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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Three Bloggers and a Camera // Life // Photography

Once again the weekend has come and gone in a flash and I find myself sitting in front of my computer, late Monday night, editing. Editing, editing, editing. You see, I took a lot of photos on the weekend. Which if you know me in the slightest, is nothing new, but this time they weren't photos of my own kids and family. They were photos of other people's kids and families.

Now before you start thinking I've gone all weirdo voyeur on you, let me explain. Back in August I made a very big decision. I decided to take a leap of faith, go out on a limb, throw all caution to the wind. I put the call out for anyone that was interested to have a little faith in me and book me to take their family photos for them.

The idea being, that I'll get some more work to fill my portfolio with, but I'll also gain so really, super valuable experience & knowledge. Well let me tell you, I got both of those in spades. Not only that, but I also had a lot of fun to boot! It's definitely made me realise that this is what I really want to do.

Yes I love design, and I will continue to learn and dabble as time allows, but the last few weeks I've really realised that photography is where my heart and true passion lies. I knew at the beginning of the year that 2014 was going to be a game changer. I just had this feeling that it was going to be the year I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up and that I would finally be able to take steps to make that happen.

From doing these two shoots over the weekend (with the fabulous Ann from Help!! I'm Stuck and Emma over at Five Degrees of Chaos) I can see clearly now the things that I'm doing ok at and the things I need to work on. My photographs  and technique are nowhere near perfect yet and I thank both Ann and Emma for being patient with me while I got my settings right and madly scouted for the best spots to snap.

Over the next week I'll be editing and sorting all of the images, getting them print ready and winging their way to their new homes. With Ann and Emma's permission I'll show you some of my best and favourite shots next week, once I've had a chance to sort through them all finish the final edits. I've picked a couple to include here, just to give you a little taste and teaser of how the weekend went.

I've set up a super basic website for my photography over on Wordpress, if you're interested you can have a little squiz over here at www.kyliepurtellphotography.com.au. As time goes on I'll add more to it and create more mini-portfolios of my work. For now there's just the bare bones but I hope to have it looking a little slicker and fuller as time goes on and I hone my Wordpress skills! It's definitely a learning curve after using Blogger for the past 5 and a bit years!

I've also set up a facebook page, where I'll also post previews of the work I've been doing and the photos I've been taking. I'm hoping to go to Tafe next year and study for my Certificate IV in Photo Imaging, so I'm sure I'll have lots to share from that as well!

It's exciting times ahead and I'm a little nervous, but mostly excited. I feel like this could really be the start of something special, and I can't wait to see what happens in the coming year!

What's your passion? Have you ever pursued a dream?

31 comments:

  1. Looking forward to your photography website. Definitely love all the photos you take.
    Like hubby said before I should be taking up photography but I think I won't get the time I do it. I Will just keep it the way it is and take photos on the go. I Don't even have a fancy camera.

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  2. Aww look at that cute little curly head!!
    You were fantastic Kylie from our point of view!! You made it so easy for us and I the sneeky peek was absolutely what I was after, anything else is a bonus!! Thank you!!
    I can't wait to see Emma's pics too!!

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  3. This is so fantastic. I am sure you will grow in leaps and bounds as yr passion for photography is clear. Looking forward to following along xxx

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  4. I am so happy for you that you have found your passion and a direction to take yourself in. Looking forward to seeing lots of beautiful photos.

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  5. I love that you have found your passion! I am following my dream right now - it's hard work, but so rewarding. Congratulations on taking that first step! Can't wait to follow along on your journey!

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  6. Good on you for moving towards your passion. The photos are beautiful and I'm sure you'll be very successful :-)

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  7. So happy for you Kylie. There is nothing like finding your passion and being able to follow it. Be sure, there is a long road ahead, but each and every day you are one step closer. Congratulations, and I can't wait to see some of your photos. (I am officially the worlds worst photographer lol! Will stick to writing)

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  8. Congratulations ! It's fantastic! Cannot wait to see more of your work. Your pics are absolutely gorgeous.

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  9. Best news ever! Your images are already amazing so I can only anticipate them becoming even better. Well done! So happy for you xx

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  10. Good on you for putting yourself out there and starting your photography business. Can't wait to see more of your work. Have you visited Carla Loves Photography? Carla is a famous portrait photography and has some wonderful blog posts on taking the leap to a photography business. http://carlacoulson.com/

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  11. The future sounds exciting for you Kylie. Congratulations on finding your passion and chasing your dream xx

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  12. Go you!!! I have to say I am super envious of your bravery to go out there and just do it!! You are going to fly xx

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  13. Wonderful! I know Emma takes brilliant pics, she will no doubt be a great teacher to you!

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  14. Super exciting! It really makes me want to push myself a bit more to finally get to this point also. I have looked at the study option.. but then baby #5 was in the works.. so it was all put on hold. Again! Can't wait to see some more images.

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  15. Oooh I wish you every success Kylie! Funny enough, my dream was the same. I half-heartedly tried, but then gave up because everything else got in the way. It is still something I am passionate about and love, and I hope one day it will be something I do "for a living"...my only advice is to put your all into it. Don't half-ass it like I did! :) haha

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  16. How exciting. I love your photos.
    Yup - I am pursuing my dream. This whole children's book author thing is a huge dream. And it feels good! Isn't paying the mortgage ... but it feels good. At least I wake up every day before dawn with energy and enthusiasm. That's gotta count for something right?
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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  17. How very exciting and good on you for having the courage to take the leap of faith and just go for it!! Good Luck!

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  18. How exciting! Go you. Those photos look fab so I'm sure you're well on your way:-)

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  19. Congratulations Kylie, and good luck! I'm doing the "pursue your dream" thing this year as well. It's equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. I'm sure you'll do great! xx

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  20. Good for you for going after what your heart wants!

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  21. Well done and wishing you huge luck with your new venture. My husband is in the process of doing a similar thing with photography, too.

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  22. Congratulations on getting your dream started! I have loved looking at your photos of the girls and I can't wait to see the magic you have done with Ann and Emma's families.

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  23. Good for you for finding your heart's purpose. It must be an amazing feeling. If only you lived in Brisbane. I'd love you to take some shots of us.

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  24. Your love of photography flows through your pictures. So happy you took your leap :)


    MC xo

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  25. I love photography as well, but don't think I'd ever have the confidence to do it as a career. I'm loving writing at the moment.

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  26. Well done Kylie! Will contact you soon for a price list. I need some pro family photos desperately.

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  27. So excited for you Kylie! You have such talent. I'm so glad this is the area you're going down. xx

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  28. So awesome Kylie. Love hat you've found your passion and giving it a go.

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  29. So lovely that you have a bunch of bloggy friends to help you during this journey, how fabulous! Go hard girl, you've got this! x

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  30. Squee! I am so excited for you - yay for chasing your dreams! Can't wait to see our pics!

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  31. It's so exciting to see you following your heart, Kylie. And YAY to those two gorgeous girls for helping you x

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