I’m a pretty positive person. I always look for the bright side of things. And I believe in gratitude. Ungrateful people are sad and miserable beings. No matter what is thrown at us we have to remember to be grateful for the good things in our lives, which we tend to overlook.
However I want to use this specific post to give thanks. I started this blog a little over a year ago, initially pretty much as a personal photo journal, an illustrated diary where I could showcase my preferred pictures and liberally reflect on chosen events in my life.
At first, I made almost no promotion for the blog whatsoever. I didn’t even tag posts, and the readership was nearly family sized. A handful of real life friends of mine, a few virtual (but genuine) friends via Facebook, and the odd photographer fellow suscribing to follow (hello Laurent 😉 !).
Then I started picking up of readership and thought it’d be nice to try and drive a teeny bit more traffic, so I wrote a couple of camera reviews which I linked to on a few photo fora. It definitely brought the blog some extra interest.
This is mostly a kid/pet photos blog (though I will post totally different pictures from time to time ranging from horse jumping to landscape, detail/artsy shots, and anything in between)… The very nature of my stuff will attract some viewers, and repell others, in equal proportion.
What I advocate in this blog is pleasure photography. I say “it’s not the camera”, and I mean it, too. I often comment on various camera models as I get to try a lot, but this very switching consistently reinforces my belief that what matters is in front of, and behind the camera. Not the gear itself.
Whatever you like shooting, that’s what you’ve got to do. I personally love photographing living beings, and kids in particular. I’m reinventing my vision of childhood one picture at a time, and it’s a life project in itself. I have my photographic ups and downs, moments of grace and hours of doubt, but overall this craft/hobby/art makes me very happy and content.
And of course, all the nice, positive, and heartwarming comments you guys have been giving lately are a fantastic and powerful encouragement to keep on pushing the boundaries, giving you more pictures, sharing more gear opinions and life experiences with you.
So I want to give each and every one of you who has visited, commented on, or suscribed to the blog a very big THANK YOU. You are keeping me company on this photo journey and motivating me to achieve good enough shots that I am not ashamed to share them with you.