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Aug
23

Where’s The Fun? – Behind My Eyes

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Sam having fun

For our son’s 6th birthday, we gave him a Nintendo 3DS and a Ben 10 Alien Force 3 Pack game. There was no doubt the game would be a big hit, but one thing I didn’t expect to go over so well was the built in camera on the DS. On occasion, when some of his friends are hanging around the house, he’ll bust out the DS camera and just start firing away, taking silly pics of his friends, or anything else that comes to mind – not for the intent of publishing them or selling them, just simply for the fun in taking them. That’s right, the fun!

It triggered something behind my eyes - sometimes we get so caught up in producing the best images possible that we forget that having fun in taking pictures is allowed. It’s OK! I think this is one of the reasons the cameras in our cellphones have become so popular – we can take instant images of life happening – you know that stuff we neglect so much – and can instantly see the results and share them with our friends and family. It’s not about how great the composition is or the quality of light, it’s about enjoying life and sharing it with one another. You know, fun! Read More→

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Earlier in the week I visited some hotels in the area local to the new premises, checking them out for perspective clients. As I walked into one and met with the reception manager, she began to tell me all about her anxiety problems. As I did my best to help she burst into tears explaining what I all to easily remembered, that when you have depression life is like a rollercoaster, some days you are up others you are down.

The following part of this article is something that I wrote this week for the people in my community, however, so many of us know or have experienced depression and I thought it was worth bringing to an ever wider audience. Even if you don’t consider this relevant to yourself, with one in three people suffering with depression, there’s a fair chance that someone around you might be, and hopefully this will help you to understand a bit more and support them. Read More→

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Aug
14

A Photographer’s Diary, It’s Good to be Nosey

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A Stormy Day at the Farm

Have you heard the one where you go out to find a venue for running courses and come back with a new office? Yep, that was me a little over a week ago.

I have some clients who I am going to need a new venue for, one where we can be undisturbed all day. I went out two weekends ago to look at village halls, plotted my journey on a map marking out a particular village as the furthest point, and found my piece of gold.

Without realising it, this tiny village that doesn’t even have a pub, was one I’d gone through a few months ago when I got lost going to pick up a camera. I’d been charmed by it then, yet didn’t have time to stop and hadn’t been back since. This time I wandered all around the country lanes in my car, then went back to check out a business centre on the village farm.

The signage once on the property was poor, though that was to my advantage; instead of seeing the business centre turn off to my right, I climbed the hill in my car and headed down a mud track. I knew I was wrong, however photographers’ instinct kicked in that it was worth driving slowly down this rickety track.

I passed ponds on my left and right hand side, cows and sheep and rolling fields either already harvested or full of crops, either side of the track. Eventually I came upon a wood some of which was being thinned out and before that, wide banks of wildflowers lining the fields. It was stunning. Read More→

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Aug
07

A Photographer’s Diary, The Icebreaker

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Last week I delivered the most challenging course yet, to a group of people suffering from mental health problems. It was challenging because it was the first time that I had come across a group where there was hardly any interaction between each other, never mind me.

I had gone prepared for it to be tricky, and I had tweaked the course accordingly, to try my best to make it easier to understand, with lots of examples relevant to everyday life.

So, imagine this. There I am talking to the group about how the subconscious mind, how it works, and how if you think negative thoughts it will go out and find things to help prove it’s a negative world. I am surrounded by people, who are staring at the floor, not showing any signs that they are listening, more worryingly, not showing any signs that they are benefiting from it.

My conscious mind goes into overdrive. Suddenly the person sat there teaching positive thinking starts stressing. These were my thoughts; they look uncomfortable, they don’t look like they understand what I’m talking about. What if it’s over their heads; though it can’t be? What if I’m not helping them at all?

If I could have laughed out loud at myself I would have, how hypocritical was I. I’m telling them to think positive thoughts and here I am having negative worrying thoughts. Read More→

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Jul
31

A Photographer’s Diary, Going Back to Film

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I recently returned to film for the children’s career day that I worked at. When I say film, it was a disposable camera, which, and this may surprise you, turned out to be of poor quality!

It was strange to be working with film again, suddenly having to remember the vagaries of use and with these cameras, winding the film on.

That in itself was a new concept for the 11 year old children. Most had never experienced film before and held the camera, high in front of them, pointing at the subject looking for the digital screen.

It took me a long time to convert to digital, and only now do I realise how much I take it for granted. The ability to instantly see your results, correct and alter accordingly, is what helped me to take to digital so quickly.

So imagine, children who have never seen film cameras before; children who have no comprehension of how their photos come out of the camera onto paper. Their assignment, was in their appointed job roles, create a storyboard for a television programme. Read More→

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Jul
24

A Photographer’s Diary, Behind the Scenes

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This last week was my local RHS flower show, and quite by accident I applied for the press pass for the wrong day. It was for the press day, the day before it is open to the public, and what fun it was.

