10 tips to boost confidence with Design Aglow contributor Dane Sanders: Part 1
As creative artists, we are constantly judged on whether our work is captivating and compelling, whether our art is "good enough" to purchase; whether we are "good enough" to hire to create something beautiful and truly valuable for clients. Today, we have the most complete catalog of art in history, literally at our fingertips, as the internet flourishes with breathtaking imagery 24/7. Therefore, it is hard not to compare our work to others or to feel envious of the talent and gifts of those who surround us. Here's the thing: we all, at one point or another, struggle with confidence. It is an obstacle we artists tend to face. However, as Margery Williams once said, "It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time." Success doesn't happen all at once. It doesn't! You become successful. It takes time to find success. It comes with perseverance, motivation, inspiration, an abundance of experience and education. We tend to forget this. When success is not felt right away, it seems we quickly lose confidence. Subsequently, when we lose our confidence, we lose our creativity that we depend on to be a success with the negative thoughts we have clouding our minds. It takes time: to learn from mistakes, to master our tools and our craft, to run an authentic business and to adapt to the ever-evolving technology. Truthfully, it takes time becoming the artist we feel confident being. It does not happen overnight or all at once, we become.
Here are ten tips from Dane Sanders we found to be helpful to increase our confidence level and to enhance our creativity as we become the artist we are meant to be.
I’ve been taking photographs ever since I can remember, but once I entered the world of wedding photography I felt the need to really understand my gear. Once you really learn your tools, you can worry less about the technical side and focus on putting your vision into that single frame. I feel the faster I can work, and the more intuitively I know my equipment, the more creative I can be. Wedding photography can make you a pro really fast. I think that artistic pressure is what drove me towards it.
As a lifelong fine artist, I didn’t fall in love with photography until post-college. I was a graphic design major who landed a non-creative position in the industry. Upon searching for a creative outlet, and being the hopeless romantic that I am, I discovered wedding photography and was immediately hooked. I poured everything I had into learning the medium so that I could eventually start my own business, which happened a couple of years later in 2012 — also the year I was married.