Sometimes when I’ve been stuck in a certain routine, it’s difficult to feel inspired to photograph (or to even get out of bed in the first place). Or when I’ve made mistakes and missed photographic opportunities, it’s hard to convince myself to get back out and shoot anything (except maybe shooting myself in the foot). But sometimes, inspiration is in the most unlikely of places and falling in love with photography becomes easier and easier.
Lately, working for a certain portrait photography company *ahem* can really get me down. The pictures are all the same and don’t allow for a lot of creativity, and it’s just so routine that my brain feels like it’s literally melting. But then I read this article from MostlyLisa, an adorable Canadian blogger who I really feel like I relate to in many ways. In her article, she outlines 5 ways to fall back in love with photography. Her most important tip? Photograph what you love. Even just the things around your house which make you the happiest.
(One of the things I love = my dog Zoey <3)
There is one tip I would add to Lisa’s list: Go on a photo excursion. Decide on a place, be it city, park, countryside, or even just the backyard. Take your camera and go completely crazy. Oh, and take a friend! Having someone with you (especially since I love working with people) can be especially inspiring sometimes. Keep every frame that you shoot and at the end, having a little viewing party and celebrate the great photos you got. Then have some fun editting and making them perfect.
(Here’s one from my anniversary photo excursion in Chattanooga, TN…my husband is a saint for putting up with all the times I stopped for a photo op)
Oh and check out Lisa’s other inspirational blog post about photographing on those rainy, disgustingly cold days: 5 Photography projects for rainy days. Hope you feel as inspired as I do, because this week, I definitely need it. 🙂