Creative Dry Dock

Creative Dry Dock

Jenna Cartin © Ed Selby
Jenna Cartin ©Ed Selby

During my day and week I earn a living as the manager of interactive marketing for a large carpet company. I like my job. But on my weekends, I am a photographer. At least I used to be. I have gone from three or four photo shoots a month to less than one a month. This post was written near the end of October 2014, and I have had five shoots all year. 

I’m not sure what has happened. I was the official photographer for the Atlanta Roller Girls for five season. For reasons of domestic and financial tranquility I had to retire from that monthly shoot. I had hoped I would be able to fill that time with other photo subjects, but that hasn’t happened.

My sources for subjects (usually glamour/beauty photography) have been dry. Facebook, Model Mayhem, and One Model Place have been unfruitful. The girls there have either not been inspiring, have unreasonably high rates, or, worst of all, have flaked out with last minute cancellations or no shows.

I have tried other subjects – landscapes and pets. But landscapes in North Georgia aren’t inspirational (although I did get some beautiful pictures on my summer vacation in the British Virgin Islands), and I haven’t had a lot of luck with pets.

I can’t call this a “dry spell”. I’ve had those before. They’re usually short lived, and only need one good kick in the creative pants to get back on track. This time I am in dry dock. When I walked into my photo studio one day in September, I literally got a cobweb in the face.

The holiday season is approaching, and that usually means even fewer shoots than spring and summer. That may mean more cobwebs in the face.


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