Impostor Syndrome

There’s a moment before I do anything big.  Sometimes the moment lasts only a second, and sometimes the moment lasts years.  In that moment I am frozen.  I can’t make a decision.  I can’t say yes.  My dad thinks I hold back because I am afraid to succeed.  That I’m afraid of the attention that might come with success.  I’ve always thought that it is because I’m afraid that people will know that I’m not “good enough”.  I’m afraid to stand up boldly and declare “this is who I am – this is my work and I’m proud of it” because I’m afraid that someone will call me out right then and there.  They’ll remind me that any success I have is due to luck, or timing, or my ability to trick people into believing I’m more than I am.  That one day everyone else will also be able to see what a fake I am.  There’s a name for this I’m told.  It’s called impostor syndrome.  And as much as I like to consider myself unique, I hear that this “condition” is actually quite common – particularly among women.  It’s unfortunate.  How many people, artists, musicians, writers,  photographers have held themselves back because they’re afraid?  Not that they’ll fail, but that other people will write them and their work off as fraudulent.  As a fluke.  And the truth is… the fears aren’t actually based in any truth.  In fact, it’s when I rally the courage to take those steps forward to face and pursue my deepest insecurities and desires that I’m met with the most encouragement and support.  

Find out what makes you feel at home and chase it.  Better yet, fight for it.  Because I think it’s only then that we are able to stand behind our work with pride and confidence, knowing we are doing exactly what we should be doing. 

Chasing the Light…

– Lauren.


Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta |YYC

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Think About Kissing…

This family is so cool.  They live in the mountains in a yurt.  They’re in the process of planning and building an earthship.  They travel the world with there two young kids.  They raft and snowboard and basically everything else you can think of that’s extreme and outdoors and are the definition of adventure.  You can see how much they love spending time as a family and had some very creative ways of making each other smile and laugh for me.  They are such a goofy, happy, active, loving group of people and it was my pleasure to spend a bit of time with them back in September getting a little taste of how they live.  Thank you for welcoming me into your home and letting me capture a bit of your crazy awesome lives.  


 

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

 

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

Lauren Hamm Photography | Lifestyle Photographer | Calgary, Alberta | YYC Photographer

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He Just Has To Kiss Me

When I do mini sessions I generally say that they include approximately 15-20 images.  Well.  I shot this family for half an hour and I probably could have sent them 50.  What a photogenic group of people.  Of course, if you’ve followed my blog at all over the last few months you will be familiar with their faces.   I loved getting to visit with them out at their mountain property and spend some time exploring the woods and meadows.  The day was grey and wet, the colours were just the way I love them, and Elias was in his usual happy mood.  What more could I ask?  My favourite moment of the day probably happened when Cyra was looking through the photos afterward and exclaimed “He can’t help himself! Every time he looks at me he just as to kiss me!”  I love that kind of love.  And I love you three!


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