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Introducing some gorgeous images that I took with the incredible Sarah P. We had a impromptu photography sesh whilst we were working on our Forest Queen editorial. Channeling New Zealand music goddess Lorde, I got some amazing shots of Sarah as the sunlight danced on her shoulders. After we shot our editorial, it occurred to me that to open oneself to the creative act is actually opening oneself to a range of things. Courage, risk, creativity and imagination.

Courage. It’s a word that’s not used very often these days. Along with words as honour and valour, courage is a word which seemingly belongs to another time. Risk. It’s a word that feels unpopular, something to be avoided, calculated and controlled. However, these words can carry with them, something deeply profound and beautiful. If only we take a moment to open ourselves to what possibilities they hold. 

Creativity. It’s a phrase thrown around for centuries and labelled to professions, tasks or individuals. Imagination, It’s a word that seems to attach itself to ideas of sentimental play, or the simplicities of childhood. But within these cliche phrases, are new undiscovered worlds and boundless, limitless potential.

Courage, Creativity, Risk, Imagination.

To create is to be courageous. To dare to form beauty is a risk. To lend yourself to feel emotion and produce work which fuels your soul, ultimately requires a balance of deep vulnerability and raw courage. Deep vulnerability to open yourself up to potential failure or disappointment. Raw courage to believe that every risk is worth it if you can make something beautiful.

So, allow yourself to dream, wonder, feel and desire. Allow yourself to create things that your heart yearns to make. Release yourself in the unshackled limits of your imagination and draw out the infinite possibilities of your creativity.

Thank you Sarah for being courageous in your creativity and inspiring me to do the same. Can’t wait to see what this year will bring.






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  • Susan 14/03/2014 at 5:57 am

    A lovely post:)

    • Val & Vess 14/03/2014 at 6:37 am

      Thankyou amazing SUSAN! We’ve missed hearing from you at big picture stuff! X