Breaking the Cycle…

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Today has been full of surprises, some from others and the biggest from myself!

Firstly, my mum spontaneously hugged me in public (my mum is a working class gem who would sacrifice everything for her kids but has never been very good at showing affection), which took me totally by surprise..

Then later this afternoon a friend emailed to ask me to photograph her Wedding Vow Renewal next summer. She knows I’m not big on portraiture or event photography (mainly due to a lack of opportunity/experience and my crippling anxiety) but she loves the images I post on facebook and has already stated that that she only wants candid shots, nothing formal and has even offered to pay me!

Here’s the biggest surprise of the day… I said YES!

My reasoning for this decision is that I love my friend and her husband and I would move heaven and earth for them. Also I am not letting my anxiety dictate what I can do anymore. I recently attended a family function and had to leave after a few hours as I started to “freak out”, which I found frustrating and later I felt angry & upset at myself. So I’ve got 12 months to practice my photography skills (beware friends and family as I will be requiring models) but I am also going to put my coping strategies from my Cognitive Behavioural Therapy into full practice every single day.

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8 thoughts on “Breaking the Cycle…

  1. Beautiful image of the flower and a very telling blog. I have a feeling you are going to great no matter what you decide to take on. Good luck with the wedding stuff. You will do fine.

    I remember how anxious I used to become when I was shooting wedding to make a living in New York a great many years ago. Everyone of them turned me upside down before going in and shooting but the joy of shooting overcame the anxiety.

    Take care and thanks for sharing

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  2. trappedincandy says:

    Beautiful picture

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  3. RobynG says:

    Lovely image of the pink daisy! And you will do fabulous photographing your friend’s event! Just remember the confidence she has in you when your anxieties kick in! Blessings, Robyn

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  4. Iamrcc says:

    Love the soft look. Thanks for the visit and the like of my post “Mum, Looking More Like Myself”.

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  5. themofman says:

    Congratulations on your Wedding Photography Assignment. If it’s really your first, you’ll find it very challenging but still highly enjoyable.

    I have a question for you.

    A short while ago in my neck of the woods, a meeting was held by Hamilton Artists Inc. in which the guest speaker talked about why flowers factor into women’s art so frequently. I wanted to be there but, unfortunately, I couldn’t. The subject has me thinking; nevertheless, so I’m now on a quest to discover that answer for myself.

    I imagine the reasons will be different for every woman. What’s your personal take on it? Is it related to your confronting depression at all?

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    • themofman says:

      I guess that’s a couple of questions.

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    • mrsdawnp says:

      My reason for using flowers so often is because they are an easily attainable and varied subject matter. So on days when my depression & anxiety are seriously hampering my ability to venture out, I will at least try capture something interesting. My photography helps with my illness, not just by giving me a reason to leave my house but on the days were I can’t face the outside world it still gives me a reason to motivate myself to do something, even if I hate every image I’ve shot that day. I’ve also noticed the trend for flower photography is mainly amongst female photographers but I’ve always just assume the interest for flowers was a feminine connection between photographer and subject matter. Hope this answers your question but I’ve included a link to a lady who takes some beautiful flower shots..

      http://robyngrahamphotography.com/

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