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1AM Thoughts

1AM Thoughts - Kristie Jean

I wrote a while ago about believing in the impossible, about not letting others tell you that you can’t do something. The thing is when it is dark and quiet those 1am thoughts start creeping in and it’s not others telling you that you can’t but it is yourself telling you to give up. When it’s 1am and your brain just will not shut off it’s …

The Never Ending List

The Never Ending List - Kristie Jean

Way back in the spring Melody and I made a list of places we wanted to see. Most of them close to home with a few bigger ones thrown in for the fun of it. The idea was to get through as many as we possibly could throughout the summer. We started out strong with crossing a place off our list nearly every weekend. As …

5 Things To Do When You Are Feeling Uncreative

5 Things To Do When Feeling Uncreative - Kristie Jean

5 things to do when you are feeling uncreative…or unmotivated and in general are just procrastinating. The other day I was laying in bed thinking about the blog post that was supposed to be published the next morning, the video I needed to finished editing and the project proposal that needed writing and I didn’t feel like doing any of it. I had zero motivation …

Hit The Submit Button

Hit The Submit Button - Kristie Jean

I applied to a project the other day that would require a one year commitment. I only had an hour and half left to apply and I just sat there staring at the page. All the questions were filled out and all I had to do was hit the submit button. As I sat there I couldn’t help but think of all the things I would have …

Believe In The Impossible

Sometimes you have to believe in the impossible even if everyone around you thinks you are crazy. Dreams come and go. Some big, some small. Some are what gets you out of bed in the morning.  I think the hardest thing with dreams is that not everyone around is going to understand them. It is easy for everyone to see every reason why you can’t …

33 Ways to Stay Creative

33 ways to stay creative kristie jean

I was looking through all my work from photography school and found this. I don’t remember getting it and I’ll be honest, I don’t have any idea who Frederik Frede is (who, it seems, wrote this, though since I don’t know who he is I could be wrong), but I love this and thought I would share. “You can’t use up creativity, the more you …

A One Line Email

A One Line Email - Kristie Jean

A friend sent me a message the other day all excited because she got a one line email from a stranger. The email said “nice website, that is all” and you might wonder why an email like that would cause her to be excited enough to take a photo of it and send it to me. We are our own worst critics and all it takes …

Don’t Bounce Before The Breakthrough

Don't Bounce Before The Breathrough

I watched Sara Dietschy’s last That Creative Life video and it got me thinking about all the hours you put in to a project. It may be a project that you love but as you look at that thing you are putting all your time and energy in to the thoughts on how there is a very good chance you aren’t going to make a …

Be You

“No one is you and that is your power” I love that quote and when it comes to being a creative, I think there is nothing more true and it is something you should be reminding yourself of every day. No one can be you. I have seen photographers arguing over a location that was public property because they took similar shots of it. One …

Shoot What It Feels Like

Shoot what it feels like, not what it looks like. This is something we were told over and over in school. As much as the technical side of things were drilled in to us we were still told that the emotions in the pictures trump everything.  I took this picture of my nephews back in October. It is far from perfect. The youngest isn’t completely …