We’ve all been there. You find yourself overwhelmed and wondering how you got yourself into this situation. One minute you’re on top of it all and have the world swinging by a chain. The next minute you’re head is spinning with self-doubt and you’re sitting in the middle of a lonely desert road in Southern Nevada wondering what the next move is.
Okay, so that’s how it happened to me, your story might be a bit different. I had just finished a photo shoot in Reno and made the fatal mistake of reviewing the images on the small LCD screen on the back of my camera, after having not slept in 26 hours. I hated every single one of the images and was terrified that I was going to have to explain this when it was time to deliver them. My initial plan seemed a bit ‘iffy. Hey, this was Nevada, right? Alien abduction would be completely plausible explanation…right? Okay, I’m open to the suggestion that the lack of sleep and four energy drinks may have had something to do with my mental condition but the point is that at that moment, I thought my best course of action was to bury my camera and equipment in the desert to save myself future embarrassment.
Maybe burying camera equipment isn’t your first thought. Maybe you’re a new bride looking at an incredibly long to-do list instead and you’re wondering how on Earth you’re going to pull it all off. It really doesn’t matter what has you questioning yourself, it’s all perfectly normal. Coincidentally, the folks at SparksPeople.com have some more tips if you fit into the bride-to-be category.
Here’s the secret weapon inside all of us…DON’T GIVE UP. You’ve got this. Take a look at your situation, reevaluate your mistakes, and hit it again with a renewed sense of purpose and energy.
Ian Ruhter did just that and created his video, Silver and Light
, which takes us through his incredibly inspirational journey into his innovative perspective on photography.
So as you might have guessed, I wasn’t abducted by aliens and I didn’t bury my equipment in the Nevada desert. In fact, about a month later I did a shoot in Flagstaff, Arizona that proved to be one of my favorites. The shoot was over and we were headed back to the cars when a dead and burned out tree caught my eye.
As it turned out, my favorite image from the shoot came as I turned around to find this guy wondering why I was so interested in a “tree that died.” In his words, “you can’t climb that one.” I guess you could say I had stopped seeing the forest for the trees. I had focused on the little things and forgot the bigger picture. Thanks little dude for reminding me which trees to climb.