Mum The Photographer

I’ve always loved photography.  Often the highlight of traveling for me was new things to take pictures of – I would just go for a big walk whenever I arrived somewhere new and take photographs.

But when bubba came along, suddenly I had the perfect photographic subject – she provided ample opportunity and inspiration, and she made any photo cute just by virtue of being cute – who doesn’t love a photo of a baby?!

Babies are cute!

In late December, I came across the wonderful Georgia from Gregarious Peach, who invited one and all via her blog to participate in a 366 project – a project she called Documenting Delight.  Basically, it involves taking a photograph every single day for a year (2012 being a leap year, that makes it a 366 project).  I decided to take the project on and have been documenting my photo a day since January 1st over at everylittlewonder.wordpress.com.

For the first half of the year, I was using my cruddy old camera.  I don’t even remember where or when I got it, and I was getting very frustrated with it.  It was terrible in anything but the brightest light, and incredibly slow and sluggish.  Daddy C saw how much I was enjoying the project and how much my camera was annoying me, so he promised to get me a good camera for my birthday in July.

My old camera. Aka: hunka junk.

Bless his heart, I don’t think he realised just what he was getting himself in for when he promised me “a good camera”! 😛  I did a lot of research and eventually decided to go with a DSLR – the latest release from Canon, the 650D.

Me and my new camera. I luffs it. LUFFS IT!!!

Well, the camera arrived three days ago and I am in absolute heaven!  I can’t believe the difference it makes – even just the clarity of the photos is amazing.  Not to mention the increased creative possibilities.  I am slowly learning about apeture,  depth of field, the exposure triangle and the rest… with a little bit of photoshop thrown in there for finishing touches.  It’s a big learning curve but I feel like I am slowly grasping it and learning to put it into practice and it’s so exciting!  It’s so exciting to see the potential for a photo and actually be able to produce something close to what your minds eye envisaged, rather than being continually frustrated.

This is a picture taken in the evening with my old camera, straight from the camera. Crap.

 

Photo taken with my new camera, at the same time of day with similar lighting conditions to the one directly above (photo straight from camera). The clarity!  The sharpness!

And yes, I know – I know it’s the biggest cliche ever – the new mum who suddenly discovers a passion for photography.  For me it has always been a latent dream, I swear.  In fact, just before I moved to the UK (where I met Daddy C), I had enrolled in a full time photography course in Wellington – but, being a little lost in life, decided to travel instead.  And besides that – babies are inspiring and there’s nothing wrong with that.  They inspire you to want to capture the precious moments you have with them, to keep forever – cos babies are babies for such a short time.  They inspire you to want to capture everything about them that you love so much.

As I explained to Daddy C – to me, photography is art for people who can’t draw (I suck at drawing!).  It’s a form of self-expression – it’s not just about capturing what IS… it’s about capturing what YOU SEE – your perspective, your vision.  Being a mumtographer to me isn’t just about taking snapshots of your kids – it’s taking the kind of photo where the viewer feels how much you love them just by looking at your photograph.

My gorgeous little monkey

Photography to me is a collaboration with light, with the camera as a tool.  I’m so lucky to have such a generous man who indulges my little passion.  Not to mention such a gorgeous wee subject.  And gosh damn, it’s just so much fun!

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4 thoughts on “Mum The Photographer

  1. Yay! Congrats on new camera. What joy. I love the name ‘documenting delight’ and may Luschka forgive me but that is way better than ‘Mamatography’ – which in my native tongue (Portuguese) just sounds like a mamogram!!

    I love photography, too, always have. And now that I am a full-time mom, well it is hard to take photos of anything but my little one (and the odd flower, another passion ) 🙂

    I read once that there was a positive correlation between mothers who gush and maternal mental wellbeing. So, this is us, taking care of our mental health, in images.

    Hugs and so fun to find a fellow mamatographer (okay, it works as a name) on the journey. Off to check your photo site, now. And btw both you and your daughter are gorgeous.

    Gauri

    • Isn’t it sweet, the name documenting delight, really gives a sense of what the point of the project is for me! We have a group on Facebook for encouragement, I could invite you if you like?
      Haha that’s funny about it sounding like mammogram, I’ve never made that connection! 😛
      I also find it hard to take photos of anything but my bubba – she’s so darn photogenic! 😛
      I *love* that idea of gushing about your bubba being good for your mental health! Make me feel better about the million katrillion photos I have of her and always going on about how gorgeous she is… I must be the most mentally sound person around 😛
      Hugs to you, thank you for your wonderful comment and it’s so great to connect with other “mamatographers” to get inspiration and share their “delight” 🙂

  2. Lovely pictures 😀

    I’ve actually just downgraded from an older DSLR-alike to a point & shoot Canon. The irony is that digital camera technology has improved so much in the 4-5 years since I got my old camera that my ‘downgrade’ is actually an upgrade!

    • Haha isn’t that funny! I actually looked at the Canon G12, but I really wanted fast shot to shot time and to be able to push myself to learn more manual photographic skill. There’s definitely some fantastic point and shoots out there these days though!

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