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Nevia Cashwell
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How to recapture lost inspiration

About a year ago due to the death of a close, personal friend, I pretty much put down my camera and haven't picked it up since. Actually once in a while, I will pick it up, even maybe go out for the purpose of taking some shots, but I just can't seem to get there. Before that I was actively involved in Betterphoto, since then I've rarely visited the site. Just today in an effort to kick start myself, I signed up for a class and the Masterpiece Membership but already I am worried that I will not get my inspiration back. I know that someone else out there has gone through these down times and was wondering what you may have done to rekindle your creative juices. thanks for any input. Nevia

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3/16/2009 12:24:37 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  What's the connection with your friend and taking pictures and explore that with photos.

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3/18/2009 10:36:21 PM

Nevia Cashwell
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  Interesting concept, Gregory. I am going to give that some thought. thanks

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3/19/2009 5:23:07 AM

Aimee c. Eisaman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2007
  I have not been into photography for long enough to have any down times, but I have in the past lost interest in things dear to my heart and it usually was other people (humanity) in general that brought me back to inspiration. I think that signing up for a class and joining Masterpiece will do wonders for you simply because of the people you will meet and share with! :~)

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3/19/2009 1:12:53 PM

doug Nelson   for your friend

I photograph because this is my way of sharing what pleases me with others,

just as you shared so many things in your life with me.

I am giving back

because you gave to me, every day I knew you.

It's my way of thanking you.

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3/22/2009 5:03:58 PM

Brenda J. Weaver
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
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  It's hard once you lose someone close to you. It's as though a piece of you has also gone away. Time does heal. After the death of my husband it took me a little while to find my way back to the camera.

I did take it up and use it now and again, but some of the passion was gone.

Don't give up. Make a plan to do your photography, once a week, once a month and slowly it will come back.

Peace be with you.

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3/31/2009 6:35:13 AM

Nevia Cashwell
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  Brenda ... I am so sorry to hear about your husband. Time does heal but slowly. I joined the monthly Masterpiece membership that assigns one project per month. Hopefully this will help me get back into my photography. Not ready for the weekly assignments in the courses. thanks again and take care. Nevia

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3/31/2009 6:46:16 AM

Meghan Gonski   Give yourself time to grieve. Look at old photos of your friend and be thankful that you had the gift of photography so you can look at your friend even after she/he is gone.
I find looking at my old photos rekindles me to do better, to take more photos. Looking at my old photos lets me know hey, despite what your going through you were good. you can be good again. just pick up that camera.
I think it's couregous and wonderful you signed yourself up for the MM and a class on BP. That is the first step. It's going to be hard, but it will get better and you will find yourself thinking what next?
Good luck

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7/12/2009 2:32:42 AM

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