Posts in Capturing Childhood
Its the Little Things

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It used to be that when the sun shone, we would run outside to spend the day in its light.  Sunshine is a precious commodity that shouldn't be wasted.

Recently, sun means doing a flurry of product shots for myself and clients. Tis the season of stress and busyness, hey?  Combine that with very little sleep and it would be fair to say that I have not been in the most pleasant mood today.

And then I found this.  She'd fallen asleep on my bed, wearing glasses. And I stopped and caught my breath and then ran as fast as I could to get my camera. I love photography, I love doing commercial and product work, but this, this is why I love my camera. This is why we run Capturing Childhood. For exactly these precious, amazing and every day moments.

PS - And did you know that Capturing Childhood is in the Guardian Gift Guide? Oh yes (under gadgets)!!

PPS - G's sweater is from Tootsa Macginty - also in the guide!  


Manual Overdrive

Over at Capturing Childhood, we are nothing if not responsive...and so, after an overwhelming amount of demand, we have decided to move our manual settings class for DSLR users forward to July.  A bit of a camera bootcamp to kick start you into using manual.  Exciting, no?

And you know what is even more exciting than that? Kat M made a new video...a stop motion video.

Registration opens at 2pm BST today.

 

Please note: we will not be teaching your camera to dance.

 

I have also published a schedule for this weekend's Forth Valley Open Studios if you are in the area.

Surprisingly Perfect

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I was just taking the children and my new 50mm f1.4 lens out for an airing in the spot of sunshine we had for all of about 15 minutes yesterday. It is such a lovely little lens and I need to learn its quirks and preferences (man that sucker is FAST - a huge change from my 15-85mm, which I could usually only open up to f5.6 - 1.4 is like magic)

And then I took these photos.  Completely by accident. Even with their imperfections, something about them - the zingy colour, the way they capture the sun and the wind and the girl and the dandilion - makes my heart race a bit. they are not technically perfect photos, but they do capture the moment, just perfectly.

I LOVE that- when you download the pictures from your camera and you don't know what you are going to get...I am not a spray and pray photographer - taking 100s of photos and hoping one is good (not that there is anything wrong with that AT ALL, I just don't have the patience to sort through lots of photos).  I usually picture what it is I want to capture in my head and make it happen, so when I download I have a pretty good idea of what I am going to get.

Sometimes though, its nice to be surprised.

 

Capturing Childhood

“Instructions for living a life. 

Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.” 

 

This quote from Mary Oliver has been up on my About Me page for some time... I have always felt it captures the essence of why I blog and take photographs with an almost obsessive urgency. It is how I try and live my life: embrace the important things (and ignore the unimportant ones), see the beauty and wonder in the every day and then capture it through the lens of my camera, bringing it all together like a patchwork quilt here in this space for my family. 

And so, when Kat Molesworth from Housewife Confidential approached me with her idea (about 5 hours after agreeing my deal and *gulp* deadlines with the publisher), it was too good an opportunity to pass up, despite the rather crazy timing. Behind closed virtual doors, through tweets and emails, Skype and phone calls, magic has been happening...

 

Magic that I am delighted to share with you today

Capturing Childhood was born from a mutual love for photography, film and recording family moments. We decided to create the business to share our passion for taking great pictures every day, offering a series of photography eCourses to inspire you to take another look at your children through the lens of your camera. 

 

Our first six week course is called Collect the Moments. Here is a bit of a taster of what is to come...

 

(I have been humming the theme tune for days!!)

 

Registration for Collect the Moments opens tomorrow, Saturday April 28th at 2pm BST for the Summer class beginning 28th May.

Thank you so much for sharing the magic with us!!