why the photographer should limit their pinteresting for inspiration

one of my favourite ways to unwind after sawyer's bedtime is sitting down on the couch and pinteresting with a glass of apothic. my bestie, juice, who lives two hours away, does the same thing after her kids go to bed and we send random pins back and forth, motivating each others fitness or meal ideas.. i love getting ideas for our summer garden, for our house renos, or browsing pins on parenting and toddlers

but there are certain things that i don't pinterest (or rarely do), and that i don't have boards for. these things are the subjects that i want to keep genuine and creatively my own, from my own imagination. you won't find an array of different photography inspiration boards for family photography, engagements, weddings, newborn photography, and so on. yes i do have a photography board, but its not meant to hold photos to directly inspire my own work, but are more so photographs and artwork of which i admire, shots that uplift me and stir up emotion. and i do have boards that hold photos (of all different styles) that i find beautiful and awe inspring but none of the boards i create are specifically made to influence my own photography and editwork.

i try to keep the bulk of my pinning to subjects relating to my personal life, my style, recipes, diy projects, home, health, yoga.. things that i don't mind pulling inspiration for from other creative minds. but when it comes to my work, my photography and editing alike, sometimes i think it's better to limit how i'm browsing the work that others are creating similar styled photography as my own.

now, don't get me wrong. i'm certainly not up on a high horse here and will openly admit that i am inspired by all of pinterest and the things i see, browse and pin, it's kind of impossible not to be. but what i'm saying is that i do really strive to keep my ideas as genuine as possible. i want my style of photography to be unique and personal, so this has to come from within.

so my advice to my fellow photographer: use your pinterest sparingly when it comes to inspiring your own work. pinterest is best used as a marketing tool for your website and blog, and if you wish, to share your own work worldwide.

look elsewhere for your inspiration, find it in people watching, in observing those around you and being present in the moment. look with your eyes before looking through the lens, make visual notes to tuck away at the back of the brain. try meditation. decide on the style of work you wish to create and spend 15 minutes in quiet contemplation. remember life before pinterest, before the internet? you have a pot of gold greater than any pinterest board nestled inside your big juicy nucleus. use it!


- ash

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