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4 Creative Out-of-the-box photo projects to get you out of your creative rut.

Are you in a creative rut? I know I get there often- especially during the winter months when it’s cold and I get a “writer’s block” of sorts when it come to thinking of new ideas.

As a business owner, I think in general, January and February are very difficult months because the phone is quiet, the emails are quiet and you are just waiting around for some inspiration.

Let me challenge you to get off your couch, call a friend to model, get to your local studio space (or use your garage) and try my favorite “out-of-the-box” ideas to get those creative juices flowing!



Buy some black lights off of Amazon. Get glow sticks, glow makeup, glow spray paint and anything else you can think of do an entire shoot in the dark! Supplies used:

UV makeup:

UV nailpolish:

UV body paint:

UV spray paint:

Dance lights:

Black lights:

Strip black lights:



Use a copper pipe, gels, sparklers, Disco balls, white umbrellas, crystal balls, tin foil on the walls, or anything else that you can think of to throw some “spice” in your photos!

Supplies used:

white umbrella;

crystal ball:

foil table cloth:

disco ball:


copper pipe:



Get some LED Christmas lights, LED string lights or even your phone’s flashlight to create silhouettes. Supplies Needed:

LED lights:

curtain lights:

Video Light



Practice posing multiple people or even couples- shoot at dark or an alternative time that you don’t usually shoot. This is time that you are in a “rut” to start trying new things that you’ve never done before!


Are you inspired now? There are infinite ways to start new projects and get a different perspective. So put down the Netflix, call a friend and start working!

Christal Marshall is a mom of three, photographer, videographer, homeschooler and just a straight hustler. 

She started out in 2011 from a camera that she bought off of Amazon for $400 and taught herself photography, graphic design and videography through youtube. Now she shoots 100,000 images a year at over 60 events.

She was voted top 20 wedding photographers in VA in 2016, 2018 and 2019. She has been featured over 50 times in various different publications.

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