This week has certainly been a challenge for me. We all have those weeks where our mind doesn't stop, right?!
As a photographer, I rely heavily on technology and my workflow. I have been educating myself and fine tuning my workflow, as I learned the hard way a messy workflow creates lots of extra time sitting at my computer editing and culling images. Well, that all came to a crashing halt on Monday when my external hard drive containing all my working images, had a total failure.
Yep - the thing crashed.
(enter anxiety, over-thinking, and total frustration)
The drive has been sent out for a common (yet expensive) data recovery process, but I would be lying if the loss didn't mess with me a bit. It put a total halt on me, both mentally and in my ability to add and edit images. I don't have access to my images, and as a photographer, I feel totally lost. I've noticed myself spending more time this week comparing my work to other photographers I admire than getting out and taking pictures myself. The 'comparison trap' struggle is real, and not a place I want to hang out permanently.
However, I have learned 2 valuable lessons through this experience... 1. invest is a better storage system so this never happens again, and 2. just keep moving. Not to let money, or self-doubt, or outside influences stop the passion of getting my work out there.
So.. I picked up my camera, went to my happy place, and spent time practicing my lifestyle work with my 35mm 1.4. Focusing on prune-y fingers and wet little faces was exactly what I needed <3
If you too have a passion and feel like you're stuck in the same place, don't give up! You have too much to share with the world to stop now.