Finding Inspiration for your Photography

Today we’d like to offer a guest blog post, written by Teri Ritter, of Teri Ritter Photography.  Teri has been in business for 10 years in San Diego, CA and Dexter, MI, specializing in families, seniors, and babies.  Teri is also a Marketing Consultant and enjoys sharing marketing ideas and plans which boost the bottom line for professional photographers everywhere.  Today, Teri talks to us about finding inspiration.

Everybody is very busy this time of year and burnout is running rampant. For the next couple of months it is pedal to the metal.  However, I challenge you to take the time to find some inspiration to make this a brighter time of year.  Not so nerve wracking, but more fulfilling for you and your business.

1. Start an inspiration notebook TODAY.  

You have old notebooks sitting around.  Just put a label on it and christen it My Inspiration Notebook.   Now, when you look through a magazine and see an image that touches you or inspires you, tear it out and throw it into your inspiration notebook.   Do the same with quotes, cool marketing pieces, and anything that you see, touch or feel that inspires you.  It all goes into the notebook.  Periodically (at least once a month) sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and peruse your inspiration notebook.  Challenge yourself to incorporate methods, products, sets, and lighting into your world.

2. Walk through a museum – seriously. 

Make the time and put forth the effort to walk through an art museum and look at the art.  Look at the lighting and absorb the shapes.  Feel the art.  My mentor taught me that your mind absorbs shapes and textures that you are drawn to.  He also stated that if you make it a habit to observe art and discover what you are drawn to, you will begin to see it influence your own work.  He was right.

3. Walk through a high end hotel – seriously. 

I love doing this.  Hotels have beautiful décor.  The colors, fabrics, frames and wall displays are very inspiring.  Look at the customer service and think of your business.  This is a great way to develop new product offerings and displays for your own studio.

4. Walk through a high end department store…and ask for help. 

Observe how products are displayed.  Are the prices shown?  Can you touch and feel.  Is less more or is more less?  Smell the air, experience the store.  You can learn much to apply in your own business as well as what not to apply.

5. Take a walk at sunrise or sunset. 

Look at the light and feel the light.  Live in the moment!


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