What make photography important to me?

4th December 2019

I know its Cleshea to hear Photography is the best job in the entire world! But coming to the end of the working year and think about things has me somewhat emosh!  Sometimes when I read that I myself think wow that’s cheesy BUT after giving up a job in IT which I loved, I truly followed my gut feeling about going Full time with my photography career.   I remember the moment that I quit my full-time job fondly because I woke up one morning and I said to Phil (my husband aka hairy face) I just don’t want to work at the company I was anymore and his reply shocked me he said well quit then! Shocked I said can we afford that? I can’t just quit my job can I?    well…. turns out you can!

I was already following the photography route so I was working full time and my little business was also full time too, I was working every evening and every weekend, I was running myself into the ground and It was affecting my health and mental health too.  I wasn’t happy at all and life is to short to work in a job where your whole heart isn’t invested.

My clients to me are everything, I can’t believe that I get to share a small part in people’s lives.  I never take it for granted that my clients put their faith and trust in me.  I try as much as I can to deliver what they envision by speaking with them and trying to understand who they are and what photography means to them and then I take that and look for the rawness in their lives to deliver a gallery I am proud of.

What makes me happy is when I nail a shot, for me,  I try to capture the true emotion of human lives, the love shared between people, the hidden smiles! A baby’s first steps, a cuddle with parents, from life coming into this beautiful world to leaving families with lasting memories.  I view photography as an art to me an image is a frozen moment in time that can be looked at and reflected on for years and years to come.

My best friend passed away 12 years ago and there isn’t a single day that passes by that I don’t think of him and miss him.  I only have one image of us together with our friend Claire and It is one of the most treasured photographs that we have but the quality means we could never print the image and frame it, which breaks our heart I truly wanted no one to go without having images of a special time in their life or person.

During my time studying photography at college, I invited my closest friends to come into the studio and we did a photo booth set up to make some fun memories, Photography doesn’t have to be serious it can be, and it can be fun and everything in between.  These are some of my favorite images despite my dodgy editing haha! But it was so important to me to document times in not only my life but their lives too as they mean so much to me .. I’ve been fortunate enough to have captured them growing up from getting married to having their families, it been a massive honor to take my camera along for the ride and I have been there for it all and its meant more to me then words could ever express <3

Here are a few images from our photo booth – ( The handsome lad in the blue hoody is my crush ) I hope they make you smile like they do me…. xoxo

People say so often I want to do photographs but after …. ****insert reason**** such as haircut, weight loss, etc but the truth is time isn’t limitless and you are perfect just the way you are 🙂 and to the people who love you you are perfect always!! They don’t care they just want to look back at memories of you like these photos mean so so much to me.  The power of photography is incredible and the meaning will last generations after ours.

Thinking about memories and capturing them Andrea who is a Children’s photographer Llanelli has written a blog on what’s new with her and her business for 2020….

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My best friend also died 11 years ago, and despite living with her for a few months we didn’t have hardly any photographs together. I live that you organised a fun shoot with your friends. These images are irreplaceable.

Its so true. Photographs have such meaning, thats why I really value prints rather than digital files!

Im sorry to hear about your friend Kirsty. That must of been so tough. You are so right you really have to take great photographs now before its too late. Phone photographs just aren’t the same. I love you are happy doing what you love the most!

I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.
Leaving your job to follow your dreams is great though!

You are so right photographs are the most important memories to have x

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