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A year of Living Arrows portraits

by Clare Mansell
A year of Living Arrows portraits

So it’s the final week of Living Arrows for 2015. Today I am sharing the final photo of the year and my favourite images from the 51 weeks preceding it, but there is something else I want to share with you too…

I joined Living Arrows at the beginning of last year as a challenge. I wanted to give myself a project that would stretch my photographic abilities and it does… every week. Behind every photo is a degree of planning, then selection (I take many and bin several!) and finally editing. Cameras lie, they have a fraction of the capability of the human eye and so part of the job of a photographer is to restore what you saw and create the image you envisaged.

I am very rarely satisfied with my photos. On Instagram and Bloglovin I have surrounded myself with people who take better photos than me and so every week I beat myself up about my pictures not being good enough. When someone publicly complimented me last year on the photos I had taken I worried the ones I would take this year would disappoint, but yet there is magic when you collect them together. They are more than the sum of their parts, they tell a story of two people growing either side of the camera lens and it is so worth the time it took to create them.

Next week I’m going to be starting a new monthly photography project which will be about recording our family lives. If you fancy joining me, please come back on Friday to find out more…

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And the last one of the year…

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5 comments

Donna December 30, 2015 - 8:52 am

I love how your photos for this project are always a clear portrait of him. I also love his changing hair through the year. Merry Christmas lovely – I’ll be back on Friday to find out about your linky – excited for that! x

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Emma T December 30, 2015 - 8:53 am

Fab to see lots of your favourites together. I love Living Arrows – it’s such a great way to see how our children grow up.

As for photography – it’s always a bit of a boost when someone complements you on your photography, especially if you’ve been working hard at it. I have to say, I rarely set up any photos – they’re chosen from the various ones I snap the week before.

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claremansell@mac.com December 30, 2015 - 8:55 am

I think I phrased that badly. I don’t set my photos up either, but I do plan them a bit and by that I mean I think about how to shoot them in the minutes before. Moving to get the best angle or the best light. It’s tempting to rush in and just shoot, but I like to have an idea of what I am trying to achieve.

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Kerri-Ann December 30, 2015 - 8:54 am

Your photos are absolutely stunning. I’ve had my first big camera at Christmas and I’m desperate to learn about how to take the type of photos you have above but also the editing. I will pop back on Friday but please feel free to remind me x #livingarrows

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Janine Harris January 6, 2016 - 8:49 am

I love these photos, he looks very comfortable with you taking pictures, I know my daughter hates the camera! x

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