The hobby photographer i once was

'Zara at the beach' 2012
'Zara at the beach' 2012

It often feels like i'm forever making images. As a professional photographer i spend most of my days creating and processing images for my clients, researching techniques, visiting galleries, putting together proposals, shooting for personal projects and of course doing all the boring things that NEED to be done when running a business.

Often the last thing I want to do in my spare time is to look through a lens of a big heavy camera. I often say to myself 'lets experience it rather than place a camera in front of it'. This has meant my kids have seldom seen 'the big camera' and instead are very familiar with the family snappy cam (Lumix DMC TZ20) and the ubiquitous iPhone. Documenting my family is important but I don't need a heavy 24MP camera to do it!  However from time to time I yearn for the quick shutter recycle time, the fast focus and the second nature of control the 'big camera' affords me.

So on a recent camping trip I took my 'big camera' and put some rules in place so it didn't feel like i was hunting images the whole time. I had one lens only, I placed it out of arms reach and most importantly forced myself NOT to be always on the look out for defining moments. Instead i shot only when I had the urge and enjoyed being the hobby photographer I once was.