,There are a lot of things that can effect creativity and just having some gumption to make shit happen.
Many times being a creative comes with a load of struggles.. in my other business I get online orders that I need to complete, but with boudoir photography there can be times when I don’t have as many clients or even when I do have them I still struggle with wanting to switch things up but not knowing how.
There is a yearning inside me to make new things, test new ways to shoot, maybe move my sets around and spice things up.. but there is a block.
With 2020 I wasn’t able to do some of the things that I might normally do.. like go on a trip and visit friends, or go somewhere alone and explore. Coming back refreshed and invigorated. So those blocks for the last 15 months have been there but I’ve been a bit more apathetic.
This last week of March 2021 I FINALLY was able to get away. I went on a retreat for boudoir photographers held by my friends at Boudoir Exposed. We converged in New Orleans (a new place for me) and we learned more about the business side of things as well as posing.
The last day was especially exciting because it was a free day and we all decided to stay at the house and shoot each other. Granted it wasn’t like normal sessions, but it allowed us to practice some of the things we had just learned and for me personally it was the first time I had been shot by other people.
I now know more about how you my clients feel. When I was asked to be in a pose then close my eyes and didn’t hear anything I wondered
Did she get the shot?
Do I need to stay put?
Should I move myself differently on my own or wait?
My body isn’t comfortable... I can’t hold this much longer..
Then I’d peek my eyes open and look lol
Again because these were not normal sessions it was different. We each kind of got lost in various things and forgot to communicate sometimes. But I know these things can happen with regular sessions too. It was actually one of the key things I was worried about when I started shooting. And it’s something I will be even more aware of now that’s I myself have experienced it.
I’m writing this post while we are heading in to land in Denver and I’ve been thinking about the things I learned, the energy I felt being around other people in my field. The patience they had for me still learning my new camera felt like diving into the deep end and having very little knowledge of how to swim. They explained things many times and never got frustrated.
I push myself a lot and it shows. I also don’t like to give up. Because of that drive I was able to get some amazing shots this week and I’m excited to start sharing those with you all, some of which are below.
I have a renewed since of energy, passion and creativity running through me and the apathy for the moment has receded and I’m making plans to help that not come back for a very long time.
So with all that being said, tell me what do YOU do to get your mojo back? I’d love to hear from you! What gets you revved up?