Magic Monday: Information Overload

I loved this post over at DPS on 5 Mind Traps of Beginning Photographers.

There are a few things that I think contribute to some of these mind sets that in turn contribute to discouragement.

One of them I have been feeling myself lately.

I call it the trap of INFORMATION OVERLOAD.

You can read all about photography.  In fact, you could probably get a fairly decent informational education this way.

You can look at millions of pictures or photo blogs online and be completely inspired by great images.

You can hang out in fabulous forums and learn some amazing tips from some great contributors.

but…

until that information is applied, its really quite useless.

Perhaps it was being stuck inside this winter and adjusting to the new schedule of motherhood.  I read so much photography information that I sort of wanted to pull my hair out.  I think I reached a point where nothing else would fit in my brain without forgetting something in order to make space.  It was just too much.  I definitely  had a bad case of information overload.

There’s something to be said for getting away from the computer, getting away from the blogs, getting away from all the information

and using it to create some inspiration by DOING…

Something I loved about taking photography lessons a few years ago was the challenge I gave myself to have 1-2 shoots per week.  I didn’t have a business at all, so I had to come up with something myself.  I’d find subjects and go plan out something fun.

I really believe the consistency of getting out and doing something was the true source of my progress.  All the information is helpful too… but the application aspect is the true transforming power.

Happy April and warm weather you all!  Go out and shoot someone…

with a camera :)

We had a happy family warm April Sunday photo shoot in the front yard yesterday… thanks to Ben for the images of me…

Sometimes the act of getting out to shoot is even better when its personal work and for your own family :)  Something I don’t do near often enough.

avatarBrooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah. She is a proud new mother to a perfect baby boy. During the day she uses her BM and MM in Music Composition to write silly songs to make small people smile and laugh. During the nights and select mornings Brooke teaches private photography lessons as well as monthly photography classes in Logan, Utah. During the weekend she dreams up crazy and fun photo shoots for her fabulous subjects. Brooke welcomes comments, questions, new friendships, new clients, and new coats and hats for her growing collection.

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