I started this blog in 2011, expecting my second son and having discovered a new hobby. I called it a journey in photography and it continues to be. Initially it was the journey of discovering there was more to photos than point and click, then I looked closer at composition. I photographed everything. I discovered I loved macro photography for the ability to turn anything into an abstract artwork
and I also discovered portrait photography through my main subject, my kids. I got my first DSLR and learned how to use it. I naively assumed that a better camera would mean better photos, but until I learned how to manipulate it I found it meant the opposite. Then I started to notice the flaws in photos and started my obsession with the light. I love photography. I love portraits. My kids will grow up. I am looking for a career. I would love to do this, but I don’t love mediocrity. I don’t love poorly executed ideas. I don’t love photos where the photographer doesn’t SEE the product. I am 95% sure I will give it a go. So my journey continues down a new path.
First port of call. Getting some idea of the basics. Posing people flatteringly is surprisingly hard. My friends are about to be photographed to death until I get good at it.
Here is a friend of mine who popped in for a cuppa and wasn’t expecting this.
Its my baby’s birthday today. My youngest baby. 1 year. 1 year of crazy, no time, no sleep, where am I, I don’t even know what day it is. I am devastated. He is growing up. I will have babies no more.
And so I ask myself, “What now?” I have a few years before he is off doing pre-school and then school. I have time to prepare. Do I dare do it? Do I jump in and hope I am good enough to make it work?
A birthday is another opportunity for a few portraits.
What makes us human? To me it is the emotions that we feel and the way we convey them to others. That is why I decided to focus on portraits. I love to freeze those beautiful reactions in time. From my perspective, the more you can connect to and feel the emotion you are viewing in my images, the more I feel I have been successful in my job.
obvious, yet beautiful
This image reminds me of a fence and dry grass at the beach. I love the composition. Yet it is only some old hessian lying on a table in our backyard while we build a shed.
As a mother I see my beautiful baby. CHEEKY!
As a photographer I can’t help wishing he had moved his chin down ever so slightly to get the best angle.
He LOVES that pillow.
I am a full time mum with 3 boys, 4, 2 and 0.
I have challenged myself to learn photography from scratch with no help in the 2 seconds I have free between feeding, changing and entertaining the chaos that surrounds me.
I dream of the day I can take more than a minute to locate, setup and take a shot. In the meantime, the pressure forces me to push my limitations and learn quickly.