Since creating Little Otter Events in 2013 and organising the first Rhiwbina's Handmade Market, I have been lucky enough to meet loads of amazing talented people, many of whom I am now proud to call my friends including Rhiwbina based photographer Marie Palbom. I met Marie through a friend of a friend and we immediately hit it off - she is such a lovely person and fun to be around and we soon found lots of common interests and passions.
I love photography and Marie is one of the best photographers around. She has a wonderful relaxed style to her photographs and really captures the essence of a person, and the atmosphere of an event. She shot a session with my family up at Forest Fawr and created some amazing timeless images for us of our two daughters Awen and Tirion.
I caught up with Marie recently to ask her more about her love of photography...
Marie, I am so impressed that you are a self taught photographer! When did you start taking photos and why do you love photography?
I started when I was about 13 years old and have loved it ever since! I love being able to capture a moment in life and a true emotion. Sometimes you take a photo and you just can't stop looking at it - it draws you in and I just love chasing that feeling.
Do you have a favourite thing to shoot?
My favourite thing to photograph is people. Getting to know the person in front of me and get to create a photo they'll love and get a truly personal portrait of them. I love using just natural light - it just gives a much more personal feeling to the photo and not having lots of equipment around me, make it a lot less intimidating for the person that's being photographed.
I am always trying to improve my photography. Any tips for new photographers?
Think about the light! It's the most basic thing for photography. The light will determine the mood of the photo so take a moment and think if you should move to the shade or move your subject (product or person) closer to a window for some lovely natural light.
Instagram is of course a fabulous platform isn't it to learn about photography and discover new ideas. Who are your instagram favourites?
Here are my favourite people to follow on social media for lovely pics:
I'm a big lover of Instagram so people I love and follow here are: https://www.instagram.com/forestandfieldphotography/
https://www.instagram.com/lamblovesfox/ (this one not just for the stunning photos but also for my other love; amazing natural kids clothes!)
To find out more about Marie and to get in touch with her, visit her page on our directory website.
April Liddell. Founder of Little Otter Markets. Lives a crafty life. Loves going for walks with her dog Betsi, listening to music, and eating chelsea buns.