creating with Katrina Kennedy

Whenever I find myself at a loss as to why I can’t make my camera do my bidding, I turn to Katrina. If there’s something you can’t figure out, guaranteed she has the answer on her blog and it’s explained in a way that’s not going to leave you scratching your head wondering what in the world she’s talking about. She keeps it simple. She makes it easy. And most importantly, she makes it fun. Is it any wonder she would approach the subject of creativity in the same way?


What if you could create with child-like wonder?

A five-year-old imagination would find a new angle with no worries what the neighbors thought or if their underwear were showing.

A five-year-old imagination would try something out to see just what would happen. And then they’d try it again to see if the result was the same.

A five-year-old imagination would see creating as the ultimate experiment. Their focus would not be on the outcome or the product or the opinion of others.

In fact…

A five-year-old imagination would show their finished result with hands held high, a smile on their face. They might ask your opinion for validation. And they’d only need a few words to feel completely filled. “That’s great.” “I love it.” That’s all they need.

A five-year-old imagination will take inspiration from the person next to them. But they make it their own. Uniquely, utterly, their own.

A five-year-old imagination is okay with limbs growing from heads. And okay with bodies missing shoulders and necks.

A five-year-old imagination embraces self-portraits. Goes in for the close up. And never explains away their imperfections.

A five-year-old imagination creates for the pleasure of creation. For the pleasure of creating something unique in this world. For the happiness it brings them. That is enough.

Can you imagine like a five-year-old? How can you let go of the inhibitions each birthday piles upon us? How can you rediscover the five-year-old artist begging to be set free inside you?

Happy Birthday Janice! May you create today and everyday as if you were a five-year-old.



Katrina teaches photography classes at Get It Scrapped, writes photography tutorials for DesignerDigitals and blogs about her life through the lens at About A Boy. She’s a busy lady, who nevertheless, always finds the time to help. I’ve learned so much from her and I’m always completely grateful for her teaching super powers.

One lucky focus 52’r who joins in the link up here this weekend is going to have the opportunity to experience her teaching prowess first hand! Katrina has generously offered up a seat in her next online class, Life Through The Lens . Class starts March 22nd and is sure to be a great learning experience. To be eligible for the giveaway, you must be a member of focus52 (you can join anytime!), you must link up your work for this week on our regular weekend linkup, your linkup this weekend must follow the normal focus52 guidelines, and you can only link up once. One lucky winner for this giveaway will be determined next Tuesday, via, from the weekend’s entries.

Note that, as always, you do not need to follow this week’s word prompt to be eligible to win. But it IS my birthday. Indulge me ;)

Big smooches to Katrina for celebrating with me and taking the time to be here today, and with such a fun post! So very, very much appreciated!

  • saintseester
    Posted at 20:05h, 24 February Reply

    I am taking Katrina’s advice and going outside with my toys!

  • Geneil
    Posted at 20:10h, 24 February Reply

    love this post. It’s so true. We gain all those hangups and inhibitions as we age. Thanks Jan for having Katrina on your blog.

    • janice
      Posted at 10:02h, 25 February Reply

      Yep, SO true.
      Isn’t she great?

  • Angela
    Posted at 20:28h, 24 February Reply

    Nice choice Jan, I just love Katrina, I too have learned so much from her teachings. Beautiful post Katrina and much love and thanks to you for your kindess and support!

    • janice
      Posted at 10:04h, 25 February Reply

      I’m so glad she was able to find the time! She’s awesome :)

  • Barbara S.
    Posted at 12:48h, 25 February Reply

    I didn’t know about Katrina! Thank you so much. And how sweet of you to offer a gift on your own birthday!

    • janice
      Posted at 12:51h, 25 February Reply

      The gift is Katrina’s! She’s the sweetie :)
      You’re going to love her blog.

  • Tug
    Posted at 20:00h, 25 February Reply

    This is awesome. My house is scattered with my grandkids’ artwork, I need to look to that for inspiration. Better yet? I get them for a week this summer, I’ll have to watch and relearn from them.

    • janice
      Posted at 20:02h, 25 February Reply

      Yep, sit down and do some coloring!
      and sneak in some shots. Little fingers and crayons :)

      • Tug
        Posted at 20:26h, 25 February Reply

        Coloring, playing, and not caring what anyone thinks. It’s going to be awesome!

  • April
    Posted at 23:33h, 26 February Reply

    Oh so true! Thanks for sharing :)

  • CP
    Posted at 19:27h, 01 March Reply

    That’s really exciting!

    And yes, getting outside is a GOOD idea, especially here in Florida where we are 82 degrees, breezy and beautiful. Winter is officially gone in the Northeast…and the lilies on the side of my house are in bloom once more!

    Yay Spring!~


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