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Mindful Photography (Be Optimistic)

Trevor September 18, 2023

Be Optimistic

Optimism involves expecting the best possible outcome in every situation. It’s a mindset that can foster resilience, boost your mood, and even improve your physical health. However, it’s important to note that optimism is not about denying reality or avoiding negative emotions. Rather, it’s about choosing to focus on the positive aspects of a situation, and believing in your ability to overcome challenges.

You can cultivate optimism in your daily life by starting each day with a positive affirmation, focusing on what you’re grateful for, and looking for the silver lining in difficult situations. You might also find it helpful to surround yourself with positive influences, whether that’s uplifting books, inspiring music, or optimistic people.

In photography, an optimistic approach could involve viewing each missed shot as a learning experience rather than a failure. This perspective can fuel your progress as a photographer and also foster resilience and positivity in other areas of life.

To practice optimism in your photography, try setting a positive intention before each shoot. For example, you might decide to focus on the beauty you can find, or the joy you can capture. After the shoot, review your photos and note what you learned from the experience, and how you can use that knowledge to improve your future shoots.

“Every artist was first an amateur.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote encourages optimism, as it points out that everyone starts from a place of learning. It implies that with practice and a positive outlook, you can always enhance your craft