I am a fine art photographer and I create original pieces of art that give my audience pleasure for the eye and for the mind! I run photography workshops and tours in Ireland where I love to work with other creative photographers.
Of course it wasn't always like that. I came from the corporate world. Back then I had a job that I was good at but not one I leapt out of bed for.
I remember the day in 2005 I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small and enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told them I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course and although I was really busy I had taken 5 days off to do it. During that time I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life could look like I had a clear picture of myself if I stayed where I was. It was a scary moment, like standing on the edge of a precipice teetering between the big jump into the unknown or staying there safe but trapped in a cage. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back.
Picking up a camera again after many years away I found that things had changed, the digital age had arrived. Somehow I knew this was what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book on the subject I could get my hands on. I still do. Since then I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want to see. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest as a coach is creativity.
What a journey it has been.
Along the way I learnt that there are no rules.
Experiment, explore, play. Make it up as you go along.
Yes everybody is a photographer because they all have a camera but nobody can make photographs the way you can, nobody has a vision like yours.
You can learn the technical stuff quickly and easily, trust me on this.
The hardest thing to learn is what you want photograph.
Confidence is key. If you have it you can overcome any obstacle that is put in your way.
Make your art from your heart not for the praise or the money.
The best images are under your nose, in the so called ordinary, mundane everyday life.
Some ideas never fly and yes you will break your heart struggling to make them come to life but sometimes you need to shelve them for another day.
Lighten up. It's important to be serious about making your art. Turn up and start on time each day at the appointed hour but never take yourself too seriously, don't be afraid to make mistakes along the way.
Finally you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
Every great journey starts with the first step, whats yours? I'd love to hear so do get in touch!