When I logged into my web editor this morning I found out that I've actually published 200 blog posts since starting it in 2012. We all know how much I love to ramble on with my stories so when you think about it 200 blogs is a lot of words! I've talked about my successes, failures, dreams, my awesome clients, things I've learn along my journey, I've shared raw emotions and I've wondered every step of the way just who reads my blog posts.
It's always humbling when someone tells me they read my blog posts but in reality I just write for me. I've always loved writing. One day when I'm older and my best years are behind me, I hope to look back on my blog posts with fond memories of this epic time of my life.
While I'm being particularly sentimental today I want to tell you about my hero; the man that showed me the art and pleasure of photography. My Dad had a love for photography for much of his life. He even won a few awards with his photographs. I grew up with many of his prints on the walls of our home and for every photograph he had a story or a memory that went with it.
I could exaggerate and say I've been passionate about photography since I was a child, but I don't remember it that way. I remember Dad buying me disposable cameras when I was a child so that I could take photos when we we travelled and I have a memory of him taking me along to camera club once. Then when I was 15 my Mum bought me my first digital camera. From there began my true interest in photography. From then on whenever Dad took his camera somewhere I took mine too.
Dad passed away not long after I really got into portrait photography. I don't have any memories of sharing the beginnings of my passion with him. I guess back then I wasn't sure it was a passion, I wasn't even sure I was any good at it. Dad didn't take a lot of portraits, mainly landscapes and native life, but oh how I wish I could tell him about my adventures in the last few years and to ask him more about his love for photography. Dad was my hero in so many ways and I'm so proud to share a love for photography with him even though I'll always wish I could have shared it with him sooner.