Are you in a creative rut? I know I get there often- especially during the winter months when it’s cold and I get a “writer’s block” of sorts when it come to thinking of new ideas. As a business owner, I think in general, January and February are very difficult months because the phone is quiet, the emails are quiet and you are just waiting around for some inspiration.
Let me challenge you to get off your couch, call a friend to model, get to your local studio space (or use your garage) and try my favorite “out-of-the-box” ideas to get those creative juices flowing!
Buy some black lights off of Amazon. Get glow sticks, glow makeup, glow spray paint and anything else you can think of do an entire shoot in the dark!
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UV nailpolish: https://amzn.to/2WvwWTr
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UV spray paint: https://amzn.to/2TwSFs8
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USE UNCOMMON OBJECTS
Use a copper pipe, gels, sparklers, Disco balls, white umbrellas, crystal balls, tin foil on the walls, or anything else that you can think of to throw some “spice” in your photos!
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tin foil table cloth: https://amzn.to/2Gckpi8
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copper pipe: https://amzn.to/2To0hND
PLAY WITH LIGHT
Get some LED Christmas lights, LED string lights or even your phone’s flashlight to create silhouettes.
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LED curtain lights: https://amzn.to/2Sk0ZhN
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GET MULTIPLE PEOPLE
Practice posing multiple people or even couples- shoot at dark or an alternative time that you don’t usually shoot. This is time that you are in a “rut” to start trying new things that you’ve never done before!
Are you inspired now?
There are infinite ways to start new projects and get a different perspective. So put down the Netflix, call a friend and start working!
Christal Marshall is a mom of three, photographer, videographer, homeschooler and just a straight hustler.
Completely self-taught and started her photo business with only a $400 camera in 2011.
She was voted top 20 wedding photographers in VA in 2016, 2018 and 2019. She has been featured over 50 times in various different publications.
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