Welcome to my Blog!

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

And so, after much “Erm-ing” and “Ah-ing” I’ve finally sorted out my Blog (I think)!

I have started my first Blog entry with a quote that I daily try to live by, ever since I first read it some years ago. It has in turns inspired and consoled me, through good times and bad.

The most recent few years have been a real eye opener for me and no mistake and, by the looks of things, the next few years are going to be extremely interesting, productive and exciting to say the least. Well…..I’m certainly going to do my best to make that happen anyway! I can’t say more than that for now but I’m sure that in time I will divulge!

Originally I started my working life as an Office Junior, moving up the career ladder to become a PA/Secretary. I have spent the last 13 years within the IT outsourcing world, 4 years within SAP and 7 of which have been specialising in SAP Security and Authorisations. I’m not going to explain what SAP is; Google is a very useful tool if you should have any desperate requirement for a description. I have been very fortunate to work with some really wonderful people during that time. My first (and only) contract as a SAP Consultant after redundancy resulted in a laborious drive to and from Bristol every day – I could’ve stayed over I guess but I’ve always been a homebody and I really couldn’t put up with living out of a suitcase all week. Horrendous though the drive was I was incredibly lucky to work with such wonderful people at Lloyds TSB who, from the very start, made me feel extremely welcome, were most supportive, put up with my dizzy and dippy character and made, if not the journey, then the destination more bearable. Plus I got to sit in Millennium Square with one of my all-time favourite actors at lunchtime. Cary Grant’s life-sized bronze statue is permanently en route to filming ‘To Catch a Thief’ – I presume it’s that film because that’s the script he holds in his hand.

Before I managed to get the Bristol contract I had been thinking a lot about changing direction career-wise. I’d bought myself my first SLR Digital camera, a Nikon D5100, with some of my redundancy money, enrolled on a Diploma course and then a tog friend had asked me if I’d like to attend his classes. I’ve learnt a lot thanks to the course and to my friend plus my classmates at the Photo Club. I enjoyed learning new techniques, creating and composing images, showing people things that maybe they hadn’t seen, didn’t notice or hadn’t had the time to see and just exploring the endless possibilities. It’s great to be able to show people the world from my viewpoint, from a different angle. I love weddings. I’d helped out with a few and could picture (no pun intended) myself photographing them as the main tog. Portraiture is also an interest. I dislike having my own photograph taken. I completely empathise with others who feel shy, awkward, or damn right daft posing for a picture. I’ve always been a good listener and will always try and put people at their ease, whether they’re strangers or good friends so I knew that I’d be able to help my subjects relax, be themselves and have fun in front of my camera. By the time my contract at Bristol finally came to an end I was determined that a SAP career was not for me. I had no love for it. It was a means to an end but now I know that I have something I really want to work towards.

Since then, I’ve taken photos for a friend’s website for her new business venture (www.mypartykids.co.uk), I’ve photographed various events, taken portraits and family shoots and the future is definitely looking promising with my first wedding shoot happening this year.

Exciting times are ahead! I’ll keep you posted! :)

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