I had plenty of years' practise before i photographed my first wedding - my niece's (free of charge) Up until then i used my 40d camera and 200mm lens to photograph lots of football matches. You can't beat a bit of live action. My photographs appeared on the front covers of Hinckley United's programmes and it wasn't long before the newspapers came looking for a football photographer too. The Hinckley Times sent me off to Leicester City's ground to cover a Hinckley match for them. It was a great experience for me. I'd taken a few thousand pictures when i decided that i'd like to try weddings instead. I read up on it and realised i needed some new equipment.

For the weddings i brought another DSLR camera (like the one in the picture) and did as many weddings as i could.. A few weeks after finishing them i had a stroke. Suddenly, the hopes of photography i had were dashed. Luckily, i've still got the cameras, but what will happen with them i don't know. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink it would explain my sons lack of interest in photography. He doesn't feel the same way about it as i do. That's a shame really. You can't force it on somebody. You've either got it or you haven't. I've got so much stuff and nobody to use it. Not many 25-year olds get the opportunity to own so so much gear.

I got good reviews for the wedding and turned the pictures into albums. They went down very well and i'd still be doing them now if i could.
Things happen for a reason. I can't argue with that. Why i couldn't i have done it when i was younger is a question i'll always ask myself. You need a special kind of personality to do it.

I always have a respect for photographers and the work they produce. There are so many talented people out there. My favourite photographs are in black and white and have people in them. I love to see a good photograph. I'm reminded of my niece who wanted a career taking pictures. I asked her if she knew what a DSLR was. "No idea" she said. "What do you take pictures with?" "I use my phone" she said. There's a lot more involved to it than that.

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  1. It's unfortunate that you can no longer do the things that you loved to do like taking wedding photos professionally.

    I have a Canon EOS REBEL T1i with a Zoom lens but I'm not a photographer. I use it to take ordinary photos for my blog and for family gatherings. I don't have a smart phone and use a simple cell phone for contacting my family mostly on the farm and to use in case of emergency.

    I agree, it's a shame your son is not interested in photography.

    Julia

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    1. I can't take photographs with my phone. That isn't what phones are for. It only cost £1.
      I'm sorry he isn't interested in photography too, but what else can you do? I understand how it works, but it's like George Best explaining how he scores goals.You can't really explain how It happens. It just does and then you take credit for it, afterwards. I can't fix the iPad at all, but he does, effortlessly. My mate Mandy always beats me at Scrabble. Always. She uses words I've never even heard of, but Scrabble has. It's funny how some people are good at the things that you're not. That's life.

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  2. I'm rather partial to the black and white photography myself.....they seem to hold so much more emotion than the coloured photos...they leave more to the imagination...they touch my heart.

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  3. I love black and white stuff. It can make turn a good photograph into a great photograph. A subtle change can be a good change in life.

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  4. I used to think that my daughter would do a lot of the same things in school that I did like choir, archery and ROTC. She wanted nothing to do with any of that is went to art and drama class.

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    1. Well, I thought he might be interested in photography, but I was wrong. He couldn't care less about it. If I was 25 and somebody gave me a load of gear for free I'd bite their hand off.

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  5. Perhaps your son will come to it later. My interest in photography is relatively recent, and it is rapidly becoming an obsession. I am still a happy snapper rather than a photographer, but that may change.
    And yes, a good black and white photograph can be a glorious thing.

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    1. If he came to it later I'd be glad. I have to apologise for all my mistakes. I blame it on the brain injury. It doesn't matter about your age. What matters most is that you have the passion to do it. That's what counts.

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    2. All of us make mistakes. Hopefully your boy will come to photography - or to something else which excites his particular passion.

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    3. As long as he finds something to interest him. That is all I ask for

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  6. I love photography. It is such an enjoyable type of art. I'm sorry you can't do it anymore. Do you have images you can share with us? I'd love to see some of your work.

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  7. If you REALLY want to see some, put my name (Terry Stynes) into google and click on the 500pix link. You'll find a selection there.

    I've seen your miniature photos. They're brilliant. Ingenious is the word I was looking for.

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  8. Regarding your niece's interest in photography, we all have to start somewhere. Does she take good pictures with her phone? There may be room for her to grow.

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  9. I agree. We all have to start somewhere. Taking a load of 'selfies' on your mobile phone to the exclusion of everything else is hardly the way to go.

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    1. Ahh, selfies ... not exactly fine photography :)

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  10. Whe was too much of a skinflint to buy even a cheap camera!

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  11. It must be so frustrating, Treey...but cherish the fact that you were good at what you once were capable of doing. Many don't have the talent...you have, even if you no longer can use it. I'm sure you still have the eye of a good photographer, though. :)

    I hope you find someone who will value your quality cameras and equipment. Photography is a wonderful art and I hope the appreciation and use of the proper equipment never loses favour.

    I, too, love black and white...as an admirer. I've never been adept at taking photos...I'm just a "point and click" girl, but my ex was right into photography...and was very good, too, using his talent professionally in one of his businesses at one time (after we'd parted).

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  12. It was very frustrating at the time Lee. Everything happens for a reason though.

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