Beach Cottage Coastal How to Improve Your Photography with Fat Mum Slim & Instagram
Tue 31st, Jan, 2012
G’day lovely Beach Cottage Girls, wanna come play beach cottages? …pictures, vintage things (that’s a lot of me ;-) ), white things, and of course the Australian sea, the ocean and hanging out down the beach….
For a teeny, tiny while I thought of myself as a ‘photographer’….really this came about because I had seen written on my son’s social media stuff something along the lines of ‘wow, amazing photo of you’ & my son had replied, ‘yeah, my mum’s a photographer’…. I kinda liked that and so I kinda adopted it.
For a short silly while. I am so far away from being a photographer…
More, I now refer to myself as a Person who Takes Photos, a stack load of photos at that….and much more importantly (to me) a Photo Journaler…if you’ve been with me on this blog for a while, or if you have the mis-fortune to be a friend of mine, or a member of my family, you will know that this Person who Takes Photos, can drive you mad with her constant stopping, snapping, shrieking, ‘oooh wait, look at that!’, ’ooh hang on, I just need to take a photo!’, ‘oooh yeah, I LOVE that!’.
And I have to say that something has been brought to my attention that has made all of the above about a million time worse.
So, you might remember this post, back at the beginning on January, where I pledged to take part in a January photo challenge from the lovely and gorgeous Chantelle to further my ‘photography’ ‘skills’, have fun and generally drive my family absolutely batty taking photos, more photos than normal of everything that moved and didn’t move…
This was January’s challenge, and I know that many of you were over there too…
Two things have become evident from this journey…. firstly, it is again re-inforced that I have a very big addiction to taking pictures of my feet and secondly, I take a lot of pictures of the Australian beach, ocean, seaside, surfers and whatever nautical thing else you want to add to that list…
But, the whole point of doing a challenge like this though, is the days when you have to get out of your coastal comfort zone, your feet addiction and open your eyes to other things
This has been an amazing journey of discovery for me…if you want to improve your photography for your blogging or for any other reason, you want to explore you more or you want to just celebrate the little things in your life, this prompt is a great way to do it…
totally self-absorbed & narcissistic….
OH YEAH baby, TOTALLY
and as a mummy to 3, who by the mere fact that they are, of a certain age, are all of the above, I am diggin’ it.
…best thing about it for me?
It’s real. It’s doable. It’s fun. It’s free.
…and the second thing? I’ve met lots of new friends already. That’s an added bonus I hadn’t considered…
Here are a few of my Instagrams from the month
And guess what?
Tomorrow is a brand new month of challenges…wanna join us?
So here’s the gig for February, once again led by leader extraordinaire Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim, please don’t call her a Fat Muslim or I will get cross ;-), you can find more details from her here
How to take part in February photo-a-day:
1. Using the list as inspiration and a guide/prompt, take a photo each day.
2. Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FEBphotoaday. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook … or even keep the photos privately for yourself.
3. Check out other people’s photos and like them or comment on them.
Note: The list is purely for inspiration, however you interpret the daily prompt is up to you. There are no hard and fast rules. For instance for day 22, if you don’t officially ‘work’ and are a mum or looking for work – then show something that you consider to be work (or a chore perhaps).
This time around I am looking forward to DAy 1, Day 8, Day 9, Day 23, Day 26, I am SO NOT looking forward to Day 12…best thing about this tho’ is if you don’t wanna play one day, guess what? Ya don’t play. My kinda game.
That is probs the best thing about this, it’s all too easy, jump right in and follow for a few weeks, like my friend lg did, let it go for a bit, then get all inspired again, by a new month, and a new round of prompts and inspiration…
I’d love you to join me…leave me your names, or tag me so I can follow you too….I am ‘abeachcottage’ on Instagram, if you don’t have an iphone, you can still play, just share with Facebook or Twitter with the #FEBphotoaday hashtag and @abeachcottage so I can see what you’ve been up to.
Happy Days Beach Cottage ladies. Happy Days.