is huge. The more you reward yourself, the more you’ll feel proud of your progress.
Guide, don’t push. Don’t be so hard on yourself, especially if any of your plans involve something that can be internally damaging to your body. I’ve learned that I can do far more situps when I’m not putting strain on my body. I can write more when I’m not straining my brain. Guide is gentle while push is rough and can backfire. Give yourself some credit. You’re a hardworker. You’ve made progress just by getting out of bed (Unless you’re like me and you work from bed, in which case you’re making progress the moment you open your notebook/laptop.)
Finally, it’s okay to get down on yourself. Just come back. It’s never over. Even after you give up. That’s literally just you sittingsomewhere down the trail you’re blazing and saying “I quit.” That doesn’t erase your progress nor does it obliterate your trail. It’s just awaiting you to get up, dust yourself off and keep on moving.
So Make Plans To Lighten Up!
Sometimes, plans aren’t going to go your way, but even more times plans will help when life doesn’t go your way. It’s important to keep a sound mind and a positive mind. Knowing that you have a backup plan when your camera dies, your hard drive crashes, or your personal trainer moves away is something that can potentially save one of those really nasty breakdowns we all hate telling stories about.
Don’t be afraid to bust out the pen and paper and really guide yourself through your ideas, your plans, and don’t forget to document your success story. It’s there.
You just have to write it.