This year I want to try be more mindful of what I put out there into the internet / universe in general which does mean giving back to my inspirations and the blogging community. As a creative I think it's important to be a part of whatever gang you associate with even if it's through the tiniest means, for me I like to occasionally pass the love forward by waxing lyrical about some of the amazing content that's available to take motivation from. Here are just a few blog posts I've adored from across the internet and all of them cover very different subject matters.
Every 6 months or so I like to check in with the blog as it's good t occasional sing about things you're proud of and take a look back at work that's not as good to help produce better content in the future. A lot can happen in 6 months and you may find your style can become more refined even with the smallest of gestures or you may have tried something fairly outlandish to your usual routine. I always think it's great practice to celebrate your achievements and be realistic of your misadventures you may have had with your online space plus have a bit of a catch up on missed posts. Here's what's been happening on the blog since the start of the year, what are you prod of when it comes to your blog?
When putting this post together I really had a bit of a think of what items do I always return to, love and which define me as a person. This can be hard as we really don't NEED a lot to keep on trucking. If I was to choose some key items that I thought go some way to giving an insight into me then these would be it. Here are just a few things that define me, what are your can't be without objects?
Some of you lovely folks may know that I'm always on the hunt to add more style to any and all creativity aspects of my online presence including my social media channels and since my blog post all about my INSTAGRAM PROCESS (found here) a few things have changed especially for my stories. I wanted to add more of an artistic flair plus a bit more personality. Here are some of the amazing apps behind my current Instagram set up?
Everyone who runs a blog does so in their own way which can evolve over time so that their process may look nothing like what they first started out with. Something that's been with me for a while now is my monthly editorial calendar, it's a way to plan the next blog month and work it all out all whilst still creating and hopefully not have a post day sneak up on me. This, for me, is an essential part of the process is an important bit of organisation that still offers some versatility. Here's why I'm not letting go of the blog calendar just yet, do you prefer a more planned system or do you like spur of the moment posts?
Those of you who have been reading this little space for a while may know that during April my mental health was not at an all time peak to say the least and since then I've been working hard to get back to a good (hopefully better) place. Obviously everyone's mental health journey looks very different to another's but we all have those little routines that help us to completely disconnect, unwind and recharge. Here are just a few things I do to calm down and get back to feeling like me again, what are yours?
A few weeks ago I spoke about the benefits of having a mood board (found here) and what it can do for your work regardless of subject or idea, in following on from this I thought I'd share my current inspirations and colour theme. Pinterest has become my one-stop shop for great images and occasional fantastic links to wider content allowing you to find for example fantastic blog reads. Here's just a tiny peek at some of the stunning imagery I've been adoring and have helping motivate a change in my own work. Who are your favourite photographers? Image makers?
Of late I've been doing a few things differently and whilst they are small things they have actually made quite a big impact, call me a sucker but this lazy girl is always looking for ways to streamlining how I work and save time. Here's an honest post about what's new around these parts on Not Copper Armour. What have you recently incorporated into your blogging routines be it new camera? New design? New Mantras? Anything that has added to your success.
At the end of the day a great feeling is to truly switch off on the sofa with snacks and good TV, of late I've been hunting for new ways to find inspiration and Netflix has become my savour. There are so many great documentaries and shows out there that can add not only to your artistic work but get you thinking, I thought I'd share some of the influential shows that have struck a chord. What other TV shows and films would you advise other creatives to watch? (Regardless of genre.)
I'll be the first to admit that cultivating a photography style you can be proud of can be a forever work in progress - every now and again you can feel it when there's been a boost in the way you do things plus an added level of sophistication or higher thinking in what you produce. Sometimes you can attribute this to certain actions or additions to your regime, here are a few things I've done to consistently attempt to improve my work. What have been your game changing moments for your work (regardless of whether it's for passions, personal or business or a mixture of all 3)?
