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Indianapolis Family Photographer | casey and her camera

I’ve mentioned the book Art & Fear here before – and my own copy (or one of the copies I own) is sitting under the stapler to my right. Probably time to pull it out again, but in short – it’s about how being an artist is scary. Producing, displaying, submitting your art (which, by nature, is an extension of you – your emotions, your heart, your soul, your dreams) is absolutely.TERRIFYING.

Indianapolis Family Photographer | casey and her camera

But there is power in this. Did you see my post on taking risks? On overcoming rejection and disappointment? Don’t let these two byproducts of being a creative overwhelm and overrun you. YOU CAN BEAT THEM. And it’s pretty simple, too. It just takes a bit of practice and repetition. After all, you’ll never know the extent of your own greatness if you never try.

So how do I get over that hump? The scared, nervous, anxious, fear-of-rejection hump?

I give myself pep talks. I kid you not.

My pep talks most often happen:

  • after receiving an inquiry
  • before booking a session
  • after booking a session
  • before attending a session
  • during a session
  • after a session
  • before, during, and after editing
  • before, during, and after submitting for publication

Get the idea? I am constantly giving myself pep talks. And they sound different every time. In my head, they have the same energy and tune as Jessica’s mirror affirmations, but they all have the same ultimate message: “I am more than good enough, I am talented, I can DO this. I am worth it.” 

Indianapolis Family Photographer | casey and her camera

So when I want to submit to a cover contest or an online publication, when I’m communicating with a potential client, current client, or past client, or even when I’m having a slow day at the office and am seeking motivation, I find it within myself. It’s not alway easy, but it’s necessary, and it gets easier with time. Positivity and humility are two traits I do not consider myself an expert of by any means, but each day I strive to practice them both and gain a little more confidence in myself, my ability, and my art: all through the simple act of a pep talk.

casey and her camera is an Indianapolis Family Photographer specializing in family, couple, lifestyle, senior, and wedding photography for Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding areas.

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