The wildlife in Africa inspired me to buy my first DSLR and I was instantly amazed by how little I was aware of anything else when my eye was fixed to my camera. It was like meditation...I felt focused and lost track of time, hunger and thirst. This was the moment I realised my passion.
Both Africa and buying camera equipment are insanely expensive, so my passion had to be put to use elsewhere! I was the owner of a children's day care centre in England for 2 years and my office overlooked the playground. I started taking photos of the kids playing and the parents were overjoyed, which is where my love for candid photography began. Children are unpredictable, adorable and they only remain tiny for so long. The idea behind photographing families for me is to give the parents memories of what their kids loved at that age, more than just a bunch of people posing and smiling at the camera.
And then there were weddings! Suddenly every friend of mine was getting hitched and a capture of the most special day of their lives was the best present I could think of. Now I photograph the weddings of people I've never met before, and leave the wedding feeling like I've gained at least one new family if not two :)
After 6 years of shooting, I still feel the same thrill and calm when my camera is my eye, and I'll never tire of hearing "OMG your cameras are bigger than you!"
© Neha Brackstone Photography