"Mom, do you have any cards?" Those were the words my 11 year old self said one day after coming home from school. I needed the cards because I had something to prove.
I just had an encounter with a boy who told me I couldn't shuffle. He was doing a really cool "bridge shuffle" and I thought to myself, "Who is HE to tell ME I can't shuffle?" I picked up the cards because I just knew I could do it too... boy, was I wrong. The cards did NOT do what I wanted them to.
I was red-faced.
When I got home that day, I needed cards. I was determined to learn how to shuffle the way that kid shuffled. My mom handed me the cards and I sat at the kitchen table for hours. Literally hours. There was no youtube or internet back then, so I had to learn it the hard way. I sat there and tried that bridge shuffle over and over again until my fingers felt like they were going to bleed. All that hard work paid off when I walked into class the next day with my own pack of cards, sat down next to that boy and said, "Hey! Watch this!" No one was laughing that day, except me!
That same type of thinking drives me even today. If there is something I want to learn to do, I do it. I work at it until I get it right. It's not always easy, but it is always worth it. My advice to you is: When you feel like you can't do it. When you feel like you are not good enough. When other's say you can't do it. Don't give up. Just keep trying! If, in the process you find that it's not for you, that's okay too.
When it comes to photography, not everyone is able to be a professional, but I do believe that everyone can learn to take better photos. It's a matter of learning, and practicing.
FIVE SHORT TIPS/WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT:
I have an older post on my blog where I give advice to new photographers. If you'd like to, you can read it here.
... until next time ...
Hi! I'm Lyndsey.
I am the artist behind iystudios. I have loved photography for as long as I can remember. Believe it or not, it all started with a disposable camera. Yes, disposable!
Flashback about 30 years and you will find me as a toddler taking my first selfie before the world even knew what a selfie was. I still have the photo. It's not pretty. You probably will never see it online, but it does exist. I have come along way since then!
I have worked hard at perfecting my craft and learning all I can about photography and design. I have spent most of my years behind the camera and you will rarely see me in front of the camera, if ever.
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