Will I ever photograph at a major tournament?


A small disclaimer – I should start off by adding to the question the word AGAIN because I have photographed a major tournament before.


I have been reflecting on this question a lot lately. Just the other day on the Black Women Photographers Slack channel, I shared my desire to be at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand happening later this year, but the way the travel situation is right now, it is making that look like an impossible dream.

Even before Rona, the likelihood of me traveling to New Zealand (as it is one of my bucket list countries to visit) even using sport as an excuse looked very doubtful, but not impossible. The cost for visas, flights, accommodation, local travel, insurance, etc. was just adding up. Now, I have to think about PCR tests and the likes to add to the list of expenses.😩

Self-portrait at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast before the New Zealand v England Final

In 2017, when I traveled to Ireland/Northern Ireland for the last women’s Rugby World Cup, I was literally planning it with days to go before my departure date. This was due to the fact I was waiting for my accreditation to be approved before I could apply for my visa*. Even then when I was submitting my visa application, I needed to have done it like 2 to 3 weeks prior to my travel date, but I was literally submitting my application a week or so and I was a wreck that week with worry because my accreditation was approved late. By the grace of God, my visa was approved the day before I was due to leave. I picked up my passport from the Irish Embassy after being in bed sick with migraine to only pack that very evening and leave the next day. I really enjoyed my time in Ireland/Northern Ireland as the days when there were no matches, I got to see a bit of the country.

*As a Kenyan passport holder, I needed a visa as I was traveling to Dublin, Ireland which is part of the EU. If I was only traveling to Northern Ireland, I would not need a visa as it is part of the U.K.

I would consider myself lucky as I was able to secure cheap flights to Northern Ireland and together with a photographer friend of mine, Sarah Muirhead, we traveled to Dublin by car from Belfast. This was also helped by the fact that a flight from England to Northern Ireland is less than 2hrs in comparison to one to New Zealand which will take at least 24hrs from London. Double 😩

Self-portrait on the pitch during the New Zealand v England final in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Last year, I was glued to the telly as I watched the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan (another country I would like to visit) and I was reflecting on this question as well as I would really like to be a photographer at an Olympics in my lifetime, even it was just to photograph the general atmosphere surrounding the games. However, with this, unless I am commissioned by the IOC of the country I am representing (in my case Kenya) the likelihood of it happening is close to never. Then again, miracles can and do happen, so you never know. My dream might just come true and find myself in France in 2024. 🤞🏾🙏🏾

Whilst I continue with my reflections, I am slowly trying to get back to photographing more women’s rugby and other sporting events as I had taken a break when I was studying for my MA and then the pandemic happened. You never know, I might just end up photographing a major tournament or find myself heading to New Zealand to watch the final of the women’s Rugby World Cup. 🤷🏾‍♀️

#Reflection


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Exhibition Shorts #1 – Body Copy at PhotoFusion

This was my first ever #YouTubeShorts for an exhibition I saw at Photofusion in 2021 by Mitchell Moreno.

#BodyCopy

3 Financial Challenges for 2022

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I guess you are wondering, what has this got to do with photography? Well, having finances has everything to do with photography. How else are you going to buy/upgrade/invest in your photography without any money? And this is why I am sharing these three challenges that you can set for yourself this new year. #FinancialGoals2022

For the longest time, I have been trying to save money or raise money for one thing or another. This year I have said to myself that I will set those financial goals and try to achieve at least one of them.

1. 52 Week Money Challenge – Backwards

Usually, for this challenge you would be saving £1 the first week, £2 the second and so on. By the end, you have saved £1,378 just in time to splurge for Christmas. Turning this challenge backward will see you starting largely with £52 the first week, £51 the second and so on that by the end of the year, the amount will be less to save just in time again for those Christmas gifts.

2. Round Up Change

This is easy to do and set up. All you need to have is a bank account like Monzo where you can set up a Savings Pot. Every time you spend money on bills, shopping, travel, etc. the amount is rounded- up to the nearest pound and that change is put in your Pot. You can even lock your Pot so you are not tempted to spend the change until a year is up.

3. Sell Items on eBay

This is one way I have found myself making money in the previous years. Any items that I have around the home that can be sold have ended up on eBay. The money that I make from the sales, I put them in a Monzo eBay Pot and don’t touch it for a month in case any problems arise and I have to issue a refund. This is also a good way to practice your product photography as good lighting, background and details are what make your items stand out.

Of these three financial challenges, which one are you willing to commit to for 2022? Let me know in the comments below if you do get to try any one of these.


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EK13 | The Blog 2021 in Review

Hello, 2022!

Is it me or did 2021 just fly by? Looking back at the previous year (2020), last year didn’t seem that bad and I am so hopeful for what is in store for 2022. After all, we now just have to learn to live with the new global changes that are happening all around us. As long as we support and take care of each other, we will be good, right?

Of course, the year was not all that bad for some with a few achievements here and there. I certainly can find one or two things to celebrate and I am sure you will agree with me that one positive should be enough to motivate us to keep fighting for better outcomes in dire situations.

I just hope that 2022 brings with it the good fortunes and prosperity we all deserve.

Anyway, I did some number crunching for my blog and here are my stats for 2021.

Blogging-wise, 2021 was not bad and I know I can do better, but I am happy that I stuck with my plan to blog at least once a week, with the exception of the months with 30 Days where I blog on a daily basis.

I am really looking forward to 2022 as I cannot wait to share more of my work here and continue with the 30 Day Photo Projects.

What would you like to see more of in 2022? Please let me know by leaving a comment below.

Thank you for reading this to the end and I wish you all the best in the year to come.

Have a Blessed and Happy New Year. 🎉🎆

#Bringon2022