Becoming a Photographer – Making space

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If you’re anything like me, you eat, breath and sleep this photography malarky. I am always thinking about what I want to achieve next, what pictures I have to edit, what personal projects I want to do, how I can get better, how I can be more inspired and and and.

It’s well and good until you remember that I do some day job stuff, I have a wedding to plan, I have a social life and I have relationships to maintain. Sometimes it actually makes my head hurt a bit.

When you’re first starting out with a new business work life balance can be a real problem. You want to be ploughing all of your energies into your business and you want everything to happen NOW. Whilst doing ALL OF THE THINGS can seem like the most important thing in the world, over doing it will lead to burn out.

Quite simply, creativity needs room to breath. If you’re knackered you won’t be inspired. If you’ve run yourself down you won’t be producing your best work. If you put too much pressure on yourself your creativity will wilt like the basil plant in my kitchen that I keep forgetting to water (whoops!).

Balance. You need it, trust me.

This week’s Becoming A Photographer is an instruction. Go out and enjoy the world for at least 1/2 a day. Leave your camera at home. Look at the world with your eyes and not through a view finder. I bet you’ll have some brilliant ideas while you’re spending some time away from your camera.

And that means stepping away from your computer, your blog your twitter account and your email (looks at self sternly) and giving yourself some breathing space.

I’ve been sick this week with a cold/flu type thing so in the interests of doing just that I’m taking it easy with this week’s post. I hope you don’t mind?

What do you do to give yourself some space and restore your creative energies?

Laura x
http://www.laurababb.co.uk

6 thoughts on “Becoming a Photographer – Making space

  1. I completely agree with you with this! 🙂 As someone who regularly tries to cram 48 hours into 24 and then wonders why the inevitable effects (which for me manifest themselves as anxiety) happen, I totally agree (and fail/get up/practice again) that you need space. Getting married bought out the ‘bad me’, a girl who got so excited and enthusiastic and all the AMAZEBALLS things we could do that I didn’t notice until it was a bit late that I’d overstretched myself between work and home. And I know that I’ve annoyed family and friends at times by enjoying something with a lense between me and it rather than enjoying the moment. We’re going to New Zealand next week for our honeymoon and I have made a silent pact with myself for Pete’s sake (the husband, not the saying) that I will enjoy some of it with my own eyes and commit the experience to memory. Well, for a few hours at least…

    And on a seperate note, you might be pleased to know that you’ve inspired somebody – after talking about it for too long I am going to bite the bullet when we get back and have a go at that A-Level! Just need to think about having kids somewhere too. What did I just say about slowing down?

    Hope you feel better. x

    • Hurrah for doing the A-Level! Have you decided where yet? If I manage to go full time next year I think I’ll go back to studying too. Maybe I’ll finish the A2 or maybe do a HND. I’d like to do it this year but if I take on anything else I’ll explode!

      “for Pete’s sake (the husband, not the saying)” – chortle!

      Nope, still feel rough! This cold won’t shift. Sigh.

      x

      • Nope, I just know I need to do it so that’s where the research begins into where! 🙂 I’ve got a friend who did an open university photography degree, I’m not sure how that really works though because I’m not so keen on distance learning. Loads of options to consider. I think I’ve asked you before but where did you do your A-Level? Remember my friend’s friend, Polly Alexandre who does the beautiful wedding pretty, I think she did a photography degree so might find out from her what she thought of it. Time feels very short before we do / don’t decide to have kids; whatever I choose is going to be ‘it’ for a few years do need to make sure it’s the right option!

        Nuke cold with HARD LIQUOR and repeat at least three times a day. x

    • I did mine at the College of North West London, In Willesden. It was an art a level with a photography specialism, so it had a real focus on personal experimentation and researching the work of others which, at the time, felt like it wasn’t doing much in the way of developing my technical skills and I found that frustrating but, in hind sight I was doing some pretty interesting work (very different from anything I do now!).

      Yes speak to Polly. She’s amazingly successful and very, very well respected (all around the world in fact).

      x

  2. Good post Laura. I’m in a very similar situation to yourself in the fact that I have a full time day job, I’m planning my wedding plus trying to enhance my burgeoning photography business. This is why I’m happy not to overstretch myself this year with bookings. At least that is my excuse for not having all that many! Get well soon…..

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