It’s rather ironic that having a creative business sometimes means that we have so little time to follow that creative pursuit that lies at the very heart of our business. I’m currently on a business accelerator program that sees me heading into Manchester once or twice each week. Not only does that take a great chunk of time but the business related ideas that sprout from it lead to an ever growing “to-do” list and a mind that’s forever whirling with ideas. Between that and the writing I do for other photographers I’ve found myself more and more frustrated at a lack of photography time.
So last week I put photography as priority on my to-do list and actually planned it into my schedule. Thursday, PM, starting at 2pm. So of course it turned out to be a gloomy day with rubbish light and I nearly put it off. But I was determined to treat it like any other item planned into my day and just get on with it, so the studio light came out and my favourite bottles and books and I headed into the garden with scissors to gather in some signs of autumn.
For the next couple of hours I switched off from all the things that needed to be done and simply lost myself in photography…….
I’m still dipping in and out of editing them and I’m using my own textures, I’ve just created my first set and made them available for the Afternoon Light members to download and use. One of the things on my growing list of things to do is to make some more, I had much more fun than I expected making the first set!
I’m finally getting around to the point of this post, an update on my Year With Unconventional Lenses. If you’re new to the blog you may not know that I started this year on a mission to shoot more often with my Lensbabies and vintage lenses, using them had become almost an afterthought and I really wanted to try to use them more often. I’ll share my in depth thoughts towards the end of the year but it struck me while I was taking these photos that my Lensbaby optics and lenses have become my default lenses. All of these were taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 and I didn’t even contemplate getting out my 50mm macro which used to be my default still life lens.
So it seems like unconventional has become my normal!
PS If you are a creative business owner too and struggling for time to create, follow my tip and schedule that time into your working week. It’s at least as important as all the other stuff and it’ll leave you recharged and revitalized!!