|Julie Staub writing down info from her photo subject|
One quick note: while I encourage the casual reader to develop more creative practices and hone their skills: ALWAYS HIRE AN EXPERT! Photography in particular is one of those fields where having a professional document your special event or create your portrait makes a huge difference. So check out more of Julie’s professional work at www.JulieStaubPhoto.com and if you’re in the Iowa City region bring her artistry to your memorable occasion.
There are numerous rewards that await from each challenge we make, for each nudge that forces us outside our comfort zone. We want to find some kind of challenge that will provoke us, something that isn’t easy, but isn’t so hard that we could feel worse for any kind of failure from it. But failure is where we truly learn. A good challenge will take us up to our edge, encouraging us to grow beyond.
|One of Julie's gorgeous shots from around Iowa City|
In addition to that, comes the slight pressure of the commitment to post a new photo by the end of the day, which is not an easy task to achieve 7 days a week, 52 weeks out of a year! That’s something she only truly realized after taking the plunge. She was already a remarkable photographer, but now this daily challenge has shown a commitment to being a remarkable and dedicated artist with an expanded range and body of work.
|Julie in action taking a shot for the Iowa City 365 Project...|
A routine flexes our creative muscles and gives us something regular to count on and to anchor us among the constantly changing and evolving landscape of creative energy.
|And her pictured result|
I tagged along with her one dusk as we made our way around walking through the neighborhood so she could “find” that day’s picture. Julie was interviewed and profiled in a television feature last year about her process of taking walks and documenting her surrounding — you can view that episode online at:
|Hearts abound in nature!|
Over time, Julie has developed several playful themes that weave into her body of work and provide her a fun and whimsical way to express herself. Some of those include the photographing of heart shapes, thereby reflecting her “love of love” and how the symbolic heart can be found everywhere. Julie is not alone in that pursuit, and she was able to have some of her work included into a book of similar artwork called Focus: Love.
|"Is it a sign?" - noticing 222 everywhere|
Another playful theme of Julie’s is the photographing of the number 222. She’s noticed that number pops up in her life continuously as she became more attuned and conscious of its presence.
Both playful themes allow Julie to feel connected to the world around her and gives her a burst of happiness and wonder when they come up.
SO... what kinds of challenges, routines, and playful themes can you find and develop in your artistic endeavors? Enlisting a Creativity Coach/Consultant (like myself) can help you keep on track. Contact me for further details - and keep enjoying the art of life!
|Three factors & what mysteries wait behind these three doors by Julie?|