Stop Asking “How Can I Find My _______Voice?”

Stop searching for something that isn’t lost and instead begin to refine your skills by asking “how can I develop my voice?”. This is a life long journey, my friend. It’s normal for it to feel like a struggle at first, so try to have fun with it, don’t take yourself so seriously, and above all, practice practice practice.

I do believe certain people possess a more creative and imaginative eye than others and regardless of what medium you choose to express your vision, I can assure you that learning the technical intricacies of the tools needed will be the least of your worries because you’re gonna learn to use them in due time. The scariest part is the discovering the type of artist you want to be and as Misty Pittman states, that will naturally come with practice, practice, practice.

Lately I feel it’s not enough to say you’re a photographer because the inevitable question of “what type of photographer are you?” trails right behind it. We all want to “find ourselves” and for some it takes longer than others and I can tell you it certainly did take long for me. I use to feel more comfortable saying “I’m into photography” as oppose to firmly stating “I’m a photographer” since the former took away the pressure that the title carries.

Recently, lifestyle photography has really appealed to me tremendously and I stumbled upon this awareness the moment I began being completely mesmerized by the work I saw in retail stores such as American Eagle, Aeropostale and Urban Outfitters. All this exploring goes back to trying to find your voice and in this case it kinda found me as oppose to be loosing sleep over it. Once I found it, it was up to me to put in all the endless hours of hard work which I still do either after work or on weekends as long as it doesn't interfere with parental responsabilities.