I used to draw a lot when I was a teenager - my favourite was pencil portraits and art was always one of my favourite subjects at school. I loved creating and sketching, and there was something so fascinating about faces that I couldn't resist trying to draw them - particularly the eyes. I didn't really enjoy landscapes, or still life - it was portraits all the way. I used to find something very strange happened if I drew consistently every day... I would have amazing dreams. It was like being creative opened up some kind of pathway in my brain while I slept.
I gave up drawing a long time ago.
I originally took up photography as a way of documenting my kids while they were still babies. However it has given me so much more - I now look at things differently. I notice little things every day now, like the way light falls on my daughters hair, the way catchlights shine in my sons eyes. I see my little dog illuminated with rim lighting when we're outisde. I look for expressions, for tender moments, for love. I scout areas of natural light around my home, and I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to capture a moment in time.
I love the way that photography makes me see differently. I see beautiful things everywhere. Every face is beautiful. Plain old rock walls are interesting when the afternoon light falls on them. Wooden stairs are beautiful when you stop to look closely at the grain.
I love how it has opened my eyes to the beauty that was always there, I just didn't know how to really SEE.
Following on from my previous post, here's more from the first day of fundraising mini shoots for our local kindergarten, taken at a beautiful location on Tamborine Mountain! These are some of my favourites from a glorious afternoon!
Parents - the end of school term is almost here! (And for some of you, its already here!) How are you coping? Today I am enjoying my last child-free day for 6 weeks, and its been head-down, bum-up getting through my editing pile without interruption!
This last week of school has been crazy - school awards ceremonies, Christmas concerts, choir performances and assemblies, not to mention all the Christmas parties! Everyone is tired and cranky. I am SO looking forward to not making any school lunches for the next 6 weeks! I must admit, this last week I have dropped the ball with packing lunches - todays effort for Miss 6 consisted of Jatz crackers, a fruit stick, a Le Snack and some Grain Waves chips. Yep - healthy and wholesome all the way! Oh well, it doesn't happen very often!
What are you most looking forward to during the school holidays?
I've had so much fun doing these Fundraising Mini Shoots for our local kindergarten, taken at a beautiful park on Tamborine Mountain. And not only did I get to hang out with a lovely bunch of families, but I got to know more about Master 5's kindy friends in the process! My favourite question to ask 4 year olds is "Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?" The answers are often hilarious and usually the parents learn something new too!
Here is a small selection of my favourites from the first session:
Thanks to so many amazing families for sharing a beautiful morning with me!
More from these Fundraising Mini Shoots to come soon!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.