BREATHE FOR A [NEW YORK] MINUTE
I recently hit the three-year mark in my business, and I was feeling more unfulfilled than ever. I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted anymore, nor did I feel like I really had a good grasp on what I was doing in my business. I felt like I was light years behind some of my colleagues and shoots started to feel more like a chore to keep the lights on, rather than something I actually enjoyed. My creative juices were at an all time low. Simply put, I was burnt out. I knew I needed a change of pace and a change of scenery to get things flowing again.
If you've been following my blog for awhile, you know I went to my first fashion week last September. I had an incredible time shooting street style, and having the opportunity to attend my first runway show and fashion presentation. However, that trip turned out to be super work heavy, as I had booked 2-3 shoots/meetings a day. My motivation for going, was simply to shoot street style, which is something I have an immense affinity for. Due to my intense work schedule, I was only really able to experience one day of shooting street style, which was a big bummer. I was hoping to have captured some of my favorite blogger/fashion editors, which I wasn't able to.
Since I was burnt out, I knew I needed this trip to be more leisure than work, so I only booked a small number of shoots, and carved out ample time each day, to capture street style. It was such an awesome, fun and organic experience to just go and do something, just for the fun of it. There were points, where I felt guilty. I started to think, "I should be trying to make as many connections as I possibly can. I should be looking to see if I can submit my images to publications. I should do this, and I should do that." The anxiety came at me like a ton of bricks, and then I had to shake it off, and say FCK THAT. I know what I need for me, and it was to enjoy this time, without the pressure of feeling like I wasn't doing enough for my business. When I allowed myself to just "BE"....
I literally had the time of my life.
Sometimes, you have to take a break from the grind, and do something new. Something that takes you away from the pressures of the world. Trust me, your self will thank you. Plus, you'll be pretty amazed at what the universe may bring your way.
Check out a few of my favorite editors and bloggers, I managed to snap this fashion week! Enjoy. xx.