I love my job. I love everything about it. But what people do not realize is how alone I feel sometimes. When I am not out shooting a session or wedding, I am at my apartment with just myself, my MacBook and Pandora.com (when I write that out it sounds so sad … maybe I should get a dog…hmm). I have built a small network of other creatives to bounce things off of … and poor Phil sometimes listens to me babble about all the ideas in my head when he comes home from work …. but for the most part I make all the decisions … all day long. And sometimes that weighs on me, and I can doubt and worry about the work that I put out there for the world to see. Yes, as I post my photos/thoughts/feelings to my blog and to my Facebook, I sometimes  ok … a lot of times … worry that people will hate my work. As a creative, you never know how people will react.

So last week, when this Facebook note popped up in my inbox from Hillary, a sense of relief along with a huge smile appeared on my face.

Brittany, I just have to tell you that I think you did an incredible job at Kristin’s wedding. Maybe it doesn’t mean much coming from someone that you don’t know – but I feel like compliments are always warranted so I want you to know how I feel. I have been to probably 40 weddings in the last few years and have seen a lot of wedding pictures. People may get a few really good shots in the whole lot of em, but there was seriously not a bad or awkward photo in your album. I can’t stop looking at them. You truly have a gift and your pride in your work is completely evident. I wouldn’t hesitate to refer you to anyone looking for a great photographer. I really enjoyed looking through your pics and your website. I love pictures and wish I had your eye for capturing life – its simply beautiful. Thank you for what you do. 

Riviera Maya Now Sapphire | Brittany Bekas Photography

…. Did I mention that I might have gotten a little emotional … like a tear or two … when I read this? But it is notes like these that give me reassurance about myself, my work, and my business. Hillary … thanks again for being so sweet to write me this note. It means more than you can know.

Missed Kristin’s wedding photos? Don’t worry, you can still see Kristin and Jordan’s Mexican destination wedding photographs.

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  1. Whitney January 30, 2013

    Hey Brit,

    I loved this post and completely relate to the loneliness you can feel when left alone for too long, with just thoughts and the resulting self-doubt and questioning that can result. That email from the bridesmaid will be one of many yet to come because your talent jumps off the screen for anyone who sees your shots – friend of the bride, friend of you, or complete stranger. I look at your website at least once or twice a week to see what you’ve been shooting, to revel in other people’s weddings, engagements, sassy boudoir sessions, etc. and every time I look through your photos I remember the AAE I used to work with and I think, “WOW, thank goodness she took this leap, took the RISK of following a dream, uncertain of where it would go…” You were very good at advertising – but you are extraordinary at this. What may have felt like a huge “gamble” at the time has clearly paid off and it’s been so exciting and inspiring to watch from the sidelines. When you start to doubt yourself, read that email again, read the notes you get from friends, the comments on your albums, turn the music up louder, and remind yourself that you have done something few people have the courage to do and you are truly, truly TALENTED! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for your exciting career in photography!

  2. Carrie Ansenberger January 30, 2013

    Isn’t it nice to know that your work is appreciated.


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