The 6 biggest lessons that I have learned as a photographer

Mamma with baby in a sling looking to the distance

I remember back in the 1990s receiving  my first camera.  It was metallic blue and I was fascinated popping the film, willing to reach the magic 24 or 36 end of film!  Equally, I took immense pride filling in the details on the Truprint form and posting it off, waiting eagerly for their return.

Wow, how times  have changed!  We are so lucky to have cameras and phones with us for most of the  day!  In reality, we can capture photographs and add filters in a few taps of a mobile phone.  With that in mind I want to share with you the six biggest lessons that I have learned as a photographer over the years.


Let’s be honest, time is never going to slow down is it?  There will never be enough hours in the day so embrace the speed of life and capture  those moments.  Ironically, I believe that this helps me to slow time down!  At the end of every week, I love to gaze through all the photographs I have taken as  it reminds me of the amazing things I have done!  With this in mind, do you have a to do list with regular reminders on your mobile phone?  Add taking everyday photos to your list!

PS – If you want a list of useful to do list apps, check these ones out:

Great to do list apps


Who doesn’t wish that they spent less time with technology?  In reality, it’s a daily battle I fight.  Sometimes I win, sometimes I don’t!  From a photography perspective, technology is amazing  in allowing us to store photographs whilst at the same time allowing us to come up with creative ways to showcase them via the various apps and programs on the market.  Just reflect on how far phones have come on since your first mobile phone!!  One of my most significant lessons though is to remember that technology isn’t everything, it cannot replace an experience.  In addition, it is also useful to put the camera down and observe through our own internal camera, our beautiful eyes.


Most of my clients, especially those with children prefer  to see smiley faces.  Don’t get me wrong, smiles are great but actually some of the best photographs show other emotions.  A baby sleeping reflects  peacefulness, a child gazing into Mum’s eyes illustrates true love.  I have learned to not always shout ‘say cheeeese’ as it’s not always going to produce an amazing image. In addition, not everyone likes having their face photographed.  That’s ok too, there is always another angle and perspective to bear in mind.


This has been my most impactful lesson.  Hand on heart,  I am actually doing a job that I love, working with fantastic people whilst at the same time inspiring them to become better photographers too.  I’ve 100% positive feedback from all of my clients who say I have educated them in some way along their own photography journey.  For this reason, if you take just one thing from this blog make it this, celebrate what you do in life as it is short so make it count.

Feedback from my clients


It’s brilliant to go large but actually sometimes we forget to go small!  In the attractive Saddleworth scenery, it is tempting to go large with landscape photographs rather than to reign in on smaller objects such as a beautiful, fresh flower in the field, a baby duckling following the canal or, one of my favourites, a dry stone wall!  On other words, focus in and watch what occurs.


I am GUILTY as much as the next and so it is something that I work on constantly.  I don’t  always feel that I want to be in a photograph right now.  For this reason  I’ve learned not to let the moment pass by and I certainly don’t want to be one of those Mums who when their children are older ask why Mummy is not in many photographs.  I’ve heard all of the excuses before.  I’ll just lose some weight, I’ll come after holiday…  Challenge yourself to appear in more photographs and embrace it.  In fact, why not take a look at my selfie tips for a sprinkle of inspiration?

6 tips for the perfect selfie

If I have inspired you to celebrate your family life through photography, why not contact me for an informal, complimentary chat to see if I can help.



Three quick tips to encourage you to take more photographs now!

First of all, how often do you say to yourself phrases such as:

  • There is always tomorrow…
  • I’m too busy
  • No way can I do it – I hate having my photograph taken
  • I can’t take a decent photograph so consequently I am not in many!

I get it.  Honestly I do.

As a busy Mum of two, I have a daily battle with the above excuses but I find time to take at least one photograph every day because I know I will regret it if I don’t.  It is worth it when I create gems like this.  Here are just a few of my personal favourites when it comes to illustrating Victoria’s personality.  She certainly lives up to the meaning of her name – able to analyze, understand and learn.

It’s about the everyday things not just the big events!

Do you have children?  It is never too late to capture those special moments that happen every day. Celebrate key milestones and first experiences.  There are many milestone cards you can buy online that may be a good prompt for you.

Don’t have kids?  Document the many new things in life such as ski lessons,  a trip to a new bar, whatever!

Rather than just pulling your camera out for the significant events, I challenge you to take photographs on a more regular basis.

