Good seasons come and good seasons go.

Bad seasons come and bad seasons go.

Seasons of loving what you shoot and produce come…and then they go.

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And when they go, things kinda suck. In those seasons, I feel down, discouraged, and sucked of my joy. When my passion and creativity lack, photography just isn’t the same. Unfortunately for me, I’ve been falling under the “not completely loving what I’m shooting” season. I don’t know what it is but I am not loving my work right now. My clients are happy and I’m giving 100% but when I’m finalizing galleries it just doesn’t feel the same. I’ve been in the place before and I’m here to share my tips of how to get out of a creative slump…at least the ways that have dug me out of my dark hole before. 🙂

  1. Stop comparing. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO STRANGERS ON THE INTERNET. Strangers, your family, or friends…I don’t care. I think we all need to take a step back sometimes and realize that comparison is the thief of joy and you cannot fully engage your creative side when you are stuck in comparison.
  2. Get off social media. I love social media and am usually pro it. But man, it really does wear on me. The way we continue to put out content and absorb it is scary and sometimes I just need a break from it all. I don’t need to get sucked into the scrolling or videos or whatever. Constantly consuming other peoples’ lives is exhausting and sometimes it’s best to get away.
  3. Take a break. If you can afford it, take a break from shooting. Take a step back, breathe, and think about why you started shooting in the first place. Maybe think about the ways shooting makes you feel and what you want do differently. And if you can take a hiatus, use that time to brainstorm ideas you want to do.
  4. Get connected with other photographers. SHARE YOUR STRUGGLE. I know its hard to be vulnerable but dang it, we need each other. We need to be real because the stress of being a photographer can be really hard. So get connected with people who get it and get real. We all need to be lifted up and encouraged sometimes.
  5. Go back and look at shoots that inspired you. What did you love about that? How can you make more shoots like that happen in the future? Keep your inspiration going and set yourself up for shoots that make you walk away feeling like a boss.

We all deserve to live a happy life and create the best work we can. Make time for yourself and your art and never let anyone tell you to stop creating. Because art and artist make the world a better place. So enjoy whatever season of life you may be in and KEEP CREATING.

 

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Gretchen Robards

I'm a farm girl by nature and a city lover by heart and I will always say yes to a cup of coffee. I'm forever caught between the perfect donut and a killer spinach smoothie. I love singing, naps, good stories, and some day I'll write a book. Until then, I'll keep saving for my dream trip to Australia. I don't promise my clients that their images will look like the ones they've pinned on Pinterest but I do promise that we will laugh and be awkward and take photos and make memories. If you want to win my heart you should laugh at my jokes, say that dogs are better than cats, and play some rap music and have a dance party with me. I photograph people and occasionally my dog Oakley, who actually hates having his picture taken.

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