A Letter to Photographers: Have You Taken Yourself Hostage?

MAKE your life FEEL like A FUN GAME,

rather than something to survive & endure.


A Letter to Photographers: Have You Taken Yourself Hostage?

  1. Melissa Rich says:

    Um, yep. That post was like you were in my brain thinking my thoughts. Exactly how it’s gone down for me.

    • MarieMasse says:

      It was pretty much the story of my photography life. Once I recognized the path I had taken, I was able to redirect my path to where I wanted to go. I hope this post does that for others ūüôā

  2. Janet says:

    You must have been thinking about ME when you wrote this!! Only my calendar isn’t full and I am struggling to stay afloat. But I know when I browse the web and think I have to shoot like the photographers who are apparently booked solid, I lose a piece of myself. I am 56, not a young woman with a 30 year career ahead of her (although maybe I will). I still have the same dreams as those 30 year career people though, I want to shoot full-time, leave my 32 year career for a new one that makes my heart sing, I want to be profitable, I want to feed my soul. Crazy me, at my age. Your article shed hope on my dark thought. Thank you.

  3. Kelly says:

    This article couldn’t have been more perfect for me to read right now. I have been trying to start a photography business for a year now, but something keeps getting in the way, ME! I fell in love with photography when I was just shooting for me. Documenting my family and life for a little personal blog. Once I decided to start a business I stopped shooting what I wanted to shoot and try to shoot like others were, because I feel that’s what future clients are going to want. I have become so critical of my own work, its almost stopped me in my tracks.

    • MarieMasse says:

      It’s unbelievable the power of perception can alter who we are in our core, isn’t it? Especially considering that we can go on without even recognizing the change. I am so happy you shared your thoughts with me and I hope that you follow your every dream, Kelly! xoxo

  4. klh1218 says:

    This was EXACTLY what I needed to read today. Thank you!!!

  5. Anne rowell says:

    This article was so spot on. While I don’t use photography to feed my family I totally felt until just a very short time ago, obligated to take copy cat photos for anyone who asked. I couldn’t say no and then would panic for days before shooting about how I was going to pull it off. After every time I would go through the photos and only feel relief that they weren’t horrid but rarely joy that they were fabulous. They didn’t make MY heart sigh even if the people I took them for loved them and that’s when I knew I was missing something. I’ve had to learn to say NO until I find my voice. I’m slowly getting there and that’s alright. I’m grateful to have come across gracious photographers like your self that acknowledge this publicly so there are no more Paniciky Pinterst Parkinglot moments !!!!!

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