Keep calm and carry on.

Have you ever gone outside at twilight and you’ve seen the world in a whole new light? It’s not just the sky that’s a unique colour. It’s everything around you. You don’t see it very often so when it does happen you feel blessed to be a part of it and want to share it with others. I’ll go drag my husband out to show him this special beauty. Maybe you’ll take a picture to share it on instagram, Facebook, the world?
What’s so special about it? I’ll let you in on a secret. It probably happens a lot more than you realise but unless you go outside at that particular minute you’ll miss it. Usually we’re busy preparing dinner, watching tv, working or even scrolling the internet.
The most important part of this moment is that you’re there and it stops you in your tracks. Even if it’s just for a few minutes we’re still. The moment is so glorious, so unique, our eyes force us to take in the beauty of it all.
So why have I titled this Keep Calm and Carry On. Would you believe the Keep Calm and carry on poster was originally a motivational message to strengthen moral before WWII? Sadly now we use it because our life is in constant crisis mode. We’re busy. I don’t even need to elaborate, you all know what I mean.
Next time you’re stopped by that moment of beauty, breath it in, still your heart and accept that this is a gift.

Art takes time

I love photography. I love taking photos of a subject and knowing the outcome is good. I love the opportunity to capture something so beautiful that only lasts a small period of time or limited in who sees it and make it accessible for all. I love that I can say that’s my picture, my memory, my gift to you. Last month I wanted koalas and at David Fleay’s Wildlife Park I had these two willing models. Included in the photos was this an unexpected shot.

Who knew koalas could fly?

Of course photography takes time. Often the shooting time is only a 1/4 (or less!) of the time required making the final multiple masterpiece. That’s why in reflection I’ve decided I’m going to be more intentional in what I shoot.  Yes I love photography but like everyone I have limited time. That’s why I’m going back to focusing on animals, pets and landscape projects.

In the last 2 months I’ve included doing a wedding, a newborn/family and a business workplace. I’ve enjoyed working with different people and have believed it’s been a privilege to have an inside look into their world. I’ve also learnt from each opportunity I’ve been given. However I don’t think I’d last the distance going from one speciality to another. As well as a photographer I’m a theatre nurse. As a theatre nurse I would not want to do ward nursing one day, community nursing another and then end the week in theatre. My sanity would not last and patients would become unhappy with the results I give.

The great thing about making a good decision is the peace it brings. It’s important for me to be realistic about what I can do and do it to the best of my ability. I’ll admit I’d love to spend more time taking photos but I can be grateful for what I can do.