There was a lot of diversity and difference in my day today. I like my days that way. First thing this morning I had a coaching session with a wonderful male client of mine and that ran deep. Part of my Story Portrait process is journeying with the participant through their life and looking for the key ‘pivot points’ that lead to decisions and realisations along the way. It’s like mining for gold historically.
Next up I headed into town for a portrait shoot with a very cool and spirited coach – we spent a couple of hours in the beautiful autumn sunlight capturing some exquisite moments in time. Then onwards for some lunch, self-reflection and some journalling.
Boom, back at it, into the streets of London for some candid street photography, The Strand, Covent Garden and back down to Embankment. I just couldn’t let today’s autumnal light go to waste.
Right now I feel spent, tired and very well used. Full with meaningful work. But, this wasn’t always the case…
I remember a time where the majority of my waking hours were filled with anxiety.
I’d feel flooded with confusion and overwhelming thoughts. Who was I? What should I be doing with myself? Is it possible to change tack at this stage in the game? What I have achieved so far in my career IS my identity, this is what I am known for, what happens if I willingly choose to leave that all behind?
I shot this image in Brighton a little while ago, it always reminds me of those anxious times. I don’t know what this girl was thinking at the time or what she was dealing with but wow, it felt so familiar. The posture, lip-biting, the heavy gaze to the floor. I could be wrong that could all be projection, but it serves as a very potent reminder.
We MUST follow our urges and say ‘yes’ to the call. Because if we don’t, I promise burn out will find us, and it’ll bite us in the arse.
Lean-in and let go because I promise the universe will unfold to catch you.