Where it all began

Wow, it’s such a gloomy day outside. Don’t you find some days everything seems dead, like it’s just one boring colour everywhere you look?! I don’t know about you but I have to have some sort of bright colour in my life. I’m a very vibrant person and when it’s grey, dark and wet outside, I struggle to stay cheery :-/
I played around with one of my images yesterday and wanted to add it to this post just purely because its colourful and its of flowers…. two of my most favourite things.IMG_6666 copy.jpg

So back to the main ingredient of my post. Today I would like to expand into my ‘about me’ category. I have given you all a brief little description of where I’m from, what I do etc, however, seeing as though I want to start putting more of an effort into my blogging, I would like to tell you more about where my love of photography started and to get to know all of you a little bit better too.

My love for photography all started when I was very young. I never had my own camera, I only had the one that was on my phone. Every time it was time for me to upgrade my mobile, I only went by the one that had the best camera ability as that’s pretty much all I used my phone for. I come from a family of seven, so money was always tight.
I used to take photo’s of EVERYTHING! Thinking back now, it makes me wonder if that’s why I love trying out new things and photography practically anything.

I got my first ever DSLR back in 2014 which was and still is the canon 750d with a kit lens of 18-55mm lens and I also bought a 50mm prime lens to go with it. I was just so excited to finally have a camera of my very own!
At the time I purchased my camera, I was a full time manageress in a coffee shop working about a 45 hour week. So trying to get the time to practice getting to know my camera and taking photo’s was a real struggle. I plodded on for a few months, asking local businesses if they wanted any free product shots doing so they could share through social media etc. I had a few responses and great feedback which really gave my confidence a kick.
Doing all of this really started up a fire in me and I no longer wanted to do my full time job anymore. I knew that I couldn’t just leave a full time income and go to nothing. I had no regular clients, hardly any experience and no branding whatsoever. I continued with my job and on my days off I would try do as many free shoots as possible to get the experience and to get my name out there. I came up with my branding and got myself a photography profile on social media and had a website done. It was all slowly starting to come together.
There were a lot of things happening at work which was making me very unhappy and stressed. It had been going on for quite some time now so after long talks with my husband, I handed my notice in after 3 years of working for this company.
Thankfully, I had another job offer so I wasn’t left without any work. This was just a 3 month contract though. I’m kind of rambling now so I’ll get back to the photography stuff. With every spare minute I had, I would either be out taking photo’s for my own personal accord or I would be doing the odd product shoot.
I’ve been very lucky with all the help from the local businesses as through them, I’ve had a few of my photo’s printed in the local lifestyle magazine and used as the front covers for some of them too. I had one of them printed today in fact.
Some days I lack all the confidence in my work and think will I ever be good enough to make this my full time business or am I just kidding myself?!

I try my hardest to be as creative with my photography as possible and am always trying to better myself. I also think that for how long I’ve had my camera, teaching myself all the photography basics, that I’m grateful to have achieved what I have in this short space of time. I guess what this post is really about is being grateful for what you have at that moment. Working towards what you want can never be time wasted.

That’s just a little bit more into my background. Please feel so share your experiences, I’d love to know where it all started for you and where you are in your life at this moment.
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll catch you next time 🙂

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New Year, New Blog

I haven’t been blogging much and thought I would sort myself out this year, so let me start by saying Happy new year to all of you! I hope you all had a great festive period surrounded by all your loved ones and had a ‘merry’ good time 🙂

This year I need to up my game and keep this blog alive and interesting, so this morning I’ve shifted through my site and am starting fresh.

I’ve had quite a few things happen over the past few months. We went to New York for 2 weeks – AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING ( post to follow )
I recently got a part time job to help bring in some money. Its working in a bakehouse that has just opened and they specialise in sourdough. WOW, I never realised how good that type of bread is. Kate, my new boss is pretty darn good with her hands and can really whip up some great bread and cakes!
I’ve been keeping busy with my camera, not really client based but just for my benefit. I try to keep myself motivated as much as I can. Whether it’s going out taking photo’s or setting up my lights etc at home. Its all good practice 🙂
One major thing that happened late last year which I feel extremely proud of is that I entered a competition for a local newspaper in my area. It was for Photographer of the year 2016 and miraculously I came second place!   This is the little fella ….Spider.jpg

I was so incredibly over the moon with this as it was my first competition that wasn’t just for fun through social media.
I haven’t been taking photo’s for that long and to get this printed in a newspaper was a very big moment for me. It gave a me a confidence boost as well. As like most photographers… we very rarely think we are any good :-/

Anyway, I thought I would just give you all a quick catch up with what has been going on the past few months. I shall be more on top of my blog posts this year and hopefully keep you all interested.

Have a great day and I’ll update you all soon 🙂