Recently I had the good fortune of doing a photography course with Robyn from Please Don’t Say Cheese. I was given the morning as part of a competition over on Ness’s One Perfect Day and it was one perfect morning for sure.
Balmoral is so utterly beautiful at any time of day, but especially first thing. It has always been a favourite place for Bart and I, so much so that ‘balmoral’ really ought to be an adjective for beautiful, serene, idyllic, perfect.
Robyn was a wonderful teacher, making me believe that I finally, finally, can get my camera off automatic and onto manual. “You won’t go back,” she promised, but despite my joy at being able to fully control my shots, this turned out to only be half true. Every now and then when shooting I panic and click the dial back to auto… it happens. “Just remember, too,” Robyn said wisely, “only you care about whether a great shot was taken on auto or manual. Only you will know. A great shot is a great shot.”
She’s nice like that.
Spending a morning just loping around, learning, chatting (there was Robyn, Ness and the very cute Bek from Just For Daisy) and shooting made me realise that if I’m going to master this photography thing, I’ve got to get out more. I’ve got to give myself the time to pause and just take pictures.
So, I’m starting a little series on my blog called “A morning in the life” and once a month I’m going to take a morning off work and life and go somewhere lovely to just take pictures. My heart did a little leap when I wrote that just now. I really want this.
Practice, practice, practice, was Robyn’s mantra. I am excited to take her up on that! Hopefully I’ll see some vast improvement in my photographic skills as the Mornings tick along.