Waverley Abbey has been a place I’d heard of many times but never got a chance to visit. Located in Farnham in Surrey Hills, it’s an English Heritage site hidden away on country roads (don’t trust Google Maps that will try and take you up a private track, follow the signs instead). That warm October afternoon we had some time to kill between things, the sun was shining, I had a camera in my bag and so we ended up going on a bear hunt an adventure.
I’ve always loved water and splashing in the sea or a river or a swimming pool – and it’s still my happy place. There’s something about watching water run and the waves splash that is very, very good for my soul.
When my son was born, I remember sitting in my room and sobbing my heart out. When my baffled (and obviously non-hormonal) husband asked what was the matter I told him I didn’t want our son to grow up, I just wanted him to stay this tiny newborn baby we brought home a few days ago. And then I burst into more tears as he cuddled me close, still completely bewildered.
As you well know, my specialty are unposed, documentary photoshoots, be it 2 hours or the whole day, breakfast to bedtime. While with a Day in the Life photoshoot it’s basically a no-brainer: you get on with your normal day and I document it, a shorter photoshoot stumps some of my clients for ideas on what to do.
So, I’ve put together a list of things you could do together as a family for your documentary photography session in the Spring – whatever the weather. Choose one that speaks to you as a family – either something you do together on a regular basis, or something you’ve always wanted to do and know will enjoy.
Do you have an expensive DSLR camera that’s gathering dust on the shelf somewhere, not being used, because it’s so intimidating to even attempt to learn to use it properly? Have you been thinking about attending a workshop to learn about using it, but not quite sure if it’s for you? I get it! Trying something new can be a little scary, so with this in mind here are 8 reasons to attend The Un-Cheese Workshop – including the ones you might now have expected!
I have a confession to make. When I first picked up my DSLR camera back in 2007 I felt overwhelmed. I thought an expensive camera would instantly make my photos look better, but – no surprises there – it didn’t. I have produced rather shitty pictures for a while – and I couldn’t quite figure out how to replicate those rare instances when the pictures magically turned ok!
All those buttons and dials and the instruction manual that looked way too technical for an average person (me!) to understand. I didn’t know where to begin, and so I stuck to shooting on Auto for the longest time. It took me years to really understand how to use my camera properly.