photography

How Do You Find The Time??

Is a question I get asked a million times? 

The plain and simple of it, I don’t !! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. After having been out of work for some time, I soon realised I don’t like to sit around doing nothing. I have to be doing something. So when I was unable to work, due to PTSD, which is a whole different blog post, I started to eBay. It started off by just selling bits and bobs around the house, just like everyone else. I soon realised that I was finding it quite therapeutic too. I was interacting with people even if it was just on a virtual level, I liked that. I liked that I was good at it too. An opportunity came along where I was able to use some of the money I had made to buy more items to sell. From there RillyRoos started to grow. When it was getting too big for my bedroom, I knew I had to do something. 

We went off to get a storage locker, which then became two, then three, and an office. Before long, it was time to move into bigger pastures. We are now proud occupiers of a warehouse. 

But, this doesn’t answer the 1st question of ‘How do you find the time?’ 

As I have already said…. I don’t! 

I am up any time from 5.30 in the morning, some days I have a crafty snooze on the settee, and some days I just straight onto the PC to check the previous nights sales and answer any queries. Check emails and messages for potential clients etc, and then its time to get 4 out of the 6 fed & dressed ready for the day ahead and I often fall into bed at Midnight after finishing off bits & bobs from the day before. 

I have to say, if it wasn’t for Mr Rilly, I don’t think we would be as successful as we are now. He has given up his time and his career to be a stay at home dad, (Don’t tell him I said so, but he is pretty damn good at it) 

So there I am at the warehouse, 5 days a week, 8-9 hours a day, and I come home and often finish off little bits, or communicate with buyers and clients. And then BOOOOOM a new thing starts!! School event photography & Friends getting married and they know I have a love of photography, and its something I have wanted to try, so as a gift to them I have done their wedding photos, and I have to admit, I am pretty OK at it. Very proud of the shots (and thankfully so are the Brides & Grooms). Not only now do we have one business with 49 clients to sell for, in my spare time I do photography. 

I am not a wonder-woman, a supermom, or a career driven maniac, I am just a woman who likes to keep busy. 

Back to the question again…. How do I find the time?? I don’t, I MAKE the time. I enjoy what I do, I like being busy, I have a family that is supportive of the businesses, so its worth making that time for. 

And that’s the key, If you enjoy something, don’t just sit their moaning about not having the time to do it… MAKE the time to do it, what ever it may be. 

Photo Scrabble

One of my little photo faves at the moment is playing with Scrabble tiles.

They are so versatile (no pun intended)

Here are some examples of my Photo Scrabbles

Inspire

Inspire

Families Love

Families Love

 

And my personal favourite ….

 

RillyRoos eBay ;)

RillyRoos eBay 😉

 

 

 

The Difference Between Copying, and Inspiring

Have you ever seen a photo and thought how beautiful it is and then tried to recreate it? I have seen some fabulous Pinterest fails about this topic and although they are humorous fails, you cant blame them for trying it.

In our 365 group we did something similar, it wasnt planned that we would all try the same picture, its just how it worked out. Once one did it, another did it and then another. I wanted to show you the difference between copying and being inspired. In my opinion, copying is when you try to exactly recreate the scene or simply stealing it, and being inspired is still giving credit to the original artist and adding your own flair into the mix.

Here is the original from Cool Ideas on Facebook

Original From Cool Ideas

Original From Cool Ideas

A pretty, classy, simple shot. Christmassy & warm.

This is my twist, when I came to do it, I had no candles and my baubles were too big… (you can find my facebook Photography page at Rillys Photography )

My Version

My Version

This next one is from a fabulous amateur photographer Dawn from Locor Images

Dawn - From Locor Images

Dawn – From Locor Images

This next one, is from Nicola (who has a fabulous Street photography blog based on commuters) Image of a Commuter

From Nicola

From Nicola

And this one, from a lovely friend of mine who has come on so much this year, is Amanda, she doesnt have a page yet, but as soon as she does I will add it so you can all see her wonderful work.

From Amanda

From Amanda

And finally, the last one is from Gaz at Madhat Photography, who has worked really hard this year trying to boost his portfolio, and does a lovely range of photographs

Gaz From Madhat Photography

Gaz From Madhat Photography

 

So as you can see, there are many different perceptions on just one photo. If you feel inspired, always give credit to the person that inspired you, they will feel flattered that you have seen their work and gone off to create your own. Never try to pass off an image as your own, someone out there whether they are a professional, an amateur or just someone with a lucky one off shot, they should have their work credited.

*This is not a sponsored post, all permissions to share photos were granted to RillyRoos.Net and should not be copied or passed off as your own, please visit individual pages to follow these photographers*

Hobbies & Pastimes

One of my favourite hobbies is photography.  The fab thing about having so many things around me is I get a huge choice of what to photograph.

Here are some of my favourite pictures that I have used stock for in my Photo a Day challenge

Bangle

Bangle

Listed here on my eBay

Cute Shoes

Cute Shoes

Woven Bag

Woven Bag

Listed Here

 

Such a fabulous variety of things to photo. I love my job

BBB – Bloody Big Bee

Just snapping away in the garden, as you do when you are bored, then came along a huge huge bee. I swear it was the size of my thumb. I have never seen a bee so big in my life.

Last year I would have probably run away screaming like a girl, but this year, oh no, I am the pro photographer, straight in there with the camera, getting as close as Mr Nikon will allow me, chasing this mammoth of a bee.

 

BBB

BBB

Never Matters How Old You Get…

You always smile when you see a Rainbow.

Its been perfect rainbow weather here. Rain & sun all day. I have dashed in and out with my camera to try and get a shot, but they have escaped me all day.

That was until a whole 5 mins ago !!

Get in 🙂

Rainbow, North Staffs, UK

Rainbow, North Staffs, UK

 

Totally Off Theme But…

I am really pleased with some of the pictures I have taken this week

Mostly of ‘4’ … my 5 year old photogenic sweetheart/trouble 😉

This is my cheeky madam through and through this is

This is my cheeky madam through and through this is

 

This is #2 trying to hide from me

This is #2 trying to hide from me

 

#4 Again

#4 Again

 

& #4 again, being not so pretty ;)

& #4 again, being not so pretty 😉