"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original; whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
~ C. S. Lewis
There are many times as a creative, that I compare myself to others. I start down the path of thinking that everyone has it together except me, that everyone is amazingly skilled and I am just an amateur barely keeping my head above the water, that everyone has a perfect work and life balance and I'm still struggling to know when to unplug from my computer and start dinner, and that everyone has a perfectly clean house while I'm sitting at my desk with laundry that needs to be washed and dishes piling up to the ceiling. It's embarrassing how often I allow myself to go down the rabbit trail and trap of comparison.
You see, the fact is that God created you uniquely you with a set of skills, gifts, talents, and heart to tackle the joys, problems, victories, and dilemmas that only you can face. I love this quote by Lewis in which he says that originality is not to be our aim but instead our aim should be to tell the truth and it is quite likely that you will be original in the process.
Telling the truth as a creative can be such an adventure! As a wedding photographer I believe that telling the truth for my couples is to showcase their special day in an artistic way such that when they receive their images they will be overjoyed with how the images serve to tell their story, bring out their personalities, capture the mood of the day, and serve as a way to remember such a special occasion as two lives becoming one!
*Oh, and this picture shows how difficult it can be to capture some stylized images while my baby bump is getting in the way. ha! But I wouldn't have it any other way. :)
I'm Michelle. Wife to a dashing servant-hearted man, mother to two under two, and making our 900 square foot house our home.