“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
~Henry David Thoreau
I hear it all the time from friends, the feeling of being burnt out. As a creative we get exhausted when we have to constantly be thinking of something new and exciting
. I want to make every wedding and session different than the last, even though I have my go to’s and favorites I want them to think and know they are getting the very best. Every wedding is different, every family is different, we all have our own personalities and I want o express that with every click of the camera. Trust me I am not perfect, but this year I did a few certain things to stay creative throughout the year, to not let my brain or creativity go south. I planned for when I would be dead tired and not wanting to photograph anyone, I planned for those times where I would wake up and hate my camera. Sometimes it would feel more like a job than my love and passion.
So what did I do?
I planned a styled photo shoot or two
I started to style my Instagram posts more
I designed my marketing materials for the fun of it
I took photos of random things to try and find the beauty in the mundane.
I made my fall sessions a little styled and different
The most important thing I did …. I took days off!!!
Taking days off? What is that you may ask, and sometimes I ask myself the same thing. But there were days I didn’t touch work, I scheduled everything the night before, I didn’t return emails, I went on a date my boyfriend, I went to the movies with my sister, I went out to dinner with friends and reconnected, and I even just sat on the couch with a warm cup of coffee watching the sunset. This was the most important thing I did for me and my clients. Next year I am doing this more, even though it will be hard, oh so very hard. With the move I will not have a part-time – the first time EVER since I was 16 I will NOT have 2-3 jobs! I will have one! WHOA! It is the largest leap of faith I have taken since leaving everything behind and going to Alaska alone!
My advice if this happens to you, is sit down, make a list of things that make you happy, things that you can do when you feel those funky moments coming. Or just have a dance party – those always work for me! Crank up the music and get that booty shaking!
Do you get in funks? You are not alone, we get this way every once in a while // comment below with how you get out of the funk!
with love, christine