life advice

Practice What You're Passionate About


Last Fall, Doreen invited me to photograph flowers in her garden and told me I was welcome to get started before she arrived; so I did just that.
Doreen had to kick me out of her garden. I couldn't stop. I was so involved and lost in my work I needed someone to tell me when I had taken enough. In all honesty, I could had taken photos of those flowers for hours on end. 


As much as I absolutely enjoy photographing people and working with them, sometimes it is so nice to do "exercises" where I have no timeline and get to practice technique using still objects. 

I recently finished reading Malcom Gladwell's "Outliers: The Story of Success". 

I found myself reflecting on my work and Chapter 2 of his book, "The 10,000 Hour Rule".

Often, we believe successful people are those with "natural born" talent. 

However, practice is what enhances and strengths our skills that can lead us to success. 

It is believed that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an "expert" of a field. 

As examples, consider Bill Gates, the Beatles, Mozart, and the time they spent mastering their work.

Contrary to what some may think, 
I did not go to school for Fine Arts
I did not go to school for Photography
I majored in Entreprenuership with an Art Minor (which was collective from art classes).

I bought my first DSLR in college. I took two intro photography classes. 
Honestly, I took the class as an excuse to finally buy a "nice" camera and I always had an interest in photography. 

I created an LLC. 
I started booking sessions. 
I practiced. 
I worked with peers.
I practiced with peers.
I asked questions and listened to mentors. 
I researched online. A lot.
I then tried those things I researched about. 
I practiced. 
See a trend here?

So I'm here to ask, have you practiced? 
Have you done your homework? 
Once you have, go do more.

Practice what you're passionate about.
Dive right in.
Never stop learning. Never stop trying. 

Much love! - Jesselyn