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{take 5 for creativity} gabrielle kai photography

There is something sweet and delicate and elegant about film photography. So I fell in love almost instantly with Gabrielle Kai Photography, when I discovered A’s work and blog, The Sweet Light, a couple of years ago. Azzari, natural light photographer and mother of two beautiful girls, named her creative outlet of choice, photography on film, after her oldest daughter, Gabrielle Kai, who was also the reason why Azzari decided to pick up a camera and document bits and pieces of her life on film and in natural light. I am really happy to have discovered her beautiful work and even more happy that she is here, sharing her take on talent and creativity.

What is talent?  What is creativity?

In my eyes, talent and creativity go hand in hand.  I feel that everyone has a unique talent – something that only they can do, their unique contribution to the world.   Just think – whatever you were put on this earth to do, it will never be done if you do not do it.

Does creativity need limits?

Sometimes we fool ourselves and think that we need a certain creative medium to accomplish something. It is easy to put limitations on ourselves – when we save up enough money to buy this or that.  But the truth is, you have every thing you need, right now, to be creative.  It’s simply comes down to allowing yourself to see that.

How do you fuel your creativity?

I photograph everyday.  As a busy mother, I give so much of myself each and every day.   Taking a picture is my way of making some time for something that is just for “me”.  To that end, I make sure that I have a camera with me at all times.  And I love experimenting – with different cameras, films, and light – it helps me keep a fresh perspective on things.

What do you need to create?

All I simply need is a camera (preferably one older than I am), loaded with film and early morning or late evening light.  To me, there is nothing quite like film photography – loading film, composing a shot, and pressing the shutter.  I love the way light is captured on film, and I love the “honesty” of each image.

What is your advice for people who (try to) create?

My advice would be to keep things fresh.  If you find yourself in a creative rut, change things up a bit.  Close the laptop, take a different route home, go on an overnight trip, bring home fresh flowers, try a different creative medium.  Finally and most importantly, let go of the pressure to compare your work to someone else’s.  They don’t have your point of view, your unique contribution to the world.

Hope you enjoyed Azzari’s story and, if you weren’t acquainted with her work yet, you will enjoy the discovery, visit her and say hi. You can find her on her website – Gabrielle Kai Photography, and on her blog – The Sweet Light. Some of her lovely images are available as postcards at Ikea {big grin}.

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