"Every adventure requires a first step" - The Cheshire Cat
To take that first step is quite nerve wracking even if you know in yourself that you can make it. Not only make it, but keep going full steam ahead. I've checked everything on my list and the adventure has begun. It did take some time and encouragement to get to this point. I put myself...well my photo's out there...and have received nothing but fantastic comments and praise. The more people who see my work the more people are interested in booking sessions.
No matter which way I turned, all signs were telling me to get this adventure rolling.
Information about booking a photography session can be found >HERE<. If by chance you have something you require that isn't listed or want to try something spectacularly different...I'm keen - lets talk!
Today I was privileged to photograph the Banks extended family by the serene Bents Basin. They chose a blue theme which went well against the greens of the basin area. We played around with different backdrops, family combinations and quirky 'b-roll' shots.
This was a special gathering as one of the Banks girls resides in Germany. She travelled back home with her new little family to celebrate xmas. So to capture them all together in a moment that they can hold onto for a lifetime is something to cherish.
An idea to add to the kit is a gopro camera to attach to my back so I can get a visual of the silly faces made by family members to make babies smile. There was an awful lot of ummm...hilarious noises coming from back there.
A huge thank you to the Banks extended family xx
Given that this year is one of participating actively in life, I've got a plethora of ideas I want to sample and hopefully become an expert at. One thing on the list - 'Steelwool Photography'.
Yes, I hear my mothers voice - 'Play with fire and you'll get burnt!'. But, it's a fairly simple technique of burning steelwool and using long exposure whilst being mindful of your surroundings...and self protection of course. With the assistance of my daughter Emily, we ventured down the south coast and did just that. She got two small burns from stray steelwool but soldiered on like the trooper she is.
Seeing it in action with the naked eye and then the photographic results was pretty cool indeed. No wonder there are many photographers who specialise in this technique. Some of the work I've seen is mind blowingly inspirational.
Makes my imagination giddy with where and how I'll try this next!
I decided to keep things quiet for the beginning of 2015. Which is completely out of the norm as we usually see the new year in with a bang. So why the need for solitude? The past few years have been highly paced and some amazing things have been achieved. In the lead up to the close of 2014, I felt this strong urge to silence the noise around me. I took action and detached from all that has occupied too much of my time. Life is overly clouded by 'newsfeed', 'comments', 'likes' and 'shares'. It was time for a physical refresh.
Time to STOP!, BREATHE! and FOCUS!
Become one again with what its like to live without (the burden of) social media. Time to smell the roses, watch that sunset...take in all the hues of nature. Live aware of what its like to actually live aware. Time to pick up my camera and really dive into my photography journey. (not that my nikon is really ever out of my hand)
I spent new years day with my gorgeous family taking in the lovely scenery of Lake Illawarra. We packed the kayaks and a picnic and spent the day soaking up the sun, sand and salt water. Time well spent with those who mean the most to me...minus the iphone! We sat by the lake and watch the sun disappear over the horizon and on the drive home stopped to take in the spectacular lightening show over Picton, Camden and Narellan. Mother Nature surely put on one hell of a great new years day.
I haven't quite put my finger on what 2015 has in stall, but I feel it will entail some drastic change...and I welcome it with open arms.
Author - Nic Hume
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