At some point on your photography journey, you will hit a wall. Some sort of creative roadblock that leaves you feeling uninspired, frustrated or just... meh.
I'm not saying this is guaranteed at all, but I don't think I've met a photographer (or any artist) that has just glided seamlessly through his or her career. In fact, the BEST photographers out there have gone through phases or transitions and come out even stronger on the other side! I try to remember this when my well of creativity is running low.
So how do we push through and find inspiration to pick up the camera again? It's not always this simple, but I try to re-focus on what I love.
Forgive the pun, but when we shift our artistic focus back to what really matters - it can really light us up! So, first things first. Ask yourself a couple questions:
1. What do you love to photograph? List them all. The options are endless!
You might love photographing your own kids, the backyard wildlife, beach sunsets, expectant moms or that new cookie recipe you tried last week.
2. Which of these haven't you photographed in the last 3-6 months?
Has it been awhile since you focused on your favorite subject? Is there something you love, but haven't tried yet? Make a note of it. If you are in business, have you been head down in client work and missing your family's day-to-day? I've been guilty of this, so I tend to focus during the Winter months on images I want to create of my girls.
3. Take a mental image of what you want to capture. Close your eyes and imagine the completed image you want to take. It could be a series of pictures, but I want you to really grab it in your mind. Stay flexible though, we know things don't always happen how we envision. And aiming for perfection can sometimes set us up for disappointment. Especially when we're trying to get our toddlers to comply, haha!
4. Plan to make it happen! Even if it feels like homework, do it anyway. Stretch yourself and remember how much you love this subject - whatever it may be.
I hope this was encouraging for you! If your creative juices have been feeling dried up, just know you are in good company. We're all on this journey together! So lean in and set your lens on what you love.
Happy Valentine's Day, friends!
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