December IWSG

This is a monthly event started by the awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh and organized by the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Click here to find out more about the group and sign up for the next event.

As I was wondering what to write about this month, I realized my insecurities lately have actually been around my photography. Why? Because I had a show at the local gallery and people started noticing my portraits. So… I started getting client requests, and that’s very exciting but also unnerving. Exciting because I LOVE to take portraits, and clients == free models. But it also makes me a little nervous because if you hire me to take a portrait, I won’t just grab my camera and click. I edit. I make the colors pop, I blur the background until it’s no longer distracting, and I tweak the light until it’s perfect.

Today’s phones take awesome pictures. You can get an awesome camera for $200. So, if you hire me to take your portrait, I want to make sure that whatever pictures you get are nothing like something you would’ve shot with your phone. This makes me nervous because there’s a great amount of subjectivity that goes with editing, and so I always wonder, “What if my clients don’t like the final product?”

Why am I telling all this to you guys? Because I think the same holds for writing. See, when I take a picture, I want it to be memorable. I want it to be something that you want to hang on your wall and smile every time you see it. The same goes with books. If we’re just going to write the story of our life, anybody can do that. It’s like snapping a shot with an iphone, right? If we want somebody to buy our books, we need to write something big, something epic, something that makes people smile, cry, laugh, and bite their lip…

Easy for me to say, right? Well, I haven’t written that book yet… but I’m working on it!! How about you? 😉

Some of my portraits


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