Wether you’re bored of taking the same shots; shoot after shoot or you’re struggling to know what style of photography you like, there are ways to get out of your creative rut that help you with finding inspiration.
Shock! Okay yes, I love Pinterest, I really do I have different boards for different shoot ideas and I have joint boards with clients so we can collect ideas before a shoot. I think this is a great way to get both yourself and your client excited for the shoot and it means you know your on the same page with the content you want to get out of your time together rather than showing up not knowing whether they want portraits or outfit shots.
I have a selection of photographers whose work I love for different reasons. Depending on what shoot I have coming up I will go over to their portfolios and screenshot images I love. On shoots, I often glance through the images with a client for ideas and then we make our own version based off that vibe. Surrounding yourself with amazing photographers can be so beneficial to your own creativity. Come and join our Facebook group By You, it’s full of likeminded photographers all sharing tips and tricks and supporting each others work.
I’m a sucker for a photography book. I have a collection at home but I also often go to book shops and just immerse myself in the aisles of incredible photographers. I think it’s very easy for us to get stuck in a rut when it comes to our style, clientele or editing and so it can be nice to step away from that and flick through the pages of a book full of images miles from the content you produce but that maybe you can take elements from, so as to always be pushing yourself.
Walking around galleries is something I’ve always enjoyed and although, for the most part I go in my down time, it really is impossible not to be inspired in some way.
Like everyone, I’m prone to having my head buried in my phone whilst walking through the city. Go for a walk without your phone, sit in a park and people watch. There is inspiration all around you, you just have to be willing to let it in.