Creativity is the life force of a photographer's work. The chances are that when you're feeling innovative, you're attracting more clients and producing projects that feel fulfilling and enjoyable to deliver. So what happens when creative burnout takes hold?
Though it can be difficult to define, burnout symptoms can look like physical, emotional and creative exhaustion when it comes to work. You're drained of ideas and are probably worried about the consequences, and it can take a long time to recover. Those with artistic careers are often at risk and knowing what to do about it can be tough if you need to carry on working in the studio or in the field to maintain a steady flow of income.
A growing number of photographers are facing challenging pressures, such as continually creating new work, working longer hours, undertaking emotionally taxing assignments in hard-hitting environments, maintaining a business in a competitive industry, and dealing with demanding clients. There's also the added expectation of creating meaningful content for social media. It might seem like too much to ask to be consistently creative, and it's important to keep your love of the craft alive despite it all.
Professional photographers with years of experience are no strangers to creative burnout either, and we asked two Canon Ambassadors to share their own stories. London-based Hungarian fashion and portrait photographer Wanda Martin has a client list including Dior, Atlantic Records and Burberry. Swedish nature photographer Jonas Classon is fascinated by birds and his award-winning images have been exhibited all over the world.
Here, they discuss how to recognise the signs of a creative drought, tips for recovering from burnout, and advice on how to avoid it in the first place.