Becoming the Subject

I'd like to share an experience that’s close to my heart and one that I believe every photographer should have — stepping in front of the lens. Becoming the subject instead of the shooter was enlightening. It offered me new perspectives, deepened my empathy, and enhanced my ability to connect with those I photograph. Here are the beautiful results from my recent photoshoot in the wilds of Cumbria, where I further explain the benefits.

Empathy and Connection

Positioning myself as the focus, helped me to understand the vulnerability and emotions my subjects experience. Having a greater understanding of how my clients feel is so important when I'm creating portraits for them, resulting in images that are not just beautiful but also profoundly authentic.

Understanding the Process

Being directed by another photographer is an eye-opening experience. It gave me insights into different techniques and approaches. I also learned how to better communicate with my subjects and pick up new ideas to incorporate into my sessions.

Personal Growth and Confidence

Stepping out from behind the camera was daunting. But it was also an incredible opportunity for personal growth. I built my confidence not just in front of the camera, but in my self-image and presence. This boost in confidence will translate into my photography, encouraging me to take creative risks and push my boundaries.

Creative Inspiration

Seeing myself through another photographer’s lens was a powerful source of inspiration. It reminded me that everyone has a unique artistic vision. This perspective has ignited my creativity and encouraged me to explore new styles and techniques in my work.

Celebrating Yourself

As a photographer, I'm focused on capturing the moments and journeys of others, but I also understand how important it is to document my own. Being photographed allowed me to celebrate who I am, preserving moments and memories and seeing myself in a completely different light. It’s a powerful act of self-expression.

Acknowledgement and Gratitude

For this experience, I had the privilege of being photographed by a talented fellow photographer, whose name I’d like to acknowledge with gratitude: Lorna Elizabeth. She not only provided me with beautiful images but also a deeper appreciation for the craft and a renewed passion for my own work.

Business Cards

Now, I’m excited to share that I’ve used some of these beautiful photographs on my new business cards. It’s a personal touch that showcases my journey and commitment to the craft. These images serve as a reminder of the importance of stepping into the frame, embracing vulnerability, and celebrating our unique journeys.