As mums, we often hesitate when it comes to investing dollars in our learning, especially when we have no plans to apply that learning to a paid occupation (eg. professional photographer!).
But the thing is, not all investments are about a financial return. Sometimes it’s an investment in yourself, and this was true for CLG Advanced Grad Kirsty Nealon… for this stay at home mum it was about having something for herself… and her sanity!
So today I’m excited to introduce you to Kirsty, an Environmental Scientist and mum to two boys aged 5 and 3. Kirsty told us she hesitated on taking our Advanced Course for 2 years, because like most of us mums, she needed a reason to justify spending on herself. Read on and learn why she ultimately dived in… and why she didn’t regret it for a second!
I live in the Hunter Valley in NSW with my partner and two crazy boys who are 5 and almost 3. As a family we absolutely love exploring outdoors, and we spend a lot of time camping and travelling some of the more off beaten tracks in Australia. I’m an Environmental Scientist which I loved prior to having the boys, especially as it meant I was outdoors all the time. But now that I only work part time I’m relegated to the office doing the most boringest of boring jobs (which is a big part of the reason why photography has saved my sanity!).
I had never really been a particularly arty or creative person, but photography really changed that for me.
The Advanced Course taught me to see my kids’ everyday moments with fresh eyes, and it gave me the skills to turn them into art that I love.
It’s my hope that one day they will also love looking at them when they’re older.
I can now take the type of photos that I always wanted to take prior to doing the course. But rather than just being content with that, its driven me to want to keep learning, and pushing my skills.
Now when I see a particular technique or style, rather than just admiring it and wistfully thinking I wish I could do that… I have the confidence and skills to get the camera out and give it a go. If it doesn’t work, I don’t get bummed, I just go back and keep experimenting.