Where Did Brenda Johima Photographer Go?

On May 21, 2014, in Photography, by brendajohima

I let a bunch of other competitive “professional” photographers (in an organization)  squash me, silence me, crush me. I regret that. I got bullied. I took less and less photos. I went into hiding. I quit. I let friends and family tell me I could not be a photographer. I broke their hearts by taking better images. I got bullied. I listened. I could not handle breaking the dreams of others who had wanted to pursue photography but didn’t. I quit. I let a group of dog trainers and dog professionals gossip and try to destroy my dog photography Facebook page and phoDOGraphy business. They spread the word in a small town that I cost too much. (I had charged too little and went broke doing so). I quit. I got cancer. I immediately changed all my social profiles and removed “photographer” and “iPhoneographer” and “travel photographer” (wanna be). I couldn’t see how I could travel and be a photographer on the road and have cancer and be in treatment. I quit.

All this crazy thinking and shrinking thinking smaller behaviours and quitting to please others has lead me to …

Begin again!

Today. Lesson learned. I begin again.

xxoo Brenda Johima

P.S.

I have a new opinion of what a “professional” photographer (which I have never called myself) is … they don’t bully other “wanna-be’s” as they call it, into submission. They encourage, they motivate, they inspire, they remember where they came from when they began, they know that their words and actions displayed to those starting out, ARE their brand and affect their own reputation. They know that anybody may refer them work and clients … even possibly the “wanna be” that they bullied.

iPhone Photo of reflection of fence in ditch

There is beauty everywhere, if you look, feel, slow down, and see … even in a ditch.

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All You Want To Do Is Photography All The Time!

On October 27, 2011, in Creativity, So What?, by brendajohima

Best thing someone said to me recently : “Brenda, I think you need to get on track. This photography thing is really taking over. All you want to do is photography all the time.” LOL.

**Well I wanted to say, was Yay! Thank You. Then that means that I am on track! Thank you for noticing, I thought in my mind, and … Quietly, I took it as a compliment, and a sign that I am heading in the right direction.**

Every day, creatives are surrounded by people who “don’t get it” or who try to squash your dreams. What to do about it?

Ignore, carry on, keep going, one foot in front of the other, moving forward in following everything that you LOVE to do. Photography is just one of the many passions that I have as a creative that is not going to go away. LOVE it!.

How about YOU?

~ Brenda Johima ~

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Whoa! Windy Today. Beach Hopping Again : 3 different beaches in 3 days, gotta LOVE Vancouver Island!

This is Number 12 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project. Have FUN with iPhone photography, that’s the point … Be like a kid, see like a kid, play in the wind, take goofy pictures of yourself, and turn it into Art. Happy Easter Everyone! (* And Happy Earth Days, Happy Everything Day, and Happy Anything Day!)

xxoo Brenda

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Don’t text and drive, don’t talk on your cell and drive, and don’t take photos with your DSLR camera and drive. Have someone else drive so you can have fun as a photographer 🙂 with “Painting With Light.”

~ Brenda Johima ~

Copyright 2008 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

painting with light photography technique

Copyright 2008 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

painting with light

Copyright 2008 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

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