How I started photography on the Isle of Wight
When I started photography, I had no idea what I was doing.
I had one fan, my husband.
“Let’s go to Labrador Park for the sunset,” he coaxed me.
I shared my travel photos cautiously (you can see where I hide my travel photography here).
Then I started to fall in love. With expression. With creativity. With the connection photography bought me. Creating the perfect portrait feels like a new friendship. A lifelong companion.
I started sharing what I knew. Posting tips and tricks in photo forums. Making Photoshop actions, watermarks and writing tutorials, sharing them for free. I met up with photographers and taught them how to use flash. Models returned with their cameras, seeking advice.
I’ve never looked back.
So, why did I keep working at photography when no-one saw my images?
Spanning ten years, I secretly studied my craft. Thinking little of what others thought. I liked to pretend I’m an island. A classic introvert.
Finally, a few people started reaching out to me. They started getting in touch. Asking questions. Seeking advice. Enquiring about their own portrait sessions – fun girls on the Isle of Wight.
I thought no-one was paying attention.
And this is why – playing a simple ‘guess the picture’ game on Facebook spread a silly, giddy grin on my face.
Finally. I have the confidence to reach out to others. Sharing natural portrait sessions as a friendly photographer, where I get paid to help others create beautiful photos and share their elegant imagery.
I’m learning to believe in myself.
It all happened because I shared the below picture. Not knowing if anyone would play the game.
What I’ve learnt?
If I want to share more of my beautiful portraits, help others learn to use their cameras and guide new models building up their first portfolio. I need to acknowledge that I’m successful and my photos are sought-after by local folk on the Isle of Wight.
Do it now. Get to it. Jump right in.
Be the person you dream of.
Watching the Facebook likes and IG comments grow on your beautiful photos – friends and family gathering round to sing your praises.
The Isle of Wight weather was glorious for this session. You can see the film pictures here and the digital here.
For more advice on natural portrait sessions or to book a natural portrait by an Isle of Wight photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.
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