A Girl, A Dream and Me….

A while back my husband told about this girl/lady who really want’s to be a photographer and if I would be willing to help her make her dream come true. At first I thought how can I teach her anything then I remembered how difficult it was in the beginning. My friend gave me a quick crash course in Aperture and ISO and the rest I had to learn and master  by myself.  I do not have a degree in photography, but the knowledge and skills I do have and acquired over the past 4 years I am willing to share with her. Photography is my passion and for a long time a dream that I never thought would even come true.  Now I am living my dream and enjoying every second of it.

The first day that met Lizette was in early May I explained to her that you do not become a photographer over night. It is hard work and in the beginning the exercises seems silly and don’t really make sense but later when you are doing your first birthday party or even a wedding you will remember these silly shoots.  I told her that there are different types of photography and it takes time to master the different techniques. We had our first official lesson on 29 May 2013 since then we have a lesson every Wednesday scheduled from 9:00 till 12:30.

In our first two lessons I’ve covered the basics with her like ISO, Aperture, Depth of field, Shutter speed and exposure. What is very important to me and my goal is to help her to get to know her camera and to master ISO and Aperture combinations. For now we will only focus on AV mode. I don’t believe in just sitting and reading the information I believe in practice and practice so after we worked through the paperwork we went outside to practice…

Last week we went on a field trip and we focused on landscape photo’s and I wanted to see if she would be creative. I will post Lesson 3 in separate post. I took  allot of photo’s and will post it then.

Today’s lesson was all about editing… She took photo’s of her niece her little boy over the weekend and I showed her how to do the basic editing of these photo’s.  When she told me about the shoot over the weekend I gave her some guidelines and told her to use a tripod.  When I worked through the first lot of photo’s I must say I was a bit disappointed she did not apply what she learned in the first two lessons. If she had remembered to increase her ISO she would have gotten some stunning photo’s. I hope she learned from her mistake. Something that really took me by surprise was when she said all the photo’s blur when she uses a tripod.

The next few weeks we will be focusing on portrait photography, composition and how to use a tripod.

Here is two collages of photo’s I took with our first two lessons.  Love this getting back to basics. I can’t believe all the stuff I had forgotten good to refresh my brain again.

Lesson 1: Depth of field. Playing around with Aperture settings
Lesson 1: Depth of field. Playing around with Aperture settings
Lesson 2: Depth of field.  Experimenting with Aperture and ISO settings. Also some creativity.
Lesson 2: Depth of field. Experimenting with Aperture and ISO settings. Also some creativity.



Mom I also want to be a photographer.

Lian took his first photo’s when he was only 3 years old. We were not like other parents that forbid their children to touch their camera because it can break…. We just showed them how to hold it properly and told them not to run and off they went.

Both our boys loved taking photo’s and we had to time them so that both of them get equal time with the camera. I asked hubby to go through all our archive cd’s to find Lian’s first photo’s that he took. Lian love taking photo’s of animals and people and Armand on the other hand loved taking photo’s of objects and still do.Here’s a  few collages.

My fist photo's
Some more....
Loved the kittens
Some portraits my way

About a year back Lian told me that one day he is going to take over the photography business here and then I can travel the world and take photo’s.  This morning he told me he is starting his own photography business. He even got his own business name Lian Kunh se fotografie. LOL I had to laugh but he misspelled his surname. Well who am I to say it’s wrong it’s his business name. All he needs is business cards I was told .  He also told me that when I have photo shoots he must go with because he must practice to take perfect photo’s. Then I must teach him how to edit his own photo’s. Oh yes something else,  I must pay him because he must save up for his own camera.

I just smiled.  Lian is a fast learner and I think if it lasts he will be a great photographer one day. He is only 10 and he will still change his mind a thousand times. But for the time being he wants to be a photographer so I will support him and teach him what he needs to know.

Mom said practice, practice everyday...


Looking to see if photo's will meet mom's high standards.
I even have a name for my photography business. Oeps! I misspelled my surname...


Who knows in 10 years time Lian might be by my side and if we are lucky Armand who also has a very good eye for composition will join us. For now Armand wants to design weapons and I will support him all the way. . .

Project 365 Photo a day 365/13

Psssst do I have your attention??? I can’t talk to loud have to whisper……

Today I played with my 10 O’Clock snack…. Yes I know what you are going to say we don’t play with food. I did not play with my food I got creative…. Today I am also a mother and I can remember when Armand and Lian was still  toddlers  I also made faces in their plates with their food. Today at age 10 and 11 they do it themselves and I don’t tell them not to play with their food. As long as they eat their food I don’t have a problem with them getting creative. Throwing around food now that is what I call playing with food and that is not allowed…

Haha I love pretzels and while I looked at the pretzels a light-bulb appeared I’ve got my photo of the day….

Pretzel fun....
Getting creative with my snack...Black & White


Have a lovely day see you tomorrow…