One of my resolutions for 2016 is to photograph and process my photography more creatively. I am reasonably confident in my technical ability behind the camera but I often find myself shooting the same subjects in the same locations and I have an effective five-minuting editing regime that is quick and clean, but nothing special. So in 2016 I want to master Photoshop, not just use it. I want to challenge myself as a photographer, to use my photography to tell a story. My friend Keri-Anne is amazing at this, not to mention many other professional photographers whom I admire, so I plan to find some time to immerse myself in the photography communities to watch and learn and develop my own style.
With that in mind, on a sunny afternoon recently we ventured out into the woods. It was rather spur-of-the-moment so the same location as in many of my photo sessions but we wrangled the twins into the halloween costumes that Kirsty knitted for them back in the autumn and let them run wild. Now that they are walking properly it’s easier in a way as they are free to explore, so we were able to let them do their own thing and only direct the ‘shoot a little bit. Typically, the photographs in which I didn’t direct them are my favourites; the natural moments always seem a little bit more special. Loving these images made it easy to invest the additional time perfecting them through the editing process and I finished the afternoon feeling quite satisfied with my efforts.
I can imagine these pictures in the twins’ new ‘big boys’ bedroom but even if we don’t get round to that, I definitely want to put together a little book of their toddlerhood adventures.
Can you see much improvement? Who is joining me on a journey to be more creative in this new year?