That’ll Never Work

Silencing the inner critic is the hardest thing for any artist.

Sometimes the voice is just a whisper. Most of the time, it’s a full-throated yell.

Author Steven Pressfield calls this beast The Resistance. If you think it’s not real, you’re probably not an artist.

Photographers strive to have just the right kit, with all the accessories and extras to cover any contingency. God forbid, you get to the session and don’t have what is needed.

Resistance trivializes that low-level worry with a dose of anxiety that’s strong enough to keep you from even loading the gear or getting out of bed.

The mocking I heard in my head as I started this January session in Orlando went like this…

That’ll never work.
The scene is so backlit my eyes hurt.
Are you using a camera or a Cracker Jack prize?
Your lens is too wide for a proper portrait.
The fill flash will never balance and with your math skills…

Then I captured the first frame and the voice went silent. The rest of the session was business as usual, with no uninvited guests.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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