Winter is always welcome as I love finding ways to stay creative over winter months. After photographing my final wedding of the season last Friday (more on that to come next week!), it is officially the end of my wedding season. While I may not be shooting weddings over the next few months, believe me when I say that this is the time when I start to work even harder on my business as I implement new ideas, eliminate ideas that didn’t work last year and find room for improvement across all my services and products available. While most of the creative parts of my career are in the summer months, and this time of year is centred around logistics or business improvement, I like to be creative over the winter months too and today I thought I’d share 3 ways I am continuing to keep creative this winter.
Winter is such a great time to invest in a new skill. A few winters ago I took a french class to hone my high school french before we visited Paris and this year I did a couple of these amazing Masterclass lesson plans. I’ve done the Christina Aguileira and of course Annie Liebovitz class and I think the Alice Waters one will be next. Its not just about photography but about being creative in other areas in my life.
One of the first places I go to for inspiration is the movies and the falling of the first leaves of autumn is all I need to snuggle on the couch with a chai tea and cosy blanket and be inspired through movies and documentaries. With an action-movie loving husband, we watch a lot of action movies during summer so I love this chance to watch something at a slower pace, sink further into the couch and be transported with dialogue and visuals to another world. I have a varied shortlist so far including The Light Between Oceans, Tales by Light (a documentary series on Netflix), Casablanca, A Place in the Sun, Annie Hall, Citizen Kane, The Big Sleep and A Single Man. Of course I have my winter reading list for more inspiration and learning too!
While I am shooting less paid commissions at this time, winter is the perfect chance to hone my craft with personal photography projects. Using film and digital mediums, I hope to do 1-2 projects a fortnight to experiment with light and texture and really just have fun with photography. Still life and self-portraits are something I hope to explore in particular.
So there you go! I love knowing that I’ll come out of winter ready to photograph more families and weddings with a fresh approach and new ideas in addition to all of the business improvement that comes naturally this time of year.