i am inspired: spring smith

Spring Smith

Live from North Conway, New Hampshire.... it's Spring Smith! Spring, we hope you're surviving under all that snow, and we can't wait to meet you in a few weeks!www.springsmithstudios.com

I feel most creative... when I give myself the time and freedom to just create. Weather it's with a camera, a pencil, a computer or even in my kitchen cooking. When I let loose and give myself permission to just do. This year I've tried to give myself that outlet on a regular basis by creating a blog series called "Fine Art Fridays" where I share art from others or from myself in all kinds of mediums. It's helping me to make time to be creative and push that creativity to be bolder and more expressive.

I am inspired... by other wedding industry photographers & artists, my friends & family and the world around me. I often find myself sitting at my computer 4 hours from when I last looked at the clock and all I have accomplished is filling my internet history with websites dedicated to photography, interior design, typography and recipes! I also look to books- most of which are actually old college text books. I went to Northeastern University and often find myself flipping through my photography history and art history books looking for ideas and inspiration. Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman and Robert Frank are three photographers I find myself looking to on a quite regular basis. I'm also very inspired by my family. I've always had an amazing support system full of friends and family telling me I can do anything and that I can reach the stars. Without them my hopes and dreams would say just hopes and dreams. With their support I'm living my dream.

My biggest challenge is... pushing myself to believe that anything is possible. I tell myself everyday that I can do this, that I can be successful and that being a full time photographer doesn't have to be a pipe dream. As long as I keep my head up and continue to push myself to be better I know I'll get there. I'm so close right now and I can finally feel those doubts slipping away. I do my best to surround myself with inspiration of any and every kind. Pushing through those dark days when I ask "but what about if this happens or that happens" and doing my best to say "I can and I will".