I have learned to judge what I do by the relationships I have developed with people over the years. It's all about having fun and enjoying the people you work with. While doing great work of course. It's actually rare to get meaningful feedback about the work you create, but when you wake up one day and realize you have some meaningful relationships with people who started out as clients, that's the best "feedback" you can ask for.
That's a great way to look at it, as many careers require you to form genuine relationships with clients in order to succeed. So for actual technical criticism on your photography, is it mainly you critiquing your own work or do you have a close set of photography friends, who you all give feedback to one another every now and then?
Thanks Darius,I talk to my wife Nichelle, my reps at Redeye, and a few others, but mostly I am my toughest critic. It's good to get outside perspective, and weigh advice for what it's worth, but ultimately, I have to feel the work represents me, and I have to be able to live with it.
Thanks John. Funny company name ;) Yep, you got to take feedback with a grain of salt - especially around creative fields.
That is really great advice. It seems like anyone, at any point in their career, could benefit from that. Thank you for sharing.