Green Jelly Bean


Here's the deal.  If you shoot models, and you are serious about your work, you will get jealous from time to time for many reasons.  It's human nature. You might get jealous when you see a model you've shot with work with another photographer who just totally nails a wonderful look.  Everyone would like their work to be the best the model has.  It's human nature.

Sometimes models get jealous when a photographer they shoot with regularly knocks out some great ideas with another model.  Even knowing that they have also shot unique killer sets with that same photographer.  It's human nature.

I've struggled with this and from my conversations with other photographers and models I'm not alone.  Whew!  We all seem to be human...

Here's the deal.  We are all growing and expanding what we know, who we know, how we do things, how to improve on what we've done, and not one of us has done it alone.  We all work together to help in each other's growth.  This is how it should be.  It's human nature.

What about that green jelly bean?  Well, personally, I acknowledge it because that's always the first step in fixing anything.  And, at least in my case, I'm more upset about being jealous than actually being jealous.  But that helps too.  I know it's dumb and selfish.

I actively encourage the people I work with, models, photographers, support, to work with as many good or great people as they can.  That's the only way they can grow.  This is how portfolios are built and careers lauched.  And that's what it's all about.  I often tell myself that what I'm doing, maybe just one shot I take, will be the one that opens the door to something amazing for that other person.  That's why we do it.  That's why I do it.

Will we still be jealous, even knowing it's silly and wrong?  Oh yeah.

It's human nature.