My post today is very short as we’re about to leave for vacation and I have LOADS of laundry to fold and bags to pack for three people.
This past week something cool happened. A fellow photographer asked if I had gotten my copy of “Shots” magazine and if I hadn’t I probably should (hint hint). I was so excited to be in this photography journal that I love. The work is so good and original. I had submitted, but had never really expected anything to come from it. I was surprised in general, but particularly surprised when I found out which photo they selected. This is one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. This wisteria vine meant so much to me. It’s one of the main reasons I chose our house as “the house” when we were buying and the decision to take it down broke my heart and made it so clear that while the house was still “ours”, it wasn’t really…not anymore. It was for whoever would be renting it. Anyway, I took this photo of Nathan’s strong arms and Ace’s little blurry head and it was instantly in my heart, a significant part of our family’s history. I shared this photo everywhere and guess what? No one liked it. Like NO ONE. Of course it got a couple likes and my super supportive and wonderful mother in law thought it was cute, but I could tell that it just was not doing it for my normal base of viewers. Still, I kept with this photo. It’s on my website in a gallery and it was in the collection I submitted because for me, this photo was absolute gold and I just knew that one day someone else would feel the same way, see the story and feel the moment.
I’m so glad I stuck with this photo and that one of my proudest moments as a photographer was met without any compromise on my part. I wasn’t pandering, or second guessing. I was just submitting my honest art and letting the chips fall where they may.
So, do that. Listen to critique and become better, but when you know in your gut that something is real, even if no one ever follows you, stay with it and don’t let it go.
Amanda Voelker is a fine art and lifestyle photographer. With her children and light as her inspiration, Amanda finds beauty in the everyday. She strives to capture the subtleties of human emotion and connection in a beautiful way that showcases both the moment and a piece of her self. Amanda is also the Co Creator and Editor in Chief of “The Long Way Home” Magazine and instructor at "The Bloom Forum"