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One of the quickest ways to kill your confidence and lose your ability to create great work is to look at others doing similar work in your industry.
I have a problem (a BIG problem) with the idea of looking for inspiration in other photographers' work. Sure, I love Annie Leibovitz, Ansel Adams, and Lindsay Adler as much as the next photographer, but I don't look at their work before going to shoots or before editing photos. I don't even really look at their websites, social media platforms, or industry magazines in which they've been featured.
Over the past year, I've gotten really good at knowing what I'm good at, and where I need to grow. (Where I need to grow is another story for another day, I promise.) What I'm good at is realizing how I can help myself grow, rather than hurt that beautiful process of creativity. Here are some things to help you strengthen yourself in the same way:
I hope these thoughts are helpful. They've helped me get inspired, stay inspired, and best of all, not lose hope about my own work, self worth, and ability to create beautiful things.
You've got this!