As awe­some as pho­tog­ra­phy is, and as allur­ing as a job title like “pho­tog­ra­ph­er” sounds, there’s a major caveat that comes with the job: you kind of have to spend a few years just suck­ing real­ly hard before any­one is will­ing to pre­tend to take you seri­ous­ly (it’s a snooty pro­fes­sion, folks) and before you actu­al­ly start tak­ing decent images on a con­sis­tent basis.

At least, this is how the world of mod­el pho­tog­ra­phy works.

Even if you have a great eye and fan­tas­tic con­cepts, you’re still going to suck first. Obvi­ous­ly, you aren’t going to dive into this inevitable learn­ing curve will­ing­ly, so first you’ll vehe­ment­ly defend your­self against every crit­ic (which is every oth­er pho­tog­ra­ph­er that looks at your work with the inten­tion to make you inse­cure and self-loathing (I told you, it’s NOT a nice indus­try), become a social pari­ah in some way, go on hia­tus and spring back a month lat­er, ready to do it all again.

Why do you keep doing this? Oth­er than pas­sion, masochism and self-loathing? Because even­tu­al­ly you notice — and so do oth­er peo­ple — that you don’t real­ly suck any­more, or at least as much as you did. Hey, a com­pli­ment! Seri­ous­ly? Yeah, once again, the indus­try is COLD… but it’s enough to pre­vent you from throw­ing your equip­ment off of a cliff, and you shoot some more. It’s a cycle. It’s a hor­ri­ble, vicious cycle. It’s an inevitable cycle, and it’s just the way it is.

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