Part 2: Spark
A while ago, I was talking to a friend over a lovely picnic in the park, (hooray for lifting of restrictions 🙌🏻) In which my long absence from IG was brought up.
I thought about this question and in short, I lost my spark.
After that day, I sat down, pulled out my phone and began to scroll through my work, taking it all in, and confronted what I know was the problem all along.
I was no longer creating for me, being truely ME.
“The grind needs to be uniformed, stick to the one subject/theme or topic and style.”
“Photography needs to be amazing, post regularly, content needs to be engaging and relevant.”
“Engage often, be human, but not too personal, do stories, IGTV and now the Reel, and definitely don’t forget the #hashtag and the SEO!” 😞
DO NOT FORGET THE HASHTAG AND THE SEO
I was so focused on the business side of things, I was no longer creating for me, being “creatively true” to me, but a prisoner to my fear of the “algorithm”.
A Spark Was Lit
And just like that, a spark was lit in me.
Because I finally realised I am the one in control, and whether someone ❤️ my post or not, doesn’t matter anymore so long as I am authentically and genuinely true to me.
I want to look back, and say I was honest with myself, no stone was unturned, all the good and all the bad.
And mostly, I want to inspire my children to always be kind, compassionate, strong and always to be true to themselves in life, because,
“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” ― Aristotle
And that there is so many just like them who will always have their back, just like how this wonderful creative community has their mums ❤️.
A New Beginning
So my post will be slightly different moving forward.
I am a mother, daughter, sister, friend, woman, animal lover, gardener, baker, stylist, photographer, business owner and so much more.
And just like the many characteristics I have, my art and my interest does not sit just with one particular thing or theme.
So to end this post, I share with you a portrait of my daughter I did nearly two years ago for a product shoot for a client.
I ended up keeping this image for my own, because some things, money just can’t buy.
Happy Friday and I hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙏🏻.