Feeling like a fraud.
I remember shooting at a wedding years ago and one of the guests had a better lens than me. No joke. It was a huge Canon lens that could see from about here to the moon and there was me with my little prime lens doing my thing. In fact, let me tell you what else he was doing – not only did he have a moon viewing lens he was also on the balcony at the back of the church. I cant really put into words the panic that was rising in my chest and how much of a FRAUD I felt. Here I was being paid to do a job and the guest had a better camera and was in the ‘better’ spot. You know, the one that the vicar tells you to go to, to get the ‘best‘ shot that ‘everyone’ else gets. If I could I would go back to that version of me, walk over to her, give her a little squeeze and say forget that feeling of not being enough and focus on what you KNOW you can do.
Remember a couple of things – to really has NOTHING to do with how fancy the lens or camera looks. It’s how you use it and how you use the light. But more important than that, it’s how you make someone feel in FRONT of the lens. The most expensive kit in the world won’t make some give you a real smile and allow their guard to drop enough to make what could feel awkward a beautiful experience. So, know you worth and your superpower. And as a little side-note, as you walk past, let them know its all about the prime lens anyway 😉
Remember your superpower – mines being able to make my clients relaxed and feel confident and I thought Id share more on how to do that here.