It’s so tempting to see what others in your field are doing. In photography there is the same temptation…trust me I know. However I had to ask myself very early on in my journey “how is this being my unique self”. Watching what others are doing is self sabotaging! It does nothing for your business, and nothing for your confidence. Why try to compare or duplicate what others do, when the reason your clients hire you is because they fell in love with YOUR work otherwise they would hire Joe photographer down the street. When it comes to your confidence all you’re doing is constant comparing, and questioning your style. Photography is art & how you see your art. It starts the moment you frame it in your camera and press the shutter. The way you see it, and the way you edit it says everything about your work & vision. To try to replicate what others do would be selling yourself short. I think being inspired by someone else’s work is a whole other thing. I am inspired by many photographers work. They make me want to work harder, and come out of the box I sometimes put myself in. I can appreciate beautiful work and walk away with a sense of appreciation, and no longer a feeling of self-doubt. If your still feeling insecure or stuck then maybe it’s to reevaluate what about your work you need to improve, and work on that specific thing. For me it’s sharpness or the lack of it. I get so frustrated when I don’t get tack sharp shots. It’s a learning process, and it’s what I’m working on to take it to the next level. Don’t be discouraged, you are doing something you love and when you focus on you and your style the rest will fall into place.