Alex (my husband) and I were talking about my photography a couple nights ago. We talked about where I wanted it to go, what I wanted to shoot, what inspires me, and how I can set and achieve goals. It was a great talk.
The next morning, I woke up inspired. I didn't have a shoot planned and I didn't know anyone who would model for me so last minute, at 8:00AM, on a rainy day. So I improvised. Now, I don't have a lot of pretty little things in my house (and I like it that way) – but I do have this dead rose that I dried out last year and fell in love with. And I have the bottle of Santal 33 perfume I was gifted at the launch party of La Labo Fragrances in Dallas.
Put two-and-two together and you have what kept me busy all morning and kept my brain from turning to apathy.
When I don't have a shoot and I don't have anything to edit, that's typically what happens. I get distracted, I get discouraged, and I begin feeling like I'm not good enough.
Blah blah blah.
Every creative has felt this way at least once in their life. Don't lie and say you never feel discouraged about your work. It's just natural to doubt yourself and your abilities. What the tricky part is, though, is pushing through that even in the hardest times. So I spent a couple hours photographing a dead rose and then a couple more editing said photos, and it was the best morning i've had in a while.
It can be anything, though. You don't even have to be creative in the field you're paid for. I could have sat down and made a macaroni house for all it matters (which I actually did the next day with my nieces).
If you're in a rut, do things differently. Switch it up – alter your perception – change your scenery – do anything that isn't your typical routine. I promise it will do your heart good.