Who are your favourite photographers? Do they include the famous masters of photography such as Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Annie Liebovitz just to name a few. Or are they other photographers that live in your day to day world? How do they influence you and your work?
There are some famous photographers who inspired me to start my journey into photography; Norman Parkinson and Robert Doisneau spring to mind. However my favorite photographers are the photographers of now, these people are in my day to day life. Why, you may ask. To me, they are just as inspiring as the famous people and more importantly they motivate and encourage me. They are willing to share their knowledge and experiences and help us grow and realize our dreams, whilst chasing their own.
So who are these photographers (yes, I am going to name a few)?
Sheryn, Live in Love Photography. Sheryn’s passion for photography (and life) is contagious. Always pushing herself and those who she takes time to mentor towards a bigger, brighter future. Sheryn is my mentor and a very close friend. She pushes me forward, whether I ask for it or not and is intuitive about just what to say and do when the time is right for me to take the next step in the plan.
Sheryn playing and teaching me smoke photography
Karen, Karen Willshaw Photography. Karen lives on Cocos (Keeling) Islands and manages time and time again, to showcase the beauty in the landscape (and seascape) of her Island paradise. She is an extremely busy woman helping with her husband’s business as well as her own and she is another person I count as a dear friend.
Karen and I playing at Main Beach
Anita, Splash Photography. Anita has the patience of a saint, which I personally discovered and appreciated when she was tutoring me in workshops. I have watched, and admired, how she has grown her business and pursued her dreams. Anita was there to support me as I faced a personal fear last year in Cambodia and I will never forget that time.
One of the first photos I took under the instruction of Anita
Augustine, Augustine’s World. Augustine has also tutored me on several workshops. I will never forget our first one together, she looked at my image, looked at me and all she said was “really” – that was when I learnt that you must straighten your horizon, another push that has made me a better landscape photographer.
Playing with Augustine, making sure that horizon is straight
Now that is only a small number of photographers who are apart of my life, who I admire, respect and care about. I have so many more photography friends who, like me, are striving and working toward their dreams; Tanya, Amanda, Louise and Vikki to name just a few. I love sharing my journey with you all.
The moral of todays blog is surround yourself with likeminded people who are genuine, honest and supportive. You will live a more satisfying life by sharing your experiences with others and you will reach your dreams faster than you ever thought possible.
Until next Friday.