Making a statement to you, my potential clients, about what it is I hope to deliver to you, as a photographer, has had me pondering for a while now.
If I scroll back through my memory bank, taking photos has been a part of my story since high school. I remember a little black Kodak camera and bright red one as well.
Mum gave me my very first digital camera about 15 years ago. It was a Sony. How wonderful and easy it would be now to take photos of my darling Ferals and not have to wait for a roll of film to be developed and find that there were no good shots at all !
I travelled overseas seven years ago with a great Fuji point and shoot digital camera which stopped working in Barcelona and was replaced with a Sony. Wonderful photos were taken but I dreamed of owning a DSLR and taking it up a notch. Scoot forward to 2011 and I had my very first Nikon. Many photographs later, trips to Vietnam, Cambodia and America show me how far I have come since then.
Most everything I know about using my beloved Nikons to date comes from some beginner courses, advice from fellow photographers and much figuring it out as I go along. Living in rural Queensland limits access to hands on learning and I struggle learning any other way.
Time and continuous practice does however build your skills and also, time nudges you gently towards what will be your own style of photography. Freestyle is the word that pops into my head most often when I think about how and what I do. Clients are often surprised about how relaxed and casual their session turns out to be. I will have a chat, have a laugh and be snapping away the whole time. And most often, the photos where no one is looking at the camera will be “the” shots of the day. Taking the best photograph “in camera” is my ultimate goal. I don’t do a lot of editing, preferring to keep images as natural as possible.
Recently, I watched Soundbreaking, Painting with Sound. A wonderful documentary about how music is made. The story was accompanied by magical black and white images taken over time, stretching from the early half of the 20th century right through until today. Music and photography, two of my greatest loves, squished together, telling a story. The story is tangible. You are hearing and seeing something which is powerful enough to transport you back to a place in time where you can almost touch the emotions the images make you feel.
This is my wish for you. That the images I create for you have the ability to take you right back to that day. To create memories that tell your story, whatever it may have been on that day.
Making memories for you brings me such joy. Thank you for taking the time to pop into my little space.