Do you want to Consume or Create? Day 1: Intuitive Posing Series
February 22, 2021
Many of may have already tuned in on YouTube, but for those who haven’t, I wanted to make sure you see this amazing mini-masterclass I recently put out. I’ve been working a lot on journaling and being present and coming at everything I do with intention, and I want to share that with all of you too, so I’ll be posting the series here over the next week or so.
Before we dig deep into Intuitive Posing you must make the conscious decision to do the work and focus on your inner voice rather than all the external noise around you.
In part one of this series, I’m sharing 6 steps to help you decide to become a Creator of inspirational images, instead of a Consumer of everyone else’s content. It’s really easy to convince ourselves that the time we spend scrolling is productive, educational time that will make us better photographers. How much better might we feel though, if we stepped away from the comparison game entirely, and spent that time actually connecting with other people and doing things that inspire us?
I recently did a guided meditation and the most significant part for me was this part where I had to look at my current reality and then the reality I wanted to have. And the very first thing that came to mind for me was that I wanted to be a producer instead of a consumer. I was spending far too much time looking at content others created, saving it for inspiration, pinning projects I totally want to do – but doing nothing with that. I love teaching, I love creating, that’s what fills my cup, and to have the time and space to do that, I need to turn off some of the other channels, and spend my time reflecting inward, on what it is I really want to create. If you’re in that same situation, I encourage you to watch the video, or keep reading, and think about the changes you want to make!
Tip 1: Evaluate your habits and how you’re spending your time, and how you’re feeling while you do those things. Are these activities elevating your mood and inspiring you? Or making you feel bad about wasting time? Does looking at other people’s work make you feel sad that you aren’t creating such amazing things?
Tip 2: Unfollow anybody that makes you feel bad about your work, or brings up feelings of jealousy or envy. This doesn’t mean they’re bad people – not at all! Just that you don’t need that in your space right now. I want your day to be filled with as much positivity as possible!
Tip 3: Make it easy to create every single day. Set up a charging station for those batteries, get those cameras within reach, don’t let not being prepared stop you from taking advantage of the moments when inspiration strikes.
Tip 4: Spend part of every day in a place that inspires you. Maybe it’s a walk in the woods, maybe it’s a collection of things you love on your desk- surround yourself with experiences and things that make you want to create.
Tip 5: Stop looking externally for inspiration from work other photographers have already created. It’s all within you. If you want more connection in your images, go connect with people! If you want to do sunrise sessions at the beach, spend time at the beach at sunrise, just observing and enjoying!
Tip 6: Start keeping a journal. Write out what you’re grateful for. Write out all of the reasons you’re amazing and what makes you unique. Look for the moments in your everyday life that inspire you (and if you can’t find any, start creating them!).
As you find your voice, and find the inspiration within, your work will mirror that.