Interacting with other creative people and photographers!
I’ll be honest, this is something I have to remind myself to do every now and again, not because I don’t want to but because in the chaos that can sometime be day-to-day life, I can forget! But for me, it’s well worth doing. I thrive off people’s creativity and energy and one of my closest friends is very involved in the theatre and has a degree in Music Production. We often have really great conversations about music, theatre and art and every single time we do, I always feel inspired to create something magnificent. He is very imaginative and creative and we bounce ideas and concepts off of each other.
I work close with other photographers for different fields of work. Sport Photography to other Wedding Photographers to Photojournalists and it doesn’t matter if I don’t specialise in their line of work because we all have something in common, we all love taking photos and have that passion to succeed! Having a chat or catching up via emails to other photographers keeps me in line with my work as I have people to talk about the pros and cons of the industry. Also, you don’t know what work could come your way; I’ve been recommended by other photographer many times so it’s well worth it to stay connected!
When you’re starting out as a photographer, it can often feel very lonely if you don’t have other photographers or artists to turn to for advice or inspiration. I know this from personal experience & I learnt a lot from knowing that I had to communicate with other photographers just as you would if you needed help in an office job. I thought that to be a photographer you ‘have to work alone and do it your own way’…boy was I wrong?! If anybody is reading this and they feel like they want help, I would advice you either join up with a local photographer to learn from (I’m sure they’ll appreciate a helping hand) or even just a photography group on facebook where you can bounce off ideas and ask advice!