WAAAHHH. It’s so cold outside and I’m stuck inside with my kids and I feel so uninspired and I have nothing to take pictures of and WAAAAHHH.
Stop it. Stop it right now.
For those of you who have fancy cameras and find yourself in a pit of creative despair come winter because there are no fields to frolic in or meadows to dance through, I have some news for you. Winter is the absolute best time in the entire world to learn how to use your camera. If you already know how to use your camera? Winter is the absolute best time to practice using your camera. Between January and April of last year I took more photos than I had ever taken in my life, and come summer I had improved more in those four months than I had in the previous four years.
Because I found myself in a pit of creative despair and had no meadows to frolic in or fields to dance through. I had to work with what I had and what I had was a cute baby, her big sister and some really nice Southeast facing windows. If you want to be better come summer when the flowers are back in full bloom and you have your creative mojo back, it’s going to take some practice when you’re feeling less than inspired. These days all I need is some good light and I’ll take a picture of just about anything, heck, today I followed my kid around while she ate an apple. Sure, prize winning photography didn’t go down today, but I learned, I got better and I got some pretty sweet shots out of the deal.
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