What's Inspiring Me Right Now #1
We all get stuck sometimes as creative humans. Uninspired to shoot for ourselves, stumped as to what the next blog post will be, baffled as to how you can change up a logo design even further for a client, overwhelmed by the prospect of designing a website that is different from all the rest. Working as a creative it can be incredibly hard to stay inspired and motivated all the time, we're constantly having to come up with something new. It's a mentally exhausting and challenging career path we've put ourselves on. But it is also one of the best because of this constant ability to create. So when it gets hard and I’m struggling to figure out what I'm doing next I go in search of some inspo to try and bring myself out of my slump, and I thought I would share some of those places with you guys!
I love reading these kinds of posts when others do them, so I will likely carry them on over time, sharing new inspo spots as I find them in hopes that all of you will find them as inspiring as I do.
This Renegade Love
Girlbosses, listen up! You're going to love Lauren McPhillips if you haven't heard of her before. Lauren is a blogger based out of Toronto and her blog content is exactly what you want it to be - both real and inspiring, covering career and personal for both well being and success. It's relatable content, especially so for someone in my position in my 20s going after a blogging and photographer dream. Really her blog is great if you are looking for either career or life inspo and she is well worth checking out. You will find yourself getting lost reading all her past posts, I promise you.
Website: thisrenegadelove.com | Instagram: @thisrenegadelove
Shot from the Street
My forever inspo, Lizzy from Shot from the Street. I love her style, I love her work ethic, I love the kind of content she releases both on youtube and on her blog, and she keeps me motivated. From inspo for fashion shoots, to blog post writing in general, I'll go for a little scroll if I'm feeling stuck and I always feel excited by something she has posted, be it clothes or content related.
Website: shotfromthestreet.com | Instagram: @shotfromthestreet
Kinfolk and my other Magazines
By now you would probably know about my obsession with print magazines. There is something therapeutic about sitting down with a physical item you can read from, giving your mind a break from the constant high paced bombardment of technology. Magazines have been my short form reading love for a long time, including titles like Kinfolk, Cereal Mag, Suitcase, Remix, Darling, The Gentlewoman and Philosophy Now (because I'm a philosophy major and therefore a total nerd for it). These artfully curated works are essentially quarterly coffee table books and are so beautifully executed that they are almost as nice to just look at as they are to reads through. Even better, they aren't so strictly date specific. You can read them months after their release and they are still great.
I buy all mine from Magnation in Ponsonby (except Darling) and all are wonderful sources of inspiration in their own ways. Kinfolk especially, which is why it is my favourite and why I willingly spend almost $40 on it every 3 months. I've talked about my love for Kinfolk and Remix before (check it out HERE) but I am planning on talking about them more in the future.
Where I buy: magnation.co.nz | Kinfolk Instagram: @kinfolk
Work Over Easy
If you want to see and adorable and well executed illustrative feed, check this out. The Insta feed is amazing, plus every blog post this girl does is just fantastic. I find myself being drawn in by pretty much every title.
If you haven't checked her out before, Natalie is an illustrator out of the UK and her entire Instagram feed is hand drawn. I thought it was such a gorgeous idea that she got an instant follow from me, and then I discovered her blog content. I have been a fan ever since.
Website (blog): workovereasy.com | Instagram: @workovereasy
What She Pictures
Connie Chan is the queen of flatlays, and has been getting me seriously inspired recently to get some staging bits and try it out for myself. What I really need to do in the next week or so rather than spending more money right away is go through all my stuff and find what will work for staging a flatly and what won't, and then play around with it. Why I love her account so much is that she has been posting stories where she will take you step by step through her setting up her shot, showing you why she adds each detail and why she changes things around when she does. Seriously worth a follow.
Website: whatshepictures.com | Instagram: @whatshepictures
If you check any of these wonderful humans out, let me know in the comments or by getting in touch via my Instagram! I hope you love them as much as I do.