I literally shudder at the mere thought of these being out on the internet. Honestly...it makes me sick.
But you know what? I WISH I would have seen more photographers do this when I was starting out...
Open up to their followers, because well, we were all beginners at some point! I wish more photographers would show everyone how far they have come, not to say "Hey, come look how good I look" (Ron Burgundy voice of course), but to say...
"Hey, you CAN improve and succeed!"
No longer doubt yourself or compare yourself to others. Neither of those things will get you to your goal. Chin up, work hard, and soak in all the knowledge you possibly can. I still have a very long way until I meet my goal of the "ideal" photographer, but I am happy to see how much has changed in a year and a half.
I am still working on my "style" and learning what makes my business work more efficiently and better for my incredible clients. These things take a lot of time, so don't worry if it has yet to fall into place for you.
There is a wise man named Mumford...he and his Sons once said...
"Get over your hill and see what you'll find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair..." :)
Natalie Bee is a Spokane, Washington-based Birth Doula and Photographer, a mother of four willings, and a PNW native.