Constructive Critisism vs pure nastiness
Being taken to task for something we've said or done suggests that we're fallible, and who wants to admit that he or she is flawed?
However the goal of true criticism is to help someone be the best they can be. It is not about making someone feel bad, instilling guilt, or reducing a person to tears. When criticism is done appropriately, the person who has been criticized will understand what he or she has done wrong and will feel inspired to make a change for the better. Not only should we not avoid being criticized, we should embrace criticism because it is the only way we can continue to grow professionally and personally. Anything else isn't criticism at all, but merely an attempt by the critic to blow off steam, get some attention, transfer his or her frustrations to someone else, or any number of other irrelevant issues.
Here at Your World Photography, we acknowledge that we are at the beginning of a long road of learning and we embrace constructive critisism to its fullest in the hope to continually improve our skills and to provide a standard to a liking of our audience and ourselves. So to help this learning curve, we would love to hear from people who have constructive suggestions which include images that show examples of the "ideal" portrayal of your breed that you show.
Stating to us that we like our dogs only in a stack position is totally valid. But the truth is that we cant control what your dog does in a stack whilst in the ring. We cant keep tabs on who likes what style of image, but we CAN make sure we get a combination of movement and stack shots. We cant take the blame for the dog who is not standing correctly, decided to move, step forward, look down or away at that moment in time. We CAN continue to shoot in the hope your dog performs to the best of their ability on the day. We cant control the gate of your dog when it is running and cameras only take a certain number of shots per second, suprisingly a dog moves faster! WE DO use plenty of time to take hunderds of shots in order to hope to get THE ONE that you like but the fact is we dont have the hundreds of man hours to go through and edit tens of thousands of photos for you to decide on one or none. And we dont ask for payment to be at any of the dog shows we attend, we are there in our own time, first and foremost because we LOVE being there! And we have met SO MANY lovely people and their dogs!
The truth is we all want everyone to like us, but that is never going to happen. The best thing we realise is that we are not going to please everyone, but we are going to keep going on providing images that hundred of people have viewed, bought and enjoyed.
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