Until very recently I really wasn’t that interested in photography. Of course I have thousands of snaps of our lives but have tended to consider them as simply a record of events to stimulate a memory, and in large part I still prefer to be part of whatever is going on rather than having my view of proceedings obscured by a camera or phone. However, in developing The Simpson Sisters and understanding the benefits of well composed, good quality images for use online, I have found that I am increasingly enjoying the challenge of creating an attractive image. If you don’t follow me on Instagram yet I’d love you to do so and will welcome any feedback from photographic experts!
In my quest to improve I have joined the Makelight community where I have learnt masses about not only photography, but about Instagram, running a business and writing a blog. I have connected with a lot of really lovely people many of whom are working on businesses or projects similar to mine. In fact, this weekend I am off to an event in London called Blogtacular where I am so looking forward to meeting some of these people in person. The day is full of workshops and speakers who I’m excited to listen to and learn from, and I can’t wait to be amongst people who understand why I am pursuing this sort of career and life. Watch out for updates on Twitter over the weekend!
One of the challenges of taking more photographs is how to manage them. In experimenting with various compositions, lighting scenarios and techniques it is easy to end up with many, many images that look very similar. I follow blogger and photographer Sara Tasker of Me and Orla whose writing, photography and podcasts I really enjoy and whose photography advice I have found really helpful. Some simple tips for image management including an brilliant app that detects duplicate photos on your phone were suggested in her post here if it’s something you struggle with too.
Creating flat lays, vignettes and snapping landscapes is one thing, but photographing people and animals is quite another I have discovered! My daughters are, by and large, not much more cooperative than the chickens or our Borrow My Doggy dog, so capturing the perfect moment requires great patience and a fair degree of luck on my part so far. In fact I felt pretty sure that others must struggle with this too, so for my next workshop I have collaborated with local photographer Catherine East who is going to share her knowledge and experience to help us finish the summer with some really lovely family memories to look back on. If you’d like to join us you can click on the workshops tab above or click here.