John A. Carlos II is a freelance photojournalist, portrait, commercial, and wedding photographer in Columbia, SC working with The Post and Courier, The Free Times, and more.

July 3rd 2014

I'm Not Photogenic!

by John A. Carlos II

Last night, I was challenged to take a good photo from a person that said, "I’m not photogenic” this is the phase I’ve heard countless times. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed proving wrong! Everyone and I mean everyone is photogenic, now get me straight your not going to look like someone else. My goal is to make you look like you on your best day. What I have found is that most people that say that “I’m not photogenic” don’t like themselves. At this point it’s my responsibility to brake through this self doubt. There is nothing I can do if you don’t like yourself… It takes the right person to bring it out… I’m half photographer and half therapist at times.

So It’s been a slow month for me on the take photos front… But that’s ok it’s been a great month for me… I needed a brake… Sometimes we all just need a brake, my brake was not to focus on my business 24/7 so I took sometime for myself, and watched some football (soccer).

I have a fear that one day I’ll get burred out, not want to do any art or anything else for that matter. I’m a mostly afraid of failure, but I’m not very sure what failure is… or what consists of, what is failure? Why am I so fearful? Like the person who said I’m not photogenic, is this a self-fulfilling prophecy? For if you come at anything with a negative attitude do you give credence to that notion or thought? By coming at it with failure already in mind, has it already been obtained?Sure sometimes we fail even with a positive attitude but more often than not if you push through those moments of self-doubt we want merge on the other side victorious. Like Dory said "just keep swimming!"


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