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Finding Photography | Week 1

2014 was a big year for me. I found out I was pregnant and also faced a redundancy. I didn’t spend much time on doing things I loved that year. It was all about getting my head around impending parenthood and preparing for the whirlwind that was about to enter our lives.

2015 was an even bigger year. The arrival of Oscar just after new year meant that the following months were completely consumed with working out how to look after another human being (I’d barely even mastered looking after myself). If I had to use a word to describe 2015 it would be “Adjusting”. As a result I still didn’t have any time to do things I loved.

2016 is different. In 2016 I have a one year old. A toddler. A babbling, moving, personality filled “real” person. As a result I feel like I can pat myself on the back and say “well done you. You made it through the first terrifying, tiring year. Now take some time for yourself, OK?”.

And that’s exactly what I plan to do. 2016 will be the year I get “me” back. It will be the year that I work out what I want to do and what inspires me. And it will be the year that I make it happen.

One of my first loves was photography. I studied this at college and Uni as part of wider media courses. It’s also something that I have completely forgotten how to do. So my first big project for 2016 is to find it again. Find Photography and find my passion.

Week 1 is my baseline. I have purchased a new camera (and a pretty sexy one at that) and I am going to force myself to get out once a week and practice. I’ll add the results here in a weekly feature. That way I am accountable. I have a goal. I have to be motivated. I am motivated.

So here are my first images. They are crap. I know they are crap. But I am hoping that this time next year I will be able to sit and look at where I started and where I end up and that I’ll be proud of myself for finding photography again. Finding my passion.

Very low light on Christmas morning. My first go with the new camera. Fully auto settings
Very low light on Christmas morning. My first go with the new camera. Fully auto settings
Very low lighting. Experimenting with manual settings for the crappy light conditions in my living room
Low light settings and in motion. Manual settings.
Low light – how much toast can one baby fit in his mouth? Manual settings.
oscar macro
Attempting to use manual macro on a moving child…not easy.
macro hail
Playing with manual macro and hail stones

I think we can all agree that these are pretty shoddy but it gives me a good starting point!

Watch this space for more Finding Photography updates.

Kelly is a twenty-something lover of all things nerdy. Cocktails and lie ins are her favorite things, neither of which she can enjoy since becoming a mum for the first time. She writes about everything she loves and loathes (with a little indifference thrown in for good measure!) She also blogs over on the BabyCentre about life as a new mum.


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