Not here. Instead I’m…

26 07 2012

trying to cope with the heat.
resting and looking after myself.
practicing my photography for Manual Overdrive.
working on my hand sewing for my Handstitched Class.
reading a whole book!
spending time with Mr C.
packing to go to Cornwall.
spending time in the garden.
marvelling at my flowering Thalictrum.
getting out and about.
playing with water.
singing to Kate.
watching films with Piran.
wrapping presents.
planning birthdays.
writing cards.
making my house presentable for others.
enjoying beautiful early mornings.
watching 24.
looking forward to spending two whole weeks together as a family.



Make it Monday: Collect the Moments

9 07 2012

I have just finished my six week photography e-course, Collect the Moments from Capturing Childhood.

It delivered everything that I expected, lessons on light, composition, framing and angles and capturing movement.

But the course itself was so much more than that. It opened my eyes to the beauty in our every day life. It made me think about family, and what it means to me. It made me think of us as a group and as individuals. I have taken photos that encompass all of our personalities, the good bits and the difficult bits and everything in between.

It has made me think about what I record about my children and our lives. It made me consider my responsibility as a keeper of records and maker of traditions. It was just the perfect thing for me at the moment. It helped me find the happiness in my days when I was feeling so down.

I really enjoyed it and I hope that there will be courses in the future that I can join. There was a great atmosphere of support and sharing and community as well through Facebook and Flickr.

Here are some of my favourite shots from the past six weeks.

My independent girl

8 07 2012


1 07 2012

If I am completely honest I am still finding day to day life quite overwhelming at the moment. I am doing my best to just be kind to myself, to take it easy and just get through each day in the best way I can. So if I am a little silent at the moment, that is why. I am concentrating on my family and just doing the best I can to stay afloat.

And taking pictures to remind me of these days in the weeks to come.

Father’s Day tradition

17 06 2012

This week on our Collect the Moments course has been about family, and the traditions that we want to have in our family and how we capture those on film, or how we make sure that moments in our lives that are special to us as a family are recorded.

This is a big topic and one that is emotionally charged and therefore has been far out of my reach this week, however I remembered last night that on Father’s Day last year we took our first photo of all four of us together and so I was determined to do the same today.

The lighting and everything about is is shocking but I am glad we did it. Look how much my babies have changed.

Collect the Moments: Lighting

3 06 2012

This week I started the first e-course from Capturing Childhood called Collect the Moments. I thought that this would be a great place to record how I am getting on and capturing my favourite images each week.

The first week was all about lighting and it has been so interesting and informative. Already there is great chatter and feedback on the shared Facebook and Flickr pages and I can’t wait to see what we will be learning next week.

I have definitely realised that I need to carve out some time to really read the manual for Mr C’s DSLR and most of the trouble I have been having with my shots this week is getting home and looking at them on the computer and realising that the focus isn’t right. There have been loads of great tips and I am definitely going to try working with the flash more indoors, I just need to practice some tips for manipulating and softening the light when I do.

But I am already thinking differently and getting results that I am so pleased with. Here are a few of the shots that I have taken this week that I am really pleased with.

The Gallery: My Photography Resolution

25 01 2012

Back in my post about 2012 I wrote about my ‘promises‘ to myself for this year. One of them was to learn to use Mr C’s DSLR camera and improve my photography. I am still using the camera in automatic mode but I do take the auto focus off occasionally. I really hope that I will manage to find an evening course later this year to go to but until then I will be teaching myself. If anyone has any great online resources I would love to know.

I took this picture at Newquay Zoo last week and I thought that it was just right for The Gallery this week. I love taking pictures and I use my iPhone every day, I use Instagram (I am Kellyfairy if anyone would like to follow!) and I am doing a 365 (or 366 this year) project at aplaceofmyown365.