I thought i would take some time to put my thoughts on paper so to speak !!! or on my Ipad as we are all so techie these days, Life and Inspiration !!! well a little about where I'm coming from ? We all lead different lives and i suppose have different goals in life. Some of us are happy with our lot ! happy to work week in week out enjoying our weekends ,family friends etc, some are driven to achieve be it in Education,Business,Sport whatever drives us to our goals. I for the best part have always been driven to succeed , a creative person always looking for the beauty in life and people !!! I studied Horticulture in collage, gained diplomas in floristry, floriculture, and later business studies and photography but really they are only pieces of paper to say we achieved a standard in our field of expertise !!!the creativity and inspiration comes from within! nothing wrong with that i hear you say! and i agree. So why am i sitting here contemplating life? well i am approaching my mid forties !!!!!!!! not a bad place to be at all ! but as i moved through the last few years i seem to have lost a lot of my inspiration and creativity," two essential tools for a photographer" i was beginning to wonder was it me getting older or just lack of visual expression in my work, i knew i was still taking great photographs satisfying my clients but were those same photographs satisfying me ?. The photography business is now awash with so called photographers !!! some have amazing talent many have not !!! and i feel that as a business it is now a lost cause !!! .Quality for a lot of people is not now the question , it is only a question of how much !!! Sure uncle bob can take our photographs and we will save more money so we can get that chocolate fountain that only the kids will use and will cost €500.00 for two hours !!!! but when all is said and done it is only your memories and photographs that remain !!!!!! and so to my reason for writing this piece, i was about to give it all up this year !!! not because i have not been busy quiet the contrary !! because i lost my inspiration !!!! until one day at the start of November !!! just another girl wishing to be a model !!! I thought i would take a few hours out since i was in Belfast for a meeting and photograph her anyway !!! Boy was i so wrong !!!!!,
and so i met Caitlin a very bubbly beautiful 20 year old girl,delighted that i was taking the time to photograph her little did she know i was contemplating this as one of my last ever shoots and not really there to do anything other than take a few photographs for her portfolio !!!!i took my first few shoots and we moved on down the boardwalk and then it happened !!!!that moment when you take a photograph and look at the the screen !!!! wow the hair stood on the back of my neck and i was smiling !!! That moment in time when you know that this will be a great shoot,if only for the reason that i was wanting to take great photographs to create something special for the person i was photographing, something that i missed from the last few years !!!! as we walked around Belfast scouting locations and taking photographs this stunningly beautiful 6 foot tall confident girl was giving me back the one thing that kept me going for so many years and i thought i lost!!! "my Inspiration" Inspiration to achieve great photographs to push the boundaries to create visual art that i for the one love to create, those amazing photographs to look at and cherish, a moment in time! Can i explain it no !! am i grateful ? "You bet i am" but then again can anyone ever put their finger on what it is really inspires their creativity !!!! Thank you Caitlin !!!for been just you and for giving me back my inspiation to create,I know you will go places, a wonderful person and a breath of fresh air to me and i know one to watch in the future !!!!