Ways To Plan For A Photoshoot

Whether you're a professional, part-time or complete hobbiest having butterflies before a shoot (no matter how small a job - even if in your bedroom) is completely normal but there are some ways to help minimise those feelings of anxiety and it includes preparation. Having confidence in the fact you've organised your necessities before hand can go a long way. As someone who has done both corporate, small business and personal jobs - here's how I prepare for photography work. Do you have any routines you must do before you start your work?

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Routines To Help Embrace Creativity

Finding time in the day to indulge in even a little bit of creativity can be tough, especially if you're just trying to fit it all in with work, commute, family, run a house and sleep however self care is an important element to your wellbeing. I've found that one of the best ways to cultivate a bit of time is to slowly build in tiny routines that can be molded around you and your lifestyle so it hopefully becomes a welcome habit. Here are just a few ways I'm trying my really hard to include more of that creativity in my current schedule. How do you do it? Any tips to share?

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Some Amazing Podcasts To Help With Motivation

If you've read my post on 'How I'm Trying To Be A Supportive Blogger' you'll know that I've been embracing listening to podcasts to push my productivity to new heights but it's also helped with my motivation to get up and actually do those things I've thought I couldn't do. Whilst it's a complete work in progress for my processes, there are some incredibly interesting podcasts out there that are specifically tailored to helping and inspiring creative folks get going with passion projects. Here are some brilliant soundtracks for your ears, what podcasts have you been listening to?

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Creative Tasks For Your Everyday

Something I'm passionate about is creativity however fitting it in a day can be really tough even if we know it can help our mental wellbeing. As I'm getting older I find myself becoming stricter with myself and that includes putting self care a little higher on the list so that means even if it's just for a couples of minutes I want to put a bit more joy into my day with little artistic flair (even if it's not the greatest in terms of 'good art'). Here are a few prompts I've been trying to take heed of for a happier emma. Do you have a few little tips for getting the creative juices going on a daily basis?      

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Questions Photographers Hate

As a photographer I've worked corporate, small business and personal jobs which have left varying after tastes but something that is fascination is the conversation that can occur about your role or passion as a creator. People are generally interested however some of the questions asked can be a little ... forward and are framed in a way that don't always get the message across. Here are a few questions that sometimes get my back up and they could be worded a little differently to get a more accurate answer. What questions do you find a little harder / annoying to answer?

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On Being A Lone Wolf & A Homebody

I do not currently wok from home (at the minute it's very much a pipe dream) however I am someone who revels in their own time and would much prefer time at home rather than being sociable - which is why I treasure what I time I can get alone. In some cases being a lone wolf or homebody are traits that could be associated with introvertism, whilst it's true for me it may not be for others. So here are some though on being a lover of your own company and why it's a good thing. Are you someone who seeks out others for an energy boost or are you content in your own space?

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Some Of My Recent Productivity Processes

If you've been reading Not Copper Armour for a little while then you'll know that I'm always on the hunt for ways to improve my productivity levels (my spirit animal is a sloth for a reason). Productivity is such a fickle mistress, she can come out in certain seasons and moments then retreat in others plus it can be affected by so many personal factors, thoughts and feelings - it can be an annoyance trying to pin it down. What have you been doing recently to alter your methods for the better? All tips are welcome!

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How I'm Becoming A More Supportive Blogger

Despite the negativity it can attract, the online world can be a highly positive and an inspirational one what with so many different voices doing good things for their audience(s). Something I'm passionate about but a little nervous to do is wax lyrical about the stunning content that can come from the internet, there are so many talented folks, why not pass o their message forward when it doesn't take a lot to do so. I'm always trying to keep those good vibes going even in the most subtle of ways. Here's how I'm trying to grow as a supportive fellow creative, what about you? How do you pass on the love?

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Escaping Social Media: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

It may or may not have escaped your attention that I took quite a long hiatus from all things social media and what started out as a much needed unplug to send time with loved ones quickly turned into a 'I'm so busy there's simply no time to post' thing. Taking time away from the screen can be a double-edged sword in that it has good qualities of allowing you to recharge but if you're trying to establish an online presence it can be harder to get back on track. I think establishing a balance is key but every now and again sometimes it's a bit too much and a break is needed. Here are some of the reasons why it's a good thing and a not so glorious thing. How do you feel about having some breathing space from social media?

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My Summer Goals For The Blog

Here in the UK we're currently experiencing what seems like a never-ending summer, which is a good thing as it's synonymous with sun, more skin making an appearance and the possibilities of holidays however now we're all adults there's a lot more work needed to pay those bills. As yet I've still got to establish some kind of balance between my new intense job role and my pure passion project of the blog so over the Summer whilst I have some time off it's the perfect excuse to experiment with this process. Over the Summer there are some goals I wish to tackle and get a better handle on especially for the blog which has taken a back seat of late. What goals do you have during this season?

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Loves From The Online World

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.

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A Recap Of 6 Months On The Blog

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?

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A Few Things That Define Me

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?

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Great Apps For Behind Instagram

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?

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Why I Use A Monthly Blog Calendar

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?

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Some Of My Self Care Routines

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?

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What's In My Current Mood Board

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?

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New Additions To The Behind The Scenes Of The Blog

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.

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