Hi all! I’m a third year graphic design and photography student at university. I have one year remaining of my studies. Three months ago, I created an Instagram page to share my portrait photography to the public (taking portraits is what I love). At the moment, I have 116 followers (I know this is a very low following, but I hope it will grow). As Instagram is hugely popular these days and is a great photo-sharing platform, I thought it might be a nice idea to make a page for my work. However, I don’t know whether I should persist with this Instagram page, or whether I should create a website/blog instead that shows my design work as well as my photography.
Sometimes I have serious doubts about myself and I fear that my shots aren’t good enough at all. Some days, I feel pretty down and start thinking that this whole journey won’t even get me anywhere. Further, Instagram lets me see the photography of so many others, and I end up comparing my portraits to those done by professionals who are amazingly talented. Instead of becoming inspired, I usually feel quite negative. I feel like I don’t even know my strengths and weaknesses. I want my work to be bold, yet simple and minimalistic, but sometimes I don’t know how to actually create that and get the idea out of my head and into a photo.
If any of you fellow creative folk have tips or advice, or would like to share your own experiences, I’d love to hear it all! I have a few friends at uni, but sometimes I feel quite lonely on this path. Hopefully that will change once I leave uni and get into the workforce.