How often to I hear people say, Oh I’m not creative!  Oh I can’t ever take good photographs!  I’m no good at arranging flowers!  

I truly believe that it is just a state of mind, a thought, a belief.  I believe that we all have creativity deep within us – it is whether we choose to connect with it or not is the key. 

I am reserving this #creativity space for my thoughts, ideas and notes… I don’t know where it is taking me but you are most welcome to come along.  For years – more than two decades, I have been fascinated by what makes us tick, creatively.  During that time, I have made notes here, scribbled there… my conclusion – so far, my starting point here is that creativity requires an integrated lifestyle with a holistic approach.

At the most basic level, if you are in a room that you are not comfortable in, then you won’t produce your most creative work – if at all.  Looking at it another way, I remember musicians at the beginning of my interest in this area.. they would practise the Alexander Technique to strengthen their backs ready for long hours of practice and performing.

Teasing this out further,  I believe that if we all practise self compassion and self care in our process, we make stronger connections with our mind body and spirit and in turn, your creativity will in turn be elevated.  By the very doing of this, we are living our lives more creatively… a creative lifestyle.

The Shift

We all live in a pressured and competitive culture – but we have the choice – if we want to take it – to step back and live a more creative, considered, thoughtful and intentional life, we can… this may take on different guises for different people, but again by cutting your own cloth to fit YOU, then you will be able to live your creative lifestyle – and that applies even if you have a 9-5 office job to pay the bills with a dream of becoming a full time lifestyle photographer or any other type of creative entrepreneur…

At the beginning of this year, I made the positive choice to step back from that pressured and competitive culture.  It was taking more time than I had anticipated.  Much more time. And then fete forced my hand. All of our hands.  We were all overnight in lockdown and self isolation  during the second part of March.  My treasured workshops that I had planned for the Summer months disappeared overnight.  I remember writing somewhere that we should all use this time as a gift – a gift of time that we should use wisely.  I seized this time to develop my online courses and it led to this site…

As a result, I am finding that I already have more time to look after my creative should and that there is less stress in the day to day!  Yes, I have an immensely long to do list, but it is a to do list of things that bring me great pleasure and joy – taking photographs, designing and writing, and, I have found that the quality of my life is improved. I have more time!  I also have workshops in place in new spaces where social distancing is not a problem… and all served with local, seasonal picnic lunches to sustain.  Such a Joy.

As part of #creativity, I shall be sharing my book list – it is bound to be diverse, so dip in as your interest directs… but for now, a huge thank you for reading this post and my others.  If you would like to keep up to date then sign up for my newsletter and receive my THE LITTLE BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHY:  adding that little EXTRA to make your photographs EXTRA ORDINARY – it’s free – my gift to you.  Uncover the secrets to beautiful photography.

About Julie Davenport

JULIE DAVENPORT is a Fine Art Lifestyle Photographer, a Creative and generous in sharing tips and hints for Photography, Creativity and a Creative Lifestyle. She has one goal – to inspire and empower creatives and aspiring photographers with heart centred education, support and encouragement to guide them to achieve their vision. Known for her signature style painterly touch and love of light and elegant composition, she draws much of her inspiration from Scandinavian painters and the seasonal rhythms of country life in her beloved Cotswold countryside in the UK. After a lifetime spent in photography, her work has now grown into a full time photography and education business - specialising in professional online training and inspiring other creatives, designers, makers and photographers. Through her depth of knowledge of her subject and unwavering passion, she has become THE authority for creative souls looking for heart centred education, support and encouragement to guide them through to achieve their vision.