I probably shouldn’t tell you this but, when people ask me how I got started in photography, I always share the glossy version of working as a photojournalist for my university newspaper. I talk about photographing friends weddings as favors and just “falling into my career.” And it’s all true. But it’s the pretty version of the truth. The unedited version includes me being let go from the paper because they didn’t feel I was “really interested in photography” and my first wedding clients firing me before the wedding because I was “terrible at lighting.” But I really think you have to fall down to know how to stand up. It’s okay to fail, because failing isn’t the end, it’s just a lesson, a stepping stone to something more profound. I am grateful for my failures, for my embarrassing start into photography, because without those experiences I wouldn’t be here today.
Photo by Lindsey Shaun Photography