What Inspires Me? The Calling video

As a working artist, I’ve learned how important it is to set time aside for being inspired.  Having said that, inspiration is not what gets the book done, or blogs posted or photo shoots complete.  Do you know what I mean?  Boy, if I waited to “feel inspired” before I started creating, 98% of what I create would never get finished.  And yet I have to keep finding ways to nourish my creative spirit, to intentionally find ways to feed the creative well inside me so that it doesn’t run low–or even worse–run dry.

So what inspires me?  All kinds of things inspire me from daily morning walks to journaling to riding my bike to yoga.  But for today, my fellow colleagues inspire me.  David McClain inspires me.

This last October, he released his latest video The Calling in NYC.  David is one of the six SONY Artisans of Imagery, representing the National Geographic genre of imagery.  Every October, SONY brings the six of us Artisans to New York for Photo Plus Expo.  There is one night where our recent work is put on exhibit, and this last year David unveiled his latest video.  Oh my goodness.  I’ve watched this video a dozen times, and every time it feeds my creative spirit–filling that creative well–in a new way.

Find a quiet moment, make the video as big as you can, turn up the volume because his monologue is incredibly moving, and get ready to be visually and emotionally taken to another place.

May you be inspired!



For more inspiration from Me Ra:

Cast Your Cares, How the Camel Reflects Our Hearts

Risks and Rewards of Committing Yourself to Your Art

To learn more about photography from Me Ra, check out:

13 Ways to Engage the Photographer in Your Kids (from Me Ra and her two kids!)

14 Photo Tips to Capture Love

15 Women Photographers Share Their Self Portraits and Photo Tips

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Me Ra Koh loves cameras, kids, and parents, and spends her life bringing them together.  See her new show Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh on Disney Junior.  Her book Your Baby in Pictures is a national bestseller.  She is honored to be one of SONY’s Artisans of Imagery.  Me Ra and her team of certified teachers lead CONFIDENCE photography workshops for women nationwide.  She has been featured in The New York Times, Parenting, American Baby, Popular Photography, and her photography has been on exhibit from San Fransisco to New York.  You can find her at

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