I recently photographed Ike’s Junior Cadet Football Camp and the kids really got me thinking. There I was, surrounded by a sea of 8-13 year old kids that were working their butts off and loving every minute of it.
There were groans, grass stains, and plenty of missed passes – but not a single kid was complaining. Instead they were all laughing and running around together, enjoying the learning process instead of critiquing themselves.
Okay, so I’m probably giving the average 10-year-old a bit too much introspective credit, but you get the picture. The event gave me a chance to stop for a minute and think about how much more effective learning can be when you’re not so focused on where you want to be. As a young photographer, it’s easy to get caught up in what the absolute best professionals are doing and get really down on your own daily work. I think it’s important for everyone to stop worrying so much about the end result every once in a while, and just enjoy the journey.