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Get Out of a Slump - Find Joy in Photography

As many of you know, my father passed away in December 2008. This has probably been the longest winter of my life, and I have been anxiously waiting for Spring, sunshine, and for something better than gray skies to photograph.

So, I have been in a photography slump. For like six months. I have only taken pictures when it was needed, and only had in mind that those pictures needed to be great shots - all of them. I haven't really cared to get out my camera for "fun" for a long time.

On Monday the weather was absolutely perfect, so I decided to take a field trip with my little boy. He loves trucks, tractors, and of course the buses that pass our house every day. So, we rode the bus. And I took my camera. For fun. :-)


As we were waiting for our bus to arrive, I took lots of pictures. None of them were necessarily great, but it felt good to do what I love for fun again.

If you are in a "slump," I strongly suggest that you take a field trip. We had such a wonderful time. When you go, give yourself permission to take pictures just for fun, and don't stress about getting a perfect shot.

As we were watching the buses leave, I noticed that I had taken 200 pictures of our journey - for fun! I don't necessarily think that I am totally out of this "slump," but I do feel much more inspired.

So, the "Photography Tip" in this post is simply to enjoy your photography. Enjoy taking pictures. And enjoy documenting everyday events. It is easy to get into a mindset that every shot has to be great, and letting go of that will give you the freedom to find joy in it again.

And I believe that when you find joy in photography, your work will reflect it.

10 comments:

Eileen said...

Cute pics and cute post.
TFS

Candace said...

Great post. I love the one that's the close up of your little guy. Very cute.

The Un-Organized Mom said...

Thank you for posting this, I lost my dad in June of 2007 and his birthday is this Sunday. I keep thinking it will get easier, and I guess in some ways it has, but things will never quite be the same again. Times like these though, little outings for no reason, do make life better for me. I have always loved winter, but this year, as the temperatures have gotten warmer, and the flowers and trees have started blooming, I feel like I am coming out of hybernation. I have never been so happy to see the sun. I am ready for weekend roadtrips to nowhere, to take pictures just for fun.

Again, thank you for posting this, your son is adorable.

{hugs}
Kimberli

Nicki, said...

Exactly! What is the use if you aren't having fun. I am so sorry for your loss of your father (lost mine in 2001 and my Mom just last summer) - all the more reason to enjoy your photography and special outing with your adorable little boy.

Kayce said...

I'm so sorry about your father. I do know what you mean about being in a slump though. We all feel like that sometimes. I bet it felt good to get out and shoot for fun. Great shots!

BTW, I received my memory card case today and I LOVE, LOVE IT! I am already using it. It was MUCH-NEEDED! Thanks so much!

Jen said...

This is just the post I needed to read. I also lost my father Dec 2008 and I still have good and bad days. Your pics really brightened up my day!

Annie said...

We just started taking the bus too! It is such an adventure, but I never thought of taking my camera! I'll have to do that next time :)

Sus said...

That is so true, taking pictures for the fun of it, can really help the mood. I love the photos you took of your ds, they are beautiful.

Sus

The Sanchez Family said...

I completely agree! I'm glad you found the fun again. I think it happens to all of us. Taking a field trip sounds like a great idea.

tweederbug said...

Your pictures are adorable. Wish we had a bus like that to take a "trip" on. All that pass my country h ome is the daily 5 school buses. Thanks for the inspiration to just get out there and snap away.