A bit about Images by Sam

I have loved photography since I was a kid.  I got my first camera for my eighth birthday, a little “Brownie” camera that had a disposable flash.  I just loved it and I’m pretty sure I drove people nuts with it.  When I look back on the photos I took with it, there’s such sentimentality attached to them.  The ‘vintage’ clothing certainly helps, and the browny yellowy haze, too! 

I bought a film SLR when I was 18 or 19 and did a few short courses at Tafe, which I absolutely loved.  I really should have studied it full time back them, but went to uni to study science instead.  University, children, more university (and another child!)  took up most of my time and the only photography I did for 16 years was of my children.  

The arrival of digital cameras didn’t appeal to me intially.  A friend bought a digital camera (I think it might have been 1 Mega Pixel 🙂 )but I felt the quality was not as good as my compact 35mm, and nothing near to my SLR so I waited.  Eventually I bought a Panasonic Lumix – a kind of hybrid between a compact and an SLR.  It had an SLR-like shape, an almighty zoom and the ability to be driven manually or on ‘point and shoot’ mode.  It cost quite a bit of money in terms of cameras then (2003)  but I LOVED it.  I still didn’t have  a great deal of time to play with it much but when I did, I loved the photos it produced. 

My beloved camera passed away in June of last year, after serving me faithfully for many years.  I had a compact as a back up and survived with that, constantly muttering about crap quality and no functionality.  My husband must have been listening, or perhaps he just got sick of the muttering, because he bought me a digital SLR for christmas last year.  Massive brownie points!!  I love it!   And him 🙂

Since then the learning curve has been incredibly steep.  Going back to an SLR and shooting manually has produced some spectacular fails!  But it’s all fun.  I love what I’ve learnt this year, and I think it shows in my photos.  I also love taking photos of babies and kids of all sizes.  Kids have such joy in them, over the simplest of things, and capturing a smile that shows that is such a reward.

I’ve learnt lots about editing software this year, too.  It absolutely facinates me.  Probably too much, if you ask my husband’s opinion.  He said something the other day about being a bit obsessed…I don’t know, I wasn’t really listening…

So, this is what I want to do for a living.  I can’t think of anything better to do forever, than something I love.  Most of all, I love the expression on a parent’s face when you present them with an image of their beautiful child, a moment captured forever.   Like this one…

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