I’m so excited a new year has come along and we should all give ourselves a pat on the back for navigating through covid. In trying to process and adapt I have found myself in a state of wash and repeat when it comes to my craft.
I believe it was a mixture of photography clients wanting artwork I have already put out and being in a place of playing it safe, somehow covid had even effected my creativity, having me play it safe in everything I did.
A part of me being a portrait photographer in Atlanta is serving my clients and the type of photography they need and the other part is the creative photographer. It is important for my clients to know I can achieve the look they need for their business or portraits when they view my instagram and Pinterest but it is also important for everyone to know we can go the extra mile, not always play it safe and have the results still turn out immaculate.
So let’s get into refreshing our creative brains and troubleshooting how!
I have a degree in Graphic and Fine Arts and when I get stuck in a rut I pull from my art education background.
So here are the secrets to success:
I know you’re probably thinking all of these thing seem obvious but wait, there is more.
How often do you go to the museum… any museum? Museums are great because you see so much artwork and that alone will spark your creative plug. What about a jazz festival or an orchestra? I have literally been out and have seen someone’s outfit which completely inspired me to do an entire shoot from the colors in it.
If you choose to learn a new recipe for instance a Latin Dish, the culture in and of itself may inspire you to incorporate it into your fashion design, floral arrangement, or photoshoot. Pull colors or patterns and add them into your art.
I recently went to Versace’s Mansion in Miami Florida and was in love with the architecture of the restaurant. The designs of a building can even inspire you, remember, patterns, lines, shapes and colors.
Two of my must watch shows from Netflix last year was Bridgerton and Emily in Paris. If the fashion alone didn’t inspire you in both time periods I don’t know what will. The fashion, hair styles, and colors had my photography juices flowing. Insecure was a very hot topic with the end of the season and the amount of hair styles Issa rocked throughout the show was truly inspirational!
A new book is still on my todo list because I truly love so many genres of shows, books and movies.
Here is a great exercise that I find affective. Write a bunch of random thoughts down on pieces of paper. Put them in a hat and mix them up. Pull a piece of paper out of the hat and boom there is your idea. Now from that create something… anything. It can be one word like blue jean. Now for me I would take that word and incorporate it into a photoshoot by having the model where different shades of blue jean or put strips in her hair or use it as a back drop but the goal is to use it and create art from it.
I hope this sheds so much light on getting you out of your creative block. I look forward to seeing what you produce and let me know on social media what you created! Feel free to hold me accountable too. I will be putting out some photoshoots in Atlanta very soon!