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Living Arrows 11/52

by Clare Mansell
Living Arrows 11/52

Hasn’t it been wonderful to have a few days of spring sunshine? Yesterday Theo spent most of the day in the garden with his cousins wearing a t-shirt and bouncing on their trampoline (we need one for our garden too I think!)

As the afternoon sun started to set I was able to capture some photos of him in the spring sunshine and put into use some of the things I have been learning in my family photojournalism course…

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I know I have mentioned the course a couple of times before, but one of the things I am enjoying most about it, is the way it has freed me to take differently composed and less “perfect” photos that capture a moment. The tutor Kirsten Lewis talks a lot about observing what is going on, not managing it, but waiting for a moment and I’m starting to see the effect that is having on my images.

I think this second photo is one I might have binned before the course because Theo is so low in the frame, but now I see something else, I see how I’ve shot it from his point of view with the hands of the bigger kids up high and I like it because it’s different and different is not just ok, it’s kind of special.

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I’m also booked on to another “in person” photo course this year at the amazing West Dean College near Chichester. The college is in a stately home in acres of parkland and delicious meals are provided. I did a photojournalism course there 4 years ago and I’m going back to do natural light portraiture with the same tutor. West Dean is as much about the immersive learning experience as it is about what you are studying and I’m really looking forward to it!

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6 comments

Katie @mummydaddyme March 14, 2016 - 1:38 pm

Gorgeous Clare, I just adore your images. Do you have any recommendations of any video courses, have you done any? I would love to do one but all the ones I see I think are a little too basic for me (not that I am an expert but you know what I mean!) and all the more advanced ones are not very inspiring! x

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Donna March 14, 2016 - 2:05 pm

Ah I just love the light! He looks so happy and the weather was glorious wasn’t it?! x

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Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too March 17, 2016 - 6:54 pm

I adore the photo on the trampoline, the way you have caught the light is beautiful

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Amy @ Very Much So... March 17, 2016 - 7:39 pm

The light in that top photo is gorgeous, I love it! #livingarrows

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Sarah @tobygoesbananas March 20, 2016 - 9:40 pm

I love both these pictures, especially the light in the top one. I’ve only really started learning how to use the DSLR in the last few years and I would love to be better at it…maybe I should try and find a course that would help. #LivingArrows

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Louise | Squished Blueberries April 1, 2016 - 8:35 pm

Beautiful photos! I’d love to do a photography course, I have no clue what I’m doing I just click away and chose the photos I think look best ????

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