Today I want to introduce you to the lovely Dinithi. Born and bred in Colombo, Sri Lanka, she lives in Melbourne with her hubby and their two daughters. Ayaana and Kiara, aged 6 and 3 years respectively, were Dinithi’s inspiration to learn photography properly (her words!).
She had a DSLR she had been fumbling with in auto for years, totally frustrated! So she joined our Enthusiast Photography Course, where she mastered her camera, and the foundational skills of of exposure, light and composition.
But soon Dinithi was ready to take her photos to the next level, and she had a particular longing to use light really artistically.
Now I know that anyone who’s further along than beginner in their photography has been here before and can relate… that feeling when you know there’s more delicious light to be had! But you don’t know how to recognise it, how to shoot for it, and how to harness it properly to make your images really dynamic!
Read on to learn how Dinithi developed the eye of an artist…
I’ve always loved taking photos. I have two little girls and I love capturing them doing everyday things, to remember those little moments that are potentially forgotten.
After the Enthusiast Course I was fully comfortable shooting in full manual mode, which was really liberating! But I naturally began to crave even more from my photos.
I had a vision in my head – I wanted my photos to look professional, with really magical light!
I wanted to be more creative, to be able to play with light and take photos that tell a story.
So I jumped into the Advanced Photography Course, and the knowledge I gained from the modules gave me the skills to make my visions for my photos a reality.
My backlighting and golden hour shots started looking exactly how I imagined them!
Formulating a vision in my mind is not intimidating anymore as I’m confident I can get out of my camera exactly what I plan, on purpose. It is safe to say I am forever obsessed!
The Advanced Course definitely increased my confidence. As a natural light family photographer there are many things you can’t control during a session such as weather and kids moods.
However knowing I can handle any light situation you can throw at me takes off that pressure to a large degree.
Having that confidence also leaves free to be more creative.
In between working full time and running after my two mini humans, photography gives me a chance to pause and do something that is just for
Photography is an outlet to use my imagination and be creative. I’m drawn to natural light and unposed moments, and I love spending sunset hours at the beach or in the woods clicking away and capturing beautiful memories.
When I nail beautiful light or a perfect moment captured exactly how I envisioned it… especially when the images are of my two girls… it just makes my day.
I love the simplicity of the way the content is taught, and I never once felt intimidated with information or jargon during the course.
The Advanced Course goes quite deep into advanced concepts yet it never overwhelmed me.
It also guided my editing, including how to avoid common editing pitfalls, which definitely helped me to ensure that my final outcome matches my vision.
I also love the community, as it’s so supportive unlike many photography groups. You’re encouraged to ask questions no matter how silly you think they might be, and the support from instructors and participants alike really make you enjoy the journey.
Being a part of the Grads community allows me to grow as a photographer, because it’s the most supportive and encouraging community of women, who lift each other up while sharing their passion of photography.
It also provides challenges and inspirations which push you to enhance your photography constantly while learning from one another.
Starting a business was not something I had planned, however once I started the course and really got into it, I realised how much I love photography! So I started my photography business Little Wanderers Photography.
I’m so glad I took the plunge as I really enjoy capturing beautiful natural connections of families. From a personal perspective it’s very fulfilling as it gives me an outlet for my creativity, something I don’t get to do in my full time job in accounts.
We think the best way to show the difference our course makes to our students is to share a before and after shot… please enjoy!!
Big love and thank you to Dinithi for taking the time in between work, kids and photography to share your story! It’s very much appreciated! If you want to see Dinithi’s recent work, check her out here.
If you’re already shooting in manual mode, on our Advanced Photography Course you will learn to shoot with confidence in any scenario, expand your tech skills and push yourself artistically to develop your style through intensive 1:1 critique on your work. Our next course begins soon, and if you jump on the wait list we’ll email you as soon as we go on sale!