I fear that one day i’ll look back and realize how a simple app became a filter and a lens to my life and my work, and I think in that moment i’m going to realize just how silly I was to believe such a lie.
As photographers, creatives or maybe even as just people, I wonder how many of us make decisions filtered through the lens of “will this perform well on my feed or not.” We base performance off whether or not someone had enough time to double tap our photo out of the thousands of others they will see in a day, thousands of of which are just spam accounts…let’s just be honest. And that somehow validates us, makes us feel good about our work, and so we do it again and again and again and then one day we sober up and realize we were doing it all for the wrong reasons.
I mean honestly, as photographers why do we share a picture, monitor it like some sort of experiment and then delete it after a day or two if it hasn’t met some standard that we’ve built in our minds based on the validation of a platform. You liked the photo enough to capture it, edit it and then share it, but you trick yourself into believing it’s somehow not good enough to keep around…why? What are we honestly afraid of? I personally wonder if we removed “likes” from this platform how different the work we would be creating and share would be.
Don’t let this platform dictate your work, don’t let this platform rob you of joy and most importantly don’t let this platform validate you.
This year, i’m vowing to create what I want to create & share what I want to share.
Thank you @sarah_michelle_lawrence for continually reminding me of where my validation truly comes from.
Sarah and I have been making plans for our 5 year anniversary this summer, it feels like yesterday we were getting married. I’m voting for a cabin by the sea somewhere off the beaten path. Lord knows, being back in Colorado has us both with cracked lips and super dry skin...some sea air never sounded so good. Any recommendations of places that are off the grid? Preferably in Scandinavia or South America.
Curled up with my two favorites watching the snow fall outside our window. We’re taking some time to slow down after what has felt like a whirlwind of a season. I find it funny that often people think traveling and taking pictures is all fun and games, like a constant vacation we get to live in. When we say “I’m tired,” people look at us confused, wondering how can this be tiring? The truth is, there’s probably 75% of our life you don’t see. You don’t see the hundreds of emails, all the paperwork and contracts and documents it takes to run a small business. Don’t get me wrong, we are so so grateful for what we get to do for a living, often times it’s doesn’t even feel real. Some days I just crave a vacation without a camera, I wonder what that would be like. Maybe it’s time for one.
Sarah and I are so grateful for the opportunity to join @united on their inaugural journey from Houston to Sydney. From gate to gate we were spoiled in their Polaris Business class, and I think we’ve been ruined for all flights moving forward. Seriously Australia we can’t wait to return and enjoy your pristine beaches, amazing food and seriously intense sun. G’day mates! #unitedjourney#ad
Byron Bay was an absolute dream. The food was amazing, the beaches were amazing, our hotel @the_bower_byron_bay was amazing. There were hundreds of VW vans lining the streets, hippies handing out free mango smoothies just because and live music on the hills overlooking the ocean. We ate our fill of açaí bowls, drank our fare share of fresh juice and got enough sun to last us the whole year. Thanks for the warm welcome Byron, we can’t wait to return.
Despite being jet lagged from our 18 hour @united flight, we somehow managed to get up each morning here in Sydney to watch the sunrise. There’s something about the morning that is just so good for the soul. Sarah and I are so grateful for our time here! #unitedjourney
Summertime in Australia has not disappointed. From açaí bowls, avocado toast and fresh juices to beautiful beaches and plenty of sun, it’s been such a treat enjoying a bit of summer while it’s currently snowing back home. It’s so crazy to us that with one simple direct flight from Houston we’ve completely changed seasons. @united#unitedjourney