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?