Anyone who has ever met me knows that while I love a good laugh at my own expense, I can also be somewhat of a deep thinker. I’ve always been intrigued by human nature and how I can better understand how I am perceived by others. So, when a dear friend of mine, who happens to be a life coach, asked me to tell her who I am, I was eager to dive right in.
In true Captain Obvious form I said, “I’m a photographer.” You can imagine my confusion when she told me that I hadn’t quite answered the question. What was I missing?
I had always figured that most people identify themselves with their profession. I was literally scratching my head wondering what more there could be that I was missing. I didn’t know how to answer that question. Then, I had a lightbulb moment. The answer had nothing to do with my occupation and everything to do with how I perceive myself. I’ve always known myself to be inquisitive, caring, persistent, honest, patient, and loyal. Ok, so what in the world does this have to do with photography???
A lot, actually. In a profession which relies heavily on building relationships in addition to bring out real expressions, you have to click on some level with your subject. It’s the main reason you can’t just hire any schmoe off the street who happens to have a camera. It’s an intangible and priceless element. Personality, knowing who you are, and being open with people can be the game changer… Who a person is should compliment how they work and, it goes without saying, the work has to be outstanding as well. At the end of the day, all things being equal, people will hire or work with people they like. So, do you know who you are?