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Freedom

Freedom.

How do we give ourselves the freedom…

To be.
To do.
To play.
To create.
To be free.
To create.
To play.
To do.
To be.

The circle of creativity. It’s the place where we find joy in what we do, no matter what we might be doing.

Creativity comes in all different forms….

Perhaps it’s the most obvious: art related. Maybe it’s figuring out the answer to a complicated math problem – yes, for us left-brained individuals, it’s time we understood that math and creativity are intertwined. The key, or trick to freedom is to allow ourselves the space to be, to be free and then to create…our bliss, blueprints to an interior design, the well laid out garden, optimal health, that rebuilt carburetor or an effective new sales pitch – ANYTHING!

Whenever I photographed a wedding I always allowed myself time to play photographically. I wanted to create imagery out of the norm, because I needed it and it was something I could look forward to. So, I made a conscious effort to give myself time, here and there throughout the wedding day to photograph differently, without telling the client and without placing expectations on myself to shoot in a certain way. I was free to do whatever I felt I wanted to do. It was both fuel AND freedom all at once. This was done solely as a gift from myself TO myself. It kept me passionate about my work, kept my work on the trend-setting cutting edge and it helped form my creative reputation as one of the best wedding photographers in PA.

So, freedom begets freedom and ultimately creates more opportunities!

If we give ourselves opportunities to be free to create we attract more creative freedom to ourselves! Creative freedom requires a relaxing into ourselves, trusting that we are doing things for the good of our creative and spiritual selves, and that in the end the freedom we are providing ourselves can only translate to a greater good for all.

What gift of freedom have you given yourself recently that has made a difference in your life, be it work-related, creative or personal?
I’d really love to know – please share!

Namaste, Joanne Bartone Photographer

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