“Can I change myself to fit the job?”

That was a question posed to me during a workshop I conducted. I was speaking about natural behavioral preferences that give us our STRENGTHS.

My answer?

You could, because we’re all capable of many things. But could you do that job better than someone naturally fit to do it? PROBABLY NOT. Could you do another job better, one that plays to your natural strengths? ABSOLUTELY YES!

It’s like trying to write with your left hand if you are right-handed. You CAN do it, and I’m sure, with enough practice, you will succeed in writing legibly. Will it ever be as fast and effective as your dominant hand? As I’m looking at this contact sheet that my friend Sabrina Sexton sent me, it reminds me of this question.

I was in Atlanta for a conference and asked my friend if she could take some new headshots for me “really quick”. These pictures (and many more) were taken in less than 15 minutes. We were able to fit it into an already packed schedule even though it was a location she had never been to.

– understands lighting (can be learned)
– knows how to prompt the subject (can be learned)
– has an eye for subtlety that will make or break a picture (natural)

The difference between someone who has this natural gift of an eye for subtlety is that they hit more home runs. If they take 10 pictures, 75% are great. There are many photographers who lack this and still can produce a few good pics. We would have to take hundreds of pictures to have a few great ones.

Who do you want to be? Who do you want on your team?