This is my second post for the Kidspot Voices of 2014 Olympus Challenge #myfamilylens series (see my first post here). All photographs have been taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M10. Olympus have kindly sent me this camera with the 14-42mm lens to test out for two months. All words, opinions and views are my own.
Almost 14 years ago, a lanky new boy joined our class and sat down next to me. I didn’t speak a word to him that day or the next – and I don’t even remember exactly when we first talked, but we eventually did and became best friends.
It was an odd pairing as we sat with a different bunch of people at lunch time and were pretty much polar opposites. I was in the athletics team and he detested sport. He was into music and I couldn’t even play the recorder to save my life. But somehow it worked and we used to talk about everything on the way home which turned our usual 10 minute walk to 2 hours as we whinged about teachers, fellow classmates and commercial radio.
Fast forward a few years and we were coincidentally at the same university. He was always late to lectures and when he did show up he would be fast asleep from the partying the night before. He always made an effort to invite me out despite me turning him down so many times. At the time I used to complain that I had too much work to do or that I couldn’t be bothered making all the effort, but now I really appreciate him getting me out of my comfort zone. Through him I learnt to let my hair down and to not be so serious all the time. It was okay to have fun and party and now I haven’t stopped!
After university, he went off to the UK and I went off to Japan. I came back to Perth and he didn’t…because he met a lovely English girl and I guess they say the rest is history. We’ve always been honest with each other on what we thought of each other’s boyfriends/girlfriends and I can definitely say that I love this girl probably as much as I love him now. It is pretty clear she has made him happier than he has ever been.
I loved how their wedding truly represented who they are as a couple and their shared passion for dancing was evident when they performed a cheeky swing dance and hired a ceilidh so even novice dancers could all join in. The ceremony was held at a local church in Dulwich (London) and we had to take a 50 minute cab ride from East London zigzagging down some pretty gritty areas until suddenly lush green lawns and huge mansions started appearing out of nowhere and then we knew we were at the right place. After the ceremony it was a 10 minute walk to the posh grounds of Dulwich college for the reception. At British weddings typically after the reception dinner, more guests arrive for the evening function (i.e. dancing). Which means a hundred or so more guests will show up to party and even more food gets served!
Witnessing my best friend say his vows with tears in his eyes was seeing the lanky little boy I once knew all grown up. Back to my wedding planning days, I was adamant that everyone else should elope instead and save all the emotion and drama with organising such a huge event, but now I can appreciate the joy with celebrating a union and a start of a new chapter in our loved ones’ lives. I’m so happy for my friends and was grateful that my family and I got to celebrate with them. I wish them every happiness in the world as they deserve it!
As you can imagine, I really wanted to take good photographs of the day since it was such an important occasion. I wanted to capture the celebratory mood so a reliable and quality camera is a must for beautiful shots and not missing that significant moment. After playing around with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 in Paris, I felt confident I could use this camera to capture moments of my best friend’s wedding. And since I knew I would have my two girls with me as well, using a heavy DSLR would have been annoying to lug around so the smaller and lighter Olympus OM-D E-M10 was the smarter choice.
The WiFi option allowed me to post a picture on Facebook and Instagram (@SassandSpice My Family Lens: #myfamilylens) so people who couldn’t come to the wedding could still feel they still were taking part in the occasion. The wedding dress was absolutely stunning (very Great Gatsby), so I really wanted to show the different textures and the TruePic VII processor was powerful enough to capture every sequin and bead with precise clarity and hence captured the dress’s true beauty.
A typical English summer means the weather is unpredictable so the light conditions kept changing which can be very annoying when you have to continuously change the settings. The 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor helps with shooting in low light conditions and it is also handy that the 1,037k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD made it easy to quickly change a good number of white balance presets to suit different lighting.
I hope you liked the pictures as much as I do! Thank you to lovely people at Olympus and Kidspot for allowing me to participate in this competition and have the Olympus OM-D E-M10 on loan. All views expressed in this blog post are my own and are in no way influenced by the loan product. Since I really love this camera I’m trying my very best to win it! Please let me know what you think of my photos and my thoughts on the camera, as I’d really appreciate the support! You can see my first post for this competition here.