“Gifted individuals working alone may waste years pursuing a sterile line of inquiry or become so enamored of the creative process that they produce little or nothing. A Great Group can be a goad, a check, a sounding board, and a source of inspiration, support, and even love.” – Warren Bennis, Patricia Ward Beiderman (Organizing Genius)
While I’ve always known that artists and businesses do better with an inspired team, recent matters have really driven it home for me. I feel like I’ve been driven into creative isolation a bit for the past couple of years. First with a breakup with someone I could bounce business and creative ideas off of, but then pretty much right after the breakup, I watched my amazing team pull focus away from Haute Shots towards other areas of their lives (for understandable reasons) until we recently decided to part ways. Heck, I even ended up losing my beloved dog! Sigh. I felt these losses deep within my artistic soul. Sure, I still dove into personal projects like my Bag Lady Series, but it just didn’t feel the same. I discovered that I simply cannot thrive while basically existing in a bubble of “self” only. I desperately need to be engaged with others who are as passionate and caring about our work as I am. I do my absolute best, most creative and imaginative work when collaborating with others who share the same goals.
“Every man works better when he has companions working in the same line, and yielding to the stimulus of suggestion, comparison, emulation. Great things have of course been done by solitary workers; but they have usually been done with double the pains they would have cost if they had been produced in more genial circumstances.” – Henry James
Collaborating creatively with other like-minded creative souls who have a fire in their belly and a spark in their eyes is an excellent way to elevate one’s work, for all involved. To make something really special, requires a whole team of dedicated and talented creatives, which actually takes a lot of pressure off of each individual involved, including the subject. And, it turns our work into something more meaningful and fun! Most freelancers actually do lead rather isolated lives, outside of the short bursts of creativity that involves being with clients while performing the actual job necessary for the photoshoot. But, by being involved with an extraordinary team, we lessen that creative loneliness some. And, that’s a good thing in a world that’s increasingly growing more socially atomized, with a dangerous loneliness epidemic beginning to touch us all.
“We are all angels with only one wing, we can only fly while embracing each other”
– Luciano De Crescenzos
In almost all of the boudoir classes or workshops I have taught, I always spoke about the importance of having a phenomenal team. The strength of a team doesn’t just take place by performing “duties” at the photo sessions. Oh no, it’s much more than that! A great team ignites a fire within each other and understands that we are on a mission to change the world with the work we do, rather than just performing a simple job or task. We are original thinkers always coming up with new ideas. We are fun and playful, passionate and driven, high-spirited and motivated to make a difference while pushing the boundaries to the absolute limit. We encourage each other to be our best selves both professionally and personally, all while inspiring others to do the same. In a successful collaboration, that soaring creative spirit is absolutely contagious! And, together, we take more creative risks, since there is safety in numbers, after-all.
I absolutely cannot wait to experience all of this with a new dream team again soon! With each other, the sky is the limit! Thinking I might need a “muse” soon, too! Open to any creative collaborations at this point, so if you have an idea, please hit me up! Stay tuned…
“None of us is as smart as all of us.” -Kenneth Blanchard