When your business is busy it’s easy to stay excited as you focus on making sure that the customers are satisfied with their products. However, when you hit a slow patch it can be difficult to stay motivated, especially if it stretches for a long time. Thankfully, there are some ways you can make sure that you don’t lose your passion for the business. Let’s look at five of the best ways you can do this.
1. Use Positive Affirmations
Often, one of the hardest parts of a business slump is the feeling that you’ve lost your ability to perform. This is especially true for creative industries, like fine art photography, where the business depends on you being able to keep producing unique images. By taking the time to say a positive affirmation each morning, you can increase your self-belief. Also, you can’t underestimate the importance of starting your day feeling like you can accomplish your goals. Though there are many affirmations available online, you can start by visualizing what you want to accomplish. For example, you might want to increase your workload and get more creative fine arts prints. Stating this every morning will keep you focused on those goals.
2. Get More Creative
When their business is in a slump, many photographers take less images. However, you should do the opposite, taking more images than you would normally capture. This will make sure that your skills are kept up-to-date. You should also try to find more creative ways of taking photographs. Try to use new angles and new techniques. You might also want to try to take pictures of subjects or places that you don’t usually photograph. If you find you enjoy capturing these new subjects you might want to consider expanding your business to those areas. Even if these new approaches fail, you will learn more about your craft. By continuing to develop yourself, you will be able to offer a more valuable service when your business does pick up again. Also, continuing to experiment is a great way of keeping your passion for fine arts photography high.
3. Search For Inspiration In Print And Online
Often the hardest parts of being in a slump is trying to find things that inspire you to continue working on the business. Thankfully, there are hundreds of fine arts prints available in magazines and millions available online. Finding magazines and websites that inspire you can be a great way of keeping you motivated to continue to produce amazing images. For example, you can view home decoration magazines to see how other artists are making their wall décor stand out. This might inspire you to create wall décor that you had never previously considered. It might also give you some new ideas for interesting subjects for fine arts prints.
In addition, you might want to consider selling some of your images to magazines. There are many publications that would love to pay for your fine arts prints or wall décor ideas. This will ensure that some money is coming in while you wait for new customers to contact you. It might also be a great way to show your work to new audiences. The more people who see your work, the more likely it is that one of them will want to hire you in the future.
4. Start A New Project
Often, it’s easy to jump from subject to subject without connecting with anything too deeply. This can lead to feeling like you lack the connection to fine arts photography that you once enjoyed. Starting a project can be one of the best ways of reversing this emotion. A project be anything. For example, you might want to take a weekend-long trip, taking photographs of interesting locations, objects or people that you come across. Alternatively, you might want to make a collection of images based on a shared color or theme. The most important thing is that you feel connected to the project, this will prevent you from abandoning it later. In addition, feeling emotional about your images will help other people connect with your art. When choosing the project try not to think about how commercially viable it will be. Instead focus on how excited you are to accomplish it. Starting a new project may be the perfect way to re-discover what attracted you to fine arts photography initially and re-kindle your passion.
5. Focus On Your Mindset
As we discussed earlier, you can view million of photographs online. While this may help keep you inspired, it can also be negative if you compare yourself to other artists. If you find yourself doing this remind yourself that your photographs show your unique perspective on the world.
Another common reason why people lost motivation is because they strive for perfection. While you should always try to improve, trying to make each image perfect create a damaging mindset. Instead of seeing the things you did correctly, you’ll only see the mistakes and the things that can be improved. This can cause you to constantly second-guess yourself and lose confidence in your abilities. If you allow this mindset to take hold it’s easy to lose your passion or quit fine arts photography. If this pessimistic attitude starts to take over, get out your old photographs and look at how they have improved over the years. By reminding yourself where you started it will make it easy to see how you’ve improved your fine arts photography.
Sometimes it can be difficult to stay motivated while pursuing a creative career, especially when the business is slow. We’ve discussed some of the techniques you can use to get your passion back. It’s important to remember that every artist has doubted their abilities at some point. However, if you persist, you’ll emerge with a newfound sense of passion and more confidence in your photography. Hopefully, you’ll be able to use these ideas to re-discover your passion and grow stronger as an artist.
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