5 Photo Challenges for September 2017!

5 Photo Challenges for September

Anyone who’s followed me on instagram for a while will know that I love photo challenges, unfortunately, they’re not something I always have time for 🙁 That doesn’t mean I can’t live vicariously through you guys though! 😉 So this week for Sharing Saturday I’m sharing 5 challenges people have put together for the month of September! Don’t be put off by it being the 9th day already, there’s nothing stopping you from jumping in now or catching up by back posting! Most of these sites/accounts have one each month so if September’s too busy or you want to start from the beginning just follow their accounts and hang on until October for a new challenge 🙂

The great thing about challenges is that you can do them at any time; while it’s fun to do them alongside other people, you can take inspiration from old challenges too! Head over to my pinterest board to find a bunch of old ones that I’ve stockpiled! ((Banner image from Public Domain Images.))

 

Pinch and a ! September is here! Let's do this! #fmspad {swipe for the hashtag list}

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Definetly Dreaming Photo Challenge - September 2017

 

Over to You!

Do you like photo challenges? How about other challenges such as reading challenges or journal/planner ones?

Interview with Photographer Fede

Interview

Each month I will be interviewing someone from the online world. They could be someone creative, quirky, geeky or a fellow spoonie. I’m really not picky; the whole point of this is to open up dialogue, share with the world and if you wish, bring awareness to your work or a cause. Interviews are open to anyone who wishes to take part so if you’re interested in volunteering please check out the Interview information page.

The lovely Fede has stepped into the spotlight for this months interview. Read on to find out more about her and her photography!

 

The Interview

Hi …. please tell us a bit about yourself!

Hello! My name is Federica, but on the internet I go by Chibi or Faith, and in real life people call me mostly Fede or Fed. I’m 25, Italian, I live in Scotland and I’m an INFP!

How did you get into photography?

I got into it really early, when I was just a child! I remember using those Kodak cameras when I was little (the ones where you had to manually turn the camera roll yourself!), and I’m sure I had toy cameras as well. When I was around 9, I convinced my parents to get a polaroid camera and I freaking loved it! I brought it with me everywhere (but always treated it with care) and I was amazed by the fact that I could get the printed photos instantly. I think when I got the polaroid was when I became really passionate about photography — to the point where I’d sometimes even reply to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” with, “Photographer!”.

How many years have you been doing it?

Well, if you count the Kodak cameras… a bit more than half my life, haha! As a hobby, I’ve always been into it and I’ve always practised it. However, as a job, I’ve only been doing it for a few months. I got my very first paid photography job in September 2016, so technically that’s when it started becoming a job, but I feel like my skills have expanded a lot since then. Let’s say I started as an amateur in 2016 and now I’m working as a semi-professional in 2017.

What does your photography mean to you?

Photography has always been meaningful to me. I love the concept of capturing something — a place, a person, an animal, a sight — forever. I love that you can capture single moments in time that might not happen again, or would otherwise be lost forever and remain undocumented. I want as many things and as many people as possible to be remembered. That’s what I strive to do in my work and what I want to do as a photographer in general.

What was the first time you realised that was what you wanted to do?

I think I enjoyed my very first photography job in September (I was employed by a local band to take photos of them at a gig), but I started thinking I really wanted to do this when I asked friends to be my models and sequentially got a taste of portrait photography. I absolutely loved taking photos of my friends, sometimes gently directing them on what to do, where to look and what pose to strike — and of course, I love their reaction when they see the photos and end up loving them. I love making people happy through my photography. I think that was when I actually realised this is a job I really enjoy and want to do, even part-time.

What is your proudest moment?

My proudest moment was really winning against my anxiety whenever I have a photography job. I always get anxious whenever I have jobs, but I manage to combat and control it, and then, once I’m actually taking photos, it disappears completely. I’m proud that I don’t let my anxiety interfere with my photography, both in terms of work and love for it.

What was the first product you ever sold?

I haven’t actually sold any prints yet! But I am setting up my Redbubble shop so that people can get all kinds of merchandise with my photos on it — prints, mugs, phone/tablet covers, bags… So definitely keep an eye out!

What are your goals for the future? What do you hope to achieve?

My photography-related goals are to network more get myself known, so that hopefully (more) people come to me to get their photos! My other goals include getting my degree in Computing and at the end of it either get a web designer job or a full-time photographer job. One of the other things I really hope to achieve is to publish my own books. I have lots of ideas, and one children’s book written (just need it to be illustrated), so hopefully that dream also comes true!

What was the best advice you were ever given?

I’m going to have to post some quotes here, because these are honestly some of the best advice and most inspiring things I’ve ever read/been told:

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re probably right.” (Henry Ford) / “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” (Theodore Roosevelt) / “Whether a thought is spoken or not, it is a real thing and it has powers of reality.” (Frank Herbert)

The quotes above all have to do with confidence and believing in yourself. I have always had issues with my confidence and I saw that it was influencing my photography as well as other parts of my life. A person told me that confidence is about accomplishing things and recognising your accomplishments. It comes from within you and is gained by the things you do. Thinking positively is a good way to put you in a good place, believe you can achieve something and you’ll be “in the zone” — this is true for anything that you’re trying to do. And then you’ll gain a bit more confidence each time. It’s honestly the best advice I’ve ever been given.

Any advice for others wanting to get into photography?

This is a hard question… I think the advice I would give is to start learning, but without stressing yourself. Start small, with the basics, and gradually work your way to new and more difficult things. And do not compare your first photos to professionals who have been doing this for years. As Jon Acuff said, “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” Trust me, you will improve. It just takes time, passion and constant learning.

