GoCast #12 – Inspiration and Motivation

In this GoCast Episode Kerry Garrison talks about inspiration and motivation and how yours probably is different than other peoples. Kerry talks about figuring out what it is you are trying to accomplish, determining how to get there, and deciding why you want to do it.

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Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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4 Responses

  1. DebraEkas says:

    Interesting conversation Kerry.
    I have been motivated by: assignments, competition, and compensation at different points in the span of my relationship with the camera. In a class, when the instructor would set an assignment with specific parameters, it worked to inspire me to look differently. I am a very competitive person, so my fellow students, always motivated me to push my self further. Working for the paper, trying to meet their requirements, bummed me out, put me off photography for a while.
    Inspiration though, comes from everything. Pretty light, new places, changing perspectives Reviewing and reflecting on classic works of art has inspired me to look at light and posing again. Lately I am inspired by the people around me that make art out of every day events. People that make it their mission to guide others to find , or make, their light.
    You are right, inspiration is very personal, and motivation can be unique. But when you love something, motivation and inspiration do not have to be mutually exclusive. They can intersect in, art.

  2. NVP says:

    My main motivation being a youth, high school, and small college sports photographer, I want to give kids the photo of themselves playing sports that I wish I had of me growing up. I want to try and make them look like they are on the cover of a magazine or their favorite athlete on a commercial.

    Inspiration comes from seeing what other people are doing. I constantly look at what other photographers are doing. I like to see how I can put my own spin on that photo and then see if I can go out and make that photo.

  3. Paul Themens says:

    What motivates me in photography is getting out of the house and taking advantage of the fresh air and strolling in the woods taking pictures of nature and wildlife for my personal benifit and enjoyment. I also enjoy taking candid photos of children doing their best "at play".

  4. John Marion says:

    You bring up a VERY interesting discussion. My response is based on several characteristics that may or may not be unique to me, but I assume could be somewhat universal. I have had a very successful career as a portrait photographer. I am at a total session count somewhere around 24,000 according to files that we have kept since inception of our business. Throughout most of the 80's and 90's I was extremely active in our state photography association as well as regional and national. Along with this very high volume of work that I was putting out I was at the same time receiving very much success in the print competition realm. 23 images in the loan collection, etc. etc.
    Fast forward to today. Am I motivated? Am I inspired? I gotta tell you, I am tired. My theory is that when you are young and hungry maybe starving for the finances as well as still wearing rose tinted glasses in search of ideals, there is a heightened awareness of motivation and inspiration. Because at that point in your career, that is surrounding you immensely. There is something about a callous that dulls the sensitivity and truly the same as I feel dulls my need for motivation and inspiration. Yes, I still want it. But the motivation is very much lower now than it was when I first started. It's like, I want it. but I want it without the commitment that it requires. So, in the end, do I really have what it takes to be motivated and inspired. I am very impressed when I see older successful photographers that are still driven to seek and find that magic in photography.
    In conclusion, I think that there is another element that effects these two wonderful feelings. Being burnt out. What causes that in myself, is a lack of clientele who are willing to hire me for what I do best. Or a lack of eccentric clientele, coming from a quiet conservative midwest community. Eccentric people make me very motivated and inspired. They are rare here. People lined up to spend money for gorgeous classic portraits makes me motivated and inspired as well. With the economy down here, that has also been lacking. And based on the success that I have had and saved for a rainy day, I have become very passive in my attempt to find the magic in my given market and economic state. Of course and also do to the fact that I have been conditioned over all these years, that if I'm not getting paid, I'm not shooting. That sounds callous as well, but for many years I was so busy shooting from morning till night that I didn't have time nor did I want to shoot just for the fun of it. So I know now that THAT is the answer. Get over the stigma of making money, OK it might even cost you some money, but get out and have FUN. (I'm still searching for that part of me that will let go and just have fun)
    Thanks for your podcasts, love them.
    John Marion

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