Tag Archives: originality

Be Inspired.

26 May

Deb Schwedhelm, my dear friend and an amazing photographer posted this incredible image + statement on her blog yesterday. Not only are her words true, she is a phenomenal example of a woman who is true to herself, who seeks her own path, who  takes risks in her work and most of all, nurtures her own profound sense of creativity. If you enjoy this post, browse her archives to learn more about her and her life. If you are just starting out, you will admire her journey — and if you’re a veteran photographer, you may just discover a kindred spirit. Thanks Deb for being fully YOU and for never ceasing to be original and inspirational.


Follow Your Heart

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
– Steve Jobs

It’s so easy to get caught up in being inspired by others’, which often results in feeling frustrated and discouraged with our own work. And that’s exactly when we need to dig a little deeper, trust ourselves and follow the direction our heart is telling us to go.


How to be YOU.

19 May

If you’re reading this, you already know we value originality. In fact, we shout its merit from the rooftops. While a large portion of our mission is to defend copyright in the photography industry (and give photographers the tools to do so), we also want to share resources that encourage photographers to foster creativity and pursue their own unique path as well. Today, MCP Actions features a great article by Jessica of 503 Photography that does so perfectly. The topic is building your storefront/website and is a perfect follow-up to “Do the WRITE Thing” posted earlier this week. Instead of looking to other photographers for inspiration, Jessica chronicles her journey of finding the right design and copy (note: it didn’t happen in the first iteration).

She shares tips like “Be You”, “Write Genuinely” and “Let People Get to Know You” — sounds simple and obvious, but she expands on what this looks like and, no, you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Most importantly, anyone can put her suggestions into action — if you’re ready to hang your shingle as a photographer, be prepared hang the shingle of a brand that’s uniquely you as well.

Take a look at the full article here.

While you’re reading, browse these articles on finding and developing your unique brand:

Losing Your Fear. Finding Your Brand – Fast Company
One Easy Way to Find Your Brand Idea – Shoestring Branding
Personal Branding 101: How to Discover and Create Your Brand – Mashable.com

Be Yourself.

11 May

Saw this awesome image by Liz and thought it was a perfect fit. Brightens things up a bit, doesn’t it?

“Individualized” by Elizabeth Leighton: Don’t settle for being a part of the crowd

Quote of the Day

10 May

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” Herman Melville