The commissions have come in thick and fast this year, and it feels like I’ve hardly put my camera down since Christmas. So with the sun shining, and the tourist season in full swing, I decided to treat myself to a relaxing day trip out to Felixstowe. Of course, this being a place of incredible beauty, in the county that means the most to me, leaving my camera at home was Simply out of the question.
Someone once told me that if you can turn the thing you’re truly passionate about into a career, you’ll never work a day in your life. And I’m happy to say I’m truly a living example of that advice. Some of my happiest memories are from childhood holidays, where I would roam freely with my camera, capturing candid family moments, and happily snapping away at anything that caught my eye.
So with the sun Simply adding colour and life to the iconic glamour that Felixstowe’s piers, gardens and seafronts already have in abundance, I instinctively returned to that youthful passion for photography that has served me so well over the years. I couldn’t pass by the Spa Pavilion and not take a shot of the beautiful art deco frontage, in all its pastel-coloured glory. Or document the splendour of beach huts on the seafront, and the shadows on the boardwalk. For me, there’s nothing better than capturing the interplay of a blue sky on an angled roof
I’m spoiled by Suffolk. It’s a place that contains endless inspiration for a photographer. And while most people would bristle at the idea of bringing their work on holiday with them, for me the chance to roam freely with my camera is absolute bliss.
Refilling the creative well.
Over the years I’ve come to see the value in taking time out from professional commissions to Simply let my eye naturally scope out and document the things I see on my travels. It enables me to stretch my technical skills and replenish my creativity. Because while I’ve developed a cast iron commercial sensibility to serve my many clients, those techniques feed directly from my creative instincts, and my eye for striking and original ways to capture things people might see every day, but don’t necessarily stop and take notice.
I came home from Felixstowe tanned, refreshed, and more than ready for my next job. After all, you can have the best equipment money can buy, and every high-tech studio gadget in the world, but it’s all for nothing if you don’t have that eye for capturing the right moment, in the right light, at the right angle. And that requires creativity, and years of passionately refining your skills.
Thank you Felixstowe, for reminding me what’s so special about Suffolk, and helping me rediscover why I love doing what I do so much. Let’s do it again soon.
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