I didn’t take as many iphone pictures in May as I have during other months, mainly because it was my busiest month for weddings. Luckily my over shooting during other months means I’ve shot nearly 300 pictures for this 365 project so far, so I feel justified if I can’t find anything to shoot some days.
Of course it’s not that there’s nothing to shoot. There is always something but some days I am shooting on my DSLR and getting my phone out would interrupt my flow, and others I am busy with all the other things that enable me to make photographs for a living in the first place.
In May I’ve been here there and everywhere – Cheshire, Oxford, Norfolk, Suffolk (twice!), Hampshire, Sussex and Essex – and I’ve photographed nine weddings, two engagements and a commercial shoot. It’s been wonderful but intense and I feel like I haven’t stopped (mainly because I haven’t!). I have a weekend off coming up and I’m going to have the biggest lie in.
On a personal note it was my birthday in May and I got some lovely gifts, including a cute flamingo necklace and a camera handbag I’d had my eye one. Pete took me for oysters and I had a low key celebration with some friends in the pub.
My dad found my granddad’s old rangefinder camera in the loft (pictured above – isn’t it beautiful?). My granddad was really into photography and I am really sad that he was ill with dementia by the time I started getting into it, so it was never something we got to share. I do have a box of his old film shots though and they’re just brilliant.
I love the stories about him developing film in the bath at home too. I like to think that my passion for photography came from him, although the knobs, dials and having to guess focal length on the rangefinder camera are currently 100% baffling to me. Learning to use it is a project for later in the year.
And now it’s June. How did that happen? I can’t believe we’re half way through the year already. I am enjoying the sunshine though.
Here’s what happened in May.