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Free Photo Webinars - Silencing your inner critic

  • Feb 18, 2014 · 7:00 PM

I’ve taken maybe three pictures in my entire life that I really liked, and this wasn’t one of them.

“Does the world really need another picture of a flower?” I heard a voice ask me sarcastically. “Why not a puppy next?”

“You’ve taken better orchid photos than that you know,” the voice continued. “Why post that one? It’s not even your best.”

“Look, bokeh in the background. That’s so 2006!” The voice was openly mocking me now. He was saying things I knew were just mean, yet I listened.

The truth is... I recognized his voice. He pretended to be a friend, but his task was anything but friendly. His only job was to usher in doubt, cynicism, and fear.

He was my inner critic.


For the photographer, the artist, or the creative, sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. We create our art and then we sit. We don’t post it online, enter it into contests or present it to potential clients.

The voice convinces us we aren’t ready. The photo isn’t ready. That we would be rejected and humiliated. In search of perfection, we become paralyzed.

There’s a place for the critic that challenges us to do our best work, but you know this voice isn’t it.

If you have ever felt yourself struggling with the inner voice that limits you or that convinces you that you can’t... this webinar conversation is for you.

We will discuss the different kinds of inner voices that keep us from achieving our potential and some strategies to help silence the critic and move beyond its grip.

By the way, I finally silenced the critic and posted my flower. The next morning, I woke to find that it was featured as a Flickr Explorer. Who knew?

Not the inner critic.


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  • Lynford M.

    February 20, 2014

  • Steve S.

    An informative and thought provoking discussion. Lynford may have enticed me further to making that big decision!!!

    February 19, 2014

  • Carolyn Stagger C.

    As always Lunsford provided very valuable info and insight.

    February 19, 2014

  • Dee E

    Darn, I forgot to sign up. I'll listen to the recording. Thanks. Dee

    February 18, 2014

    • Dee E

      No problem at all -- my bad. I had it on my calendar but never sent the email! Take good care.

      February 18, 2014

    • Sharon B.

      I forgot to register too. Ugh. Looking forward to the recording.

      February 19, 2014

  • Elvan Hekimoglu E.

    It was so nice and informative. Thank you Lynford:)

    February 18, 2014

    • Lynford M.

      My pleasure, Elvan. Glad it was helpful. :-)

      February 18, 2014

  • Suzzie

    A highly valuable topic with application to many areas of your life in addition to photography! As always, thanks for the motivation, tips, quotes, and food for thought. I will no longer be afraid to "Lutherize" a particular subject. A great perspective/motivation from an incredible artist--RIP.

    February 18, 2014

    • Lynford M.

      Ha, Suzzie! We all love Luther. I'm glad you enjoyed it tonight.

      February 18, 2014

  • E. C.

    Very informative. Answers to questions were very on point.

    February 18, 2014

  • john p.


    February 8, 2014

  • Bill M.

    Won't be able to watch this webinar, but will be looking forward to seeing the recording.

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • Bill J.

    Looking forward to it. I always learn so much.

    4 · February 5, 2014

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