Last Monday my Wife and I took our daughters to Marley Park to feed the ducks. It was the best day I have had in a long time and we were only there for an hour. Every day I am with my girls is a fantastic day but this day was extra special. It was the first day of the rest of my life...
Monday was the first day that I could call myself a full time photographer or as my neighbour so kindly called me, a bum (there are always those that will want to rain on your parade). I had dreamt about this day since I was 18. Every time I have captured a bride walk down the aisle I have thought why am I not doing this every day of my life. The truth is that it is hard work. People see you smiling 'just taking a few pictures' and don't see all the late nights staring goggled eyed at a screen editing photos and answering emails. The difference is that you love it. You sit at your computer editing, creating and find your self like a drunk on the barstool 'just one more'. All of a sudden the birds are singing and you realise you did it again, you allowed your images wrap you up.
I have always been of the opinion that good photos are only taken when you become immersed in your subject. Some are of the opinion that good photos come from good equiptment. One of the most famous documentary photographers, Henri Cartier Bresson said "It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera... they are made with the eye, heart and head". To never let me forget that, I even put it on my business cards.
Ever since I handed my notice in to my job 2 months ago I have obviously been a bag or nerves. 'It will work', 'no it won't', It will work', 'no it won't', 'but what if it does'. Everything runs through your head. Monday the 26th of September 2016, the first day of the rest of my life I realised that what I was feeling and what I was creating, while personal to me could be shared with other people. It doesn't matter that it is, a walk in the park or baking a cake, or washing the car. Long after these memories fade I will have these pictures to remind me how I felt that day. The first day of the rest of my life.
And there is me with the beautiful Eloise. (Excuse the dishevelled look, I was enjoying the first Monday in 15 years that I didn't have to wear a suit!!!)
If you would like me to photograph your walk in the park, your lazy day in, your kids first football final... get in touch.
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