Creative Chronicles: Make The Time

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Make The Time For Creativity

How’s the new year treating you so far?

This year, I’m thinking beyond career goals because while those are great, it’s important to nurture personal interests as well.

A personal goal of mine is to get better at photography. I have no interest in doing it professionally but for as many photos as I share both here and on Instagram, I want to make my content the best it can be.

My dirty little secret is that even though I’ve been carrying a camera with me on a near-daily basis for the last 20+ years (I was always the person in school who took photos of all my friends and got doubles printed at the 1 hour developer to hand out), my process was very point-and-shoot. Capturing moments was more important than mastering the specific settings — and my camera was always set to auto.

Finally, on Saturday I blocked out an entire day to shoot new photos for Branch. I’ve never taken a full day off before to take photos — everything was always rushed. We had an ice storm and the sun was setting quickly. I had a few more flat lays to shoot but the lighting was overcast and shadowy. In desperation, I turned the camera settings to manual, adjusted the ISO and in that minute of fiddling, my photos got infinitely better.

The settings weren’t even that difficult to master — I’d just never given myself the time to explore them.

It’s a bit embarrassing to realize it took so little to make such a big improvement.

My suggestion for you is to think about what you want to master this year….and then actually give yourself the time to do it. No rushing. No set outcomes. Just pure exploration.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: not everything you do needs to have an outcome tied to business growth / money growth / more followers. Creativity, whether it’s nurturing your photography, art, design or writing can be done solely to fuel your soul, no audience necessary.

I’ve found that when you let up and remove the pressure, the outcome is so much better.

What’s your creative goal for 2017?

6 Responses to Creative Chronicles: Make The Time

  1. Being I write fiction as work, I don’t think I get to say that. I nurture that to keep it fresh and working to share with others. What do I wanna work on for me?

    Creative Journaling. It has no real outcome other than expression. And it seems fun.

    I decided this year to get back to blogging – incredibly low key style. I think both will be fun experiments~!

    • Shauna says:

      Creative journaling is so much fun — I miss those days of writing in a journal and filling pages with new ideas and thoughts. I also used to do collages in a big notebook I called the Fashion Notebook and it’s so cool to flip through and look back at what was inspiring me 5, 10 and even 15 years ago. And blogging is so much more fun without all the pressure, anyway — excited to see what you do!

  2. Heather says:

    My main goal this year is to get back to doing what I do best, Design. I am a Graphic Designer who got out of the business after getting burned out about 6 years ago. My life is just not as fun without it, I am working on getting my portfolio back into fighting shape and this time doing freelance work instead of quitting my fulltime job, I want to be able to pick and choose what I work on, instead of being forced to create dull direct mail and coupon books. I have so many awesome talents and this year I am making damn sure that I use them!

    • Shauna says:

      Heather, good for you! And I like that you’re going back into design on your terms — there’s no one way to make it happen. Freelance on the side is great because as you said, you’re not tied to taking on any work you don’t necessarily like. I did that for many years and it worked well. Very, very excited for you!

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