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My Photography Journey

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My Photography Journey

For those who have been with me since the beginning, you know that I used do photography a little more seriously than I let on. I used to do portrait photography, lifestyle, corporate and even shot a bunch of weddings, and experimented with several other things. Capturing moments became like second-nature to me and I loved it.

My photographic journey came to a drastic holt at the beginning of 2013 when everything I had been working on, and EVERYTHING prior to 15 January 2013, was lost.

I was working on several very big projects, had just completed editing three shoots that month, my portfolio of art photographs etc. the list just goes on. To put it into perspective, I was the designated photographer for my family and friends. All our holiday photos, family birthday parties, first moments, last moments, everything.

I grew up with this memory hoarding tendencies that I believe I got from my dad. He used to be a wedding videographer in his spare time. I used to borrow the camera and take a little camera to school when there were fun days and my dad saved all of that for me, on his computer. When he passed away, I copied all the footage collected over the years to my computer and my hard drive.

So, in January 2013, I intended to back up everything that I have collected over the years, and start protecting them, printing them and just making sure I never lose any of them. With this decision, I had to remove all the little bits from all the different devices including my computer and store and sort through my giant hard drive. That way there will be no duplicates and no blurry pictures. I decided to risk it all and do that, and the backup started. In the middle of all of this, my hard drive… crashed!

To make matters worse, my computer crashed as well and my phone that was charging on my computer, which also malfunctioned!

I lost… everything!

Most people said I should look at it as a fresh start and to create new memories, but there were special moments that were not only indescribable but also impossible to recreate. I don’t have the luxury of being able to create new memories with my dad, or other loved ones who are no longer around.

To make a very long story, short… I shut down. I used to use those memories as a coping mechanism to not only remember my dad but to kinda remind myself of what it was like living in the moments when pictures are taken.

Anyway. I stopped shooting. I pretty much didn’t have the drive to work on those projects I was before the loss and became so fearful of shooting because what if I shoot a wedding (for example) and I lose the footage? I would be devastated! You can’t retake those moments.

Now, years later… and still only nearly recovered. . .

I took the bold step of starting again. Over the past few years I started slowly getting back into the swing of things and after turning away so many people who wanted to shoot with me, and I thought that people will stop asking me about shooting their weddings or their special moments, but they persevered. That support and belief in me has given me the courage to start again. To believe in myself enough to go out and live my passion again.

I am so thankful to each of you for this. Thank you.

I am so excited to be able to take this on again, to have a second chance at following one of my biggest dreams.

Have a look at my Portfolio Page on my blog to keep up to date with my latest portfolio and see my awesome monthly specials offers.

I am excited to share my captured moments with you and hope that you will see the passion in my work because a picture speaks a thousand words and I want to go back to shooting over a thousand pictures in a day!

I’m also very excited to share one of my first shoots I’ve done since my decision to start over. I will be uploading a few photos from the shoot, very soon, on my portfolio page if you would like to see some more. Please let me know what you think and maybe leave some words of encouragement for me, in the comment section please?

If you are interested in shooting with me, please email me and or reach me through my contact page.

 

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