Trying Not to Blend In
My whole life I have tried hard to not fit in, well maybe that isn’t the right way of saying it, but I didn’t want to be someone that people overlooked because I didn’t stand out. I would wear clothes that would make people notice me, don’t worry I didn’t wear anything over the top, well only once or twice. I don’t know why I was like that, perhaps something to do with the family I grew up in and the feeling of never being good enough. Not something I need to discuss here, but you get the idea.
So today I thought I would talk about that idea as an artist and how hard we try to stand out from what is around us. Last week, was it last week, I said something about how someone had said nothing was original anymore, it had all been done before. It is a fairly true statement, there are always going to be differences between people’s work, but I know there are many people doing the same sorts of portraits that I am doing, but I have to find a way to make mine stand out.
It is a strange idea, I know, but at the same time, the idea that nothing is original is also quite a freeing idea, if that makes any sense. It means, I can just do what I like without the worry of treading on someone else’s shoes. I used to get so depressed when I saw someone working the same as me, and then I would think, damn, now I have to change what I am doing. Well, I don’t think like that anymore. If other people are doing the same, well that is fine, I just have to be better.
So now how do I make myself stand out from what everyone else is doing with portraits. I don’t want to do images that are the same as what everyone else is doing, like all the baby photos where all the babies are in baskets, or naked on lovely blankets and quilts. Don’t get me wrong, they are great shots, but I would want something different, so am I the photographer for those people? That sounds really catty, but I don’t mean it like that, I just mean, that I want to be able to give clients images that are not the usual of what you find everywhere.
These are ideas I am still working on, I know this post is probably confusing, but I think what I am trying to say is that while I know that nothing I do is going to be so original that no one else is doing it, that doesn’t mean I have to do what everyone else is doing as well, that I can still find something that is mine. Well that is the plan.
I am going to show you some of my favourite portraits that I have taken now.
I am so surprised at how many there are, I didn’t realise I had taken so many, this is just some of my favourites.
I wanted to also give a little update on so new business cards that I have ordered. We had that discussion a couple of weeks ago about how I can be a architectural photographer and a fine art portrait photographer, how to make them connect but also be different. I went to the Moo website, they do fantastic business cards and stuff. I saw that they do like a portfolio pack, which is basically just getting a few different cards with different photos on each one. So I got 250 cards, 5 different photos, so 50 of each. They are plain and simple, and when I get them I will show them to you. Some have architectural images and some have portrait photos. I think I will slowly add more so I can carry a mini folio around with me.
Because I ordered them, I was emailed a special offer for you, well I hope it is. It is about referring a friend, or referring me. So have a look if you need business cards, they do a great deal and their cards are really good. Here is the link, Refer a Friend.