Lack of inspiration is something that hits even the best of photographers. We all deal with feeling slightly burnt-out, out of ideas, or just plain tired. It can feel incredibly discouraging to deal with this season of discomfort when others businesses are thriving and other people are coming up with constant content around you. Here are a few tips on how to deal with the lack and find motivation again.
No. 1: Take a step back.
Take it back to the basics. Remind yourself of the simple things that you know. It’s alright for you not to be constantly pushing your boundaries and just staying in your comfort zone to catch your breath. Take a break. Don’t allow it to overwhelm you – just make sure you are keeping yourself healthy and happy because at the end of the day – if you’re unhappy, it will show in your work.
No. 2: Focus on the goal.
Why are you doing what you are doing? What was your motivation? Why did you begin working in the field you are in? Look back on your past work and remind yourself of the passion that you have for your job.
No. 3: Reach to your community.
It’s important to surround yourself with a photographers support group of sorts. Each photographer you speak to will have reached this position at one point or another. We’re all here to encourage each other and support each other so don’t be afraid to speak up! Sometimes people have decent input to give to your work which may add a breath of fresh air to your norm.
No. 4: Find a safe place.
Sometimes a change of scenery helps tremendously. Find a place outside of your regular work environment to sit and soak in. Go for walks with your camera and connect again. Weirdly enough, you and your camera have a relationship of sorts and sometimes it needs maintaining. Take time to reconnect with it. Some quality time, away from the constant busy-ness and the rest of the people in the world.
No. 5: Look at other peoples work.
There’s nothing new under the sun and everything is a remake of something seen before. Therefore, use other photographer’s work as your inspiration. Keep looking back to your favourite artists and come up with concepts using styles and techniques inspired by the person in question. Don’t allow yourself to become lethargic. Cut yourself slack but know when it’s time to kick yourself back up and into the game again.
Not to sound too much like a self-help book, but sometimes people just need a reminder that they aren’t alone so therefore; I figured placing it into a post was a good idea. How do you deal with lack of motivation and inspiration?
About the author:
Viivi here. You may see my name on a few posts around here. I’m a photographer currently based in Plymouth, UK. I travel with Viivi N. Media worldwide covering weddings, engagements, portraits and family shoots. Head over to our Facebook group and let’s have a chat!