Saturday, 15 March 2014

Family | Turning One.

Over the last 3 months, I've had the honour in documenting four celebrations, all of a similar nature; each family's first born was turning one.

Now I don't know much about being a parent but I can imagine how wonderful it must feel to watch your child grow up into a one year old and to look back at the 1 year and 9 month journey that was their life. What a proud moment.

When I got into photography, I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if I would be good enough and I still don't know if I am. Will people like my photos? Will my photography compare to other professionals? Will people on my blog feel sorry for me because they can see how hard I'm trying but the results aren't quite there? Self-doubt and comparison is a killer.

What I have learnt is none of that matters. What matters is me and my growth. Next month, this blog will be turning one and in August, my business will be celebrating a similar birthday and I am proud beyond all measure.

This passion of mine may not have little arms and legs or a beating heart but the idea of it grew inside my body for quite sometime till I took a leap of faith and stepped forward. This idea was born and has grown into what it is today. Is it perfect? Definitely not, no one-year old is, but it is growing and maturing with every baby step it makes. With every photo I take, with every client I meet, my photography will grow into a fine adult, and even then it will continue to grow and I will continue to learn. No child is the same, as is an idea or passion. They may all stem from similar roots but they each grow into such marvelous and unique creatures that comparison is simply not justified.

In each of these photos I can see dozens of flaws and missed opportunities but through all that I can see growth and with that I am satisfied.

If you would like to book me for a birthday, family or portrait session? Send me an email and we can have a chat
samanthaheatherphotography[at]gmail[dot]com

19 comments:

  1. Nice shots Sam, so many precious memories that your family will love looking at for years to come. I love the shot of the kid in the animal suit, very cute! But they're all cute :) As artists we're always growing, it's nice to hear you can see it in your photos. I haven't been following you long but I have no doubt you've grown a heap and will continue to do so x

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    1. Thanks so much Chelsea! That's such a lovely comment :)

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  2. What precious moments! Luckily you're there to document them, too. I quite frankly think your photography is one of the best I've ever seen, so no need to fret. :)

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  3. These are gorgeous pictures! What beautiful babies!

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  4. I love these! You caught a lot of special moments there and i'm sure the parents love them!

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  5. You should be so proud of yourself, Sam. You capture such beautiful moments, and you are honestly talented. If anything, I'm a little envious of your talent. Honestly, you are amazing. :) Keep it up!

    Although, may I ask, what camera are you actually currently using?

    Jes | Naturally Jes

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    1. Aw thanks Jes :-) means the world!

      For the first half of those photos I used a Canon 60D and the second half I was using a Canon 5D Mark III

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  6. Your photos are gorgeous! And you're right, the most important thing is your own growth as an artist (and entrepreneur). Happy first birthday to your blog! X Jane http://janeheinrichs.blogspot.com

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  7. You've captured some absolutely beautiful moments here - can see some absolutely natural talent.

    It helps that they're adorable too :)

    Hmm maybe...

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  8. Beautiful photos! I especially love the one of the baby reaching for the beer - such a great moment! haha
    Keep it up girl!

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  9. Ahh adorable. Love the tiger-suit-one and grabbing-for-beer one. Self-doubt is always difficult, especially if your adventure still feels kind of new and you don't know what to expect, But you are trying and learning with every step so only good things can come from that right?

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    1. That's what I'm hoping for. This adventure is indeed very new and that's what makes it so very exciting but also very nerve-wracking too. What a rollercoaster it can be sometimes.

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  10. The cuteness is just overwhelming! I love it Sam, so well shot. I am so proud of your own little one year old, it's be a pleasure to get to know you through your time on here and I only hope for the absolute best for you in the future :) x

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  11. Flaws? Missed opportunities? Are we looking at the same photos?
    I think your work is amazing! My favorite photographers have always been the ones who capture little moments that nobody else notices, or that nobody else thinks twice about. You do that SO well. Beautiful work! :)

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    1. Heather, thank you so much. It's so wonderful to have you on here all the way from NYC. Your blog provides me with much happiness and now this comment is too. You're incredible!

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  12. Love those photos Samantha !!! You really have captured the happy moments of the day =] I love the candles and that lion cake !!! Wonderful photographs, looks like you had a great day =]

    X Victoria
    http://alfandemilio.co.uk

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  13. these pictures are the cutest! i love sitting back and just observing and i love that these let me do that. so good.

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  14. oh my such precious captures! you have such a knack for catching those small moments. lovely xo

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