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Cheese! (how & why I started Photography)

Hello and welcome to my first blog post. I haven’t done a blog post before because I’m not that great with words & writing. I like to tell stories through photographs, I feel like a photograph can mean one thing to someone and the complete opposite to another person, it is so interesting to hear about what people think.


Anyways, I’ve decided to write a short blog to basically describe and explain how I started photography and what inspired me.


As you can probably tell by now, this blog post is not going to have any professional or ‘big’ words simply because that isn’t me. I am writing this blog in a way that I would want to read it and that’s in a simple format of text with probably plenty of spelling mistakes but hey ho that’s who I am and as I mentioned on the beginning of this introduction I like to talk and write through my photographs, not by text.


I hope you enjoy my blog called ‘Cheese’ … yes, surprise surprise it’s food related ;)




Cheese


Photography and I are like cheese and crackers - we are meant for each other.


As cheesy as it sounds, photography has changed my life.


*Tiny violin playing*


Years ago I was suffering from severe depression & anxiety, which lead me to be self conscious and lonely. I spent most of my time watching youtube videos of filmmakers and photographers. Even though I never met these individuals, I felt connected, inspired and apart of the ‘camera club’ .

For Christmas 2013, the only gift I asked for was a video camera, Santa delivered my request it was a ‘Polaroid ID2020’. Even though the camera was a camcorder, I mainly used the photo feature on it. Obviously it wasn’t the greatest camera but from that day onwards the world seemed different. I noticed light, shapes & colours.


At the beginning I only took photos of my dogs and the generic first photos you see everywhere; your keyboard, flowers in your back garden & your bedroom light.


Unfortunately in 2014 I lost motivation due to my mental health deteriorating. I didn’t take any photographs or even looked at any photography themed videos.

For my birthday I received my first ‘proper’ camera, it was a ‘Nikon Coolpix’.

Once again I only took photos inside my house and played around with the inbuilt filters & effects. I found them to be so cool!

I thought they were so amazing I decided to upload them to my old Instagram account. Little did I know this would be the beginning of a beautiful and colorful story.


I uploaded a photo, hashtagged it with hundreds of random words and I received positive feedback!

After years of bullying & negative words, people actually liked my photographs! Looking back at this moment I didn’t realise that a stranger’s nice comment would impact my life so much. I kept uploading more and more random images. In 2015 I’ve realised that I should pick a theme for my photography. I started off with landscapes, nature and then photographing people.


Before I started photography, myself and people were like cheese and chalk- we didn’t get along.


I experienced bullying and due to this I never trusted anyone and as bad as it sounds I thought everyone was judging me.

Long story short, the fact I decided to photograph people was a huge step for myself and for my photography career.

I started taking photos of my younger sister then I did some street photography, It was great!

I felt like people noticed the images first and then realised that I took them.

In 2017 I shot my first wedding! Yes an actual paid wedding shoot. I couldn’t believe it, someone trusted me to photograph the biggest day of their lives. For a first time wedding photographer the photos came out okay, I was happy with them.







After the first wedding it led me to photograph two other weddings. They both went successfully.




After the third wedding, I realised this isn’t what I wanted to do. Even though I enjoyed meeting new people, capturing the happy moments and gaining experience it didn’t make me happy. The whole reason why I decided to start photography, was to find something to occupy me, make me happy and think positively.


At the end of 2017 I made the decision to stop photographing weddings. Instead, I want to concentrate on the world around me, the strong mountains, the salty sea and mainly I want experience other countries, cultures and beautiful scenery all around the world.



Now I have created my own website (www.miriamhughesphotography.co.uk), been featured on TV & other media outlets, won a couple of awards and my photographs are getting more recognized which is great! My passion for photography still grows everyday and I can’t wait to explore new places, meet new people and experience different culture.



Thank You for reading!

Miriam

:)