Monthly Archives: July 2012

La France

I’ve been packing for France and I’m feeling very excited about Laura and David’s wedding. They’re a gorgeous couple about to marry in a gorgeous setting, me and the camera can’t wait! And M (hubby and trusty assistant) is coming with me so it will be lovely to share the experience with him. I am also excited about going on the Eurotunnel for the first time ever (driving onto a train, it’s amazing), speaking French again after too many years and I’m looking forward to soaking up the Frenchness of everything.

With Mr. Wiggins doing so well at the weekend I read in the paper the French word for sideburns – les rouflaquettes – brilliant!

A bientot.

 

Posted in Wedding Photography

Heart-melting

Photographing children is such a privilege. Children are beautiful and curious and always honest and when I work through the photos they make my heart melt. I photographed lovely neighbours of ours who are (sadly for us) about to move. They are a warm and welcoming family and the youngest of the family is a real poppet. I couldn’t stop beaming taking her photo.

Posted in Family Photography

Love is in the Air

My love of photography started many moons ago. I started taking photos of people and places as I’ve always been a bit of an adventurer (I was photographer at Brownie camp!). When I set out to start up my dream business I looked at all the areas of photography that I loved and decided to build it around family photography as I find children in particular so interesting and so fascinating.

But as I keep saying, the great thing about creating a ‘new life’ is that new opportunities continue to present themselves….

I’m a member of a brilliant WI group called Chapel Pie WI and one of the lovely girls there, Caroline and her fiance had seen my work and asked me if I’d be interested in being their wedding photographer. I love weddings and decided that with my experience of travel photography (where I’ve been told I have an eye for detail, colour, patterns) coupled with my portrait skills, I would be able to capture their day for them in the relaxed and natural style they wanted.

The wedding day was a whirlwind of laughter, friendships, very cute children, castles, lots of rain bringing gorgeous rainbows, delicate birds adorning the tables, silhouetted in the windows and fluttering on the cake, beauty all around and above all lots of love. I was made to feel very welcome by Caroline, Alan and their friends and family and this connection definitely helped me capture the spirit of the day. I realised that working as a wedding photographer is even more of an emotional role than as in family photography because there’s so much to absorb to be able to capture it all through the lens. I also found it to be incredibly rewarding. Working through the images the following week the beautiful story of the day emerged in a natural flow. I discovered that there is a craft to capturing what matters and linking it together and really hoped that Caroline and Alan felt that I’d achieved this for them. I presented the photos to them last week and they were thrilled with the result. Thank you to them both for having faith in me.

I didn’t set out to be a wedding photographer but I got a buzz from it that won’t go away. I’m booked up to photograph a wedding in France at the end of the month….then who knows after that!

  

 

Posted in Wedding Photography

In the Limelight

Gosh it’s two months since I returned from my cycling adventure and I’ve been bottling up all my ramblings. One of the best things about changing my life from years as an accountant (when life was spent in an office week on week) is that I’ve made the space to have new experiences and try new things and feel that I am constantly learning so much both in my life as a photographer and in life generally. Some of this does involve being out of my comfort zone but then that’s so often the best way to learn.

During my cycle trip I had an email from a lady Suzy Greaves whose book I had read several years ago. She included a fab clip about cycling (included in a post below http://lizzybellphotography.com/lejog/) so I sent a quick email back telling her about my trip as I was spending every day in the saddle and was obsessed with pedalling! She thought my trip was amazing and asked to interview me. I’d never been interviewed before so I was quite apprehensive but Suzy is very skilled and got some sense out of me. She interviewed me by phone while I was in a youth hostel in Scotland during the trip and then posted it on her blog. When I got home and had a listen it was so weird listening to ME (here it is http://www.suzygreaves.com/archives/2074)! And then a lady who writes a blog about women doing their own thing got in touch having heard the interview and asked to blog about me. It was so kind of both to see my life-decisions as worth talking and writing about which made me feel proud of what I’ve done but it also made me realise how I’m just not comfortable in the limelight. I wanted to run away and hide under the duvet in case anyone I knew heard or read the pieces.

But….to learn and grow you have to step out there into the limelight at times and so I’m coming clean. One month after going live here is the blog post about me. You don’t need to read it as I am sure you have better things to read, but this is my confession to say it’s there and it links to the telephone interview so I’m hiding nothing (apart from an article in a magazine but that’s really enough of me for now…)

http://findyourdreamjob.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/life-change-accountant-to-photographer/

Pondering my reaction to my time of fame (!) I’ve realised that this personality trait fits with my love of portrait photography. I am always behind the lens and NOT in the limelight, it’s perfect.

Back to photos. I had a lovely, lovely weekend with friends in the Lake District last weekend and it didn’t even rain (hardly anyway). There was a regatta on Ullswater which was such a beautiful scene. Also, the path along the lake passes through a campsite and M and I were very excited to see a Minty-tent!! To explain, on our honeymoon in January we hired a very old VW camper van called Minty. If we could we would have brought him home with us as he became a trusted friend. But this tent is a replica of him, so we might have to re-stock our camping kit….

Posted in Life Lessons