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Emerald Rue

The Power of Personal Work

  • Feb 2, 2021

Personal Work

A Creative Challenge

Join me for a personal photo project challenge starting May 3, 2021!

I’ll email you a short video from May 3-7 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 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. Its intention is to help unblock creativity in photographers who may have lost the drive to create personal work. The challenge starts May 3, so reserve your invite today! More info coming very soon!

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 a 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.

Faux Rolling Stone Magazine covers I created in art school.

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.

From my Porcelain Doll Series in art school.

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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