I first and foremost have to thank Josh, a business partner and professional, for not only the inspiration for this blog post, but as well the favor he asked of me.
Now, before I get started, most of you may think that this will come across as very rudimentary for a photographer of nearly 10 years, however, I want to make very clear that my first mentor Jonathan Betz told me, “ always try to take photos as clean as possible out the camera so that you have very little edits to do at your desk, unless you like that sort of thing.” For me, personally, editing photographs is my LEAST favorite part of the whole process!
I know, I know, for some of you who love to drop backgrounds in, snow, smoke, and new heads, may be thinking how unbelievably fascinating that may be, but I assure you, I truly have no desire! So, when I was asked to do something like remove a background from an image, I have to admit that I cringed a little bit in my seat as I had never done it.
To be quite honest, I procrastinated on it just a bit as I let the thought of it build up in mind. First, I would have to sit down and learn something new, which meant research time. I would have to look at multiple videos and sit and experiment for some time. Being ADHD, let me just tell you, it just doesn’t work for me! I don’t mind doing edits that I have done on regular basis, twenty four seven, especially since those edits now only take me one to two minutes per photo. But not this, this means I would have to sit and learn a new technique. Hindsight 20/20 I spent more time procrating and thinking of all the reasons I could'nt do it then what it took to actually edit the damn picture.
So I began the dreaded research. I began to get out of the normalcy of my day and stretch myself a little bit. I began my research in YouTube, the God of all learning experiences!
I first somehow started up in videos that demonstrated how to make chili rejenos.
I then got side tracked at the cute bulldog video that came up.
I checked my email in-between and then remembered why I had sat down on a Saturday afternoon when I should be somewhere like getting my nails done!
Oh yes, (sigh) taking a background out of a picture for dummies!
I was so proud that I did it! I was so proud that now I could add just another thing under my belt that I had done in the editing world. But most importantly, I started to realize very quick that I was more proud that I pushed myself out of my comfortable place. The place that feels safe and easy. The place where I can’t grow. The place that will keep me stagnant and unmoving. What a small yet powerful message I had received that afternoon.
I made things seem so much bigger in my head, I allowed myself to talk myself out of doing things that were actually not as hard as I thought. I allowed procrastination to kick in, the killer of all goals and dreams. Yet, just a little movement and action, a little push inside me, took me to the next step and the next and the next, until I was done.
I felt good with a sense of accomplishment as well for just finishing!
I then decided to push myself to the next dreaded thing I know I have been procrastinating on, my blog!