Often, we can be a little harsh to beginners and their work, especially when we see their images online with no reference or context as to how long they’ve been shooting. But would we be as harsh if we looked back at our own work from when we were just starting out? After all, none of us were great from the first day.
That’s what photographer Michael Sasser puts to the test in this video where he looks back on his early images from when he started shooting boudoir over a decade ago. He’s certainly not holding back, but luckily, the only person he can offend is himself.
Michael’s come a very long way since those early days and now also teaches boudoir photography. But while the video is very amusing, it has some very good educational qualities, too. Michael talks about his progression shooting some of the same poses over the years, and how his work has evolved, what advice he’d offer to his earlier self and how he’d change things up today.
It’s a valuable experiment that we should probably all try to do more often. Look back at our older work, to see what we did wrong, what we did right, how we’ve evolved and what mistakes we might still be making. It also allows us to see some of those older images we ignored in the past with a pair of fresh eyes. We might’ve accidentally shot something rather good back in our early learning days.