I was able to get a new flash recently and have been having a lot of fun working with it and trying new things out. Aaron is so good at coming up with things to try. Recently he decided that we should try holding the flash to the end of a roll of paper towels while taking pictures of the kids. I was shocked at how well it worked as an improvised snoot. We were able to spot light Javin while he pretended to be a rock star. It was pretty cool cause you could not even tell we were just goofing around in the messiness of my living room.
One thing I have been learning in the past year or so is that you don't always have to have the fanciest or most expensive gear to get great shots. An Imagination and a bit of ingenuity go along way in this industry too.
Don't be afraid to try things out, play with lighting ideas, even if they seem a bit goofy or off the wall, you might just surprise yourself!