After watching Mike Larson's (Sunbounce California) DVDs I felt and feel like a ticking bomb. I always doubted my skills as a photographer and my methods as a person. I still feel the same way but with the strong will to peel off my insecurity and let the sunshine charge my core.
I am who I am and I feel that when I teach languages or photography I give them not only the course itself, I'm giving myself. I am genuine and honest. I'm interested and open to ideas. And never thought that applying them in my photography sphere would actually have an effect. It did. And how.
I left on my page an "Easter egg" asking who was up for a free photo session or a workshop. Only one answered and it was more than enough.
How did it go? I t went very well and felt very nervous cause I had no way to hold the reflector and take pictures at the same time. But the cloudy day played an awesome role and made things easy.
Now I edited the shots and uploaded them to my favorite sites. Then I made a choice. I had to make a leap of faith because I don't trust Facebook's T&C regarding pictures and uploaded on my page. Shared and tagged the models for easy access.
This was last saturday. Today is thursday and felt like doing my round of social networking. And I see this:
I know there are many pages with way higher numbers than these. But the way it increased was shocking and surprising. I wasn't sure I was looking at my page's insights or someone else's. But apparently these numbers are real and there were actually comments. Many. I was not satisfied. I was happy.
I have always been a people person. I still am. I just did what I would usually do with my other jobs. I gave them myself. I live to serve and to listen to people's needs. According to my feedbacks on paper and from the student's parents.
I would have NEVER thought this works in photography. I got real smiles, I caught their soul. And their eyes caught others attention. I was really trying to figure out what happened. But in the end, it is al about the numbers. And the numbers have spoken.
As you can see underneath, the Floman and Silvia album got a 33,23% virality and the highest points in reach, engaged users and talking about this. Whatever those mean, they got sky high after the saturday shoot.
To whoever has a dream and truly wants to pursue it, I recommend you watching Mike's DVDs.
I believe his words aren't aimed to just photographers.
The pictures can be found here.
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.