If You Build it, They will Come! Advice from Sage Photographers

Professional photographers offer their words for how to break through when you've hit a wall in your photography.

Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, words of encouragement are a necessity to pursue photo projects. With the never-ending supply of digital photography online, it’s daunting to give time and money to creating a distinct portfolio that separates you from the millions of others posting their work online.

Deanne Fitzmaurice, Ed Kashi, and Al Bello gave a workshop last year at CreativeLive’s Photo Week and lent their words of wisdom to photographers from all walks of life. Their advice focuses on the moment where a photographer has hit a “wall” and can’t seem to find another spark of inspiration.

“On the one hand you have to be really tough and strong. You have to be prepared for a lot of rejection and disappointment, even if you’re really successful — that’s still part of it. If you’re going to do this, you need to find something that you love and something that you just can’t help but photograph. That is the way that you push through those walls and those disappointments.

And the beautiful thing about photography is, nobody can take it away from you. I understand it’s not a poor man’s game, but if you have a camera, and you have the basic means to take pictures, and you can find something that you’re passionate about and believe in, no matter what else happens with those pictures, nobody can take that away from you.

They can’t take the experience away, and which often, is one of the most powerful aspects of doing this and they can’t take those photographs away from you. I guarantee you, if you build it they will come. Anytime I have ever created anything on my own, something good comes of it.” -Ed Kashi

“I go through that frustration every day! It’s going to be part of your life no matter what. Failure is a big part of this business, so be ready to fail. Learn from your mistakes and you gotta keep going.

It’s called “The Grind,” that’s what it’s called. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, but you just have to grind through it and try not to give up because giving up is when you say you can’t do it anymore.” -Al Bello

“For me, as cliche as this sounds, it’s about finding your passion. If you’re not really excited about photography or you’re unsure, it might be because you haven’t found the thing that really lights you up. The thing that’s the first thing you think about in the morning when you wake up, this project that you just have to go to so I think it’s a matter of finding that and sometimes it’s hard to do.

You may have to work on some other things until you find “that thing,” but once you’ve found that project that you’re passionate about, that drives you. It becomes easy to keep going out there and keep getting back at it. It just makes everything so much easier. Go for the things that get your heart going.” Deanne Fitzmaurice

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