It’s that time again. Myself and some fellow camera junkies are attempting to spread the love. When you are finished with mine, please follow our blog circle to get another take on this month’s theme.
Love. It’s all around. In things we see, people around us and what we do. I like to say I have surrounded myself with lots of love. I am married to the love of my life, have created two amazing little beings, am able to teach the growing youth of my town and as if that weren’t enough, I get to create lovely memories for others and my own family through my lens.
It didn’t all start out with cupcakes and rainbows. But, I can remember snapping photos that I was ever so in love with. And then came the sharing – the beginning of the social media craze. My photos were everywhere for everyone to see. I mean, why not, they were uh-maz-ing! …
If you can hold on to you seat and grabs a tissue for the tears that will start flowing from laughter, then join me on this trip down memory lane. For this, my friends, was the VERY beginning of Jessica Cadis Photography – and the biggest love of photography of any being alive – me.
The first photo is a direct replica of my own reactions when digging through these gems.
Oh wow, did you make it down to this point without curling up your nose or bursting out with laugher?! If not, it’s ok, I forgive you already.
Ok, well, they may not be the worst photos ever, but they look nothing like those images that you see all over the web that are the ‘AFTER’ version of the top selling Photoshop actions that I was dying to achieve.
I know, I know, what’s your point Jessica? Well, I have to go back to just one word. Our theme this month – love. This all started with a true love for creating amazing images, and boy did I think that these beauties ^^ were just that. As with so many things in our lives that we either out grow, or grow a love so strong that its undying, this love for photography has become the latter. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent researching, reading. learning, trying, and most of all, time away from my family to pursue this love for photography.
So, let’s flash forward almost 3 years to what my love has become. My sweet precious Bentley is turning 2 in a week, so I took him out to make time stand still, if even for a moment. Here is what I got.
Isn’t he precious!?! – I know, I’m partial. But, agh, ugh, ^^^ that one right there grabs this mommies heart strings and pulls tight.
If you are still reading this, then I thank you for hanging in there with me. While this may seem to some as a brag session, that isn’t my intent at all. I have come to a point in my obsession with photography to see where I’m good and where I still need improvement. Most of all, I can look back at my first images that I was ‘oh so in love’ with and see not only the technical flaws, but I can feel the desire and passion in each and every one. I can remember trying so hard to be so good – and taking each compliment received from anyone – trying to remain humble in my endeavors.
Do you have a love for something? Anything that you may think that you will never succeed in, or never be as good as the rest? I feel like that has been me and photography over the past few years. Working hard towards something you love can be very overwhelming and in itself depressing during each and every moment that you spend comparing yourself to the ‘amazing ones’. It’s taken me so long to find what I would like to call my style. I’m still not even sure if I’m ready to call it a style, but I’m just getting to the point where I’m more satisfied with my end product – almost five years after owning my first DSLR camera.
If you have a love for photography, I just want to prove to you that it can be done. Nothing with a reward is easy. The challenge and time invested in learning a new skill only adds to the appreciation of that skill. A famous quote I have to remind myself of frequently is this:
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt
In the end, don’t allow a comparison to others let you lose the love and passion that you have in whatever it is that you do. If you have a true love of something, nothing can hold you back.
Run over to Kate Gavos Photography to see her take on this months theme, you’ll be glad you did.