Monday 15 August 2011

Lovely Lucy and Contentment

 Here's the full post from the sneak peek I posted on Saturday! It was so great to meet Lucy! We walked to a park in Loughborough and had tea, cake and a chat! I've always enjoyed looking through Lucy's pictures and it was so much fun to shoot with her!

Lucy's picture making was a pleasure to witness - I loved the way she thought about each picture and was thinking up new things to try and putting me at ease (posing for pictures is not something I really enjoy or show any talent for!). I can't wait to see the pictures she took!

I realised when I got there that the actual shooting part I hadn't really thought about. Usually, when I'm going to a photo shoot I do a lot of thinking, looking and making plans of action - poses that I can rely on if my mind goes blank etc. This time, nothing. To Lucy, I can only apologise. It was a shame because, as I hope you can get from the pictures below - Lucy made a beautiful model!

What I've learned about myself is that I am a planner. So on a positive note, I've come away from this knowing that with a bit of forward thinking photo shoots are a lots of fun! More importantly though, with people like Lucy (easy going, patient and creative), photo shoots without forward planning are still fun!

I had a second mini crisis of confidence was when Lucy let me take a few frames with the camera I have wanted for quite a while, her lovely Canon 5D Mk II. I was definitely hooked. Everything seemed so magic and shiny! Problem was, I soon decided that my camera wasn't up to much. Consequently, I lost a little confidence in my trusty 500D and that manifested in less pictures.

So what have I learned from this? That you can be happy with what you've got. Lucy is a superstar professional photographer and I'm not there yet, and that's ok. I feel like I'm outgrowing my camera but I can be content with it, and I will make pretty pictures with it until investing in a 5D Mk II is a wise decision. When I start shooting weddings of my own I'll need one, and until then I'm happy.

 Lucy has probably the best eyelashes I have come across. Lucy, it was such a pleasure - let's do it again sometime soon

Have any of you ever had a crisis of confidence?

Love, R. x


  1. Rachel,

    You are wise beyond your years (I can say that because I am older than you), we all have crises of confidence at one time or another.

    We both know that it is not the camera that makes a good photographer (whatever that means) it is your eye, your vision, your understanding of the camera and your subject and you have all of those things in bucketloads. I know because I have seen you in action.

    Your photographs speak for themselves but that doesn't mean that you can't still want or achieve even more. I too was impatient for my new camera, I've been there and it's hard sometimes. But then you take pictures like these and hopefully that's enough of a reminder of who you are, what you can do and where you're going.

    You have skills with a z, lady and you have so much promise, I can't wait to see where your photography adventures take you.

    I can't thank you enough for these beautiful portraits (and very kind words - superstar photographer?! Erm, I think not!)x

  2. I just wanted to say something supportive really, but Lucy has said it all.

    whe doing something creative, it's so easy to compare ourselves to others. Keep telling yourself that you are on your own path, on your own journey. And it is a journey, not a destination.

    These photos are beautiful.

    And, Lucy, you are a pretty lady.


  3. I LOVE the crossed-legged one, fourth row from the bottom on the left. This is one of my new favourite photos ever! The colours and composition and just yeah. I agree with Lucy, you got skillz.

  4. Lovely photos. I especially like the 2nd last image as its so peaceful and I love the way Lucy looks as if she is breathing in the fresh air!


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