Sunday, July 22, 2012

       

The Problem With Doing Editorials

I'm not sure if anyone else gets this too, but these days I find myself really reluctant in posting editorial works I've done.

Unless it's within a month's time of when something was shot and still fresh, by the time 3 or more months of waiting has passed before it gets published, I'd have lost all interest and just no longer feel like posting the images anymore because they feel "old". (And this wait is usually inevitable because it is the norm to shoot at least 2-3 months ahead of publication dates.)

And because lately I've been making fashion tests my personal work, they end up being editorial submissions more often than not and get put on hold for releasing as well.

So in the end I don't really find myself having anything to post at all, because I've came into such a habit of not really enjoying posting something that no longer feels new and exciting to me. And it's really an issue because it just makes it seem like I'm not shooting at all? Not true!

I guess it applies to other commissioned work too, does anyone else have the problem? How do you overcome it?

(Also I don't want to sound ungrateful but my Instagram photos having twice the number of Likes compared to my photography work, and it kind of puts a dent in my self-esteem for my pictures sometimes cuz it's like, I'll think, oh no, maybe I'm just doing really bad/mediocre work and my fans don't like them at all. T_T Ahhhh.)

13 comments :

the stylist formely known as tricia campbell said...

I experience it too. I think the trick is that though it may seem old to you, remember that it will always be new to your friends, family and many followers. They love and admire your work and can't wait to see your latest projects. Post for them ^_^

Cathie Heart said...

Hi one thing I've been trying to do (and failing at these last few months) is writing the blog posts while it's still new and exciting and fresh in my memories. Adding the images and then scheduling the blog post or keeping it as a draft. That way when you're allowed to post the images all you need to do is hit publish or let the blog system auto publish on a specific date.

I love watching your work <3

Chester Tan said...

Get a third party to manage your blog posts! :-)

Ted Belton said...

The same thing is happening to me right now. I find myself trying to make everything I shoot "publication worthy", and that ends up meaning that I have heaps of retouching to do for the simplest of shoots, and end up waiting months before being able to show anyone the photos. It's a bit weird to be 3 months further ahead in your career than the rest of the world sees, eh?

Imaginara said...

I have the same problem. One way would be to use a scheduler and set the post date to cooncide with the release date. That way it is new and fresh when you actually post it but its not released until the publication is out.

Shukura Li said...

no zen!!! remember your blog is to show us the work, your fans from across the world. i dnt know how old ur work is its aaallll new to me so please post cuz i always come on here and then I'm like oh, no new pics (wth) lol...im not on instagram but will follow u soon. i know what u mean my self portraits gets more likes than my portraits of other people kinda annoying xxx keep on posting!!!! xxxxx

Shukura Li said...

meant to put zem* sorry lol x (autocorrect) lol

Finessence said...

Your work will never look old to us + we never see the publications here anyways (Australia). Share it all with us!

Frederic Phototgraphy said...

I'm kind of glade I'm not the only one feeling this way.

I like what Imaginara Suggested. I may do the same...

Anyway, I'm a big fan of your work. So keep posting your new to us work !

Cheers,
Frederic.

Fiona said...

Jingna!! Could we ever commission you ... once I'm a full fledged office worker, I am definitely saving up for that day! I know Lara used to do commission with a fee $50 on top ... but that was a long time ago :c

Joseph Holley said...

This must sound totally counter-intuitive, but it's worked for me: wait longer. Let the images just sit and age, without looking at them. I come back to my work 6 or 9 months later and it looks fresh to me again, because it's so different than how I'm shooting now.

thesamelie said...

How could you even think something like that ??? I'm pretty sure all the fans LOOOOOVEEEE your work, just like I do :D

But i totally get what you mean... I don't have this problem, i just take photos for fun but i know how exiting it is to post the new photos...

i think you should upload them though! maybe you'll like them better if you'll get so much feedback, i don't know

(probably this is just really selfish because i want to see even more of your work haha )


your work is such a inspiration and i really hope i can become as good as you are as photographer one day.

Anonymous said...

hi!
I think Cathie's suggestion is really really good. write it up while ur still in love with what u did, then just hit publish when u can.

I hate hate looking at some of my images after about 4 wks.

I always knew u did a lot of shoots and really wish I could see more :( so I only visit ur sites once every few months, knowing there'd be nothing new for a while :(