WELCOME to my brand new blog. Finally!! (Ok, this is my third post already but this is my introduction to me!!)
I’m going to let you into a little secret! But don’t tell anyone. You ready? <Whispers: I’m not really a writer!!> There, I’ve said it. The truth is out! 😉
That said and out the way, I will try to write on here regularly so that you can see what I (as The Photography Boutique) have been up to, new shoots that I am honoured to photograph and anything else that I feel the need to share. I am passionate about photography and hope that comes across in my posts. (Check this recent post to see an advert that inspires my passion). But I think this should be a two-way relationship! So please do leave me comments below and tell me what you think – and so that I don’t feel like I’m talking to myself!! Pretty please!
In this first post I want to introduce myself and give you a feel for my photography direction (I promise future posts won’t be so self-obsessed!)
I am Sally and I’m 33. I’m married with 1 and a half yr old boy/girl twins (wow – where did that time go?!) and we all live in a gorgeous little cottage in West Sussex.
Credit: Visual Chaos Photography, 2/2011
I did a City & Guild black and white FILM (!) photography course about 10 years ago and amongst others, I am proud to say I also completed a BIPP Professional Wedding Photography course 3 years ago. I love pearls, shoes and bags but hate mushrooms and aubergines (who came up with aubergine??!). My style is influenced by my own love of vintage jewellery and lace. It is quite feminine and romantic but I can (and do) bring out the rock chick in me every so often. (The Rolling Stones are one of my favourite bands – check me!).
Previously, I was Daisy Chain Photography and collaborated with Lel Hurst (now of Story Frame Photography) but I decided that I needed to work on my brand and make the feel of my photography more ‘me’ and so here we are, with The Photography Boutique. One of my biggest passions in photography is to style my clients and shoots; to not just take pictures of people as stand-alone but fashion the whole image into something truly beautiful; to make my brides and grooms stand out from the crowd uniquely and show their strong love for each other; to give an expectant Mother a lasting memory of the miracle that is her body; to make a new Mummy cry tears of happiness at the pictures of her little one; or to make the woman outside feel as beautiful as she is inside with delicate boudoir shots.
During the Summer, I was lucky enough to attend a talk by the wonderful Lisa Devlin and she started with a quote:
Success is the good fortune that comes from
aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.
…and it got me thinking. Do I have these key ingredients to be successful with The Photography Boutique?
I definitely aspire to be successful. Naturally! I have a vision and what I believe I can aim for photography wise in the next couple of years and I hope that this will motivate me every day! I will continue to attend training courses whilst working to better my craft and push myself with every shoot that I do.
I don’t like the word desperate but I am very determined to make this dream job a reality. I am bursting with ideas and big plans for my photography direction this year.
As for perspiration, that old saying is certainly true…I glow – patchy purple! Not a pretty sight! But I work hard for what I want to achieve. I have a goal and I WILL get there!
And lastly, inspiration. I am inspired every day, just driving along the country lanes or listening to a gorgeous piece of music. However, other people are my biggest inspiration. My late Father was one of my biggest inspirations to me as a child (along with Michael J Fox!). Now, my husband has taken on that role! But getting to know my clients before the shoot and tailoring my ideas to them is what helps (I hope) to create those magical pictures. I am also lucky enough to know some very talented photographers who really spur me on to better my skill.
So that’s me in a nutshell – that always makes me think of Austin Powers! I also have a small section called About on my website, where you can view a quick slideshow! (Don’t laugh – I was an 80’s child!).
Hopefully you will follow these posts and enjoy keeping up with my shoots, maybe you will ‘Follow’ me officially, perhaps you may even comment – and for any and all of that I thank you! Thanks for reading!
And if you’ve enjoyed this instalment, here’s what’s coming soon (with photos and everything!):
– Katrina & Nathan Baker’s Wedding, September 2011;
– Sophie & Steve Coleman’s Bonfire Night Wedding, November 2011;
– Christmas Boudoir shoot, November 2011;
– Snow Queen / Narnia shoot, December 2011.