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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I am the greatest photographer… says who?

Hello! I’m Shirley – Ken’s wife, or in Ken’s words, I am the ‘boss’ (he knows deep down that I’m not!).  Well this evening, after putting our little son to bed, I have come up with an idea for Ken’s blog.  I would like contribute my little thoughts onto this blog.   I don’t know about you, but I think a blog of a photographer should not just restrict its contents purely on photography… agree?

Everyday we come across different people, experiences and lessons in life, so I’d love to share all of these with you all who have come to our blog, and hopefully this will also let you get to know us more.  Therefore from now on (*drums rolls*), when you see articles entitled : “FOOD FOR THOUGHT”, they are written by me.  Yup, just by me.  I want to keep them short, sweet and simple, somewhat casual.  There will also be some photographs taken during our (very little) spare time, and with a snippet of photography tip by Ken.  I will make sure Ken won’t get carried away with using too many F-words (not the swear word!  but the F values in camera terms).

This afternoon, we went to meet a couple who are planning a rather grand-scale 250 people wedding at Slaley Hall.  What they shared with us is a simple fact, so simple yet easily forgotten.  Before meeting us, they have already drawn up a short-list of some really excellent photographers in the region (because the bride herself is a photography hobbyist) but none of them suited their criteria.  The groom told us that the photographers they met have come across aloof and like to think that they are the person IN CHARGE and that they are all high & mighty, super-dooper photographer and so they know it ALL already.  And because of that, no matter how amazing their photographs or portfolio are, this couple have not chosen them.

Well although they have not told us of their decision to book us or not, I think this is a lesson for us all.  We may think that we are good in what we do, but who’s to say that?  There is a Chinese Proverb that goes like this: “For every mountain, there is always another higher one out there”.

In the meantime, here is a photo of one of my proudest moment as a mother: when I saw Karl holding his first piece of bread (it is a very small piece so it is not obvious in the photo) and putting it into his mouth, all by himself.  It is such a basic human reflex that we take for granted day in and day out, but this development milestone is a beautiful moment and it gives me some sort of sense of achievement!

PHOTOGRAPHY TIP: This was taken at the Bewickes Restaurant at Close House Hotel, a very cosy and beautiful restaurant.  The food is top-class and has been rated as The Best Restaurant in North East 2009 by the Gourmet Society.  It was quite dark in the restaurant, so Ken moved the tealight on the table to the centre to light up our faces.  In a dark environment, when you do not have your professional lights with you (who does anyway?!), try using a little creativity.  Tealights, torch (if you have one on your mobile phone) all works well.  These images were shot at 1/50 sec at f1.2, ISO2000, without flash.

Well, that’s all guys.  I’d love your feedback on this post, concept of the FOOD FOR THOUGHT series, or any suggestions on what other articles you would like to see on the blog.  Have a great week ahead!