Why leaving facebook was the best decision ever

I dont normally post anything of a personal nature on my website, but I thought that the above topic is something worth mentioning, and who knows perhaps I start blogging a bit more in the future.

I recently made the decision to remove my personal facebook profile, not just temporarily remove, but completely de-activate it. Those of you who follow me on social media channels, will know that I posted this decision and the lead up to it on my instagram and that I still have a business page (which will eventually be removed as well) but NO personal profile anymore.

Over the past few months I have been assessing my business, new strategy and where I am heading, not just as a business owner, but also as a visual artist and individual, and truth be told facebook was one of those things that was just not adding value to who I am as an artist or person and I was tired of it.  Many instances I found myself scrolling endlessly through a facebook feed of people who I hardly know and knowing much more about their lives than people who I am suppose to have a close friendship with. Facebook has become a place of superficial connections and friendships, no real conversations and even though I knew alot about what people portray, I hardly ever knew what really went on in people’s lives. It has become an empty escapism.

Without going to much into detail about everything that is wrong with the platform, I still believe it can be a powerful tool when used correctly, but for me this was possibly one of the best decisions I have made, not just for myself, but also for YOU as my client.

I hold personal connections and relationships very dear, and there is nothing more precious to me than meeting up with new potential clients and getting excited with a bride or couple about their big day, or even meeting a new family or new entrepreneur before photographing portraits for them. I try with each and every client to provide a personalized service and conceptualize each shoot, or home session with care, that will bring out the absolute best in each person I have the privilege to meet. Through my first year in business Ive met the most incredible couples and people, and some of them have become friends that I will cherish for life, but something was still lacking. Even though relationships forms a big part of my business and life, I still felt disconnected, as in many instances I became friends with clients of facebook, and followed them on other social media channels, it was, in a way, that I thought I already knew a bit of them, and the relationship was disconnected.

I also felt that facebook influenced the way  I photograph, and instead of creating imagery that is authentic, honest and true, I would be following other photographers and allowing wat I see how others work, to influence how I see things and how I work. You know the age-old adage ,“you are what you eat”? I believe the same goes for visual artists – we are what we look at.

I believe that no two stories are alike, and I want to be able to tell your story in the most impactful way possible, and I can only do that when Im creating imagery from out a place of identity. My identity in Christ forms the foundation of everything I do, and to be able to work in the most authentic way and to capture you as my clients in a honest and true way that will honor you as individuals and your story together I need to create from out my identity in Christ. That means I cannot be looking to other photographers, what their style looks like, where they have shot before, or what their work looks like, even though I am very much still on this journey, the first thing that had to go is my facebook account.

Ive only been disconnected for little over a week, but already feel much more engaged and present in conversations and with clients and in my personal life.  I can truly be as creative as possible and I can allow God and the Holy Spirit to guide me through each and every process, knowing that what I create is an extension of who I am, and that I have poured my heart into every single image I take.

I will forever be grateful to God for granting me the opportunity to live out my passion and absolutely adore what I do, it never even feels like work, but in turn I feel that I need to serve and glorify God with my business and become a good steward of what he has placed in my hands and I will continue to seek first His Kingdom in everything I do, especially my business.

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, Ephesians 3:20

Lots of love

Lani xx


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