We found a very interesting article over at Digital Photography School.
I have personally found myself in these situations in the past and it took me a while to figure out what I should to to overcome them. Now that I have, I try to work in such a way that it doesn’t happen to me anymore. These tips would have come in handy back then!
Becoming a Machine
Becoming a professional photographer is surely one of the highlights of any photographer’s journey. Getting paid to do what you love is what we all dream about. But whatever genre of photography you specialize in, there will inevitably come a time when you will view it as a job. You understand what photos your editor likes and will use, you understand what type of photos sell well, and you begin to become like a machine in producing these types of photos.
One of the great things about photography is that it allows you to be creative, so when you do become a machine your photos will start to all look very similar. It’s no surprise that you may, like many photographers, start to lose your passion for something that you used to love. To overcome this, set yourself some personal projects, doing something you enjoy with no pressure about making images that will sell. This is all about you exploring and experimenting with your photography, to reignite your passion. Or you could even try a completely different genre of photography, because you never know, you may find a new passion.
Losing Your Spark
Remember when you first started photography? What an exciting time it was, suddenly seeing the world differently, and being able to capture it beautifully. You would get up early in the morning; head out for hours in search of that one photo that you could be proud of, but sometimes, you may lose that spark. Whether it’s everyday life getting in the way, or just the fact that your interests have moved on, there comes a time for most photographers that they lose the spark they had when they started photography.
Nevertheless, you can get the spark back. After all, there was something about photography that pulled you in, and you need to go back to discover what that was. Often as a photographer, and as you become more advanced, you forget what it was that you loved at the beginning, so one of the ways to get your spark back is going back to doing what you enjoyed in the first place. If your passion was landscape photography, but you find that you are photographing weddings, go back to landscapes for a while. Not only will it get your spark back but it will also re-energize you for what you are doing now.
Source: Digital Photography School