Real Talk: Imposter Syndrome - Paige Pearson Photography

November 26, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Let's have a real talk about imposter syndrome. That shit is real and it sucks!

For me, imposter syndrome has hit me hard recently. I'm still in my first year of business, I'm part-time, I don't have a consistent editing style, I don't book consistently, I want to try so many new things but don't feel like I can, I doubt myself and if I'll be successful with photography...
Everywhere I look there is another photographer/photography business. I've had moments of feeling lost and frustrated.
 How the heck am I meant to stand out in an already extremely saturated market?!

 

I still feel this way at times... I have also learnt that it's way more common than we let on... Which is sad to hear but in a weird way it's also kind of re-assuring.
Knowing that others often feel as if they aren't good enough or feel as though they aren't being authentic and trying to fit the social mould.

 

A few things that I've found that help me are to:

  • Sit down & remind myself WHY I started my photography business. I write it down, whether it's in my phone notes or down on paper, I always write it down. 
  • Look at where I started compared to where I am now. What have I achieved in that time? How many amazing clients have entrusted me to capture their amazing lives? I find the evidence that supports my why!
  • I hold myself accountable. If I say I'm going to do something, I do it. (Don't get me wrong, it's not 100% of the time and that's okay. It takes consistency but I know it starts now.) 
    I've found holding myself accountable also prevents me from over-committing and allows me to prioritise my to-do's. This has been really helpful for my productivity!

 

These are what works for me, that doesn't necessarily mean they will work for you. But, how can you take these tips & mould them to suit you?

 

Imposter syndrome sucks and we all experience it at some point in our lives. But that doesn't mean we really are faking it, it doesn't mean we are on the wrong path, it doesn't mean we are bad people... It just means we have to remind ourselves WHY we started on this journey and all the freaking amazing stuff we have accomplished so far! Because it's there, you just have to remember it!

I believe in you!


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