It is the morning before I head off again into the magical world of festival fun! Every summer is such a whirl of dancing, photographing, crazy nights of shenanigans, laughter and friends (new and old)... I always mean to share these moments in my blog, but before I have caught up with one festival another one starts! So although this is a little late (having already shot 2 other festivals, 2 weddings, 5 band/people shoots since this festival!) i figured what does it really matter if it is in order! haha! such a rebel! ;) Its about the photos after all! SO here are a few from the wonderful WOnderfields! Normally when shooting festivals I photograph for a specific venue, but this festival I get to properly explore it all! So much to see, photograph and enjoy! When people (mainly my mum!) ask me why I photograph festivals year after year (especially as there in not much money in it!) I find it hard to really explain how being a part of these events makes my heart swell, gives me hope, a sense of community, a chance to be creative and feel grateful for all the crazy, awesome people that are involved in making it all happen! I hope that these photos go a little way in showing you why I love it so very much!
Hello! So a little about me...
I have always had a slightly alternative way of life. I grew up playing in the woods, rivers and fields of beautiful South Devon. Giving me a deep love of the outdoors and the natural beauty we have all around (and within) us. Being Home Educated and going to a small Democratic school gave me a lot of freedom to play and explore, to figure out what was important to me and not just what was expected. After I received a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art in 2008; I went on to win a local photography competition, which encouraged me to take up photography full time and I have never looked back.
So what is important to me?...
I have been thinking a lot recently about what makes me happy and why I love being a photographer... I feel that these are essentially the key things that remind me why I do what I do and the choices that I make. Good things that help me feel strong, grounded and inspired.
Winning Photo for the 'Visit South Devon' competition.
Authenticity - means to me capturing something real, something true and genuine, whether that is with a moment or the essence of someones character. It is also about being open and honest, from both a personal point of view as well as within my work and how I apply myself to each project or shoot.
Celebration - To celebrate is to enjoy life! It inspires us to dance, to sing, to express ourselves, to throw our arms around one another and to laugh with abandon. To celebrate ourselves and the ones we love unashamedly, joyfully is a beautiful, life affirming thing to do.
Connection - I get so much joy out of using my camera as a tool for communicating and getting to know and understand people. The best photos are always when there is a real genuine connection and trust between the photographer and subject; or a candid moment of intimacy and connection between friends, family or lovers.
Gratitude - (I believe!) Is the key to happiness. It helps us to let go of worries and to truly take the time to appreciate all the joys that life brings. To see the good in all that we are and have around us, liberates us from longing and grounds us with a sense of love and strength. Photography helps remind me to be grateful. To be able to spend my life essentially looking for and capturing the creativity, beauty and love in the world is an amazing gift.
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