This is an ongoing blog series called “Not Advice”. The purpose? To share with my readers things that I have learned or am learning along this journey of being creative. I want this blog to be helpful. I’m definitely not claiming to know everything, but I do have a few things that have helped me branch out, stay creative & get moving, so I’m going to let you in on all my “not advice”. I hope you’re here because you enjoy having fun and making life memories. Whether that be with a camera or just in general, I hope that you find encouragement from whatever little snippets you’re about to read. Cheers! (If you missed it last week, you can read part one here)
This just in: inside is boring! There is no inspiration sitting on your couch (and I don’t care how much HGTV you watch.) You might say I have learned this the hard way. There was a time when I worked two very inconsistently-scheduled jobs and because of that always had random days off. I’d sit on the couch watching TV while simultaneously trying to rebrand the photo biz or read more photo blogs or “get ideas” from Pinterest. Without fail, at the end of each day, I’d feel awful about myself; I had just spent the last 5 hours comparing my photos to other people’s, and convincing myself I would never be that good. I’d mope around, sad about “the situation” (people. there was no situation).
Thank God He gave me dose of common sense, because about a month of that passed and I couldn’t handle it anymore. So I made a plan: if ever I had even a slight debbie-downer moment in my head that specifically related to photography, I would immediately grab my camera and go for a walk. I’d walk and snap and then walk some more. I’d find the pretty things and look in awe, then find the ugly things and make them pretty. Going outside gave (and still gives) me time to think, get to know my camera better, make pictures that I can love and share with people, and also it’s not bad to exercise a little bit, yes?
Basically, I’ve learned this and I want to pass this along to you: The only thing you get while being plugged into a very creative world is a whole bunch of browsed websites. Sure, they’re full of gorgeous things, but why mimic the things people have already done when you can go outside and do your own thing? Make it yours. And be happy about it!
Thanks for reading! Next week I won’t be posting due to the fact that I’m going to be on my honeymoon =) So come back in a few weeks to read more. Have a great day. ~Stephanie