Aubrey of Applewood Photography choose the theme for the month of April and when Ellie Meachem of Live Life Inspired Photography shared her Connection image we were all blown away. Ellie was transparent and hurting at the loss of her uncle, but she managed to capture the very essence of the love of two brothers in her uncles final moments.
Why Aubrey said this about Ellie’s image:
This image drew me in every time I came across it. The focus on the clasped hands shows that a connection can be expressed through the simplest gesture and touch. What a very touching image of brotherly love that never fades.
I connected with Ellie to learn a little bit more about her.
Tell us a bit about yourself? and Are you a hobbyist or a pro?
Firstly I am not really a fan of talking about myself, I never really know what to say so I shall start with the basics. I am Ellie of Live Life Inspired Photography, I am a 33 year old mum of three boys on the Autism spectrum. I am lucky enough to live in the historic and pretty city of Winchester in the UK. I am a professional Photographer, I started off as “ShutterBuggs Photography” over 7 years ago now but had a major revamp a year or so ago now and became Live Life Inspired. I have just started offering Wedding Photography with the assistance of my best friend, and within two weeks have booked numerous weddings which is a very exciting time for me and my business and is opening up all sorts of new opportunities and introducing me to some very beautiful individuals. My heart lies with lifestyle photography, children and families. (My own included) I love to be shooting outdoors in the sunshine (well what we see of that here in England anyway haha!) and natures playground. Life just as it is.
My boys. For someone that doesn’t like busy places. crowds and hoards of busy shoppers, London as become a favourite place for me to be. I have even learned to love the underground!! This shot is from a recent family trip to London. We had walked from the other side of South Bank/ London Waterloo to Trafalgar Square when the heavens suddenly opened…it did not last long though thankfully and this was the after shot. My new favourite of all my boys.
Tell us a bit about your photography gear. What is the lens do you not have but you desire to have the most?
I am incredibly blessed to have the camera gear that I have so there isn’t really anything on my ‘want’ list right now. I shoot with a Canon 5DMKIV and a MKVIII as my back up. I also own a few smaller models that I have kept a hold of for my boys, (Eldest is currently taking GCSE photography and my middle son is always running off with one of my cameras so I guess its in the blood!) My current favourite lens.. umm I will rephrase that I think! I have two lenses that come everywhere with me.. They are my Canon 135mm and my Sigma Art 35mm. My newest lenses to date and the two I don’t think I could live without. I also have a few Lensbaby’s but my twist 60 is my absolute favourite!
Again from a family trip to London, this is my 15 year old son. We fell upon Choccy Woccy Doo Dah and well, it would have been rude not to go in and have a nose around right? He was carrying my heavy camera bag for me after I trapped my back nerve again, so instead of soaking up the chocolate smell like I was (ha ha) he sat for a bit. It is not often I get snaps of him anymore so this is a firm new favourite too. If you have never heard of this place or visited, you must google it or try to go…it’s heaven!!
How did your journey to be a photographer happen?
I have always had a camera to hand, I was 17 when I fell pregnant with my now 15 year old and his baby days were documented with film cameras as soon as he arrived. It became an expensive hobby when I was trying to get 10 plus films developed a week. So I guess it kinda just happened really. My partner brought me a canon 1000D about 10 years ago and from there on I taught myself how to use it and developed my style from there, I was a Digiscrapbooker prior to that so I already knew my way around Photoshop and people seemed to like what I was doing so my Facebook page began, its then just developed from there to where I am today. I am a very lucky lady.
On the flip side of the second image…here are my other three in Choccy Woccy Doo Dah. My middle son wasn’t quite so impressed at being dragged round the shops as I was! My guy and my youngest in the background checking out giant chocolate coins!.
Who inspires you?
Oh gosh.. who inspires me.. There are so many people worldwide that inspire me but after a rough few years with health issues and lost loved ones I have come to realise its those directly around me who inspire me most. Those I interact with daily/weekly. My family, my best friend who knows exactly what I am going through when I say “its been a trying day”, she checks in on me every day and I would be utterly lost without her…she’s my rock. The list would go on and its the same with who I am inspired by Photography wise. There are just so many ladies I aspire too. Not just because of their standard of work but their hearts and their ability to see the best in everything. In particular though is my beautiful friend Karen Long of Karen Long Photography Karen has pushed me when I felt I couldn’t push forward myself and has been there as my inner voice telling me I am capable of achieving my dreams and goals and I am worth it. I love her.
My youngest. Out on a walk through the bluebell woods with a friend he actually sat and grinned at me. His favourite saying is “No photography allowed!” but when I didn’t hear them this time I made the most of it!
What advice would you share to the aspirants in this field?
Be you. The number one thing will always be JUST DO YOU. Do not compare yourself to others but compare yourself to the person you were yesterday. Don’t try to copy others, push yourself and learn all you can.. There is always going to be someone you will aspire to but you should always be yourself because thats when your best work shines through.
Another London capture. Two of my boys and “my girls” posing in front of Big Ben. Another adventure with my friend and her daughters…..now affectionately known as “My girls”. They are my family
One thing that you have learnt as a photographer over the years?
I think the biggest thing is that the photography community can be a very fickle place, sometimes like a playground. I have found my space though and again I am lucky enough that my spot is surrounded by some of the most caring, talented ladies you could be blessed with knowing. I have learned not to force anything in my photography journey from these ladies… If its meant to be it will come naturally.
Lastly something a little different to the above. When I need downtime I get out my macro or I do a little freelensing. A freelensed shot of some of my dried flowers/ I collect them… kinda like a hoarder collects things.
If you are interested in seeing more of Ellie’s work head over to her Live Life Inspired Facebook page. You will love it. You can also find her on the web – we would encourage you to go and visit her page!
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