For a while now I've been on my own personal quest to make the content I do put out into the world to be more mindful and be more aware, this is in hopes to help others, produce the content that I truly enjoy but should lessen my reliance on the 'fluff' blog posts as a bridge to the next insightful blog post. Of course this is very much trial and error plus it isn't always as successful in practice but I've found my approach going through a slight change of late in terms of not only post composition but subject matter. Here's how I'm attempting to include more mindful content on my little slice of internet, how do you create more considered work?
Maintaining that productive momentum throughout the day can be tough as not every day is the same but this also means it has the ability to throw a surprise curve ball in the mix that we have to deal with. Not every day is a 'work' day but you can still do little activities that keep your creative levels ticking over till you need it. Even some of the most mundane tasks can be surprisingly influential in this respect, here are my everyday tasks that help my inspiration - what are yours?
When I was first introduced to mood / vision boards it was more for the fact that I got to do something creative with my hands, whilst that is still the case they can offer so much more. They're a complete essential when starting any kind of creative project, they can be more generic in purpose or can be incredibly focused. A mood board at it's basics is a vehicle to put your visual ideas can be digital but I prefer making a physical one as it feels more personal and considered (plus fun). Here are a few reasons why I will always wax lyrical about the joys of a mood board and how something so simple can be so effective.
If you're any kind of writer or creative you'll know that creating new, exciting content that you like can be a lot of hard work and even harder still to maintain that rhythm for any longevity. When you start to build your own online space, products or create for someone else you don't always realise how it can affect you, so here are a few lessons I've learnt from my own content creation (and still getting to grips with).
It's no secret that i have a full time 9-5 job role and also run this online space, the latter is a passion, joy and creative escapism of mine however it's also a lot of work. It is essential to take a break to truly relax away from everything to stop take stock and recharge for the next round. Although this is not a new concept and how I spend my time away from any kind of work is not revolutionary but here's what I do in my downtime to replenish that positive energy, what do you in those quieter moments?
So you've taken your images and you're either excited or dreading the end results but the route from camera to the final chosen picture isn't always so smooth as it sounds. Everyone has their own way of working and every creative job can bring it's own challenges however this is the basic train of thought, for me, when choosing the best of the bunch - this process rarely has any tweaks but sometimes doing this differently can be that essential spark for an idea. How do you choose 'the one'? What do you look for in your final images regardless of project?
As a creative you'r always looking for new ways to improve your work, finding a new outlet for your style or just generally experiment and play - there are always little tasks to try. One of my projects at college was to intentionally physically alter our images, it was a fun way to broaden or understanding of what it means to construct an image. Here are just a few basic ways to change your imagery and add another element to your work. How do you edit your photographs physically or digitally?
Those of you beady eyed folks will know that I completed the #spring10x10 style challenge over on my instagram, if not it can be found in my 'creativity' highlight section on my instagram profile. It's a task created by Lee Vosburgh over at Style Bee (the basics you can find here), that lets you use 10 items from your wardrobe to construct 10 outfits over 10 days but this can be chopped and changed to suit your needs. It's an incredibly interesting idea to explore and can be great in helping you realise new potential possibilities with your style / wardrobe. This challenge is a way to really look at your wardrobe contents, how you style it and how you consume 'fashion'. I've also done a previous attempt from Summer '17 which had varying results which can be found here. Here is my experience of the latest experiment from my outfits, lessons and what I'm taking forward. Did you attempt the Spring 10 x 10 challenge or do you participate in any other style projects?
It's a known fact that blogging takes up a lot of time and even if you love it, sometimes you need tasks that aren't so intense but still keep the productivity ticking over till you're ready for your next big burst of energy. I'm a big fan of the batch way of doing things especially as I don't have all the time during the week to blogging. When you're not in the mood for those bigger jobs here are a few activities I save for those moments when your still crave some creativity but not on an heavy level. How do you spend your blogging down days? How do you keep your blog going during the week?
Hello Internet, my name's Emma and it's been a month since my last blog post. Originally I had planned to take a few days off whilst I finished up my work for my previous job role and made the slow transition into my new position however it quickly became apparent that wasn't going to happen. So here's an update on what's been happening during my break plus what has the time away has taught me. Do you take periodic holidays from the internet or do you have techniques that keep you from feeling overwhelmed or addicted to a screen?