back when i lived in a boarding school in pakistan the queen of england came to visit to give one of our teachers an honorarium for something i can’t remember. the ceremony was held at the local church built in the 19th century. There our school choir sang for her and there were other things going on which i can’t remember because we weren’t allowed in. Most of us had to stay outside and if we were lucky we would get a glimpse of her as she walked out. as the ceremony came to a close we were all eager to see her…at that moment i felt like i had to DO something. as the queen and her posse began walking out i quickly plucked a flower from a near by garden and stuck my arm. the queen saw this skinny arm holding out a plain flower and exclaimed “oh is this for me?” to which i responded “YUP!”… i was instructed that if we were to speak the the queen we were to say “…your highness” but that flew out the door. needless to say i was pretty embarrassed because i had screwed up. but the queen did take my flower and continued the walk to her ride.
moral of the story is this. that if i hadn’t gone in search of a flower to give to the queen and had just stood there to watch as she walked past i wouldn’t have a story to tell. You have to take risks in life. you may think you want security and predictability but years down the road these are the very things that make us feel dead and trapped.
take risks and live with adventure.
“don’t ask yourself what the world needs. ask yourself what makes you come alive. and go do that. because what the world needs is people who have come alive” – gil bailie
a self portrait jan/2011
to be honest it’s weird to have the tables turned and be the subject. i’ve gotten so used to hiding behind my camera. but i guess it’s a good way to experiment and practice because other people are not always so willing to be my test subject. so i shall test on myself.
just going through some photos from christmas! lol i know it’s nearing the end of january and i’m blogging about it now! it was really great to be able to give back to the church and do this photoshoot for people. I can’t tell you how many parents thanked me because they don’t have any family photos! unbelievable!
I forgot to take my 35mm so i used my 50mm…hahaha this is good practice…hopefully i’ll remember to take everything i need for my next photobooth. This is what happens when you switch bags. i really recommend sticking with one bag when you go on shoots because it reduces the chances of forgetting something important!
lastly our pastor jason + helen smn. the best pastor and wife duo ever! aren’t they the perfect gap couple? lol they didn’t even plan their outfit but came wearing the same combination! lol! so cute!
here are some more shots from my trip to mali. it already feels like it was ages ago!!!!
my apologies for the lack of weddingy photos :) personally it’s quite nice to take a little break from wedding photos. i think it’s important to switch things up a bit and exercise my none wedding muscles.
thanks to all the peeps out there who take the time to read what i post and view my photos! I wouldn’t be here without every single one of you!
WHAT I LEARNED IN MALI
- taking a good zoom lens is a good option. especially in my situation because mali is very dusty. White turns to red because of the red sand and this red sand gets EVERYWHERE! one of the dreaded characteristics of the sand is that it’s very fine. a nightmare for a photographer cause everything gets caked with red dust. the last thing you wanna do change lenses in this environment. although i LOOOOVE my 50mm 1.4 and 24mm 1.4 (which i primarily shot with) i wished i had a wide zoom lens like a 24-80mm
- being healthy is very important in mali. It’s a harsh country so if you’re less than healthy you feel it 10x more than if you were in toronto. you have to rely on your body to get you through the day. it’s really easy to get dehydrated in africa so make sure you carry around water with you. before i left my friend bought me this coooool water bottle which i thought was fantastic because it’s super duper light :)
- same rules of wedding photography apply to travel photography because light acts the same wherever you go. look for natural soft boxes and reflectors around you.
- take spare batteries if you know you won’t be able to charge when one is drained. I took 3 batteries for my d3s and i’m glllaaaaad i did!!!
- take cleaning wipes to clean your lenses when you get back to base. My friend thoughtfully brought optico cleaning wipes and i’m so grateful he did! now i know to take some with me :P
- i took my shootsac with me everywhere! i used it as my bay when we were travelling…put my passport, iphone, notepad….i must say after going to mali i like my shootsac a lot more…i feel like he’s my friend :)
note: as i’m posting these images i realize there are too many…so i’ll just post this much. if you would like to view the full gallery please let me know and i’ll send you a link :)