As an Abu Dhabi baby photographer I have learnt the importance of capturing my own story. The reason I have a passion for photography is because of my children. The photography bug started when Lucy was born and my husband gifted me my first dslr camera. I wanted to learn as much as possible, so attended various courses, I read and practiced as much as possible. When I decided to become an Abu Dhabi baby photographer 6 years ago, I was so busy focusing on other peoples children that I neglected my own personal photography. I was too lazy to take my ‘big’ camera with me when I was with the children. The iPhone with its built in camera and easy access to apps and social media, would become my main tool. For so long I didn’t open my eyes to the photography opportunities surrounding me.
Over a year ago I decided to upgrade my fuji camera to the fuji x100s. This little camera gave me the inspiration to take as many images as possible. With its built in wifi meant that I could still transfer images to my phone apps to be edited and then easily uploaded to social media. By far my favourite editing tool is A Color Story. I knew that without this easy upload, pictures would sit on my computer for months and months before a I would get the time to edit them, therefore missing my story telling.
I love being able to tell the story of my family, predominately my children through pictures, words I find trickier. I am extremely proud of my children and my photography journey that I want to share it. Whether its the normal every day activities, special events, like Christmas or birthdays or my beautiful children’s achievements. I find inspiration in so many ways, through beautiful light or no light, so using any light source available. Experience as an Abu Dhabi baby photographer means I look for different compositions. I am drawn to leading lines, framing or shapes to enhance the story. Different colours can also inspire me. I am always trying to capture the relationships and personalities of my children. One of my favourite images are the ones when they are sitting virtually on top of each other on our very gigantic couch. I hope one day when Lucy and Finlay are older they love the images as much as me.
I advice everyone to start documenting their stories, you don’t need a dslr to start, a simple camera phone can be used. Beginning projects is a great way to try and discipline you. Maybe a 365, were you take one image every day for a year, or if that is too much of a commitment then an image a week. There are lots of sites to help encourage you, like Clickin Moms who give daily themes.
Good luck with your storytelling through pictures xx
Jillian Greenhill Photography is an Abu Dhabi photographer located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Jill creates quality timeless images of your babies, newborn moments and all the days in between. Serving Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and surrounding communities.