I love going through the images following a shoot - selecting the 'keepers' and discarding the 'not so good'. Actually, I never completely delete the 'not so good' as you never know what gems you might find amongst them upon further review.
Which brings me to the following image.
This wasn't on my keeper list originally, but there was something about this image that 'spoke to me' - something about the elements of water crashing, the Nike mark on the runners, the hand on the head - it captured something that spoke to me about those years as a teenager, where we sometimes feel so alone in this big crazy world as we embark on that road to adulthood.
It doesn't reflect the moment at all (we were having a lot of fun!) - but I think it demonstrates the power of an image, to capture something completely different when we use our imagination.
It's become one of my favourites from this shoot.
It was such a hot day in the lead up to the Downlands Valedictory, but that didn't stop this wonderful family from stepping out into the heat to capture some memories ahead of Tessa's big evening.
The men of the family are often a bit 'reserved' when it comes to photos, ... but these boys nailed it!
And the four legged family members made sure they were part of the memories.
Such a lovely family and so much fun capturing these images - thank you so much for inviting me along! And I'm sure you'd agree - Tessa looked stunning!
Have you ever felt an addiction to something?? That burning desire to forsake everything else in pursuit of whatever it is that consumes you completely?? That has been me, over the past week - with my camera!
I have a 90mm macro lens that quite honestly, is the most expensive lens I own - not because it cost the most, but because it rarely gets used! Much like all those lipsticks I've purchased over the years that I've never worn - I have a very expensive lipstick collection too!
The first 'play' I had with my 90mm was earlier in the week when I sat for ages, photographing a tiny lavender bud .. over, and over and over again. I had a vision in mind, and the mission was completed when a tiny ray of light from the afternoon sun popped by to shine just the right amount of light. I was happy!
The following morning, I made an unfortunate discovery in the 'garden that once was' that sits outside our front door. We're a 'laundry entrance' family so the only reason I opened the front door was to check and see if my new camera had arrived and been left of the porch. It hadn't. But this flower popped up in the corner of my eye - and what made it an unfortunate discovery was for the pure fact that I could now think of nothing else other than "how can I capture this?" Another 90mm opportunity had arisen and it was my obligation to give it my best shot! The obsession / addiction continued.
What I have discovered when trying to use a macro lens and very delicate subjects (petals) outside, is that no matter how steady your hand is, the slightest breeze creates an incredible amount of movement. I honestly can't remember if this shot above was taken before, or after I decided to cut the stem and relocate somewhere 'less breezy'. Problem with cutting off a delicate flower like this is, you haven't got long before it starts to show signs of dying and I didn't want to pop it in a vase of water and have a 'leaning' flower. So improvising, I grabbed the spotty brown banana from the fruit bowl and stuck the stem smack bang in the centre of it and headed to the back porch. The banana worked perfectly, as did the location, but I was desperately wanting that same 'sun kissed' effect that I'd achieved with the lavender the previous day. With the breeze building up even more, I reached for the dusty torch that sits at the back door to create some sun. The results were enough to keep me happy and I could now get on with my day - trying hard to keep my eyes focussed on the tasks at hand, and not the wonderful 'possibilities' for more testing of my 90mm lens! There have been more tests, of course, ... but that story can wait for another day. :)
With a teenager practicing piano in the background, I am finding it all a little difficult to focus on the words necessary for this my first ever 'blog'. After all, it should be a momentous occasion filled with wit, humour and snippets of my reasons for taking my photography life into this world, this foreign world, this world according to 'blog'.
Suffice to say I should probably leave this until the piano rumblings have ceased, however, as a mother I am hoping they continue for some time yet as that means son number 2 will have at least done some practice ahead of his lesson tomorrow!
I would like to say however, thank-you! If you find yourself reading this and most likely wondering why - I get that! - but it does mean I've successfully typed and posted and found at least one reader! If you've never read a blog before then congratulations on being part of this "first" although I am thinking commiserations is probably more appropriate. :)
Piano is getting louder. The practice continues - hooray!
To complete this exercise I will now add an image that I have recently revisited from the Fairholme Pre Formal I photographed earlier this year.
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