Today on the blog I’m lucky enough to share a series of beautiful inspiring images from my gorgeous friend Pamela Bradford who is a child and family photographer based in Melbourne.
I love how Pam sees the world, how she captures quirky, she finds beautiful, and she shows us love! Her black and whites are a tiny bit retro and they make me melt! Check out her images and words below – and her awesome tips to inspire us to pick up the camera!
Thank youPam Xx
Q. Aside from your client work, what do you love most love to shoot & what inspires you to pick up the camera?
A. I love to shoot everyday objects in my environment, including my garden, in an abstract fashion, nice and close, thin slivers of focus.
I so need a macro!
Q.Did you have an ‘ah-ha’ moment you could share with us when you were learning photography & how did it change the way you shoot?
A. Yes! Years ago I read a lesson on how focal length affects the image.
It changed my photography for the better overnight.
Until then I thought it was only about where you were and where you needed to be, relative to your subject, but it’s about so much more than that. I love to use long or wide lenses for the distortion for different reasons. Long lenses will create beautiful bokeh (the smooth blurry background) when you can’t shoot wide open (eg. if you’re shooting a large group of people at least three deep and want everyone in focus from front to back). A wide angle lends an element of fun when shooting kids being silly, and allows you to include more of the environment when you want to add context.
Q. Are you working on any personal projects at the moment?
A. I’m about to. A friend who owns a vintage clothing store has asked me to produce some styled kitschy images which she plans to frame and sell in her store. It’s something very different for me so I’m really excited. I have a tonne of ideas, and I can’t wait to get started…just need to find the time!
Q. What’s on your photography ‘bucket list’? Is there something/somewhere you’d love to shoot?
A. I’d love to shoot in an apple orchard, when the trees are fruiting, in the golden hour. I actually almost did this just last week…except the trees weren’t fruiting, the light wasn’t quite right, and my subjects were impatient (yes they were mine). I shot it anyway, but hopefully there will be other opportunities to create the images I have in my imagination.
Q. What’s your top tip for sharing with Click Love Grow to improve our photography?
A. Stop using zoom lenses to avoid moving your body! Zoom with your feet instead, choose a long focal length (eg. 135mm or longer) and a wide angle (eg. 35mm or wider) and compare and take note of how each lens affects the overall aesthetics of your image, your subject’s features, straight lines, depth of field, etc. Then armed with that new knowledge, start choosing your lenses based on the look you want to achieve.
Do you have a favourite photographer who inspires you with their work?
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