I was invited to join this project a few years ago where you had to take a self portrait with these words integrated. It was hard for me but also a great process. Up until this image I had never said these words. Thinking and feeling that I wasn't "good enough" to call myself a photographer. Working through it, it slapped me upside the head that all too often we sell ourselves far too short. We let others opinions mean too much. We shirk from trying for fear of failing to execute something perfectly. We spend too much time comparing ourselves to others.
It took working out front of my house this day, gathering every little cherry blossom petal, arranging them just so, nodding hello to the neighbors looking sideways at me, shooting a million shots to get the one I liked, laughing at myself and seeing the final image before I realized... hell yes, I am a photographer. I still have moments of self doubt and self criticism, we all do - but the other voice telling me to get over myself is louder now and I've gotten better at listening.