Are you in a photo funk?

There is nothing better than setting yourself a project. I used to do it more but now im so busy I haven’t prioritised any projects and you know what… im going to change that! Nothing gives more of a creative boost than shooting for yourself, when you are paid to do a job its different….. you can’t practice on a job, you can’t let loose creatively, you always have the client in mind while shooting because frankly they are paying you and you want to deliver! In-between jobs its so important to practice and challenge yourself creatively. Push yourself out of that creative funk and try something out of the box and new - you might just love it.

So here is a little project I set myself before heading back to Australia. I wanted to document all the people in my life that we loved and had an impact on our 3.5years living in London. I didn’t put this on the wall when we got to Australia because I didn’t get to photograph everyone, I was so annoyed I didn’t give myself more time. But thats what happens when you move countries.

Maybe this is something you can do for yourself? Do you have a group of friends you adore and want to capture this time in your life? Why not try this out at home?

Friends are the family we choose

Friends are the family we choose

What you need?

  • A black sheet (colour of choice)

  • White tac (to hold the sheet up)

  • A window

  • Daylight

  • A tripod

  • Put your chair close enough to the window that your subject is lit up

  • In hindsight i’d ask my friends not to wear black

  • It works better if you do it in the same spot with the same chair and same lighting

  • Have a an early dinner party and get everyone relaxed with some good food and wine

Have fun with this! Ask friends to bring a prop if it means something to them and you. Have all your exposures ready to go so that when they sit down you can be quick and capture those awkward laughs and smiles. I really loved putting this together and cherish these portraits a LOT. I just wished Id had more time to capture everyone.

Why not give this a go? Maybe with your family? Your pets?

Get outta ya funk and create something that means something to you.

Britt x

What's my holiday camera choice?

(n.) A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world

Slow down, look around.  The view isn't the only thing worth documenting.

Slow down, look around.  The view isn't the only thing worth documenting.

Keep your camera ready and with you at all times.

Keep your camera ready and with you at all times.

If you are like me you have a strong case of the Wanderlusts and there is NO cure.  All you can do is dream of your next holiday, save your pennies and actually print photos of your previous holidays, hang them on the wall and appreciate them!!!!  

Someone asked me a question today and it was "what camera/s do I use on holiday"  and at first I didn't know how to reply as it really does depend on the kind of holiday I am going on.  But then I started reflecting on my absolute favourite images that I treasure from past holidays.  Why do I treasure them?  What camera did I take? What did I like about that camera?  hmmmm

This image currently and proudly hangs on my wall...

This image currently and proudly hangs on my wall...

This is where Tuscany comes into the picture.  I have to say I could fill my house with the images I took of Tuscany.  Why?  Well it was a bunch of stuff really.  The holiday was with close friends, we had the best time, the place is paradise seriously, paradise and I took a no fuss 35mm film camera with me.  It was a little semi automatic Contax.  

Some of the images I got back were miss I have to be honest but the ones I hit were AMAZING and atmospheric and glorious and there was no editing!!!!! WIN WIN

  I hang them all around my house and even in my kitchen.  

It's not that I don't like my digital camera but taking it on a long international holiday is just too difficult - I can't relax and concentrate on being on holiday, I'm too worried about my camera either killing my shoulder or getting damaged. 

I also get stuck in this weird "I have to take a photo of everything because I can" headspace and I miss out on the experience. (And walk into a lot of poles or do that really embarrassing half trip thingy which is WAY more embarrassing than actually tripping... and you know what I'm talking about...)

Boy do I love this image.

Boy do I love this image.

So film slows me right down.....  I have to think about every shot I take because...  1) you just can't rush it, exposures have to be spot on.  2) It costs $$$ every time I press that shutter.

The bonus about this is...... I only take a photo if the light is exactly right and it means something, every shot has a purpose and a memory attached to it. 

I like that.  Its not about showing every single moment with my camera pressed to my face and missing out on living those moments to the full, its about capturing a feeling or amazing light hitting a leaf or even a vintage clothes line at sunset :).

The memories are in the sometimes quirky details...

The memories are in the sometimes quirky details...

When you get back from holiday guess what?! You have the pleasure of waiting for that film to come back and you get to relive your holiday all over again!!!  Its the BEST I totally recommend it.  

 I am by no way a camera guru.  I have just found what works for me by googling the hell out of topics such as "what is the best 35mm film camera to take on holiday" etc etc haha. I also have a fabulous Canon 1V that I adore and take away with me too but she's a biggin so be prepared to have some physio when you get back.  Really at the end of the day choosing a holiday camera is totally up to you, just do your research before you choose, when you get it read that manual back to from once you get to your holiday destination.... remember to slow down and take it all in.  

Feel free to email me if you have any questions and I will by all means try and help if i can.

Hope you have enjoyed this chat about holiday and film cameras.  And if you are a fellow "wanderluster-er" I feel your pain!