Dealing with Failure

When it comes to things that we consider failed endeavors, we can either content ourselves with the results or we can come back to face it again at a later time. I often work with babies and small children so it’s always a toss-up how a shoot will go. Nine times of ten we can still get some great shots, but what happens when they’re in melt down city? We try again later.

Now a shoot with a crying baby isn’t exactly the end of the world, but I do believe it applies to bigger problems in life. See below. I tried to plan a 10 month shoot that I thought X would LOVE. It was outside, had bubbles, and water- pretty much everything he adores. Did he like it? Not one bit. In fact, out of over 200 images, this one was basically the only one that turned out OK. So I posted it to social media and it became one of my most popular images (I’m still baffled about it too). What I considered a failure, others adored.

I’ve recently fallen in love with this quote by Nelson Mandela, “I never lose. Either I win or I learn.” It’s so easy to get discouraged when we don’t feel like we’re making the progress we hoped or when we see others out-performing us, however, I love how the perspective can shift from failure to education with this mindset. Then, just maybe, next time the baby will smile for the camera.

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