I did a thing....
Normally I would not have done this but I'm glad I did. Being a photographer isn't as easy as many would think it to be. I look daily at others and their work and sit in awe of their work and their perfection of the craft. I'm not there yet. I know that but it doesn't stop the comparison that comes with the territory of seeing someone do something better than you.
There is a saying that goes "comparison is the thief of joy" and it's really true. I really try hard not to compare myself to what others are doing. Simply put we all are in different phases of the industry. Yes, I put a lot of work into this craft up not as much as others and I recognize that. Some are doing this full time and me...yea I'm doing this when I have time outside of my 9-5. So I haven't had the opportunity to put in the time and effort that others have done.
What's great is I can lurk lol...and ask fellow photographers as many questions as I want. And so many are willing to provide a helping hand.
At the beginning of the year I told a few friends that I would take the leap and enter a few images into Portrait Masters. I told them I was at a place in my photography career that I wanted to continue to grow and in order to do that I needed to be critiqued on what I've already done to make sure that I'm shooting in the right direction.