Developing The Negatives of 2016

So a few months ago I wrote about how I was at a career crossroads.

I knew I didn’t want to work for someone else full time.

I knew that I didn’t want to enter into another venture with someone else unless I was 100% sure that it wouldn’t turn sour.

I knew that I wanted to work with children.

When I asked myself what I loved doing the most I realised that it was documenting my children’s milestones.

Unlike some (probably very wise) Mothers that didn’t allow their children’s images on social media, I posted multiple pictures a day. I couldn’t help it. I loved to capture their natural expressions and pictures that depicted their relationship.

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When I was 15 I asked my Dad for a ‘proper camera’ for Christmas.

What I got was a second hand Chinon camera with a permanent fault that left a thick black line on the photos but I loved it.

It was a one way blag pass into the backstage area at school where I could snap pictures of the drummer that I had my eye on for a full 3 years. The agony of unrequited love.

The novelty wore off after school – developing pictures used to cost me a fortune and I never did manage to fix the camera’s fault.

The smart phone sparked the passion again as did motherhood and I have, like most mums, pictures of everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. The first smile to the ‘sitting on the potty on the iPad 18th birthday shamers’.

So that’s what I decided to do.

I’m going to take pictures.

I won’t call myself a photographer as ‘friends’ recently took a surprisingly bile filled boil of umbrage at my bare faced cheek of deciding, at 34, to change direction. I didn’t just buy an expensive camera and go…..’Look at me! I’m a profesh ‘tog’!’

I even had this lovely meme dedicated just to me! I feel so special!

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I’m not expecting a fast pass to megabucks. I want to learn the craft. I want to learn from others through mentorship & experience.

I could go to college for 3 years and capture feeding blue tits on foliage & sunsets at dawn but you know what? I’m too old to be skirting around what I want to do.

I’ve had a Facebook page for a while but I’ve been too embarrassed to publish it until tonight.

I asked the opinion of fellow bloggers that are also photographers whether or not to just do it.

Several said that they didn’t get a degree or any formal qualification and that professional merely means providing a service & being paid for it.

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Yes, I’m a novice that is having a go.

Yes, my prices reflect this.

No, I don’t just rely on an expensive camera. I’ve turned Esme’s nursery into a home studio using the tools I have to hand. I’m paying by the hour for training & mentoring.

Yes, I deleted said friend (after crying feeling terrible all day and ashamed at trying my hand at something I’m not ‘qualified’ at)

Yes, we’re a long time dead so why not try?

Yes, I’d LOVE for you to give my Facebook page a like HERE

I’m loving learning & I think that I have a real eye for getting the characters of the littlies that come into the studio to shine through.

Big hairy bollocks to the naysayers. (Middle finger emoji) This is me………..

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J.D xx

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27 Comments
  • Louise Wood-Sanna
    Posted at 21:49h, 21 October Reply

    Good on you jodie! Do you work weekends I want to book my two in for the Christmas theme xx

  • Jayne Donoghue
    Posted at 22:00h, 21 October Reply

    Good for you Jode, sounds like said “friend” likes to zap the positivity out of others in order to give themselves a little ego boost. Nasty piece of work. Your photos are amazing, and the fact that you’ve had a little career change doesn’t matter in the slightest xxxx

    • This Mum Business
      Posted at 22:02h, 21 October Reply

      Thanks JD! Sadly I’m still a shit judge of character too ha ha! Love you Layoff xx

    • Jayne Donoghue
      Posted at 22:03h, 21 October Reply

      I’m fuming Lodge!! You are too nice, that’s your problemo xx

    • This Mum Business
      Posted at 22:06h, 21 October Reply

      True that. Thick skin uploading as we speak xxxxxx

    • Jayne Donoghue
      Posted at 22:06h, 21 October Reply

      Pm’ed you shit head xxx

  • Stephen Blundell
    Posted at 22:01h, 21 October Reply

    Lots of professions are filled with people who haven’t got a degree yet are very successful…especially anything arty. You already are professional so screw them 😉 x

  • Becca Louise Jones
    Posted at 22:35h, 21 October Reply

    Whoever that ‘friend’ was, I think it’s safe to say you’re far better off without them! I think you’re really brave for going for what you want and taking a complete new direction. Most people (myself included) usually just talk/daydream but never do it. Bollocks to what other people think xx

    • This Mum Business
      Posted at 22:41h, 21 October Reply

      Thanks Becca! Get bloody doing! What’s the worst that can happen? (I so need that tattooing somewhere….) xx

  • Joan Danner
    Posted at 22:40h, 21 October Reply

    Good luck with your new venture. Happy photography xxx

  • Joanne Eccles
    Posted at 23:29h, 21 October Reply

    Well done you !!!!!! Xxxx 😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘😘

    • This Mum Business
      Posted at 23:29h, 21 October Reply

      ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Joanne Eccles
      Posted at 23:31h, 21 October Reply

      You will look back in a year and think wow look how I’ve grown ….. lots of love xx in Bolton next week I may bring some backdrops with me you could use xx

    • This Mum Business
      Posted at 23:32h, 21 October Reply

      Joanne Eccles that’d be amazing. We can grab coffee xx

    • Joanne Eccles
      Posted at 23:32h, 21 October Reply

      This Mum Business ok lovely xxx

  • Vicky Oxley
    Posted at 08:10h, 22 October Reply

    Well Done Jodie, so glad you’ve published your page! It’s never too later to follow your dreams and what’s better than having a job you love? X

  • Caroline Welsby
    Posted at 09:56h, 22 October Reply

    Go for it Jodie. Screw the bitch faces!! Happiness reaps rewards and if it makes you happy snapping then happy snapping. 🎥 xx

  • Rach
    Posted at 09:11h, 24 October Reply

    You’ve used big hairy bollocks! That’s my ultimate saying! HA. And I’m saying a BIG FAT HAIRY BOLLOCKS to anyone who poo poos your dream. Just do you, FUCK everyone else.

    • Jodie Danner
      Jodie Danner
      Posted at 12:32h, 24 October Reply

      Ha ha! Sometimes only big hairy bollocks will do! Thanks for reading xx

  • Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
    Posted at 19:01h, 24 October Reply

    How exciting!! Congratulations on taking the leap, your photos are gorgeous! Good luck lovely, you deserve success. Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

  • Becky
    Posted at 21:41h, 24 October Reply

    Well done! It’s extremely brave of you to start over and I wish you all the best!

    #bigpinklink

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