It was such an honour to be invited on to Sarah's amazing Shared Shutter podcast to chat with her and Dan about how I got started in photography, my love of colour, coping with twins, why I created This Detailed Life magazine and my most embarrassing story from back in the day during a dentistry exam! Poor Dan barely got a word in! I talk even more than usual when I'm nervous! So much so I went on a few tangents and kicked myself afterwards for all the things I should have said! BUT I had so much fun.
Want to see the photos I was talking about from my little 3mp point & shoot Casio in 2004? Here's a selection of some of my images from that epic trip to Australia, New Zealand and Tonga that ignited my love of photography. All entirely unedited (the pink/purple ones definitely had a camera sunset function on)...
Thank you so much to Sarah for making me feel comfortable and to everyone who sent me lovely messages after listening. Here's just a few lovely words that came my way.....
"I just listened to your interview with Sarah and had so much fun learning more about you. :) Great chat!"
"It was a great interview and you did a great job!"
"I just listened to your episode on the shard shutter podcast! [...] I love your feed!"
"Just listened to you on The Shared Shutter and love love love that you're all about the colour! You've really made me think more about how I bring that rainbow into my work. So just wanted to say thank you (and I love your work!)"
Just in case I didn't put this point across strong enough I wanted to re-emphasise why I started the magazine - I simply wanted to spread that joyous feeling of having your work published as a photographer. It's also one of the reasons we started our Discovery feature - you can check out our Under 500 gallery here to see some serious talent from less well known photographers who were nominated on Instagram.
In hindsight I also think one of my top tips should have been to SUBMIT YOUR WORK! (And not just to us, hehe!) I definitely find I boost both my creativity and confidence when I submit work to various places such as magazines, contests and blogs. I'm inspired to keep trying to compete with myself by improving my own work in order to submit it. It can lead to exciting opportunities too as you can get noticed by clients, other photographers and companies.
That's not to say that's all you should create for, but if you enjoy it and find it helps your personal growth and focus then why not!?! I posted in the TDL Facebook group today about our blog feature opportunity in the "What Details Mean To Me" category and I received this message from Ann Owen which proves this point rather nicely:
"your post just inspired me to put something together after feeling quite flat and unmotivated photographically so thank you"
I can't wait to see what she sends in! Watch this space ;)
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