You may have noticed we're as passionate about our dogs as we are of photography... I came home after work today and decided it was my turn to throw the ball for them (it's usually Row's daily ritual but I beat him to it today)... I managed to capture a few pics at the same time.
This time around we had our neighbour Alex's dog, Sadie the labrador, over to play too. Jagger is our tan staffie boy and Daisy is our brindle and white staffie girl cross.
Hope you like - we love!
It's been a little while since I last posted on the blog. March has been a wonderfully mad month. We have been chockers with things to do and it seems April is heading in the same direction. Aside from the bustle, we at least got to take a break in the beautiful mountains. This past weekend we set off to the Northern Drakensberg for a bit of camping, reading, hiking and snapping with my 50mm lens. Camping at Mahai or Rugged Glen in the Royal Natal National Park has, it seems, become an annual tradition for us, especially over the March/April long weekend periods. It is especially beautiful this time of year. It is situated just a little below the world renowned Drakensberg Ampitheatre and while the grass is still lush and green, the leaves on the plain trees are starting to turn their glorious orange. The views are simply breathtaking. Sometimes the only words left to describe some of our South African treasures, just like the Berg is, "Wow"! We're back at work this week and I am sporting a bad sun burn on the back of my neck from our hike up "The Crack"... The blisters are worth the 5 hours of hiking 8km and seeing the magnificent views on offer at such high altitude. Can't wait to go back!
That saying: "the world is so small" is personified in my home town, Pietermaritzburg. My passion and most loved hobby is photography, and in a small town such as mine where everyone I seem to meet is a photographer too, I am often left feeling like a tiny goldfish in a fishbowl full of cichlids. I don't mind too much... this feeling keeps my passion grounded. It also reassures me that I am on to something good.
Being an underdog in a sea of choice photographers makes me focus on my photography for the love of it more than the return on investment monetarily. I learn something new everyday and this keeps my focus on really just perfecting how I do what I love. If I look back at where I started, and compare it to today, as an underdog, I feel pretty pleased with my accomplishments.
Early on I was told something along the lines of never comparing yourself against what others have achieved but rather what you have. Sometimes we can be sensitive about our work, but this comes from a place of being our own greatest and most feared critic.
Photography is an outlet for me to express myself whether it be with willing subjects or obligated flora and fauna (nature is beautiful, it's meant to be captured in all its glory). I never want to lose that feeling. I will comfortably and gladly sit in my place as the underdog. I will do so with the mindset of sharing my love and knowledge with others who maybe feel the same way.
I want to be able to look back and see how I inspired others from a humble and modest position. I want to encourage others and be the driver for change and empowerment rather than a source of intimidation. Simple things like telling my friends and family when they have taken a great photograph. I want to ignite their spark for photography, keep the spark alight, and keep the fire burning.
I love meeting other photographers, and I especially love it when we all meet at that cool, sharing vantage. Not a place where silent judgement can be heard like a pindrop. I consider myself lucky to know other underdogs like me. I consider myself lucky to know photographers who clearly aren't underdogs but meet you there like they are - that place of no intimidation and really just pure inspiration!
So... In a world filled with the big dogs and us pups, I couldn't be happier because even though I know the end goal might be grand, the steps I take and memories made getting there matter more to me. What I learn and who inspires me is still important from where I'm sitting.
It's "hump" day! Or should I say: "bump" day? In honour of Wednesday's, I thought I would share a few photographs from Kerry and Steve's maternity shoot. Yay for Wednesday's... So, in little over a month's time, if not less, we will meet our nephew, "Baby Bok". The arrival of this little boy is greatly anticipated amongst the family... and with much excitement. We absolutely cannot wait any longer.
We photographed this passed Sunday and were slightly pushed for time as we had planned Kerry's, and her sister Lindsay's (who is also pregnant), baby shower for the same day. We managed to capture some beautiful moments regardless. Can't wait for Baby Bok's arrival!
Candice Christie Photography
Hello and welcome. This is my online home... a place where my passion for photography lives. These eyes have gazed upon a whole new world through my camera lens. I like to share this world here with you, in words too.