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The Power of Personal Work Photography

February 03, 20212 min read

Personal Work Photography

A Creative Challenge

Complete the Power of Personal Work as a self-guided adventure!

I'll email you a short video for 5 days in a row to get you thinking and include prompts to begin developing your ideas into photographs. After about 20 min of work per day, you'll be ready to bring your project to life. You'll have 7 days to photograph and compile the images before sharing them in the private Facebook community for fellow member feedback.

There are no right or wrong ideas & photos. Just raw creativity and images that have meaning to you. I'll share thought-provoking questions to help you set intentions and reflect on your work.

This challenge is completely free. It intends to help unblock creativity in photographers who may have lost the drive to create personal work. The challenge starts when you sign up.


For the Photographers, Creatives, and Especially the Blocked Creatives

It escapes me who coined this phrase, but if you want to kill your passion, turn it into a job.

Back when I was getting my feet wet in photography, all I did were personal projects. A theme or a prompt turned into a creative concept turned into a series of photographs. Complete freedom to make art without parameters.

In art school, I did an entire series of Rolling Stone Magazine covers. Several friends posed for me as I channeled my inner Annie Leibovitz. The images were placed on faux covers I created in Photoshop, complete with fake story headlines. I’ve never had more fun creating.

Rolling Stone Covers project by Jen Martodam. The Power of Personal Work Photography

Yet another time, I dressed my cousin up as a porcelain doll and photographed her in different settings. When it came time for critique, I embellished the original concept description. I did so because I interpreted my classmates’ work to be more sophisticated and “cool” than my own.

My instructor quickly voiced the opinion that my original concept was favorable. It was a valuable lesson in trusting my gut.

Porcelain doll project by Jen Martodam

After finishing school, when I was forming a business, time for personal projects faded. Each shoot was its own personal project as I messily figured out my style and purpose. Eventually, it all falls into a pattern, a creative autopilot.

Then comes a global pandemic. Personal projects, I believe, are more important than ever. The last couple of months have been a creative drought for me in terms of photography. It’s time to change that.

Join me for today to regain your creative spark!

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Jen Martodam

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