"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties" --Erich Fromm So as many of you already know I am a member of Clickin Moms and I have to say that over the last year I have learned so much and I can't even tell you how many friends I have made. I am so thankful and grateful that I can call this my job. But sometimes it's really hard. Sometimes you get that feeling that you have messed up and it screws with your confidence. And when I say that, I mean that this happens to me daily. I look at my work and I see EVERYTHING that can be improved upon in a photo. I NEVER look at a photo and think that it is perfect. I also don't think of myself as a very creative person. I do feel that I am talented but I don't really like to toot my own horn so that being said I do think I have a ton to learn in this business and in the world of photography. It literally is a never-ending journey of learning. Clickin Moms is a great place to learn all this and I love that I have the opportunity to be a part of it.
This month, Clickin Moms is holding their first annual conference for learning. Unfortunately I was unable to attend this year, but luckily they were giving away opportunities to listen to some online classes that they were streaming live online. The best part was that it was all for free! So this morning I sat down at the computer and I decided to watch my first talk. A wonderful artist named Megan was going to talk about creativity. Now, I want to be honest with you. I actually was kinda disappointed when I learned that this was the only program I was going to be able to watch today and it wasn't anything that I really had any interest in. I figured it would be very boring. Twice during the program I actually considered turning it off! I couldn't bare to however and I have to say that I am so glad I kept watching. By the end I had learned some very important things and I want to share them with you.
1. Being creative is being prepared to fail.
Wow, that is so true. For anyone that knows what it is like to fail, it is so heart wrenching. It cuts you to the core sometimes. Now granted, it all depends on how much you have laid out on the line. To me, creative people are those that think of something and make it happen. Inventors, writers, artists, children, the list goes on. Now of course I can lump photographers in this group as well. The important thing to note here is that what ever you are trying to accomplish- if someone doesn't like it and you don't succeed, then you will feel like a failure. When I take a picture, I don't always strive for people to like my personal work. I do that for me. Now, when I am working for someone else and I am making photos for other people I will surely want my clients to like the work I have made for them. I am risking failure each and every time I go out to a session. It's that risk that makes us unique and sometimes makes magic. But you have to prepare yourself for failure and move on when you do or you won't improve.
2. Being creative isn't just for you- it's for other people. You have to give your creativity away.
This one hit me hard. I actually thought long and hard about this one before it made sense for my own life. I can totally relate to this. It is my true belief that the things we create should be passed down not for you but for them- our children. A strong sense of history in a family can do wonders. The things my mother has made for us aren't just special because they are beautiful, they are special because they were made with love and they were made for us. I have scrap books and I have pictures and that is why I have the love for photography. It means a lot to me to be able to give my children the same gift- the gift of my creativity. This gift can be for people in your family or just simply the people around you. That is why I love my job. I can give my creativity to others daily and they actually like it. They actually want it to be a part of their family for generations. It is just an amazing feeling.
So after the talk, I was sitting at my desk thinking. I don't want my photography to be the only thing my kids will have handed down to them. Although its not a bad thing- it actually is just a personal thing. I want them to have multiple facets of my creativity and I want them to see how much their mother cared for them in many ways. For a while now I have been wanting to learn how to sew. I actually really want to learn very badly. I don't have a sewing machine and I have only done it a few times when I was little with my mom's machine. I honestly feel that I can attain this goal quite easily with some hard work. I really want to learn how to make a quilt and I want to learn how to hem my own kid's clothes (not to mention my own). It's a freeing thing being able to do things well and by yourself. I am a good cook and I can do other things that I am proud of but now I am ready for a new challenge. Anyone with me? Think of something you can do and hand that down to your children or to your neighbor. Make a cake and give it away. Make a handmade item and gift it away to a friend. It's an amazing feeling to be able to give such a creation and it's amazing to see the reaction too. The possibilities are endless. What kinds of things will you create?
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