My dream of becoming a famous photographer scares me sometimes.
For a very long time I refused to dream of being a famous photographer. I wanted to be known for changing lives, self-esteem and helping women. I pushed myself to focus on creating an empowering experience.
Recently I realized that I was scared that my work would not warrant fame simply on the merits of being great photography. If I compare myself to famous photographers like Sal Cincotta, Sue Bryce or Jack Reznicki it’s easy to find myself lacking. I was afraid to try to compete with them or even try to follow in their footsteps. I also refuse to call myself a famous photographer no matter how many “fans” I have.
I eschewed my famous photographer dream merely because I didn’t believe in myself.
A few weeks ago I had a serious aha moment courtesy of Catherine Hughes and her relentless faith in me. I am struggling to take my own advice and not compare where I am in my journey to where they are.
In an effort to embrace the journey and goal of becoming a famous photographer I’m trying to challenge myself to create better artwork.
I believe a great artist can create beautiful work regardless of their tools or circumstance.
This week I’m traveling and am without a computer or laptop. I could take a break from working, but I’m a workaholic and photography feeds my soul. So I decided to try and shoot, edit and process a glamour photo shoot completely on my iPhone 5.
I’m not going to lie: I was not sure I could pull this off.
I normally shoot a Canon 1DS Mark ii. That camera is an extension of my heart and soul and is just as valued as an appendage. I hope you can understand why I almost had a panic attack leaving it at our room. I needed the iPhone to be my only option so I would fully immerse myself in the iPhone’s capabilities and work around the limitations.
Here is the result:
I have a favor. She is a stunning woman who has an inner beauty that shines out of her face. She’s an amazing wife and mother who gives back to her community. But she doesn’t see what I can see. Please comment on something you find beautiful about her. Think of this is as my own mini Dove experiment and a way to help one woman see herself more positively.
Iman Woods is an American artist who specializes in pin-up photography. Through a unique and therapeutic process, she’s spent over a decade in perfecting, Iman helps women undo the damage from a negative self-image and unrealistic beauty industry expectations. She helps women embrace their own style of beauty and see themselves in a new light. You can find her on her website, Iman Woods.