We have some psychologists in Rawsie team, so thought we'd write on a topic close to our heart for the community that is so dear to us.
Photographers got it hard. The nature of the work implies they adjust to their clients on site, almost blend in, but at the same time photographers are feeling, expressive, emotional types.
With any interactive client work, particularly wedding, elopement or family shoot - you need to pull on a happy face, and shoot. Regardless of what’s going on in your life, your family, or inside your head. Cancelling on clients who’ve been waiting for so long is simply not an option. Neither is turning up to the shoot down, disconnected or frustrated.
This is what the common inner voice is telling photographers. But it shouldn't be the case.
It's true that no client wants to see frustration or anger expressed at them, but it doesn't mean the feelings need to be blocked out.
"I shouldn't be sad”, "I can't be feeling low", "I cannot show I'm not my best today", etc - such inner chatter denies one's feelings and emotional state, rejects and forbids us from feeling what we are. Bottling up emotions over a period can lead to more serious issues like anxiety or depression.
Not just that. Denying own's initial feelings invokes secondary emotions, such as shame or guilt for not feeling your best, i.e. 'feeling bad for feeling bad'. This turns the pressure volume to the max, which could drain one even further.
Below are some good practices for when we as photographers are not feeling our best but have a work coming up.