TURNING OBSTACLES INTO OPPORTUNITIES

I thought it about time that I start blogging.

You may or may not know that I have a degree in Commercial Photography, but whilst I enjoy taking photos, it’s just not enough for me. I am one of those people who get very bored, very easily, very quickly. When I was young I thought I wanted to be a farrier, but then I realised I wouldn’t be able to deal with the cold, then I probably wanted to be a painter, but was too critical of myself, then I wanted to edit videos, but simply realised I couldn’t do that all day everyday (I don’t think I ever wanted to be a ballerina though - sorry girls). I finally settled on something I really liked doing, because I was interested in the topic itself as well as taking photos of it – food, and healthy food at that.

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After getting into food photography, I ended up getting into product photography too. I started working with a company where I got to use my food photography styling within product photography, which made it just as fun.

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I started building my following on Instagram as a photographer, and then began integrating this with positive quotes, photos of inspiration and more personalised lifestyle posts. I now have almost 10k followers which I am very proud of. I love it. I love getting comments on my quotes and seeing positive feedback. I feel my Instagram is a mini version of exactly how I want this blog to be – a theme of keeping positive and enjoying life, all summed up with beautiful photos of a grey and white colour scheme.

“ IF SOMETHING DOESN'T MAKE YOU HAPPY, DON'T DO IT ”.

Now while I am very aware of how many bloggers/blogs/influencers etc of all and every kind are out there, I am very much a believer in "You are different, and there is no one else like you" as I heard blogger Madeleine Shaw once quote. There are thousands of music artists out there, but we don’t mind when a new artist puts out a new song, so I said to myself why should they mind if a new blogger comes along? And then I decided to stop being so critical of myself and just get on with it, care less about the things you really shouldn’t care about. Stop worrying if the man at the counter is judging you for buying a king-size bar of chocolate, and stop worrying if people are going to judge your writing or judge your photography, or judge you as a person in general. It really does - not - matter. 

“ IT IS VERY COMMON FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE TO BE VERY CRITICAL OF THEIR OWN WORK ”.

I am not the best photographer out there, and I still have a lot to learn, but that’s okay. I have time. I want to write, I want to take pictures, and I want to be doing something different everyday. I don’t want to get bored, I want to be happy.

I’m not sure when it happened, but my insight on life changed – I stopped being so pessimistic, I started smiling more, forgiving often, looking on the bright side, giving the benefit of the doubt, seeing the good in yourself and in others, and turning those obstacles (negatives) into an opportunity (a positive). It’s a much more pleasing lifestyle.

“ DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY ”.

As much as I have tried to pinpoint the exact purpose of this blog, I think the best way to label it will be ‘Lifestyle’. I will be posting healthy recipes, I will be writing about staying positive, and I will be writing about anything that makes me happy and in turn might too make you happy, linking everything together with my photography.

As Orange would say – the future is bright, and I am very much looking forward to it.


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Portrait Photography by Joanne Banks.

Food & Product Photography by Emma Pharaoh.