Carrie Godard is a passionate amateur photographer. Her passion for photography just took off in the past year, when she received a great camera as a gift. I don’t think she’s put the camera down since!
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
My name is Carrie, I’m 40 something, and I’ve just discovered my passion for photography in the last year. I live in Northern Alberta Canada.
I think I’ve always liked taking pictures, but when I was gifted with a wonderful camera, was when my addiction/passion truly revealed itself.
I love photography because it seems a whole new beautiful world comes alive through the lens. There’s so much I might otherwise miss if I weren’t taking pictures. Photography for me is pure joy, and who couldn’t use some of that?
You do some inspiring shots of nature and life. What is your secret for getting those shots?
I don’t know that I have a secret other than it takes patience. Bugs birds and animals don’t pose, you have to grab the shot quickly and if given the chance take many. I will say that if you love what you do, it will show in your photography. Trust your instincts. Remember you’re not the only one seeing your work. What someone else see’s in it, may be totally different than what you see.
How do you bring forward the special feeling of a place?
I feel it first. If I feel it, it comes through in the shots that I take. I like close ups if I can get them because there’s such detail that could be missed otherwise.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
Being I’m new to this, I’m really just leaning about my camera still and what options it presents me. However, I would absolutely love to get into street photography in the near future. There’s where I believe some real raw emotion can be captured in a photo. On my wish list is a macro lens as well.
Like I mentioned above, I love close up photography. Oh and I want to mention that I showcase photography on my website. It’s $5 per showcase and I donate $1 of every $5 to a charity of the month. It’s my way of giving back.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
Right now, my camera is a Nikon P510. It was gifted too me. I absolutely love it. It has so many options and from what I’ve heard, it’s a great camera to start out with. I’m sure there will be more equipment in the future!
Can you name some tips for those who want to start taking nature photographs?
Well the number one tip would be, get out into nature. Look for the little things like bugs you may not normally notice, or birds, flowers and such. Let your mind’s eye see things as though it was looking through a lens. You’ll find the more you do this, the more inspired you’ll become, and the more photo ops you’ll start to see. Have fun, let your imagination take you away.
Again, trust your instincts. We artists are so hard on ourselves. You don’t have to wait to own the perfect camera to start taking pictures! Just go for it! Here in Northern Alberta, there’s not a lot of photo ops. I have to go hunting for them. I’ve discovered that when I think outside the box, there’s tons of pictures just waiting to be taken.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us about your passion for nature photography.
Check out Carrie’s site for more nature shots: