It’s been 3 years since I switched my camera into manual mode. I spent that first year trying to get my head around the technical settings of my old point and shoot and trying to work out the sweetspot between ISO, Aperture and shutterspeed. The two years that followed I focused on crafting my style, seeking fresh perspectives, searching for beautiful light and practising, practising practising. I have so many things I want to learn still and so many questions or how tos that I would love to resolve. It’s one of the things I love most about photography, that growth is ongoing; and the more you do it, the better you get – the promise of potential, the tangible progression in your work with every year you shoot.
My thirst for growth in my stills work, inspired me to take up a course in film making with Xanthe Berkley. I came across Xanthe’s work on instagram and was instantly drawn to her little family movies and mini storytelling clips. When I saw she was running a course in movie making I signed up without hesitation. I loved the idea of learning how to capture moving imagery, enabling me to tell our simple everyday stories in a fresh and dynamic way.
The course runs for 12 weeks but the materials stay live for 6 months which means I’ve been able to work through the modules at my own pace. It’s been humbling starting from scratch in a new medium and I’ve found it’s helped me push myself further in my photography as well as opened up a whole new world of video. There is something so emotive about watching my children move about the screen to music, it captures something in them I’d not seen before in my photographs – a little whimsy, a deeper insight into their personalities at this age. Here is my first film, from our escape to the coast a few weeks ago. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you in time, and to hopefully enjoying growth in this area as well.