blog post: wishing or doing?

blog post: wishing or doing?

“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential – for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.” — Soren Kierkegaard

If I were to wish for anything, I’d wish to create an interactive dialog with the many visitors that come here to the  Zen Photography blog.  Thank you for honoring me by reading my posts (we have many visitors from all around the world).  Despite our not being able to meet in person, I’d really like to hear your thoughts and strike up a conversation on how you relate photographically with my writings.  Having a connection is essential in supporting one another on our photographic journey – I will always welcome your input here.

So, let’s consider our photographic potential for a moment…

Many of us have a passion for photography, whether we are just beginning to learn it or we are someone who is in the thick of a solid career. 

As a new photographer, how many times have we seen the potential in wanting to create from a scene or a moment only to have the outcome be disappointing as we struggled with camera settings or we mistimed our shots?  All that possibility leading to all that disappointment.  That’s called frustration.  Frustration leaves many a shooter to rely on P – which does not stand for Professional or Potential, in my book!

Or, perhaps that passion for our photography has led us to move from enthusiast towards an actual career as a photographer – all that potential, all those possibilities…all that struggle as we make our way down an unknown path without a mentor or a coach.  That’s how it was for me, nearly twenty years ago.  What was I thinking?!  As a typical creative person, I was thinking about the potential, the excitement, the possibilities – everything I knew I could do, despite not knowing how to go about doing it.  That didn’t stop me.  I blazed a trail for myself and for many photographers that followed after me.  But that trail blazing came at an expense at times – there’s a LOT of learning to be done as the sole owner of a photography business.  That is one thing I know for sure.  Those who tell you they’ve learned or know it all (at any time in their career), probably haven’t learned anything at all. 

Each of us is on our own journey; we all learn in our own way, pace and time, but you now have the opportunity of learning from people who have experience and are here to guide and help – Team Zen.  They are a gift.  I wished I’d have had someone to mentor me as I was learning photography and the business of photography – THAT is a whole ‘nother story, believe me.

I’d like you to consider your potential while reading this post, then consider the things you spend time wishing for…those possibilities that look so enticing yet are still out of reach.  Are you achieving your photographic or business goals by planning and harnessing your potential instead of just wishing that things will happen?  Do you have a plan to learn more about photography, or more about operating your photographic business?

Please share your thoughts here with us.  What do you see as your potential vs. what you are wishing for.  ‘My potential is: ___________________.’   ‘I wish __________________ .’  Can you feel the difference between them?

If you need some photographic or business guidance, consider taking a Zen Photography 2-day Workshop, or attending a Zen Photography 5-day Retreat, or having 1:1 Coaching. Team Zen can help you learn to see differently and create from your potential in a way that will move you thoughtfully towards success. 

This isn’t a race, it’s your journey.

Namaste, Team Zen | Joanne Bartone

Canon EOS 7D  |  Canon 16-35mm L f/2.8 IS @ 16mm  |  ISO: 400  |  f/8  | 1/160  |  Provincetown MA  | Image refined cropped and enhanced for color + tonality in PS5

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