Do you ever feel like you’re failing at this photography stuff?
Do you ever feel like just throwing in the towel?
That you’ll never be good enough or creative enough?
Maybe your editing doesn’t feel on par with the rest of the photographers around you?
I’m here to tell you that this feeling is completely normal.
It happens to the best of us.
Creatives such as ourselves often go through this spell.
We are artists, after-all.
We are critical of ourselves and what we create.
We constantly compare ourselves to others (though this can also be a good thing, read here).
If you have ever felt this way then you're probably in a creative funk.
That’s it. No worries.
It will wash away from you as easy as it came.
Doubt is a human feeling.
It’s something we all go through.
If we listened to this little devil we would fail at a lot of things, and never took a leap of faith.
This self-critical thinking could be because you are not inspired anymore.
This can happen when you’re doing the same session, the same pose and the same type of client -- over and over and over again.
It becomes groundhogs day.
Yes, it’s easier for me to write this than it is for you to change your thinking.
But you owe it to yourself and your business.
This too shall pass, and if it does then you will come out stronger and more creative.
Here are a few tips to get out of a creative rut:
Take a breather.
Sometimes you just have to walk away for a bit. Take a break. Do things that light a fire within you. Try new things. Come back to this when you have a fresh head. Forcing the creativity will never work.
Start shooting for yourself.
Not people. Not clients. You. Take your camera out for an early morning walk. Find textures, light, see the things you don’t normally see. The beauty of what we do is that we can get lost in it.
Even just one time. Use a different lens. Use different angles. Try a different strategy. Just bring change into your daily styles. Get out of your safe zone and photograph something new.
Regardless of the method, just never give up.
Our industry can be challenging but you and your art are worth the dedication.