Do you remember, back in this post, I told you that a had won a scholarship place on the six week photography e-course, Collect the Moments, run by the Kats over at Capturing Childhood? Well, those six weeks are at an end.
My camera has become my constant companion, and I have been taught to see the world, and particularly my boys, with a photographer's eye. I have loved the way in which every element of childhood has been celebrated. I have endeavoured to capture the boys' daily routines, their energy, their concentration, their messiness, their beauty and the tiny details of their lives. I have also been grateful for the fact that having assignments to complete has made me pick up my camera when I might otherwise not have done so (which would have meant missing out on some great shots).
Through the course Flickr and Facebook groups, I have met a lovely, supportive network of fellow photographers. Their comments have provided encouragement and their photographs have provided inspiration.
As is so often the case when learning new things, more than anything I have discovered how little I know about photography and how much more I would like to find out. In fact, I have signed up for a second course with the Kats, Manual Overdrive, which begins next week (and registration is still open!)
My confidence as a photographer has increased exponentially, but more importantly, so has my love of photography, and not just that, but also my enjoyment of my children. I have come to realise just what a pleasure and a privilege it is to share these moments in my boys' childhood, and that the desire and ability to capture them is priceless.
PS: You may notice the predominance of hands and feet in the photographs here! I did of course take photographs of my children's faces- hundreds, in fact. The pictures in this post are not necessarily the 'best' photographs that I have taken during the course, but they are the photographs that I am happy to share in this space.