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Last Photographer Standing: Staying Motivated

I was recently inspired by a blog posting by Luke Copping; Copping discussed finding inspiration with contributions provided by 18 creatives from our industry, myself included. Luke Copping’s “18 Imaginative Thinkers Break Your Creative Block.”

The responses were not all the same, which was refreshing…we all had our own styles. Here is my recommendation for getting what you need. Ask yourself these three basic questions to get back to your creative roots of shooting:

  1. Of all the images you ever created, what is your favorite? Why did you create it?
  2. What is the one image everyone comments on? What did you do that was special to create it?
  3. What is the one image that inspired you to become an artist? Go back to that feeling.

Use your answers to guide you to move away from your computer and shoot something NEW. Many people say, “Let artwork inspire you.” What if we reposition that idea – to be clear, you can and should feel free to use your OWN artwork to reignite the flame that’s already in you. We are all artists at heart. The one thing stopping us is ourselves, our ego, and the fear of failing. With technology, we can shoot something every second of the day if we wanted to and delete it with one click.

Amanda Sosa Stone

Former creative consultant, Amanda Sosa Stone now serves as Chief Product Officer at Agency Access and Found, ensuring marketing channels are strong, deliver results and help artists get seen. Photo Credit: Diana Zalucky

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