Sarah has taken lots of photos of us over the years. She did our bump and baby shoot, pre-wedding and then our wedding too. I love Sarah's style of photography and every photo she has taken of us I utterly adore.
I often find myself scrolling through her Facebook and Instagram feed (seriously check her Instagram feed out, it's beautiful) admiring her latest captures and not too long ago whilst scouring Facebook I noticed she was organising a photography walk. I instantly signed myself up along with my friend, Steph. The aim of the walk was to bring together people interested in photography, no matter their experience or equipment and share hints and tips. A chance to spend some time with a professional photographer willing to share her knowledge and advice and help other create beautiful photos of their own. This in itself I think is truly wonderful, there are too many people in the world who aren't willing to share their expertise in a bid to keep them a secret. Sarah is the complete opposite and is the type of person who restores your faith in humanity. Therefore this wasn't an opportunity I was willing to pass up.
So last Saturday, in the pouting rain, we set off to Hebden Bridge to meet Sarah, Suzy and the others who had signed up for the walk too.
|Photo courtesy of Sarah Mason|
Luckily the rain passed pretty quickly, well they do say that the sun shines on the righteous don't they?
We wandered down to the canal and Sarah instructed us all to put our cameras onto manual mode. My camera hasn't been in manual since we first bought it. All my photos have been taken on auto in a vain attempt to grab some nice shots of Luca as a wriggly baby, through to a crazy toddler and now my little pre-schooler who careers around like a whirlwind wherever we are. Turning it onto manual was a bit daunting to say the least but also very exciting.
Sarah then took the time to chat to us about ISO and aperture and how to use them. These are all things that I have read about and things I know in theory but have never really practised or put into use. Plus having someone there to help you when it doesn't exactly go as you'd planned also helps. We wandered down the canal taking shots and experimenting with changing the aperture and ISO settings and seeing the difference in the shots we got. This below is my favourite shot from the day.