5 Ways to Tap into Your Creativity
All images are by the beautiful Emily Cooper.
I never used to consider myself to be a creative person.
When I was young, I loved to draw and do arts and crafts, but as I grew older I focused more on school and sports. I remember always feeling moved by art though. I would watch a good film, see a pink and orange sunset, or listen to music and just feel this pull. This pull to create something that would invoke others to feel something, just as art in its various forms, made me feel something.
It wasn’t until I was 24 that I discovered the creativity within me. At this time, I decided to purchase a camera for the blog I was starting, Bloom and Bless. I began taking photos with my new camera and soon discovered that I had a passion and talent for photography. Prior to this, I had no interest in photography whatsoever. In fact, my Instagram was full of blurry phone pictures with bad filters. So actually having a knack for photography came as a big surprise to me!
As I continued to practice photography, I began to see the world differently.
I started to notice things that I normally would not have. Suddenly, places, people, and things, took on a beauty that I previously did not see. Photography began to fulfill a creative part in me that had never been fulfilled before. Something inside me that was dormant began to come alive.
Not only was I being impacted by what I was creating, but others were being impacted as well. I remember my mom telling me that when she looked at one portrait I took, she felt something inside. It was a photo of my stunning friend who has golden brown skin, an afro, and a septum piercing. In the photo she has her head tilted to the side with her eyes looking up to the sky. To hear that my art was invoking emotion in others brought me so much joy!
The reason I am telling you this story is not to boast or brag about my photography, but to show you that there is creativity inside of you too! Too often we look at things that others create and think that we do not have the talent that they do. I love this quote by Vincent Van Gogh though, it says, “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint!’, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
This leads me to my first point in unleashing your creativity:
Many times, people never discover the creativity within themselves because they simply do not try. If I had never picked up a camera, I would’ve never discovered my passion for photography. Before I began taking photos, I had no desire or yearning to do photography. After I started doing it, I learned it was something I enjoyed and was good at. So take a painting class, learn a new instrument, start writing poetry, TRY NEW THINGS! I promise, you will be amazed by what you discover about yourself.
#2. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
The first photo I took on my camera was far from incredible. However, the more and more I practiced, the better and better I became. You probably won’t be Pablo Picasso the first time you pick up a paint brush or Beethoven the first time you try piano, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t be great with practice and perseverance. Don’t quit after your first attempt at creativity, give yourself some time to grow and develop!
#3. Stop comparing your art to others.
I used to look at other photographers work and think, “They are so much better than me! I will never be that good!” I learned to stop doing this though because all it did was discourage me and cause me to doubt myself. Each of us have a unique type of creativity within us. This creativity may look different than others, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still beautiful! Also, some people may have been practicing their creativity for years while you are just discovering yours. Like I said above, give yourself time to grow!
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#4. Get inspired.
Sometimes we need a little help to get our creativity flowing. If you’re not feeling inspired, go spend some time in nature, close your eyes and listen to music, spend some time with other creatives! This January I was feeling very uninspired and unmotivated to do photography. It was cold, and everything was dead outside. So, I began motivating myself by looking at other photographer’s winter photos. I began to feel inspired as I saw their creativity in taking photos in poor weather conditions. At my next photoshoot I took some of my favorite photos!
Just because you may not feel creative at a certain moment, doesn’t mean that you are not creative, it just means that you might need to get inspired!
#5. Express yourself.
Your art is an expression of yourself. It should reflect who you are: your style, emotions, and beliefs. Meaning, you should first and foremost create for yourself. Write the kind of music you like, not what you think other people want. Create a new type of hand lettering, even if it looks different than what is popular. The list goes on and on. Basically, BE YOU. We need you, your creativity, your uniqueness, your expression of yourself. After all, in the words of Jen Sincero, “You are the only you there is, and you are the only you that ever will be.”
There is creativity within you whether you’ve discovered it yet or not.
If you have discovered it, then cultivate it; tend to it, care for it, and let it grow. If you haven’t quite found your creativity yet then start planting some seeds, meaning get out there and try some new things! I promise you, when you find your niche you’ll be amazed by the creativity inside of you.
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My name is Emily Carpenter and I'm the founder of Bloom and Bless and Emily Violet Photography. I am 25 years old and live in Washington State. I am currently transitioning into a new job as an assistant to the creative team at a church. I love Jesus, coffee, movies, music, photography, and traveling. You can follow my blog on instagram @bloomandbless and my photography @emilyvioletphotography.