Have You Lost Your Motivation as a Photographer? – Fstoppers

No matter how much you love photography, you are likely to go through periods where you just feel unmotivated or even as if you have just fallen out of love with it. So, what do you do when that happens? This great video essay discusses what you should do when you have lost your motivation for photography. 
Coming to you from Omar Gonzalez Photography, this important video essay discusses the topic of motivation in photography. Even if you really love photography, you are likely to go through periods where you just do not feel motivated or where you just are not satisfied with your work. If photography is something you do as a hobby and you do not have clients waiting on your results, then there is no reason to not just step away for a little bit. Continuing to force things can just make the problem worse, while stepping away for even a week or so can help you to reset a bit. Of course, it is a bit more complicated if you do photography professionally, and at that point, it may be worth considering things like self-care, work-life balance, a vacation, and more. Check out the video above for Gonzalez’ full thougths. 
Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.
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Outstanding video and advice. My personal issue is not with what others are photographing, but rather with the overall sensitivity in cities to cameras being pointed in some direction. It was much easier, and less stressful, to photograph in the cities, where I prefer to spend my time. The growing negative looks and reactions have kind of given me a “it’s not worth it” kind of attitude sometimes. I do work around it by getting out much earlier than I used to, but that has also changed my photography from primarily people in urban environments to just plain urban landscapes.