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How to Survive a Creative Rut | Lifestyle Photographer Columbus Ohio - Erika Venci Photography

Creative Rut.

Oh, the agony. No artist wants to find themselves in a creative rut. You become restless.. and it feels like there is a big black hole in your artist's brain. 


I went through this earlier this year. I blame the dark, gloomy, and grey Ohio winter.. but I think it also had to do with me taking on my 365 project. Forcing myself to shoot and edit everyday made me start to question my style of photography, editing style, and wonder where the heck was the sun hiding! Shooting indoors when there is minimal sunlight can be tricky and I just felt like all of my images were mediocre. 

Then, there was the feeling of being lost with my editing style. Just when I thought I had found a way to edit my pictures that I loved, I started to HATE it.. so I would spend hours experimenting with my images and the feeling that I couldn't get them to look the way I wanted was pretty frustrating..

This went on for almost two months.. and then, something clicked. I don't know what it was but I was seeing everything differently. It was like my eyes changed the way they saw color and light. I could see small things I needed to adjust in my photos more clearly and I was finally producing images that I loved again and my mind was clear.

I learned a few things during this really difficult creative rut so I want to share some encouraging advice for those who may go through this as well.


1. Reach out to members of your community 

Community over competition is a motto here in the photography world. I have met some of the nicest people that have been really helpful in my photography journey. Just knowing that someone else "gets it" is a huge comfort when I need to vent about something like editing bright green grass (it is harder than it sounds, folks!) My photog friends are a huge source of inspiration and encouragement and if you don't have friends in your industry, try joining Facebook groups, send an email to someone whose work you admire. There are a lot of ways to get in touch with people and although it is hard to reach out to complete strangers, when a friendship blossoms from it, it is SO worth it. 


2. Push Through - Keep going and don't stop

Do not give up! Sure, you might need to take a break from your craft but don't let a creative rut stop you. Usually, when you are in a creative rut, it is because you are about to create something AMAZING.. so don't give up on yourself! 

3. Experiment With a New Medium

Something I found relaxing for my creative mind was drawing and brainstorming.. Drawing (and writing) allowed me to put onto paper any creative spark or thought I had even if I couldn't create it at that moment with my camera. I would write down lists of photography projects I wanted to try, blog post topics I wanted to write about, and business ideas. This helped me to feel accomplished and more ambitious. 


4. Take a Class

I have taken several online classes for my photography. There are a TON out there. Some of my favorites are from a website called Clickin' Moms and I also love Creative Live. Creative Live is great because they have live "on air" streaming of certain classes each day so you can watch whatever is on air for free! Definitely worth checking out. 


5. Go Somewhere New (and bring your camera)

Even after living in Columbus for twelve years (TWELVE!? holy cow I'm old), there are SO many places that I still have not visited. Be a tourist in your OWN town.. google "things to do in ________" and you might be surprised at all of the awesome places you have not been to.

My favorite thing to do this past year is try to visit new metro parks with our son. My family gets fresh air and exercise + I get to take photos = WIN! Visiting a place you have never seen before changes something in your brain and re-sets it. You might be surprised to find that seeing these new places inspires you and makes you feel alive again.. almost like a mini vacation.

I hope that you find these tips to be helpful! And if you find yourself in a rut, don't give up!

Love and Light,



Columbus Ohio Photographer | Sunset Family Session | Lolo + Lola

As a photographer, I now see light in a whole different way. I see how it falls on faces, when it is soft and when it is harsh. I can see the colors of light change as the sun disappears. A lot of times, I will ask my husband at the last minute if we can go to the park for pictures because I can tell we will have a pretty sunset or the light outside is perfect. I have to say, the spouses (and families) of photographers are SAINTS. He knows I have to work long hours often after our son has gone to bed, drops everything and packs up to head to the park if I ask him, and listens to creative ideas that pop into my head about my art and my business.. I would not be where I am today without his constant support! 

With the slow season for my business coming to an end, I knew I wanted to photograph our son with his grandparents (Lolo and Lola) soon. When I saw the sun this day, we made another one of our last-minute photo shoots happen and headed to the park. 

I really enjoy shooting at sunset. I love the softness and warm glow that the sun gives. It creates a dreamy, dramatic look and really speaks to my artist's heart. Candid shots and slightly posed portraits (it's hard to pose a toddler that just wants to run!) make up most of the photo shoots that I do. I prefer capturing real moments and interactions and almost never ask my clients (or family) to look at the camera. I want them to interact as if I am not there.. those are the best photos. 

I am so happy I was able to get these special photos for our family! I hope you all enjoy them and be on the look out for my upcoming client sessions on the blog soon!

Love and Light, 


Capturing Your "Everyday" | Photographer Columbus Ohio - Erika Venci Photography

Photograph your "EVERYDAY"

What means the most to you? What happens in your daily life that you will want to remember when the kids are all grown up? Photograph it!

The photos you take of your every day lifestyle (even if it seems mundane) are the ones you will TREASURE the most in the years to come. Would you rather have perfectly posed photos of your family in clothes they never wear? OR would you rather have a picture of your child reading their favorite book? Or having a tickle fight with Dad? 

The other day, I was trying to imagine the interior of the old house I grew up in to see how well I could remember it. I am so blessed because I have TONS of "everyday" pictures of my childhood in that old house. These photos bring back memories of 90's fashion, the awesome music, childhood friends, the decor in our house, the toys we played with, the food we ate, all of the elements that made up our environment. 

These photos are some of my favorites because they capture how I remember my childhood. I adore and treasure them.

When you take photos of someone in their true environment, it is like freezing a slice of history. Most of our memories happen in this environment that we call HOME.. so why not take pictures there? How special would those pictures be to you in 20, 30, or even 40 years? How special would it be to show your grandchildren and great grandchildren?  

Documenting families in their environments is something I truly believe in. Sure, posed portraits are nice, but there is something extra special and memorable about catching real moments. Let me do this for you and get everyone in the picture!

Have I convinced you yet that in-home family photos are what you NEED?! Your life IS art.. have it documented! 

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