Where do you find inspiration?
As a photographer I try to look outside of my industry because I have a tendency to compare myself to others. Comparing myself to others has lead me in the wrong directions too many times. So now I look for inspiration in other things I love like illustrations, books and music.
Here are the three things that are inspiring me right now:
1. Creative Pep Talk Podcast
If you have never heard of the Creative Pep Talk you are missing out. You should have a serious case of FOMO right this second. Andy J. Pizza is a one of kind spirit that knows a ton about how creatives work. He speaks my creative language and I love it! Here is a link to the lastest episode...
2. Hello Fears by Michelle Poler
I used to be so independent, but ever since I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis it changed the way I started to think. I am now more fearful than I have ever been (the pandemic doesn't help either). So I am reading this as a boost to get back to my independent confidence.
Here's a link to her website if you are interested in her book and project.
3. The Mandalorian Gallery
Plain and simple this is a behind scenes look into how they made the popular series. I am a sci fi nerd so this is right up my alley, plus I love the process of doing creative work more than I love the result.
If you haven't seen I highly recommend the series on Disney+.
Photographers are artists. Not sure why people don't think this anymore. Maybe it's the access to cameras now, maybe it's the overuse of filters on Instagram, maybe it's because people don't realize the amount of time and training it takes to become good.
Like artists we have to learn composition, lighting, posing, staging, the equipment and so much more! We take pride in making things look beautiful and pleasing to the eye. We each have our own unique vision and style, just like any other artist.
So the next time you hire a photographer, remember that you are hiring an artist. That person took the time to create photos that you connected with providing value to your life in the form of joy!
Invite fall into your home and brighten up your walls with these downloadable photography prints.
These one of a kind prints are available in my Etsy shop. The prints are instant download and full resolution. You can have them printed anywhere you like at any size. It's a fun and easy way to decorate your home for the season!
Shop the fall and nature photos by clicking the button below or on the specific picture.
Business Facebook groups are a wealth of information and the number one task small business owners struggle with is creating social media content. The common complaint goes something like this, “I hate creating social media content. It takes so long to create content for social media. I just want to be creative, not be on social media all day.”
Often the solution that others in the group respond with is “I can help with that by managing your social media accounts for you.” The response is usually “I don’t have the money.” It’s true social media managers are usually pricey, but their service is indispensable for some. Don’t worry, there are other ways to save time posting content that is free or doesn’t cost you a fortune.
When creating content entrepreneurs often get blank page syndrome. Suddenly you don’t know what to post. Your mind goes blank. What do you do now?
Reuse Your Content
The blank page syndrome comes from the belief that you have to create new content for every platform you have. It’s not true. The best advice I have been given, and give to you, is reuse your content. If you blog like me use your weekly blog posts to create content on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Tik Tok and anywhere else you are social.
Creating brand new content for every platform is just a waste of time.
Break down your blog posts into smaller chunks to post on social media. If I were to use the content in this post from what I have written so far it would be about the common complaints entrepreneurs have about social media, then I would ask my audience about their complaints too. How simple is that?
Content Photo Ideas that'll Save You Time
Okay, so now you know how to reuse content across platforms. What other hang-ups about social media do entrepreneurs have? It takes too long to take photos and write captions.
There are two options to help you create photos in faster and cheaper way.
The first, buy stock photos. You could subscribe to shutter stock or big websites like that, but there are so many better and cheaper options out there.
There are photographers who sell instant downloadable stock photo bundles on Etsy, like me. I am working on bundles for those weird national days everyone posts about. National Chocolate Cupcake day is on October 18, so if you need some photos, check out my Etsy listing.
Many photographers also have their own member websites where you pay a monthly fee to get access to their entire library. A lot of those same photographers offer free photos monthly if you join their email list (like me as well) or see my Pinterest board on the subject by clicking here.
The second is to hire a photographer or friend to take photos of you. Come up with five different scenarios like working on your craft, having coffee at your favorite place or cooking with your family. Take a day to set-up and photograph all of those scenarios. When you’re done, you’ll probably have two to four month’s worth of photos to use. Block scheduling content like photos is one of the easiest ways to save time and have a plethora of content to use.
Or third, you could do a combination of both professional photographers and stock photos.
Concentrate on One or Two Social Platforms
Unfortunately, social media is a must for any business these days. So saying that it’s a waste of time and I just want to create is not very realistic. Marketing is an essential part of entrepreneurship, whether we like it or not. It takes time, but it’s worth it when you get those new clients or make sales.
If you’re still struggling with posting consistently to social media, then I would suggest pairing down how many platforms you are on. If you are a one person show, it would be hard to reuse content on five different platforms, especially if they are all different.
Concentrate on one or two platforms that you love using regularly. For example, I love Pinterest so I use it for my business and I also love the feel of Instagram because of all the pretty photos. I am concentrating on building my audience on these two platforms before moving on to any others. I just don’t have time, especially this year, to add any more to my entrepreneurial plate.
These things I have learned over the past five years running my business. Before I was a stock and fine art photographer, I photographed weddings and family portraits. I switched because I wasn’t interested in doing that type of photography anymore, but it taught me so much about running a business. These are the ideas I learned and thought of (if I had to start all over again).
I really hope this helped you realize that creating content doesn’t have to be hard and that you are a little more confident in posting to social media. Let me know what you think of this post in the comments below or if you have something to add that everyone can benefit from.
When you hear the words still life what do you think of?
I thought of old paintings in museums of fruit and other types of food. Come to find out there is a whole genre of photography like this.
Yes some of it is of traditional still life, but the world of still life can be anything. Some common terms we use are flat lay photography, food photography and product photography. Yes all of these are still life.
But there's one photographer who introduced me to a sub-genre of this topic and it's called conceptual still life.
Her name is Dina Belenko and you can find her work here. I recently bought her book "The Still life Cookbook" and it's filled with things I have always wondered how to do. It's been extremely inspirational to me lately. I have been experimenting a lot with the elements in it.
The picture above is from that experiment. I can't wait to further dive into the book. So be on the lookout for lots more still life from me.
Tell me what you think of the photo. Do you like it?