[by Selina Maitreya]
“I’m not an artist, I’m a photographer.” If I hear this one more time I will (maybe) scream. Photography has long been defined as science and magic. The magic is the art, it’s the mystery. It’s the piece of your world that some call “intangible.” I call it very tangible. I can look at a photo and tell right away if a photographer is connected to their muse. When vision is present the muse is in.
The science of photography is critical. Having your technical skills perfected is key. But a photo is more then technology. Beyond the science is the magic. That’s the sweet spot. It’s what creates connection with a viewer. And it’s critical to your success. If you’re not hitched up to your creative muse, you most likely have a weak body of work.
No time put aside for quiet and contemplation? No space for ideas to come to visit.
No direct connect to your creative flow? No opportunity to offer clients what they are begging you for. They want your vision!
Clients cite your defined and refined visual product as the #1 reason photographers are hired for any specific assignment. Think about that. That is huge. (And for those of you who are saying “BULL dinky it’s budget they look for” remember this: fees aren’t usually housed on websites. Visuals are and the first place clients go to find talent are portals and photo websites.)
Most of the photographers I know want to perfect their art. They point to busy over committed lives as the reason for not being in the zone. The reality is that most of us are stressed by a life overflowing with activities. We are inundated with sound and noise, and we carry on picture within picture lives.
The good news, the truly terrific news is that once you say.”ENOUGH! I am an artist and I chose to live a life that supports my creativity” there are simple steps that will take you far. I invite you now to take a step that will cost you nothing but time. Stop 3 times a day and simply close your eyes and breathe deeply for 5 minutes. This practice will totally shift your life. If you feel this is too simple, commit to doing this for 2 weeks and see how many days you go before you’ve forgotten.
Selina Maitreya is a consultant to artists and the hostess of: Clarion Call 2013:Open to Creativity. Go to www.Open2creativity.com and sign up for a free 6 hour event that will get you off the hamster wheel and into connection with your Creative Muse!
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