Stick with what you know
OK...I am going to let you in on a little secret. I can't even believe that I am telling you this...are you ready? I don't know everything. There I said it! Oh, I am sorry were you hoping for something more juicy and exciting??? LOL.
But seriously...as a photographer I find that many of my clients think I must be very creative and ask me to do other design work...which is normally fine. But the other day, I had a client ask me to develop a logo for them. Sounds pretty cool. But I was skeptical (with my abilities). Photography is one thing. Logo design is a whole other world. So I tentatively accepted the challenge...but gave myself an out (basically stating upfront that I have not created logos and might not be the right person for the job). So last night I sat staring at my computer going...WTF. I tried a few things...downloaded a few new brushes and bought a few PNG files (very cheap...thank god!). But my brain just froze. And I realized in that moment...this is out of my league. And I was fine with that. I really need to stick with what I know! Give me a camera and some photoshop actions...I am all good. Tell me to create a brand and logo...uh...not so much! I am writing about this because I think many of us climb into this boat now and then. And I do think it's good to try new things...For sure! BUT...I think we all know our limits. AND that is OK! Be honest with yourself!
Anyway, this morning I sent a message to my client explaining that I am not the right person for the job. I didn't really like saying that, but I was truthful and upfront. I don't want to waste their time and money and not come up with the results. And you know what...they were pretty darn happy with my honesty. And I think I just saved myself and my client hours of frustration. And in the end, that is a very good thing!
So yeah...I just thought I would share this today. Like I said, it's good to try new things...but it's also good to know when to say..."this is just not my area of expertise." It does not mean you are a failure! It just means you can't do everything perfectly. And that's totally cool!
Well that is my Friday lesson...LOL.
Have a wonderful weekend!!!