19 Aug 2016

Photography and Me

When I started this blog back in 2013, I had no idea where it would lead me.  It was a platform for my creative experiments, namely crafts and recipes.  Somehow along the way it sparked this absolute adoration for photography.

As today is World Photo Day, I thought I'd have a little chat about my relationship with photography and how it lead me to become, what I like to refer to as, an amateur professional photographer.
I got my first camera way back in the 90's when I was 9.  It was a film camera from Boots (this was before digital) and was blue, pink and had 3D plastic sheep on it (what an image).  We went on holiday to Canada and I remember bringing it with me and excitedly snapping all of the things I saw, which, unsurprisingly included a lot of photos of a dog.
As a family, we got our first digital camera when I was about 11 or 12.  There was no such thing as an SD card and it had an internal memory that was limited to 12 photos.  I think I got my own digital camera when I was about 14 and from then on I worked my way through an inordinate amount of the things.  I was such a klutz.

After family holidays we would pool together our photos from our own cameras and inevitably my parents would complain because they had to sift through hundreds of my pictures of plants, flowers and animals, often multiple variations of the same image (I was trying to get the perfect shot of course).
When I was in 6th form and studying art A level, I incorporated some photography into my sketchbook work.  I remember getting really excited when my newest camera had a macro setting and proceeded to take what some might consider far too many photos of shells.  I'm going to be totally honest and admit that a lot of my photography experiments at this time were photos of myself that I used on my rather emo Myspace page.  Cringe.

On my art foundation, I studied photography as part of the introductory stage of the course.  I learnt how to use a film SLR and how to develop film in a darkroom.  Unfortunately our teacher wasn't the best, as had I been taught by someone better and more inspiring, I could have taken a very different path.

I got my first DSLR at 19 when I was in my first year of university, a Nikon D40.  I was very confused by all of the settings and pretty much shot everything on automatic.  We had one photography module as a part of my illustration course, where I had a go at light painting and also using an old film SLR which I bought for £5 from a car boot.  I made friends with a guy who is now a proper professional photographer and he both taught and inspired me loads.  He even let me use his Canon 5D Mark II to shoot images for my major project in my final year (and he still helps me out on occasion even now).
I finished university a little lost with what to do with myself and that's when I decided to start this blog.  I was inspired by so much of the other blogs that I read and their photography, that it pushed me to work out how to try and recreate similar styles.  My poor Nikon eventually kicked it and so I invested in a Canon 60D, which I still use to this day.  I learnt that getting different lenses was actually a thing and began my collection.  After I stopped using my kit lens was when I really began to love photography; I learnt about depth of field and how to shoot manually.  My photographs began to look like how I'd imagined them in my head, which encouraged me to push myself even more to better myself.

At the beginning of 2015 I was encouraged to take on a freelance photography position which had just become available at the work of a family member.  I really didn't think I was good enough, but my blog's photography was enough to be considered.  I had a trial run and then was offered the position, which I still do a few times a month.  If it hadn't been for my persistence in perfecting my photography on here, then I wouldn't have ever been thought of for the job.
Despite being paid to take photographs, I still don't consider myself a professional, that just sounds far more skilled that I actually am.  Every time I take my camera out I discover new obstacles that I need to try and work out how to overcome, but this is what drives me forward.  Maybe with more practise and possibly better kit, I will have the confidence to take on more photography jobs in the future.  Maybe then I will actually consider myself a proper professional.

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  1. What a lovely post full of beautiful photography. The one of the sparklers and fireworks is truely stunning! L x

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    1. Thanks so much, glad you liked it x

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  2. Your photos are always beautiful! Happy world photo day! :)
    x Kenzie // Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm relatively new to photography but it's fast becoming my new favourite thing! I just went to New England and it's the first holiday where i had a proper camera, it was so exciting and i can't wait to grow unto it.

    I always adore your photos; it's one of the first things that drew me to your blog! So i have every faith you can continue to grow as a professional :)

    Bumble and Be

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    1. I hope you come to love it as much as I do!

      Thank you so much, that means a lot x

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  4. Such a lovely post! I always love reading about how people are passionate about photography and your photos are always so beautiful. xx

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    1. Thanks Sarah, glad you liked it! Always love your photography too x

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  5. It's lovely to hear about your journey with photography. I am currently thinking about buying my first DSLR but it feels so overwhelming that I don't know where to start. Looking forward to following your journey on here, I love your photography ♥

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    1. If you need any advice I'm more than happy to help out :) Thank you! x

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  6. I love reading about how people feel about their photography, especially as I have recently quit my job and hope to pursue photography some more now that I have the time. I think my biggest hurdle, is when we are out and about, remembering to take photographs rather than snapshots of the day... if that makes sense. I have yet to get into the mindset of photographer.

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    1. Ooh that's exciting. Yeah I know what you mean, I feel like I'm the opposite in a way, in that every photo has to be perfect, rather than just recording my day! I think it's good to be somewhere in the middle probably?! x

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