This may seem like old news, to those of you who follow me on instagram, or facebook, but now seemed like as good a time as any to say that Clare Barker Wells Photography is now officially open for business!
It feels pretty huge saying that, especially as only two years ago I’d never picked up a DSLR. I’d loved photography, I’d enjoyed playing around and attempting to take ‘arty’ shots with my point and shoot, but I’d never got any further than that. But then, as seems to be quite the cliche, girls meets boy, girl and boy get married, girl has baby, girl picks up camera, girl gets completely hooked and can’t imagine not ever seeing Every. Single. Thing. as if through a lens. I walk around now seeing little vignettes, constantly spotting a beautiful composition, or interesting light, and I’m pretty sure that’s never going to stop. I hope it doesn’t.
Photography has unleashed in me a creative spark that I didn’t even know I had. Well, actually, I think I always knew I had the creativity, I just didn’t know how to tangibly make the beautiful things that I could see in my mind, which was pretty frustrating. As someone who once got a D in Art, with the words ‘Clare finds the application of paint to paper in an artistic way, almost impossible.’ on her report (I KID YOU NOT), I cannot tell you what a relief it is, to finally find that creative outlet. It’s like, now, I have a way of expressing myself, and of really making something beautiful. I see beauty everywhere, always have done and now I can share it, and that makes me truly truly happy.
Happier than I’ve been in a long time actually. I’ve made no bones about the fact that I found the transition into motherhood hard. I found suddenly ONLY (hah!) being a mother, pretty hard to get my head around. And then I found it hard to get my head around going back to work full time. The thing is, despite not wanting to go back to work, I did still feel like I needed to do something that felt like me again, and something that gave me a purpose. And it’s amazing what it’s already done for my self-confidence, feeling like I’m contributing to the world at large again, as well as having something that I feel I’m relatively good at. I’m still not sure how all of this will work out, and how I’ll combine working and mothering so that I don’t feel like I’m not giving 100% to either role, but I have some good support, and it’ll work out one way or another.
So there you have it…now is the time for me to get my name out there. I’ll be shooting families, weddings, maternity, and newborn shoots, so if any of you have any friends in Kuala Lumpur (ah heck, South East Asia would do), who’d like to be photographed, please do send them my way. And I will also be back in the UK at least six weeks throughout next year ( BREAKING NEWS! Flights now booked so I’ll be in the UK for three weeks at the end of Jan/beginning of Feb 2014), so if any of you have a huge desire to have me photograph you, get in touch and we’ll see if we can work something out. Also, if you’d like to follow me on Facebook, that would make me very happy indeed. I will attempt not to bombard you with Emmi pictures (I only say I’ll attempt, no promising), and the more people who book me, the less I’ll have to post pictures of Emmi…so send people my way please. Win-win for everyone.
PS the beautiful lady above is Ana Maria – she designed my logo for me, and has a very VERY cool blog – you should check it out.
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