Comparison: The Thief of Joy | Musings from a New York Wedding Photographer

I remember my first few photo sessions like they were yesterday. I was excited, but at the same time terrified. I put on a brave face even though I felt like I had a million butterflies in my stomach. I made some mistakes in those first few sessions – mistakes that taught me so much of what I know about photography today. But despite how much I’ve grown in the past year since working with my first clients, I sometimes forget to reflect on how far I’ve come. I look at other photographers in different stages of their careers, and I spend too much time comparing my first year to where these photographers are today after many years in business. Sometimes I let this comparison steal my joy.

It’s easy to compare ourselves to others and forget that everyone is on their own journey. We all have different timelines, opportunities, and obstacles that affect where we are today. I consistently need to remind myself that life isn’t about how well we measure ourselves against others but instead about improving ourselves and being proud of how much we’ve grown.

It’s time we celebrate how far we’ve come, and get excited about how much more is in store.

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  1. Isabel Padilla

    December 30th, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    You felt butterflies in your stomach because you are really committed to do a very good job. That happens when what you are doing matters to you.


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