Tips for When You Feel Inadequate as a Photographer

Here’s what nobody tells you; feeling down about yourself, your work is an integral part of the creative process.

Well, that’s for sure! Typically, during those initial creative stages, we’re very quick to get caught up on this high of wanting to own the latest of everything with the notion that these “things” will guide us much farther in producing our greatest work. While that may potentially be the case, I must admit that for your sanity and mine, it’s in our best interest to be much more inquisitive about what the life of the people you admire is really like during those moments when it’s not super polished the way you see it on it social media.

I lost count of the amount of times I went through severe low self-esteem when it came to my work. I disliked it and regardless of what physical or mental angle I attempted to approach it, the ultimate sentiment remained the same…”I hated it.” The assessment might have been a bit harsh but at least I eventually understood that those feelings of inadequacy are completely normal as a photographer. The issue was that no one ever briefed me on it and then again I never asked about the questions that mattered.