What to Do When You Don't Feel Like Photographing

What to Do When You Don't Feel Like Photographing

What to do when you don't feel like photographing

Watch the YouTube video on this topic here: https://youtu.be/Do-ZP8vCSOA

Photography, much like any other creative pursuit, isn’t always a journey marked by constant inspiration and excitement.

There are days, sometimes stretching into weeks, when picking up the camera feels more like a chore than a joy.

It’s during these phases that we must gently address the underlying reasons and find ways to rekindle our passion for the art.

In this post, I’ll explore common emotional hurdles that photographers face (particularly me) and offer practical solutions to overcome them.

1. The Trap of Overthinking – Embrace Journaling:

Overthinking can paralyze even the most experienced photographers.

When your mind is clouded with doubts and conflicting ideas, try journaling.

This simple act can help in decluttering your thoughts, making room for clarity and creativity.

Whether it’s a daily reflection, a gratitude journal, or just scribbling your thoughts, the act of writing can be surprisingly liberating.

If you need a good journal or would like to try it, you can get the Coffee x Cameras journal here.

2. Battling Tiredness – The Power of Naps:

Never underestimate the rejuvenating power of a good nap.

In our always-on culture, taking a break to rest might feel unproductive, but it’s essential for creative sustainability.

A short, peaceful nap can refresh your mind and body, often leading to bursts of inspiration and renewed energy for photography.

3. Overcoming Sadness – Get Moving:

Sadness can cast a long shadow over your creative spark.

Engaging in physical activity is a potent antidote.

Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood lifters.

A brisk walk, a jog, or any form of exercise not only helps in elevating your mood but also offers new perspectives and photographic opportunities.

4. Calming Anxiety – The Art of Drawing:

Anxiety can constrict your creative flow.

If photography starts to feel overwhelming, switch to a different form of art like drawing or painting.

These activities can be incredibly meditative and therapeutic, helping to ease anxiety and open your mind to fresh photographic ideas once you return to it.

5. Countering Laziness – Digital Detox:

In an age where we are constantly bombarded with digital stimuli, laziness can often be a symptom of digital overload.

Consciously reducing screen time and disconnecting from the constant barrage of information can reignite your enthusiasm for photography.

This digital detox can make space for more meaningful and creative pursuits.

6. Dealing with Burnout – Connect with Nature:

When the burnout hits, it’s time to step back and reconnect with the natural world.

Nature’s tranquility is not just healing; it’s also immensely inspiring for photographers.

The act of being in nature, observing its intricacies and wonders, can reignite your passion for capturing its beauty through your lens.

7. Dissolving Anger – Meditation and Breathing Exercises:

Anger can cloud your judgment and hinder your creative abilities.

Practices like meditation and focused breathing exercises are powerful tools for regaining emotional balance.

They help in clearing your mind, allowing you to approach photography with a fresh, unburdened perspective.

8. Easing Stress – The Healing Power of Music:

Music has a unique way of soothing the soul and clearing the mind.

When stress seems to overpower your creative drive, let music be your sanctuary.

Listening to your favorite tunes can provide an escape, offer new insights, and replenish your creative energies.


It’s important to remember that these moments of disconnection from photography aren’t failures; they’re part of the creative process.

Embracing them can lead to personal growth and a deeper connection with your art.

The journey of a photographer is as much about capturing the world around us as it is about understanding and nurturing ourselves.

If you're finding it particularly challenging to navigate these creative ebbs and flows, know that you're not alone.

Sometimes, a little guidance can make a big difference. Feel free to reach out and book a mentorship session with me.

Together, we can work towards reigniting that spark and refocusing your photographic journey.

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