I’ve loved photography for some time now. It probably started with MySpace when I realised that photos allowed you to save some really cool images. I must admit that as much as I love and can appreciate amazing photos, I’m just not that great at capturing them.
A few years ago now, Matty bought me a Holga camera as a present. A Holga is a ‘toy camera’ which is built to allow light leaks, blurring and vignette effects. It’s essentially a crap camera which now has a cult following.
There was a bit of a double exposure thing going on in this one
I am terrible at remembering to use it and bring it places with me. A camera just isn’t as convenient as a phone. But I did manage to pull it out for our recent engagement party. This is where the ‘ha’ in the title comes from.
I can, on occasion, take a pretty damn good photo on the Holga. I obviously didn’t take the shots above that I am featured in, but all the others were my doing.
A past roll of film from perhaps 2012?
I think that the better shots that I’ve gotten have come from using the flash in a dark space. It does also love bright bright sunlight, like the photo below.
It’s also fun to use double (or triple) exposure. I really, really need to play with this more because the photo of Lucy turned out awesomely.
But back to the ‘ha’. I had the engagement photos developed and when I picked them up I couldn’t wait to get a look at them. Oh my. In trying to recreate a great roll of film from an earlier date, I had tried the method of surprise photography, where snapping photos right up in peoples faces and blinding them with the flash captured some real life moments. Please scroll down to see my amazing skills.
At least I can say that the photos made it feel like you were really there.
It’s good to have an expert on hand. It’s even better when that expert lives in your house and will give you information, tips and help for free. You might have noticed that the photos in my blog posts are no longer squishy little things, but are now large and fill up the page, hooray! Thanks to Matty (a web developer, so he should know what he’s doing) my images now look 100% better.
Also you should check out his website if you’re into websites and CMS and things.
7am- getting ready for work
8am- getting everything together to take to work
9am- work work work
10am- morning tea, also a throwback to childhood with Tic Tocs
11am- a very weird baby from my textbook
12pm- ended up taking the keys instead of borrowing them a million times
2pm- picking up lunch for the bosses
3pm- so exciting, the local paper arrived
4pm- i’m so short that I had to fashion a footstool for under the desk
5pm- travelling to my parents house for a swim
6pm- hanging out with my parents and the dog
This was one of those crazy 40+ degree days so I didn’t really venture outside for most of the day. Also I stopped taking photos after 6pm because, well I forgot, and we were in the pool etc. so it was a little difficult. Excuses, excuses I know.
Unfortunately our internet was capped at the very beginning of January which is why it’s taken a little bit of time to get this blog off the ground. It still is capped, but I’m managing to (slowly) make it work. Too many downloads of Puberty Blues and Adventure Time and BioShock. So I’ll be bringing you my list of goals for 2014 a little later than one would expect.
2014 goals- in no particular order.
Take more photos. I don’t mind if they’re just on the iphone, but I want to document my life a little more. I was a bit disappointed that when I looked back on 2013 New Years Eve that I hadn’t taken a single photograph. I look at blogs like Love Elycia (www.lovelycia.com), Delightfully Tacky (www.delightfully-tacky.com), A Beautiful Mess (www.abeautifulmess.com) and The Dainty Squid (www.thedaintysquid.com), just to name a few, and I envy how they manage to keep records of their lives. I do have a film camera, a lomo, which I should get back into the habit of using as well. So to fulfil this goal I am going to try to complete the 365 photo challenge, which is where you take a photo each day for an entire year. I also want to complete a photo an hour one a month.
Continue to live a healthy life. I’m sure this one is on a lot of people’s goal lists each year. I read a post by A Beautiful Mess that said that it’s better to make your goal activity orientated, so that it’s positive actions rather than just an end result. At the end of 2013 Matty and I began to change our lifestyle and eating habits to become a bit more health conscious, but it’s something that we can definitely improve upon with more vegetables, less fat and more exercise.
Establish Billy & Elizabeth (Etsy shop). When I wrote this list of goals on my phone while lying in bed I had added “maybe a blog”. So I guess I’m on my way to fulfilling this goal already. I started Billy & Elizabeth at the end of 2013 and I’d like to build it up a little, give it a little more exposure on the web (hence a blog). I’d also love for a few more sales, and even one (or more!) from people I’ve never met before.
Sort out my career. This one is a bit of a doozy. In the past I’ve worked at bakeries, as a swim teacher, as a children’s party host, in catering, as a receptionist for a river cruise company and currently as a coordinator for before and after school care. I’ve studied a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications, A Cert III in Events and I’m currently completing a Diploma of Children’s Services in outside hours school care. So really I’m trying to find a career that incorporates my skills and my studies, something that pays enough and offers some sort of benefits if I’m sick or pregnant or if it’s a public holiday. Should be easy right?