Just about a year ago we were in the midst of planning our first Styled Wedding Collaboration, a great depression themed orchard elopement. After the session, we eagerly edited our photos and submitted them for publication on blog after blog, each time hearing that the publication schedule for the blog was full or that it was no longer the appropriate season to publish this particular work. Several people had worked so hard to help make our vision come to life and we felt a little sad that we couldn't reward their work with the audience it deserved. So we took a step back and waited.
Then, in late summer, we decided that apple orchard season was here and we would try for publication again. This time, everything just seemed to clicked.
After its initial publication, We heard that Wisconsin Bride had revisited our original submission and also wanted to feature it. What we thought was a total flop turned out to be more of a success than we had even hoped.
Lessons from a perceived failure
Not to get too preachy, but I think there's a lesson or two in there somewhere. It's so easy to judge ourselves by the opinions of others. We base how successful we think we are on how highly others esteem us, or whether our work gets featured, or whatever measure we think matters.
But do these things really measure our success? I'm reminded that our work is not successful because one or two blogs decided to feature it, but because we knew what we wanted to create and we did just that.
If you're a creative, there will come a time when you see others getting recognized for what they've done and yet your work seems to be invisible to the world. Don't feel like a failure. Being defeated doesn't get you anywhere in life.
Instead, hone your point of view. Take a step back and reevaluate things if you have to, but don't give up.
As Steve Martin Said, "Be so good they can't ignore you."