Well strangely enough I am actually writing a blog post! Those of you that know me already, know that I am shocking when it comes to keeping a Blog, and I don’t generally have time to do it, but a lovely friend told me this would be the easiest way to put my thoughts and feelings out there and explain to everyone why I am making the change. And maybe, just maybe, this will be the beginning of a new thing :)
Photography for me is about telling a story. I went into Photography wanting to be able to document a stage in a Person’s life, but I somehow ended up trying to fit in with what everyone else was doing, even though it was not what I wanted to do. I personally find the current trend with photography to be fake and untrue to the situation. Newborns are not perfect, they have blemishes and uneven skin tone, they do not bend in half and like to sleep in buckets or be butt naked for hours on end. Families are not always happy, they fight and get cranky at each other, kids pull funny faces and can be naughty during a photoshoot. So why document a family where everyone is looking straight at the camera with fake smiles plastered to their faces. In all honesty, these types of Photoshoots to some children (and even the parents) are quite traumatic. In my opinion children should be photographed doing what children do best, laughing, playing and having fun. If they have a foul look on their face, to me that is a priceless photo as that is what your child was really like at that exact moment, people are so quick to forget the little things that make a child unique. Yes they may be a total pain in the butt at times, but they are beautiful in their own little way – even when they are cranky or doing what they shouldn't be doing!
There is only one Photographer that I know of that does the type of work that I want to be doing, and that is the friend that inspired me to make the change and write this post. Her name is Liz from Liz Arcus Photography. To me her work is perfect. It tells a story, and documents the real situations. THIS is what I aspire to be like. Liz asked me a question “If this was my last day on Earth what would I do”. My answer was simple “If it was my last day on earth I would probably go out and document my life with the ones I love, so that they would have memories of me and how I really was while I was still here so they could remember me that way forever.”
THAT is what I want my clients to have after a Photoshoot with me… Memories of the Real Thing! Yes it may not be what all your friends will comment on when it shows up in your newsfeed, but it is Real, it is the small things in your life that will soon be forgotten and never be replaced.
So from this point forward, I will be making the change with all new bookings and will be changing my style of photography to what I really want to be doing, not what everyone else wants me to do. I understand that a Photojournalism style of photography will not suit everyone, and I am ok with that, I will be sorry to see you go but I do understand that this is not for everyone. It is time for me to follow my heart and do the work that I WANT to be doing that makes me happy to be going to work every day.
I will be doing some portfolio building to get my style of work where I want it to be, so I hope you will all be patient with me whilst I find my feet again. Please feel free to leave me feedback as I go along!!!