Are You Having Fun With Your Photography?

Words by Scott Bourne
Edited by Eryka Bagwell

If you can manage to think of photography as play, your photographs will probably get better!

We have a saying around here. "If you aren't having fun with your photography, you're doing it wrong."

Play is a powerful force. It's something we all learn as children. heck - it's one of the first things we learn. So why not apply the idea of PLAYING to your photography?

Here are a bunch of quotes on the subject of play. Perhaps they will motivate you to concentrate more on having fun with your photography than on how many likes you get on social media!


“In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior. In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.”

Lev Vygotsky, Russian psychologist, 1896–1934
Toys bring out the best in children. Why? Because toys let children engage in a way that empowers them to be creative. It gives them a chance to be anything or anyone they want to be, without limits — especially limits that are imposed by societies that judge people based on their ethnicity, skin color, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

Believe it or not, it is for these same reasons that adults are drawn to toys. But for us, it’s harder to get “there” because we’ve been brainwashed by people who tell us we can’t possibly succeed because “______________” fill in the blank.

Since we live in a world where there are lots of people who will tell you what’s not possible, I dedicate this post to some people who help all of us — young and old — see the value in playing with toys.

“It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.”


Fred Rogers
“The drive to play freely is a basic, biological drive. Lack of free play may not kill the physical body, as would lack of air, food, or water, but it kills the spirit and stunts mental growth.”


Peter Gray
Contemporary American psychologist
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”


Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.”


Carl Jung
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”


Maya Angelou
“So, in all these spheres — in painting, sculpture, drawing, music, singing, dancing, gymnastics, games, sports, writing, and speech — we can carry on to our heart’s content, all through our long lives, complex and specialized forms of exploration and experiment.”


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