I have had a lot of “flipping the script” for me lately. You know, taking those not so nice words I have spinning in my head, and turn them into a positive? There has been a lot of internal dialog and remind myself that I have talents, but they are perhaps a little nontraditional when it comes to application.
I was having a conversation with a fellow photographer. I had forgotten to include a few photos onto a USB drive for a client. I was beating myself up for the mistake, and then I said to him, “I just don’t have attention for detail”.
Wait, a minute. What did you say?
Isn’t your attention for details one of the reasons I hired you to second shoot a wedding with me (multiple times, by the way)? I love how you see detail, and I am betting your own clients do, too”.
And then it hit me, while I may not be able to say that I am an “attention to detail” person in traditional, job application sense, but I know it’s there when I am shooting. I may not always catch when numbers are off in a spreadsheet, spelling is a bit wonky in a sentence, or when I forget a file or (ten) on a disk, but put a camera in my hand and I start to see the world in pure details.
So, here is to non-traditional ways of thinking and seeing. Here is to being the detail lover AND the detail hater all at once. Here’s to seeing our ‘faults’ in new (pretty dappled) light.
Keep chasing that light, Vanessa Simpson
*All photos were taken while wandering around The Port of Tacoma’s Maritime Festival.