Making Mistakes

When I was a kid I loved to poke my finger into cake frosting and eat it.

Not gonna lie, I still get tempted.

One evening (think I was around 4 years old), I was in the kitchen and saw on the counter some green frosting. Big ‘ol scoop with my finger and into my mouth it went. Turns out it was wasabi. The aftermath involved crying, choking, and my mom lifting me over the sink to vomit.

One of the best ways to learn, grow, and be successful, is to fail. To experience mistakes. I love the mistakes I’ve made because they have brought me to where I am today. With photography, I have made business mistakes and technical mistakes. When that happens, I do what I can and move forward. It’s a blessing because it is presenting me with the perfect opportunity to learn and do better next time.

Don’t be afraid to fail. There are and will always be things out of your control. Try new things. It’s means you are taking action, learning, and growing.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.  -Albert Einstein

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Lydia

    Thanks Christine for sharing this inspirational and encouraging post! It’s EXACTLY what I need at this very moment. The chart is also a very good reminder that oftentimes the path to success is not as straightforward as most people think. Thanks again! 🙂

  2. Rose

    It’s sooooo true and right on Christine!

  3. Amy

    I love this! It reminds me of a great quote from my favorite movie, Cameron Crow’s Elizbethtown… “You failed. You failed. You failed. You think I care about that? I do understand. You wanna be really great? Then have the courage to fail big and stick around. Make them wonder why you’re still smiling” – Claire Colburn

    good stuff!

  4. salwa

    Woow this words touch my heart you are so amazing,really when i read this words i felt like u are talk to me thank you so much christine <3

  5. Audrey

    Hi Christine,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. When your clients were unhappy with their photos, how did you handle it? Did you apologize that it did not meet their expectations and attempted to find a middle ground to appease them? Everyone makes mistakes and some photographers make mistakes too, e.g. forgetting to bring a zoom on while shooting a wedding, in those cases, do you recommend apologizing?


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