I’d like to tell you why I keep rejecting work. I copied this from my About page, as it is a nice preface of what I want to get across:
I finished the School of New Generation of Wedding Photographers, graduated from Novus Art School and became a state certified photographer in Hungary. While I studied a lot during my education, I learned the most from a series of mentors. Some of whom were artists and some were applied photographers, but one thing was common: they were all human in the words greatest sense and great personalities. You can teach your students tech and history, but if they don’t get the human aspect of it, then it is all for nothing.
”I take great care not to take assignments that I don’t have my heart in 100%”
In the beginning, I was focused in getting more and more work. I was working for free, for money, for charity. I wanted to collaborate to reach more and more people. I accepted work that I was unsure I could pull off. This resulted in learning pretty quickly, but when I started doing weddings, I knew I could not continue.
Since my first wedding, I knew that if I don’t know what I’m doing, or unsure if I can deliver that 100%, I must stop, or I’ll ruin the biggest day of people who trust me enough to grant me the privilege to be the only photographer at their wedding. There is no such thing as: – Let’s get to it, and we’ll figure out later!
Then as years have passed, I started applying the same principles on other type of photoshoots and I thought this is what makes a professional photographer. I could’ve not been more wrong. While I was getting results I wanted and the images were technically okay, more and more shoots lacked my soul. I felt that while I’m putting the most hours and effort into these events and I’m delivering the products and services to my clients, something is missing.
Then as a full time photographer, each morning when I went out for a photoshoot or opened Adobe Lightroom to process the images I asked myself: Are you ready to give your best? Will this be a better day than yesterday? Are you confident that this is what you want to do?
Yeah! Of Course! As always! And such were my answers, but the conviction was lacking behind these words. So I bought myself a perfectly brewed cortado at my favourite coffee shop and confronted myself. I figured out that This is not what I wanted to do!
” I don’t want to do what I don’t what to do! ”
What? Photography? No. I don’t want to do what I don’t what to do! So, I stopped taking weddings, portraits, fashion shoots, concerts that I had a bad feeling about. Did I make less money? Yes. Did I unload a copious amount of stress in my daily life? Yes. Did it allow me to focus more on photoshoots that I did want to do? Absolutely.
So here I am. I take great care not to take assignments that I don’t have my heart in 100%. This is the reason that I reject a lot of work and guide a lot of my clients to my fellow photographers, who I know will deliver excellent value.