When I began this I thought I would do one part, then when I started I thought 2 or 3, but here we are at 6. I’m hoping this is the last one, but I guess we will see.
Last week I finished off where I stopped doing the cycling photography, the link for that post, if you missed it, is at the bottom of this one.
Once I stopped I had to work out what was next. I still wanted to do photography, but I also wanted to earn money from it. I’m not going to go into too much here, but here are some of the things I tried doing:
- One on one photography lessons
- doing long exposure workshops
- starting my own magazine
- teaching macro workshops
- teaching people how to process their photos
- one on one post processing classes
- starting a facebook group to help people be more creative
- wedding photography
- portrait photography
- creative portrait classes
- children’s photography
I think that was about it, but as you can see I tried everything I could think of. There are probably more things, but I found that people didn’t want to pay me for anything. I don’t know why that is. I did get very depressed about it from time to time and it is kind of demoralising. When people are praising your photography, but they don’t want to pay you to teach them or to photograph them, well, let’s just say it wasn’t good for my mental health and I really did suffer at times. In many ways when my husband agreed that I should stop pursuing it all and just stick to being a homebody it felt like the weight of the world had been lifted.
That decision was made at the end of 2019. I still feel jealous when people have successwith photography and I don’t understand why, but I have found that keeping myself out of the loop has really helped.
Here are some of my attempts at fine art portraits.
I love taking photos and while over the last 12 years I have continued to do that, there was always that pressure that I should only be doing stuff that will help the “business”. However, I did get into other stuff.
If you have been following me for a while you will know that I love landscape photography, architecture and macro. I would say they are my three main areas for photography. Though I love trying any form and will give other things a go. Going to the city is something that I have always loved doing and taking the camera with me just made it even better. Things are always different every time you go.
I’ve been lucky that I have been given some opportunities to photograph some places that others don’t always get. My way of processing the images seemed to please others and they liked what I did with the images. Architecture has always been something that I have loved and being able to take photos of it was even better.
Here are some of my early attempts at architecture
Landscapes are something a little different. I would never consider myself a landscape photographer. I have found places that just haven’t interested me and wouldn’t want to photograph them. The places that do interest me generally have water or some sort of hand of man there, like a building or bridge. I also find processing landscapes harder, never really sure what to do with them.
Macro is something new for me. I have talked about this before and how I got my macro lens at the end of 2014 and that whole world of close up photography really opened for me. I love photographing flowers and seeing what I can do with them.
Around the same time, I can’t quite remember, I also started learning about long exposure photography. Something I still love doing now, though I haven’t done as much since before the pandemic, but I am hoping that will change in the future.
Here are some of my early attempts at landscapes.
As for cameras, well when I gave up cycling I had two Nikon D300s’ and in the end I sold one because I didn’t need 2. In December 2013 I bought a Nikon D800. That was an amazing camera, I still have it, but I don’t use it anymore. At the end of 2017 I upgraded to the Nikon D850. That was a great camera to use, but to be honest it was heavy and I was finding after a day walking around the city my back would be hurting from lugging it around.
In 2018 I started talking to Fujifilm Australia to get more information about mirrorless cameras. Soon after that, they loaned me the X-T2 and I was sold. I think I knew it was only a matter of time before I would want to go mirrorless. The weight of the DSLR was really getting to me, almost to the point I didn’t like going out for too long.
In 2019 I took a trip to New Zealand and Fujifilm Australia loaned me the X-T3 and some lenses. I made the decision not to take any of my Nikon gear with me and if I found I didn’t miss it at all that meant I should seriously think about changing to Fujifilm. Guess what, I didn’t miss it.
Here is a small selection of images taken in New Zealand
Towards the end of that year Fujifilm sponsored me and gave me the X-T3 and a 10-24mm lens. I haven’t looked back since. Best decision and gift ever.
When the pandemic hit I had to rethink what I was going to do photography wise. I had made the decision a few months beforehand to retire from the business side of it, but I still wanted to take photos. We were in lockdown and we weren’t allowed to go out and take photos, so I had to rethink a few things.
It was then that I got into food photography initially and something I want to do more of, but I need to get back into baking to do it. I also spent a lot of time in my garden so I could photograph out there. It had always been a dream to have a macro garden, one with lots of flowers so I would never need to go elsewhere to take photos. It was really good through the pandemic to have that.
Some of the food photography I attempted.
Now here we are in 2023 and I don’t know what the future holds. I really enjoy going out with friends to take photos and want to continue doing that. I still love photographing my garden, and that will continue. I have plans for some other work, but that is all in the planning right now.
I am not very fit, so I have been trying to get a lot fitter so I have the energy to do a lot more. If you have ever tried to get fit you will know how exhausting it is at the start. I know when I get past this I will have the energy to start doing all this new work I have planned. Hopefully, it works out.
So here I am no business to worry about and I feel I can do what I like if I take photos that’s great if I don’t who cares. I have a massive catalogue of images that I can use, so it isn’t a big deal. It is a very freeing time for me. Who knows what I will get up to?
Well, there you go the last 10 or so years in one post. There is a lot of stuff I haven’t talked about and maybe will if you want me to expand or whatnot let me know. I have been meaning to do a post on social media for a while, maybe I will do that next week.
I really hope you have enjoyed this series on my photography journey.
If you missed the other parts here are the links.