Ottawa Family Photographer - A Little Bit About the Things in my Heart
Some of my readers know me well, returning clients are starting to know me, and some of you don't know me at all. I really feel it's important to connect with your photographer so in this first blog post about yours truly (the first of I don't really know how many in the series), Have you ever tried to write about yourself? Ya, it's not easy. Here goes.
I want to show you just how much I love the art of photography, because it really is my PASSION. Not only do I work with it professionally, but also as a hobby! I think my camera and I have a very solid relationship : ) We're like this *crossing fingers together to indicate closeness*. I think it's pretty fantastic that I love my work so much that I also do it as a hobby! How lucky am I? How many people can say that?
I am a firm believer that everyone should have a hobby. If you don't have one, find one! Anything! Hobbies soothe the soul. They're like a hot bubble bath with a glass of cabernet sauvignon and your favourite tunes. Create something. Use your hands.
When I go out to shoot on my own, I can be out for a good 6 hours. Just me walking. Then walking more...and more. Whether it's walking in the city or exploring our greenbelt, I love it all. Plus, it's great exercise. Let's get real though, I don't do it for the exercise.
Breathing in the fresh air and creating beautiful images is a perfect pairing! Like wine and cheese. The right wine with the right cheese.
Ok...moving right along.
Having photography as a hobby also allows me to try different editing styles and photography techniques that I wouldn't normally use during a family session.
Wildlife photography is something I truly enjoy and have learned a lot from. I've been photographing birds for just a year or so, but I learned to identify many of them, recognize their calls, what they feed on, and I like to pay attention to their migration patterns. Wildlife photography has opened a whole new world to me. It has also caused me to take pause and think during each and every shot, about the ethics involved in wildlife photography. Just because you encounter an animal or bird, doesn't mean it's the right time to photograph them. Their body language and behaviour speaks volumes, so it's important to recognize that and respect them.
Then we have city and landscape photography. I LOVE OTTAWA. I can't say it enough. It is the perfect city to raise a family. I am a big fan of photographing it's landmarks and surrounding beauty. When you're leisurely walking through the city, you feel like you have all the time in the world. It makes you really SEE the city, through fresh eyes.
If you've ever thought to yourself that you'd love to pick up a camera and learn about photography, do it! My journey began 20 years ago...but it started somewhere. You just have to start!
Have yourselves a great day. Get creative!