Motivation, creativity and up-skilling myself
“Your why is your purpose” – Simon Sinek
One’s creativity can be a kind and cruel tool at times, depending on how you use it. I can’t remember precisely when the creativity within me ceased. All I can remember was that I wasn’t interested in making photographs anymore. I remember that I compromised on my principles, and eventually something had to give in the end. And, it was my passion. Simon Sinek is a British-American author who wrote a book (Start With Why in 2009) about how great leaders inspire everyone to take action. A fantastic book and one I’d recommend.
A few years ago, I fell out of love with photography. I used to shoot a lot – weddings, birthday parties, events, and portraits. However, when I think back to some of what I created, the situations or the environment, some of the settings or situations wasn’t the right fit for me. Using hindsight, I can admit now, that I compromised on something. In the process, abusing my creativity for monetary gain. I don’t think I remember ever saying no. I told myself that every opportunity was an excellent opportunity.
Motivation encourages creativity
Anyway, that’s not the case anymore! Things have changed. Over the past year or so, I feel like a more mature man, a better creative, and I have a firmer idea of the kind of images I want to create. My aim is something that will stand the test of time, something that would put a smile on people’s faces.
Making photographs is something I thoroughly enjoy. And the birth of my son stirred a fire within me. Indeed, I’d describe it as the catalyst that has changed my outlook on several things. Watching my son growing up and doing something new nearly every day, seeing the joy on my Wife’s face, the changes in my family, all of this and much more encouraged me to get creative again.
Also, I am making the transition into the technology industry as a developer. Writing code and building things with the stroke of my fingers on a keyboard – exciting stuff. Technology has always intrigued me and coming into the year; my goal was to learn to code. Being made redundant provided me with the time and opportunity to pursue my goal.
Making photographs again!
As a result, I am using my camera and taking beautiful pictures. Portraiture is something that excites me. It’s challenging; the lighting conditions in England always forces photographers to strategise on simple things like ‘What would be the window within the day to take photos’? For me, Location is paramount, shooting outdoors is my goto. Otherwise, it’s indoors or in a studio. Then there are other variables like lenses, wardrobe, and other relevant variables.
In the coming weeks, I’m going to start a mini-portrait session surgery. The idea is taking a fixed number of portraits once a month for a discounted fee. The purpose is to provide an affordable opportunity within my schedule to offer value to my community. Oh, I forgot to mention, you can only take me up on the offer if you are on my mailing list.
Image credit – Folaju Oyegbesan