Finding My Calling

Update: This post was originally posted on 8th October 2019 but after changing my website this post had to be re-published due to technical issues.

In our ever-busy lives we all need to have a way to unwind, to reconnect with ourselves. For some that is playing online games, baking, crafting or even playing sports. For me it’s photography, whenever I go out with my camera it’s a very soothing activity, and a wonderful way for me to unwind.

Being a single mum with a young child and a career for my elderly grandmother, as well as all the normal stresses of normal life having something that is mine is so important. It helps me remind myself who I am no matter how stressful life gets.

How it Began

I haven’t always been into photography in fact up to about 3 years ago I was like the vast majority of people and only really used my mobile on automatic setting to capture memories, mainly of my daughter growing up. In fact, I’ll admit to still using my mobile on automatic when capturing photos of my daughter. Those moments are just too precious to miss by my phone camera being on the wrong settings.

However, my interest in what some might call real photography started after a night away with my mum in Glasgow. In the morning before we left, we went for a walk along the river Clyde and I for some reason started taking arty photos on my phone. Little did I realize this was going to be the start of me finding my calling in life.

This is one of the photos from my mobile that sparked my interest in photography

A few weeks later I asked my mum and step-dad if I could borrow their ‘big camera’ (which I now know is actually called a bridge camera, I will go into the different types of cameras in a later post) for a while to try my hand at photography. I can’t genuinely remember if I tried using the different settings to begin with or whether I kept it on automatic but what I do remember is enjoying myself and realizing I had found something I was naturally good at.

One of my first outings with my mum and step-dad's 'big' camera

Going Forward

Now don’t think that I just picked up a camera and knew how to use all the settings and got perfect pictures every time. Nothing could be further from the truth, but I found I instinctively knew what would make a good photo. However due to my lack of technical knowledge I have often found myself frustrated but I have kept working at it and I am slowly improving.

Through the course of this blog I am hoping to show you my journey as I (hopefully) improve, and I hope not only to show you my journey but to inspire you to start your own journey.

I look forward to seeing you next time.

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