Our Co-Host Shannon wanted to share a few words and ideas on how she goes about creating and finding time for projects like our quotography collab.
Finding time for creative projects
I truly believe that if something is important to you, you will make time for it. That is the nature of priorities. This goes for anything you are passionate about – your family, your friendships, your significant other, your hobbies….or for those work-a-holics out there, your career.
Obviously, there are only so many hours in a day, no matter how many times I wish for more. I spend a lot of my brain cells on creating a time-budget, so that I know when and where things will fit into my day. I also keep a mental note of what things can be moved if need be, to make room for life as it crops up. It all stems from the philosophy of knowing what is urgent versus what is important, a hard personal lesson I learned a few years back. (For me, that lesson went hand in hand with remembering to tell the people in your life that you appreciate them!)
These days, after the people I love, photography is on the top of my priority list. That means I find ways to make it happen almost every day. In some cases, it’s more like photo-support (aka writin’ a blog for y’all to enjoy!), or watching some youtube videos on an editing technique that, prior to the magic of the interwebs, never occurred to me. Other times its talking shop with other photographers. But on the best days, it’s taking photos.
A lot of the advice you read about making time for photography involves carrying your camera with you at all times and shooting on your breaks. I feel like that is…well…obvious advice. But it falls in line with the idea that if it’s important to you, it’s not a hardship to make the time for it. Believe me, this is straight from the (I work 2 jobs, take care of 2 pets, donate time to a local non-profit and still run a photography business) horse’s mouth!
As my good friend Amy used to say after we put 20 hour weekends into the non-profit, “You can sleep when you’re dead”. (Which will hopefully be a long, long time from now. Please and thank you!)
For me personally, finding time for this Quotography project has been challenging. However, I am thankful that so many people are getting something out of my “little quotes and photos idea”, and that gratitude is a strong motivator to work hard for this collaboration. Yes, it has involved carrying my camera everywhere. Yes it has involved shooting around work and other obligations. Yes, it has definitely involved some sleep deprivation. But…hey…our creative endeavors are worth it!
It’s so gratifying to see my baby (Quotography) take on a life of it’s own. I’m really looking forward to seeing your images! Are you looking forward to sharing them!!??!!
Be sure to head over to Shannon’s facebook page (Seeing Spots Photography) and hit that like button