Today I wanted to share a little about a personal challenge that I've just given myself. First, let me set the scene. For the past few months I've been feeling super motivated to work on my photography. I spend a good portion of my work days working on our new photography e-course as well as another lifestyle photography/scrapbooking class that is coming out really soon. This was a lot of fun and also really healthy for my personal growth. I've been using my DSLR daily, which feels awesome!
So, you're probably thinking, "Well, what's the problem then? That sounds great." Right? Well, I often think that creativity is a swinging pendulum, especially for those of us who like to do a lot of different things. And in that time when I was bonding with my SLR, I didn't notice I was kinda un-bonding with my phone. And sometime around the holidays I started to post less on Instagram because, well, I didn't have anything to post. Not that there's some kind of rule that I have to post, there's not. But ever since I started Instagramming (sometime shortly after our wedding) it's been a daily part of my life that I really, really enjoy. And suddenly I wasn't enjoying it anymore, and I didn't like that.
So I spent a few weeks analyzing my funk. You know, not constantly or anything, but I did spend some time asking myself questions like, "Do you even want to improve your iPhone photos? Do you care?", "If you're so bored with Instagram, could it be your own fault?" (guilty), "OK, so, what can you do to make it fun again? What can you do to feel inspired and fresh?"
And then all of a sudden, it all felt more clear.
I realized that I was using my SLR camera for all the photos in my life that I considered "important", and I was using my iPhone for all the photos that I considered "boring". Unless, of course, I only had my iPhone handy, like with this photo above. This photo above is absolutely on my 2014 top ten photos list. It's so special to me and I don't necessarily think I would love it any more if it had been taken with an SLR.
I realized that if other people could take incredible, inspiring photos with their phones, that I could too. I just wasn't trying. I wasn't giving it a chance. I was making myself bored.
And that thought was encouraging to me because as soon as I realized it was my own fault, I realized I could fix it myself too!
I knew what I had to do next.
So, here's my solution. I am going to try to take ALL my personal photos with my iPhone for a month or maybe two months. I don't know, however long it takes me to feel like I can get really great photos with my phone. It's that simple.
I'm so excited and inspired. My goals are to play with color and to focus on capturing Jeremy's and my everyday life in a way that doesn't feel boring to me. I have my little idea notebook in my purse. (That's how you know I'm really into something, it always gets its own notebook!)
I realize that pretty much all that's changing is my mind, but that's OK. I needed to remove some mental blocks and rules and get a fresh start. It feels good to have a mini-goal going on. In a couple weeks we're going to take a trip and I really might leave my camera at home, which is something I've never done before! I'm excited to learn and grow in a new area. This is going to be fun. Follow me on Instagram if you want to. Cheers to doing old stuff in a fresh new way! xx. Elsie
Credits: Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos taken with the iPhone.