Remember, backing up those photographs and  removing them from phones and tablets is JUST as important.  Also, if you haven’t already read my blog on categorising photos , then take five minutes to read it now!

Three top tips from Inspired By Joseph Photography!

So, my top tips for remembering to take photographs are:

Firstly, find the time on a regular basis – just recall some of the brilliant photographs you have from the past to help!  Look past the excuses and take action now.

Furthermore, give yourself prompts to help remind you, such as milestone cards.

Finally, back up and print out your existing photographs to serve as a reminder of the power of photography.

I am here to help.

So, to conclude, what’s the biggest challenge you face taking photographs of you and your family?  Reply in the comments section below as I’d love to hear from you and promise to reply to all posts.



Oldham photography – I love photographing Children!

Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year.  The smell of Christmas trees and mulled wine, the taste of fresh turkey and mince pies and the sight of happy children all excited about the big day makes my heart melt!  Plus seeing Joseph dressed as cute little Elf below – I am not too sure he will thank me for this when he is older!

Joseph at Tiddlers Christmas Party, Oldham

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing some amazing tiny people in and around Oldham last month and I just have to share a few of them with you! For many, it is their first Christmas so a really important time to capture special moments.  Sometimes things happen so quick we forget to take the photographs to cement that memory.  And as we all know, time goes by fast!

Nell at Tiddlers Christmas Party, Oldham


Joseph at Tiddlers Christmas Party, Oldham


Max at Tiddlers Christmas Party, Oldham


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Inspired By Joseph wishes you a fabulous and amazing 2016!

The Duchess of Cambridge is spot on!


As far as I am concerned the Duchess of Cambridge has got it spot on.

Well done to Catherine for showcasing her own photographs of baby Charlotte.  I’m sure she could have had the run of the entire photography world to sit for a studio session but she chose instead to have authentic photographs taken at home by her own fair hands.

I love them!  Authentic, natural, true to life – they make me smile!  All of the qualities that are important to me as a photographer.

I also love the fact that Princess Charlotte is NOT looking directly into the camera (something I am rather passion about at times too!!).

And if the reports are true, she has great taste in cameras 😉

Numerous pieces of research out there tells us that people value experiences much more than possessions.  This is because the joy of a new object has a limited shelf life whereas an experience provides memories that go way beyond.  If you are thinking about an alternative Christmas present, why not take a look at my collections?  At Inspired By Joseph Photography, I try to accommodate all budgets and offer price plans too.  Perhaps you could join forces with your siblings and chip in for a gift for the parents that they will never forget?  Or give your other half a gift with a difference?  I have a great offer on in the run up to Christmas too so check out my special offers page!


Oldham photography – The Howard family

I’ve just had another great adventure with the Howard family. We did intend to walk part of the Delph Donkey but the weather was just a bit too hit and miss so we decided to play indoors and in the garden – which makes for some great memories with Alf’s current favourite toys!

The Howard family

We got some great photographs outside. Alf enjoyed running away from Mummy and Daddy down the garden a little too much which made me giggle!

Alf runs off with his sign!

Indoors, Jenny and Alf recreated their musical talents on the piano which was very impressive. A definite musician in the making!  Saying that Alf could quite as easily be a cook too, or an author…..

The Howard family

A great afternoon spent with a lovely family… Happy days!!

Oldham photography – The Anderson family

It might be November but wow, we had some great sunshine and brightness for our Oldham photography shoot at Tandle Hill!

It seems like everyone wanted to get out and enjoy the good weather which didn’t surprise me at all but we still had lots of space to ourselves.  I met the lovely Anderson family with little boy Billy being the absolute star of the show!

We headed into the depths of the park, sheltering from the sun through the tall trees and got some great shots of Billy on his JCB which made him very excited.

Billy on his JCB

I think Billy and Daddy had the most fun with the leaves. One of the main reasons I love photographing in Autumn.

Billy having too much fun throwing leaves

What trip to the park is complete with a visit to the playground? Billy loved playing shop with Mummy as you can see.

Billy playing shop with Mummy

Beth was a great help on the day keeping Billy entertained in between shots.

The Anderson family enjoying autumn

It was great to share a usual Sunday experience with the Anderson family, especially with such great weather!


If you fancy a range of autumnal photographs before the weather changes, get in touch as I have a few November dates free!