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I Love You

Posted on 27 December, 2015 at 20:35 Comments comments (0)

Well hello there ...

If you have ever questioned your faith, read on.

After finishing editing a photo of a deceased person for the family to place no the casket, I dropped off the disk at an aged care facility where I work part time.  I said to hello to everyone as normal, then heard it was someone's 65th wedding anniversary the next day, after congratulating them they asked if I would be willing to take their photos for them, which of course I was delighted to do - what an honour.

As I was leaving the facility, I was advised another resident had passed away suddenly the night before.  So there I was, sad at the passing of one resident, uplifted and excited about the 65th wedding anniversary the next day and then boom, down I went emotionally.  This was all in the space of around 20 minutes.

When I arrived home, I sat down and said, God, angels, jesus, whatever it is that is out there, I need a hug and I need it really badly.

I decided to get some fresh air and take my pup down to the beach, on my return up the beach, there was just the best sunset, now many would say at this point that that could be my hug, right?  Well, as usual with me, there is more ...

Looking up to the sunset, I was cranky as my camera I had left at home, I remember saying, 'thank you, I don't even have my camera'.  Getting into the car and heading home, I looked sideways at a place I pass daily and thought, hmm, you know what, here would be a nice spot for a sunset, if it's nice tomorrow, I will bring the camera here and try and get a nice shot of the sun going down.

Next early evening came, and sure enough it was a beaut sunset, upon arriving at the pre-determined spot, would you believe it, there were families there playing cricket!  Not Happy, at all.  Not wanting to be totally defeated, I walked about 10 metres futher up the beach where it was deserted, thinking, humph, this is not where I want to be but it will do!

Anyway, I was shooting away from the grass area and decided to get in a little closer, after some time, something on the sand caught my eye, Someone must have been there earlier in the day and wrote the I love you.  How sweet I thought, so I tried to incorporate that into the scene.

There was not a single soul anywhere around me, no-one came past the whole hour or so I was there.  Came home and uploaded the photos, the I Love You, was especially nice, but needed some tidying up.  As it was late, I headed to bed.

Next morning came, and it was like a slap on the forehead moment, aha, that was my hug!  Of course it must be, less than 24 hours after the first time in my life I have genuinely spoken to God, universe, whatever you want to call it.

After tidying up the photo, as in, removing seaweed which was on the beach around, it has become one of my most favourite photographs ever taken.  I get goosebumply whenever I talk about it and share the story.

Many of my photographs have special meaning.  It is my intention to share the meanings along the way.

Bye for now and, always aspire to be better than normal.

Mandy

Getting ready for launch

Posted on 17 December, 2015 at 17:00 Comments comments (0)

Well hello there ...


Tomorrow is the launch day for the Dogs of Bagnalls Beach coffee table book.  Calendar is readyto go, so too are the various prints, either on a matt board or printed and framed ready to hang option.

Feeling extremely excited as I await the reactions of people to their beloved animals being in a book and calendar.

Have a great and wonderful day.

And remember - Always Aspire to be Better Than Normal.


Mandy


I did it!

Posted on 7 December, 2015 at 17:35 Comments comments (0)

Well hello there!

I know, had the site for a while now and only just doing my first blog.  Well, lots has been going on in the background and it's now time.

So, what have I learnt in the past few months along this vertical and somewhat slippery learning curve?  

Firstly, self-publishing a book is very rewarding and has been something I have wanted to do for many years, but like most people life and distractions get in the way and suddently here you are being tested for bowel cancer and unsure of your future and planning your funeral.

After receiving the all clear, I took some deep breaths and decided to take my passion of photography to the next step and put the call out for some port-folio building sessions which rapidly progressed to paid jobs!  Fancy that, me being paid for my passion.

This has led nicely to the limited edition coffee table book and calendar being created, both available for sale for $20.00 each, great price if you ask me.

My plan for future blogs will be to post a photo and the story that goes with

Before I go, don't forget to follow me on twitter and instagram  @squareshoe  and @Square_Shoe_Photography


And remember to Always Aspire To Be Better Than Normal.






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