I got an email the other week from the founder of Feedspot (ever heard of them?) who wrote to inform me that my blog and website has been selected as one of the Top 100 UK Photography Blogs.
At first, I have to admit that I ignored the email. I've only been blogging for about six months, a little after I launched my photography website and business, which then (scarily) placed me on the map with other photographers for other people to see my photography work. I wasn't even sure where my blogging efforts were going or if people were finding or reading my blogs. So you would forgive me for ignoring the message when I was told about this award. As lovely as it is, I'm not a writer and I'm certainly more comfortable with a camera than a pen, or perhaps a computer keyboard, for that matter.
However, writing blog posts have become part-and-parcel of what I do. It is a platform for me to engage with my audience; you, current clients and maybe potential ones too. It's not only a place to showcase my documentary family photography sessions, and hopefully some wedding photography may be coming in the pipeline later on.
My photography blog is also somewhere I'm proud to be able to raise awareness and the profile of documentary family photography. A style of photography, which is still in its infancy in the UK (more popular in the US), but is becoming a choice of family photography investment by families and couples nowadays. Choosing documentary family photography over standing in a studio and having a portrait taken, or doing something similar outdoors or in an in-home lifestyle photography photoshoot. I plan to write more about this soon.
Whatever it is, families now want and need family photos that better represent who they are as a family and as individuals, as opposed to something in front of a plain backdrop. It means you get truly meaningful photos captured and created for you that speaks about your family life and dynamics. In that sense, documentary family photography is very much a lifestyle choice. So my photography blog is also a lifestyle blog for families to get an idea of what documentary family photography is about and be able to make an informed choice with their investment. You could also get some photography tips and ideas, such as in my last post on Six creative ideas to take your family pictures.
Lastly, my photography blog is a place for me to share some of my creative photography projects. For example, the freelensing Free 52 project that I have been doing with a group of other amazing talented photographers worldwide is now in it's third year (I joined in the second year). Thus, the blog aims to provide inspiration not only for the non-photographers, but also people who aspire to become better photographers too.
So, thank you Feedspot for selecting my blog and website to be in your Top 100 Photography blog UK list. I'm honoured to be in this list and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit, read and liked or comment on my posts. It is so appreciated.
What photography posts do you like reading? Any tips, shares or ideas you'd like to suggest and want me to write about? Write a comment below with your thoughts. I'd love to hear from you. Or if you are a blogger or a small business yourself and would like to collaborate with me, then get in touch.
Diana Hagues Photography is a documentary family photographer who specialises in photographing families, small children, newborn and couples. Her style is deeply emotive lending itself to beautiful storytelling of the subjects she captures. Get in touch to book a session and find out more firstname.lastname@example.org