For the past couple of weeks I’ve been struggling with getting motivated to go out and shoot and then when I have managed to get myself out and shooting I feel uninspired and end up not making any images I am pleased with.
Does this happen to you?
Well I gathered I am not the only creative to go through this so thought I would write a blog about getting yourself motivated and inspired to go out and make photos you are happy with.
The first step for me was to think about why I even picked up the camera in the first place. I picked up the camera to capture memories and moments, to look back on in the future with nostalgia. So instead of putting pressure on yourself to make great work and overthinking composition etc just think of the reason you picked up the camera in the first place and make photos with that in mind.
Secondly I watched loads of photography videos that inspire and motivate me. I always find after watching these types of videos I get the hunger back to go out and shoot. This doesn’t even have to be videos replayed to photography, whatever videos you find motivates you. Watch them!
For Christmas I received a few photo books from Tabitha, I flicked through these when I first got them and then put them on the shelf and didn’t really look back through them often. But while being in this rut I thought I would get a few out and have a proper look through them. Only then realising the power of photos on a page vs screen. I found that by looking through these books I was a lot more motivated and inspired to just get and and make. Especially the MAGNUM MAGNUM book. As the images of the great in this book was also accompanied by a write up. Out of all these tips for me this was the biggest and best. Within a day or two of reading these I was out and about looking for images like I was before.
Just strip everything back. Don’t worry about making good images, don’t overthink composition, don’t worry what camera you have/using. Just go out there and point the camera at whatever grabs your attention and CLICK! I know for me personally I am always overthinking things before I go out and shoot. This always kills my motivation to go out and shoot as I’m always second guessing myself and thinking I’m not good enough and never going to be good enough. So don’t overthink, Simplify.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE
The last point I want to make here goes for life in general not just photography. surrounding yourself with people who motivate and inspire you is crucial in life, we all get run down and need someone to give us a kick up the arse to keep going. And if you don’t have people around you todo that you are going to struggle. You know when you’re at work and there’s that one person who is always down and moaning? How much does that ruin your motivation? If you’re like me it completely kills it and I end up feeling like they do until I get away from that person and clear my head.
Surround yourself with the right people in life and you are on the right path.
Don’t Follow Paths, Create Them!