Getting in a slump...
I can't speak for all creatives, but sometimes I just lack inspiration and drive. I lose the spark and I feel my fire, passion, and creativity completely burning out. I love photography, I love what I specialize in... but, sometimes it all becomes a bit mundane.
Even with my blog, I haven't posted in months. I was posting for the sake of posting, instead of writing something I'm truly passionate about, or something I genuinely wanted to share with the world. I felt like if I posted weekly about random topics, it would bring me more traffic to my website, more followers and more clients. But, if you've seen one of my recent posts on Instagram you'll know that I've realized all of that stuff - the popularity and followers really doesn't matter as much as I thought it did.
I think for myself, I just needed a change of pace... something a bit different from capturing families. I needed something to remind me of why I fell in love with the art of Photography and why I started my blog in the first place.. and that was to share my art and my words with the world (or anyone who cared enough to pay attention to it) This session did exactly that for me - and I'm so excited to share it will you all.
All I needed was my best friend and a pretty dress.. Oh, and a castle of course!
Jaimie and I have been planning this shoot for a while. She wanted self portraits and I wanted a chance to get creative again, so It was the perfect pairing! We headed out to Hatley Castle - A local historic site in Colwood, British Columbia at Royal Roads University (you may recognize it from movies like X-Men & Deadpool). We had gorgeous dresses from a local dressmaker in tow and so many ideas!
The weather could not have been more perfect, it was cold - but Jaimie was such a trooper! It was grey and overcast, but the sun decided to peak through the clouds at some pretty perfect moments. The session started out more ethereal with a touch of outlander vibes (we unfortunately didn't come across Mr. James Fraser while shooting) but turned witchy as soon as the sun started going down. We were having so much fun, and I knew we captured some pretty amazing images.
I couldn't wait to get home and get them into my computer - and once I did I was so IN LOVE. The images turned out incredible, and as soon as I started editing I knew this was exactly what I needed. I felt that flame inside reignite and fell in love with Photography all over again.
So, all this to say... Push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new. It may not be what you're used to but it sure as hell can be exactly what you need.