A step into the unknown- my photography journey

A step into the unknown- my photography journey

September 12, 2019 38 By Sue Hill

First of all, thank you to Lara for noticing me on Instagram and inviting me to guest post on her blog! I’m really excited and grateful to be able to share some of my work.

My name is Sue and I live in the UK. Let me tell you a little bit about myself.

Eighteen months ago I decided to leave the career I had been in for over thirty years. It was a bold move and a leap into the unknown as, for probably the only time in my life, I had no idea what I was going to do next! Scary! What I did know was that I was not happy in my previous job, it did not give me joy and I was not passionate about it anymore. I was not necessarily looking for another job, but I suppose I was looking for something to spark my imagination, rekindle my creativity and give me that warm, fuzzy feeling again.

So I began lots of new projects, one of which was photography. I had always loved taking photos but it had only really happened on holidays and special occasions. With my original ‘point and shoot’ camera, it was more snapping and documenting events, rather than a serious hobby. But times had moved on, so armed with a new bridge camera my husband had bought me for Christmas, I signed up to a local adult learning photography course.

Thus started my photography journey!

I began to realise that because of how busy and hectic my life had been, I was actually missing out on so much that was going on around me. So, with a new sense of purpose, I went out, sometimes with friends, sometimes with my partner, but my most favourite times were just me and my camera. Wow, it was a revelation! I began to look at the world with new eyes. Or should I say, a new lens.

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The beginnings of a reflection love affair                   

‘Swan Lake’ taken in Comer Woods near Bridgnorth

‘Swan Lake’ taken in Comer Woods near Bridgnorth

Through my camera I was seeing colour, detail and shapes like never before, but more importantly I was feeling and experiencing the world around me in a new way. It made me feel alive! The swan picture above was one of my earlier captures and probably began my love affair with reflections- I really cannot resist a good reflection!!

There is so much beauty around us and inspiration can literally come from anywhere; be it far afield or on your doorstep. The early days for me were more about practising techniques and fiddling with settings. I went to lots of different locations and dabbled with different styles, but as time went on I began to realise that certain styles of photography were not me. I tried them, but they did not inspire me and I did not feel connected to the picture. I do believe in order to get a great shot, (quote Tim Walker), that you have to “photograph what you love and love what you photograph”.

No need to go far for inspiration

‘Sunflowers’ taken in my back garden

‘Sunflowers’ taken in my back garden

So how would I describe my own particular style?

Well, I have always been interested in nature and wildlife; flowers fascinate me and my Lumix bridge camera has a fabulous zoom so I have been able to capture some great macro shots. So, unsurprisingly, flowers do make up a good proportion of my pictures. Sometimes they are centre stage like the sunflowers above, other times they are complemented by wildlife, like the one below. Either way, I particularly love the bold colours that make the picture ‘pop’!!
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A flowery fascination

Bee on flower

Bee on flower

Birds are another favourite subject of mine. For me, there is nothing more relaxing than spending some time either in the garden, at a lake, in the woods or in a bird hide watching, listening to and hopefully photographing them! The goslings below were a cuteness overload!! Gorgeous!

Just too cute!

‘A couple of cuties’ taken at Dudmaston Hall, near Bridgnorth

‘A couple of cuties’ taken at Dudmaston Hall, near Bridgnorth

Going to the coast is another great opportunity to capture some of my favourite shots; a combination of sea, sand and amazing scenery- what not to love! And of course the flowers often make an appearance, if only to frame the shot, like the one below!

Sun, sea and sand

Tenby North Beach, Pembrokeshire

Tenby North Beach, Pembrokeshire

I can honestly say that my photography is like a therapy. I can take myself off and become so absorbed in the moment that nothing else matters or worries me.

As relaxing as a lavender bath

Witley Court, Worcestershire

Witley Court, Worcestershire

In the first instance I started my Instagram account, just so that I could show my teacher my homework. Soon I was picking up followers and made the decision to be brave and go public! And because of that I have had lots of encouragement, lovely comments and opportunities, like this to showcase some of my photos. I am passionate about my photography, I know I have a lot still to learn about capturing shots and editing but I am so glad I took that first step out into the unknown because if I had not, I may not have known the joy that I do now!

Thank you for reading, if you would like to see more of my pictures have a look at my Instagram account!
Sue

Sue's Instagram account: suehill354

Sue’s Instagram account: @suehill354