Mom*tog of the Week – Amelia Abrook

Sorry for the Mom*tog of the Week hiatus!  Between traveling and shooting non-stop something had to give!

I’m excited for the Mom*tog of the Week because she has been consistently posting images of her sweet British family.  I love seeing how things are so different, yet so the same on the other side of the world.  I love how Amelia’s images are timeless.  Almost fairytale like.  And I will admit that when I read her posts I read them with a British accent.  Because everything is better with a British accent.

Thanks for being our Mom*tog of the Week, Amelia!

Name: Amelia Abrook

Location: Hanworth Park, United Kingdom

Kids names and ages: Leila (five) and Willa (two)

Your blog or website: www.justgivemeacamera.blogspot.co.uk

Camera you shoot with: Canon 7D

Favorite lens: I really like prime lenses, my favourite (and only!) lens is the 35mm f/1.4L. I take a lot of pictures of the girls indoors with not a lot of available light and I read that this lens is magic in low light conditions and I have not been disappointed. I find it a really versatile lens, I can take portraits, full body shots and wide angle photos, it’s all a matter of moving my feet! I previously used the Canon 50mm 1.4 which is a fantastic lens but indoors I found the focal lenght too tight on my crop sensor camera. I’m currently saving for a 135mm f/2.0L so I take candid portrait shots and, from what I have read, I have a sneaky suspicion is could become a firm favourite.

How did you get into photography?
 My dad sparked my interest in cameras and photography. My earliest memory is sitting on the carpet with my new born sister in my arms, I am looking up at my dad recording the moment I first held my sister with his Olympus OM. I loved that camera, it felt solid and reassuring in my hands and I loved how the world looked through the viewfinder. My dad was always capturing family moments. I often sat next to a huge pile of family photo albums reliving those moments. One of my favourites images was a candid shot of my sister when she was about 3 years old swinging on a tree swing back lit by the evening sun, I wanted to take photos like that. And of course there’s the photo of me age three years & nine months staring glumly at the camera whilst I awkwardly held my wrinkly baby sister who is a dark shade of pink from the exersion of crying. I’m pretty certain that I inherited my affinity for capturing little family moments from my dad. I really started to get serious about photography when my daughter Leila was born. I wanted to capture beautiful photos of her but I felt continually frustrated that the photos that came out did not look like how I imagined they would look in my head. I started to do a lot of research and came to realise I needed to learn to use a camera manually to have greater control.

What photographer would you love to have shoot your next family session?
 They are wedding photographers and their talent blows my mind. I would feel like I won the photography lottery if Jakob and Cole from Nordica Photography (http://nordicaphotography.com) made an exception and shot a family session for me.  I always thought wedding photography was a bit clichéd with set poses but Nordica blend fine art photography with photo journalism. They’ve shown me that you can take a staid genre and make it something different and unexpected. They are like story tellers with cameras. I would love them to tell a story of my family. I also really admire UK photographer Ed Peers (http://www.edpeers.com) again he is a wedding photographer but I am working up the courage to write to him and ask if he would consider a one-off family session as I really love his style of photography!

What is one aspect of photography that you find challenging? I find all aspects of photography challenging! I feel like I’m constantly trying to learn and improve, sometimes I feel overwhelmed by how much I have yet to learn. Other times I find it exhilarating and it feeds my passion. If I had to choose one aspect I am really trying to concentrate on it would be ‘seeing light.’ I kept reading about ‘seeing light’ but never really understood what it meant, I feel so silly now but I imagined it had something to do with having the ability to know what exposure to use! Drew’s post on ‘seeing light’ was like a revelation. I’m hugely grateful to photographers like Drew for sharing their knowledge and experience.

What piece of photography equipment is on your holiday list? I received my Canon 7D my first DSLR last Christmas and I cried when I opened the box. My husband and his family had clubbed together and bought it for me and it meant a lot as, not only was it incredibly generous, it opened the doors for me to pursue photography, something I had wanted to do since I was a little girl. I love my 7D but some day I would like to go Full Frame. I would be thrilled if Santa delivered to me a Canon 5D iii and perhaps, if he thought I had been extra good, a 24mm f/1.4L ii so I could take some wide angle environmental portraits!

Comments

  1. Charlie says

    New follower here, only been following a few weeks but WOW I love your photography! Thanks especially for your article on lenses… I’m have a 50mm 1.4 and I think you may be swaying me to get my mits on a 1.2! We shall see how generous santa is and how much I can get for a kidney!

    How do I enter for Momtog of the week btw?

    Thanks for the awesome pics and info and sharing it all! FAB! x :D
    Charlie´s last blog post ..Wordless Wednesday… Cracked out my macro!

  2. ed peers says

    This is a great blog and fantastic photography Amelia! Send me an email – I’d love to photograph your family and not that scary :)

  3. Amelia says

    Ed Peers, that would be incredible, i don’t believe it! I will definitely be in touch. And thank you for taking the time to write here and for your kind words, it really means a lot. Amelia Abrook

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