With a hat tip to Seth Godin, I want to mention a simple point today. Validation is overrated. What someone else thinks of you or your work doesn’t have to have a negative impact on your life. Period. Why? Because there can be only one YOU and only YOU can know if your work is true to your own heart. The way to find out whether or not you “have it” is to just do it!

Seth writes often about just doing it. I agree. Don’t wait for permission. That’s the basic premise of Seth’s post. Don’t wait for someone to tell you that your photos are good. Practice, research, go to workshops, take classes, believe in yourself. Improve by study, trial and error and go out there shooting. This is no excuse not to get good at your craft but when that happens, YOU will know it and will be true wether or not the cool kids agree.

There’s no “system” you have to wait on to go work as a professional photographer. In almost any city in the USA you don’t need a license to be a photographer (although you may need a business license if you in fact go pro.)

There’s no central authority who can stop you. Only YOU can stop you. Read Seth’s post and then think of it in the context of working as a photographer.

Paraphrasing Seth – if you want to go make photographs…go do it. Don’t wait for someone else to tell you it’s okay! You don’t need anyone else’s permission or validation. No anonymous jerk on a camera club forum can stop you. You just need to believe in your heart that you have something to share. So what are you waiting for? As always, I’m rooting for you!


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