There had been much concern by the designers and the public as to whether this show would go ahead, due to non-stop rain in the build-up. Agricultural and rock shows have been cancelled across the country, yet the amazing garden designers ploughed on. Helped no end they told me, by the fact the soil under the grass is sandy, and so quick to drain surface water.

Some gardens were continually being flooded under monsoon downpours. One dug down to put in metal pond, only to have it be pushed back out by the rainwater getting underneath.

This was the joy of going on press day, I got to chat with designers, hear about their story, and the best bit; was being able to walk onto the gardens. It really brought them to life, rather than standing behind ropes and looking on wistfully. Read More→

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Jul
16

A Photographer’s Diary, Free Blog Series and Headache!

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I am very keen to pass on, through Healing with Photography, as much information as possible, to help people who are suffering in some way with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety. It’s with this in mind, that I have been working hard to bring together a group of healers and life coaches from around the world to share their work with my community, through a guest blog. This is eventually going to lead on to a teleseminar next spring, again, a chance to bring even more information to help people, whilst being philanthropic.

I have enlisted the support of people to the blog, who I followed, and studied and helped me in my recovery. The likes of Sonia Choquette, six sensory and wonderful psychic. Sonia helped me to renew a relationship with my intuition, and begin to trust me again to listen to my inner guidance, the first major break-through for me, and now I use my intuition all the time in my business to help me move forward with ease. She is an author from the illustrious, and life changing Hay House publishing company, renowned around the world; I was ecstatic when Sonia agreed to be a part of this blog series.

My list has been long, and many well-known people in this field, haven’t bothered to reply to my request, though undaunted, I continued to draw up my list and just ask. I’m very happy to say all the people that I really wanted on board, to share their skills with you have said yes. Jennifer McLean, from her long running, and life transforming, Healing with the Masters series, is taking part. Jennifer introduced me to many people who broadened my horizons through her series, and I’m so looking forward to being able to share her gifts with everyone. Business coach Jack Canfield, the funny and talented, life coach Amanda Gore, actress and healer Dee Wallace, and then some UK healers, like Amelia Campbell. Read More→

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Jul
12

Spelling-Dancing-Cropping – Behind My Eyes

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The Letter M

My son was working on his spelling the other night and he was trying to perfectly write his name, ‘Sam’. His ‘S’ and ‘a’ were pretty much on the money, but his ‘m’ was a bit off. The problem was not with legibility, it was clearly an ‘m’, but instead of rounding the humps, he treated them as if they were points, or direct lines, so it looked like a miniature upper case ‘M’ instead of a rounded lower case ‘m’.

From a communication standpoint, there was no problem, his name was clear and easy to read. But when writing the ‘m’, I could imagine his mind saying, “…point, to point, to point,” making straight lines to limit distance and ‘technically’ get the letter correct.

As I thought about how to help him conquer this, the thought of a stiff, straight up dancer moving from point to point on the floor came to mind and it was mentally compared to a dancer with grace, flow and curves (think the good dancers on Dancing With The Stars versus the very bad ones). Even though they both move from one point on the floor to another, the one who is loose and graceful would look so much better and comfortable than the stiff, upright dancer, counting the least number of steps it takes to get there. Read More→

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Jul
10

A Photographer’s Diary, A Hurt Ego

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I wanted to write about something personal that happened to me this week. In the hope that if it strikes a chord with you, it might help you to stop making the error I just made.

I have been working very hard on bringing new business into Healing with Photography and setting up courses with new clients. I have gone back to a company that I used to work for, (a good few years ago), helping them in a community project that they are running, to help people recovering from mental illness.

It was a big step to get back in touch with them. And, an even bigger step to go down and do an impromptu demonstration with the group, so they could see if it was something that they felt would benefit them.

As I offered to do a short example with them, I felt a little bit of fear as to what I might put in to it. I’ve always shied away from doing a short presentation of the course, as I’m never convinced that it demonstrates Healing with Photography in the best light, as it’s too short a time. Yet in the moment it felt right.

I had to wait for a few days for the decision, as to whether the group felt this was going to be the thing for them; thankfully, they did and it’s full steam ahead. I was elated that I had achieved this contract, my boyfriend was thrilled for me, and my mum too. The one fly in the ointment, was one person within the family, who still, a week on, hasn’t mentioned one word about it; he just seemed resentful. Read More→

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Jul
03

A Photographer’s Diary, Who Are You Making Time For?

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As the weeks roll by, can you believe that we are in July already? It’s time to take stock. Most importantly for me, it’s time to make sure that whilst I’m busy creating new business and bouncing ideas off of every available wall, that I make time for the people in my life.

A couple of months ago I spent a week with handwritten signs stuck up around the house. These messages ranged from, I am a multi-millionaire to I am running my courses and changing lives around the world.

Also on the list, was I am loving my boyfriend, family and friends. What I came to realise by the end of the week was this. It will never matter how much money I earn, the most important things in life are the things over which money has no control. I could have millions in the bank, yet it won’t help me pay attention to my relationships. Read More→

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