Dear Photographer

You will never be Amy Demos or Katelyn James…

Ariel Dilworth
2 min readApr 20, 2020


Dear Photographer,⁣

You drive me crazy! But it isn’t because of your criticism or your perfectionism. It’s not because of your marketing or even the fact that you believe that your way is truly the only right way. But because you can’t see how amazing you are. ⁣

You can’t see how YOU… NOT YOUR PHOTOS are a blessing to every single person you come in contact with. You can’t see how incredible and unique your experience is that you have to offer simply because you can’t acknowledge how incredible and unique YOU are.

Sometimes I want to grab you, shake you, and tell you to SHUT UP! Stop looking to the right and the left to see if what you’re doing is worthy! Stop letting self-doubt make your decisions for you. Stop looking inward and seeing how you AREN’T enough. Look inside you where the Spirit of God, the image of God, lives and see how you ARE enough. Look up to the one who made you just the way you are with incredible intention.Look at the gifts he gave you that others can so plainly seen. ⁣

Stop! Stop saying that you aren’t good enough. Stop criticizing each post you contemplate putting on social media. Stop comparing your pictures to those of others. Stop letting your self-doubt, comparison, and perfectionism HOLD YOU BACK. Stop having unrealistic expectations for yourself that make you suffer with low self-esteem.

You are never going to be Amy Demos, Katelyn James or whoever it is you respect! And that is okay! You shouldn’t be! Don’t allow your admiration for others to distract you! Don’t allow the praise they receive to keep you from being who you were meant to be. ⁣

I struggle with this too. But the truth is, we don’t work for praise and admiration! Praise and admiration are superficial and they will ALWAYS come up empty! Instead, focus on who you are, who He made you to be, and making sure you are being faithful to the only One who matters.⁣

Passionately and Compassionately,⁣

If this letter made you feel something. You need to be in my “More than Marketing” online course where I help photographers discover who they are, why they are unique and how to market their business based on those things.

And download my FREE GUIDE for overcoming self-doubt, HERE.



Ariel Dilworth

Ariel Dilworth is a wife, mom, photographer and educator who is passionate about challenging others to live lives of purpose on purpose.

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