Thoughts on Photography: Imposter Syndrome

March 21, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Flower 3Flower 3Most of my photos of flowers are taken with a fast macro lens, so that I can capture the essence of a single or couple of flowers. I love the variety of colors, shapes, sizes that flowers come in. Photographing flowers is just one of the many things that I like to photograph. In vermont we have beautiful spring flowers and summer flowers that can bloom all season. When I wake up I am always in battle mode it seems to gain new likes, re-tweets, comments, and shares. I have been focused on the whole picture and have really have forgotten about my own backyard. I should be focusing on growing my local base.

Getting caught up in the digital rat race can suck the creativity and drive out of you when you don't see instant results. Vermont is very supportive of the buy local movement, I need to find a catalyst to engage with my potential customer base through this avenue.

 

When I am not photographing, I am usually editing photos on the computer. Sometimes late at night, I feel like a fraud because my friends and family are so supportive of me and what I do but deep down I don't feel that my work is good enough. This is called Imposter Syndrome.

Imposter Syndrome (IS) is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their successes. Instead, they attribute their accomplishments to luck or timing and feel as though they are frauds who will be exposed as fake sooner or later.

IS is especially common among highly successful people, who often feel that they have only achieved success because they have worked harder than everyone else or because they have taken advantage of opportunities that were not available to others.

There are a few things that you can do if you think you might be suffering from Imposter Syndrome:

-Acknowledge your successes and give yourself credit where it is due.

-Talk to other people who have achieved success in their field and ask them how they did it.

-Challenge your negative thoughts and question the evidence that supports them.

-Make a list of your accomplishments and read it over every day.

-Take action and persist in the face of setbacks.

Macro Flower PhotoFlower 19 Imposter Syndrome can be a very debilitating syndrome and can prevent you from achieving your goals.

imposter syndrome isn't a psychiatric diagnosis. This phenomenon is experienced equally by men and women and frequently coexists with depression and anxiety.

Mental health is a topic that often goes untouched. The stigmas surrounding it are still very much present in our society today, making people feel like they shouldn't show any weakness or vulnerability at all because "real men don’t cry." I grew up with this idea and found myself believing what everyone else seemed to think this as well. I would cry if something happened but never in front of other people. I've learned for me to process my emotions was sometimes needed to move forward, there's nothing wrong with showing emotion.

You are enough, You do great things, You are doing your best.

 

Brian Farnum Vermont Wedding Photographer | Vermont Portrait Photographer

B. Farnum Photography 

 

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