As photographers, we’ve all been there – or will be there – at some point…feeling uninspired and unmotivated to pick up that camera and photograph, well, anything. I find that often times, this feeling strikes me shortly after busy season comes to an end and the cold, dark winter days set in. Here are some simple tips to help you get through this slump!
1. Use Your Camera Every Day
You may have a strong urge to leave your camera alone, but trust me, forcing yourself to use it every single day will only help you in the long run for multiple reasons. Number one, it’ll help you become a better technical photographer. Number two, it will eventually spark some creativity. Don’t get so wrapped up in the thought that you have to be creative at all times. Just use your camera daily and the creativity will start to come naturally.
2. Join A Photography Group
I love chatting about photography, but my husband (who is not a photographer) doesn’t quite “get it”. Search for local photography groups or start your own! I meet regularly with other local photographers and it is amazing how energized and motivated I feel after chatting with them! It’s no secret that when we are passionate about something, it’s fun to chat and share about it with others that feel the same way. Just talking with a friend that understands what you’re feeling can make all the difference and get you back on track.
3. Work On Your Business and Plan Out Your Goals
Maybe you do need to put the camera down for a bit and get serious about all other aspects of your business. What are your goals? Do you want to book more sessions? Do you want to start photographing a different genre? Take this time to think through what you really want to make happen. Thinking of ways to achieve your goals requires its own kind of creativity and can start to spark some motivation. Write it all down, formulate a plan, and hold yourself accountable…or find someone who will!
4. Invest In Your Education
There is always something new to learn when it comes to photography. Is there a new skill that you’ve been interested in learning? Or do you need to brush up on existing skills? Do some research and find courses that interest you. Even re-watching some photography courses that you’ve purchased in the past can help boost you out of your slump. Learning from others that you admire in this industry can be all the motivation you need!
I hope you found these tips to be helpful. Remember, you are not alone. We all feel this way at one time or another. Set your mind on persevering and you will come out the other side better than you were before!