Creative Habits

Systemizing creativity may seem unorthodox if you have a romantic view of how art should be made. The reality is that it takes a lot of work to overcome obstacles that are natural enemies of creation.

I train my creative capabilities the way an athlete trains his muscles. This daily practice is a combination of a dancer’s warmup and a devotee’s call to prayer.

Every morning I write a new blog post. My unbroken streak of 332 consecutive entries is a point of pride. My other daily habit is to revisit an archived photo session and digitally re-process all the photographs in the batch.

Creative calisthenics prepare me better than anything else for my real love, which is to create compelling portraits of interesting people.

It may be impossible to quantify which part of my training came into play for this brief session with this actor at the stage door on 53rd street in Manhattan.

The pure joy of creation means that I don’t have to keep score.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.