Finding new inspiration to spark your creativity for even better images, can at times be a challenge for photographers. Every now and then, a creative slump isn't uncommon for photographers. The reality is that when you photograph as often, you're bound to run into creative ruts. When this happens, even the images you previously shot that you absolutely loved suddenly appear regular and uncreative. When you run into a creative slump, the quality of your work can suffer if you allow the process to manifest. So how do you get out of creative downturns? Unfortunately, there isn't a formula or a specific thing you have to do. In fact, what can or cannot be done depends on the photographer. Personally, when I can't seem to find anything to inspire me, I troll other photographers who for inspiration. In doing that, I'm bound to find something creative or different that might be worth trying. In the last few weeks, I've taken a liking to coffee house styled portraits. After perusing a few photographers on Instagram with cafe-styled portraits, I decided to attempt a few myself. In December 2017, I did my first coffee house shoot at the North River Roasters & Coffee House in Poughkeepsie, New York. This beautiful Hudson Valley coffee house at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory building, provided everything I needed, including beautiful lighting and warm ambience to create beautiful images. The shoot was fun and exciting because it forced me to get out of my comfort zone; shooting in a location where I have little to no control over lighting. The result was some of the more beautiful images I've captured in a while:
I felt quite satisfied withe images from the first coffee house shoot, that I scheduled a second and third one. I did the second shoot at a Dunkin Donuts in Wappingers Falls, and the third one at the Groundhog Coffee house, another unique coffee join. Like the first shoot, this two shoots provided opportunities to flex my creative muscles to create beautiful images. Once again, thinking outside the box, I was able to capture images that I'm quite pleased with.
I'm soon going to be doing another cafe house series shoot, and will use it as another opportunity to not only think outside the box, but grow as a portrait photographer. Off course, right after that, I will be ready for something new, and inspirational.