In our Journey of Recognition with Kat, we were asked to think about rules. What "rules" do I follow in photography that hold me back in my creativity? When does the little voice inside my head whisper - "You shouldn't"? Well, sometimes the voice isn't inside my head. Recently my daughter and I went on a photo walk around town. We ate at a cute restaurant and when we were leaving I wanted to take a picture of the door. It had cool ironwork. She was like - "Mom - you can't do that. People are right inside, they'll wonder what you're doing and they won't like it and you can't take pictures of businesses. She had all kinds of rules in her head about what's considered appropriate. (And she's my risk taker!) Well - I didn't take the photo. She was just saying out loud the kinds of the things I tell myself all of the time. I feel like there are unwritten rules about shooting in public and I don't really know what they are, so I'm uncomfortable whipping my camera out when I want to. I also feel like an imposter - like I'm trying to pretend to be a real photographer when I don't really know what I'm doing.
I'm okay if I'm at a tourist spot - I don't feel like I stand out with my camera then, so it's okay.
It's something that I have to get over - otherwise I'll just have to travel all the time!