Losing the jerkiness of me

Lately I haven't been feeling much like myself. Even worse, I haven't felt much like a photographer either.
The blog, and shop have gotten to become more of an obligation than a joy in the last month or so. I tend to feel guilty if I don't post often, especially since I haven't been shooting all that much either.
I started to think it was time for me to take a break.
The last thing I want to do is shoot just for the sake of selling a print.
That was never, ever my intentions when I first started to explore fine art. 
I suppose I got caught up in the quantity>quality and it began eating at me slowly.
So a decision, and a list has been made if for nothing but to keep my sanity.
• Start shooting for me 
• Clean lenses more often
• Take advantage of any beautiful light outside.
• Be thankful for positive people in my life, and show them
• Tripod Light Stand (a DIYproject that I intended to start over a year ago)
• Speak up about ideas
• Don't be afraid to fail
• Learn how to paint furniture, successfully (Do you know Holly @LifeInTheFunLane? Yeah, intimidating)
• Never forget yourself or your dreams
• Don't be a jerk(!!)

This little list is a start of getting my life back in order.
Have any of you had these sort of roadblocks? How did you overcome them?

The shop will stay open, and I will post to the blog as often as I can but I truly intend on doing things for myself from now on. No more guilty feelings. You may see some photography that you've never seen from me before.
I hope you love it, all the same.



Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

It took me until the bottom of the page to realize that "Tina" was Tina Crespo! I love your work! I'm saving up for "Aren't You a Little Orange." I just need to figure out where I want to put it and what size I'd like.

Thanks for stopping by the blog.

As for roadblocks, I think they are quite natural. Sometimes the best way to be true to yourself and to your creative spirit is to simply take a break. Seeing the world in terms of what would make a good photograph can be exausting, and letting your eyes and your mind relax can be such a good thing.

I hope you feel more like yourself soon :)

Tina Crespo

thanks victoria! please do let me know when you order a print, i'll make sure to pack some extra goodies for you :)
thank you for the advice as well!

Tina Crespo
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Rhianne said...

I love your list, I really need to take advantage of the natural light myself. My shop has been a little bit adandoned to be honest, I just havent had the time to put the effort in - sigh.

olive juice photography said...

yes, i often find myself posting pictures that i dont really like.. i just want to barf sometimes.. i feel obligated to the blogging world and i.dont.know.why!

Dandelion and Grey said...

I think every once in a while it's very necessary to step away and reassess what it is we are doing. It makes us better at what we love and gives us a little time to recharge and get back on track.

Personally I LOVE every single photo of yours, but it's about you getting back to feeling like yourself & putting yourself first!!

p.s If you do paint furniture, you better post about it!!! :)