3 Things I'm Learning About the Creative Process

3 things that I’m learning about creativity through my creative business process are:

1. Time could be very important.

As an ultra productive person I like to finish projects quickly but at the same time I want them to be really creative and high quality. It seems that is not working out very well as time is my ally. Time is the my mentor that questions me through the creative process. It allows me to go deeper when I think I can’t. This reminds me of a quote that one of my instructors gave me when I was going through my master's program in “educational media production”: when you think you’re stuck, go get ice cream”


2. I am my own worst enemy

Even as I’m writing this I reflect upon my sleeping pattern last night. Every time I woke up, which was about every hour on the hour, I was thinking about a new idea. I didn’t write it down. I didn’t reflect on it. I didn’t plan or try to think about my business plan. I’m curious if my mind would actually be more focused right now had I actually allowed my ideas to separate from “me”.


3. I need other people to help me

As a type A artist, my life is is focused around work, creativity, family and thinking about these continual features that I experience every day. It never fails that the governing coalition of “chiiiiiiiilll” is other people’s perspectives.

This is an excerpt from a post I wrote on Medium where I responded to an inspiring quote.  Check the full story out here!



Mark Maya - Photographer - Educator

Mark Maya Photography, 217 North Briggs Avenue, Durham, NC, 27703

Did you know 10 years ago when I decided to become an educator I was really scared?  I didn't feel like I had the confidence, social skills or basic knowledge to teach. Honestly, some days I still don't. 

I've learned more than I ever thought possible through teaching photography to teenagers with severe disabilities, middle and high schoolers, university students and countless individual photographers. 

I'm someone who believes in being prepared. Being prepared for teaching others is a task that only time can prepare you for. Time spent struggling through something with others. Solving problems and figuring stuff out together. Learning from each other and our mistakes.

I'm excited that we get to learn together and I promise to always be prepared and spend time on my craft while being honest and organic. 

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.