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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!