Also, try to “make” a photo, rather than “take” a photo. The sooner you start to get into that frame of mind, the quicker you’ll improve! Photography is a competitive field, and sometimes there are some amateurs out there who just “take photos”, get paid and pretend they’re a professional — but don’t get discouraged! People can still recognise an amazing photo when they see one. Just concentrate on getting those and you’ll see that people will start noticing you.

 

Now for some random questions…

If you were the god/goddess of anything, what would it be?

This is going to sound ridiculous, but… I would totally be the goddess of cute animals! My temple would be full of bunnies, cats, dogs, pet rats… just lots of adorable animals!

What would your animal form be?

Definitely a bunny: small, easily startled, puffy (I’ve got really big cheeks…)… and hopefully adorable!

Do you have any fun quirks?

This is the hardest question for me here! I can’t think of any “quirks” I have… My friends describe me as geeky and zany, as I act quite silly sometimes… I can make some silly little noises without even realising it, I squeal whenever I see a cute animal and I actually yell, “Doggie!” whenever I see a dog in the street. I’ll have some better quirks next time, haha!

Do you collect anything?

I love collecting dice! I have a dice bag that I want to fill up with dice and I can’t help myself buying some new dice whenever I see a set with a colour/pattern I love… They do get used in a lot of tabletop RPGs though, so don’t worry, they’re not just sitting in my dice bag, haha!

And finally; time for a shameless plug:

If you want to check out my portfolio, you can find it at Wallflower.nu.

I also have a Facebook page for my photography, and an Instragram account (which was very recently made).

If you do decide to check out my work, thank you so much and I hope you enjoy it!

 

Magical March Photo-a-day #SelfieConfidence

Magical March selfie a day challenge

I was invited to take part in a selfie a day challenge by Kayla of Epicfied for March and decided to give it a go. Selfies, or any photos of myself really, have become a very sore subject for me in recent years. Weight gain and suffering from Dermatillomania (compulsive sick picking) has made me very self conscious. The problem is that both become a vicious circle which combined with chronicle illness and depression just keeps on going and going. I also had some reservations about filling my instagram with my face every day, and how people wouldn’t want to see my ugly mug all the time. Then I realised that these were the voices of my high school bullies, whispers of the past and people long gone from my life. ((Texture credits for the featured image are from Missesglass and Dioma. Photo of myself has been edited using Painnt.))

 

 

As Kayla explains in her blog post about Magical March, this is about self confidence and I’m planning to use this challenge as a way to help me keep my Dermatillomania in check. If I know I have to take a photo and share it with the world, then hopefully it will curb the urge a bit. If it doesn’t, then I am still learning and gaining self confidence even with my problems.

 

I am going into this solo, but would love to have someone join me. So if you’re reading this and up for it then please let me know!

 

Challenge: Take a selfie every day in March.

Rules: 

  • No filters than change how you look. E.g., no beautify on Samsung, no Snapchat filters than change your eye size, face shape, skin, etc. and so on.
  • Post on a social media platform with hashtags #MagicalMarch AND #SelfieConfidence
  • Tag the host @Epicfied on social media
  • Be creative!

When? March 1–March 31

 

 

5 Awesome Animal Facebook Pages to Follow Now!

Sharing Saturday: Animal facebook groups

This week I’m sharing some of my favourite animal related pages on Facebook. There will be cute animals, silly pictures, and beautiful videos – I am not responsible for any tears or hours of your life lost to browsing through said pages 😉 That being said, these are a good go to if you need cheering up.

 

The Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation

I only found out about this page last year and I am in love with it and maybe just a little addicted. The page follows the Foundation set up by Eduardo Serio, lovingly called Papa Bear, who rescues animals from terrible circumstances. While it’s mainly big felines, hence the name, there are a bunch of other animals too which also feature regularly on the page. What makes this foundation so special is Papa Bear’s approach to his animals; love. The amount of work and love put into raising and rehabilitating these animals is beyond amazing. He has big felines of all different breeds living together, not because he’s forced them to, but because they love one another. Every video and picture posted by Papa Bear and the team shows you how much his furry babies adore him. They give us a very special and unseen look into the world of big felines, and it is precious and beautiful.

 

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Hessel & Hannes

I’ve been following these guys for a few years now, and the page features a black Labrador and ginger cat who are best friends. In addition to their friendship, the page also follows the antics of their fellow dogs Millie and Olav (who is seriously the most adorable puppy you have ever seen). Their friendship is beautiful, funny and a little bit crazy at times.

 

 

 

 

Cats sleeping in awkward positions

Anyone who’s ever owned a cat will tell you that at times they are completely off their rocker. This page focuses on one of those aspects; cats sleeping in weird and sometimes very awkward (how on earth is that even comfortable?!) positions. It is great for a laugh or just to reminisce/confer with your fellow cat owners.

 

 

 

 

Candice Sedighan Photography

Candice’s photography focused on her beautiful Golden Retriever Champ. Sadly, Champ passed away and now her photography focuses on Bear as he grows up. Her photos are well put together, stunning and have a playful genuine feel to them that you rarely find. They are heart warming and precious to behold.

 

 

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Lumina Reptiles

Last, but not least, is a page run by a personal friend of mine, Jayme. As the title sounds, yep, we’re talking about reptiles here. Namely snakes and Jayme has some beauties! If you’re not a snake fan then look away, if you are fascinated by lovely reptiles then please check it out.

 

 

 

 

Do you have any awesome animal pages to share? Let me know in the comments!