One of the beautiful things about life, is that we discover new things which we love. South Australian photographer, Tahnee Granger, tells us how she became a photographer and talks with us about finding purpose, courage and laughing your way through life.
Tahnee tell us a bit about you.
I am a fast talking, odd sense of humoured wife and mother of three. One minute I want to be hiking mountains and travelling the world, and the next I want to be napping and watching Netflix. I’m a people person, a social butterfly, and have plenty of love to share. But I’m also a homebody who loves to shut the front door, pull on my onesie and snuggle with my little fam. I laugh a lot, sing terribly, and wish we had a live-in chef. And a Robo vacuum (hint, hint hubby).
Tell us about life in Adelaide.
Adelaide – some say it is the most liveable city in Australia, others say it is ugly and not very picturesque! But, I love it and we are settled here. Each season is apparent, peak hour is not even worthy to be called peak hour, and the city still has free parking on weekends! We have the hills behind us brimming with koalas, and some of the best white sanded beaches in the world (get yourself to Yorke Peninsula, especially.)
You’re a photographer at Foraging Fields – what aspect of photography appealed to you so greatly that you wanted to focus more on it?
My Dad always had a fancy camera and we grew up with it shoved in our faces taking VERY close portraits. As photography has become more and more popular in the past ten or so years, I realised this was something I wanted to be a part of and that I had a passion for it. I have never considered myself a creative person – photography didn’t come naturally to me at first but with plenty of practice and learning, it is slowly bringing out the creative in me. I love people. Humans are ridiculously interesting, so portrait photography is my jam.
Do you have a bucket list location you’d love to photograph? Why?
Yikes, where to start! My bucket list is long… but one day, the hubs and I will explore the Greek Islands and take picturesque shots of white walls and blue rooftops. I would also love to shoot at a hot air balloon festival of a sky sprinkled with giant balloons.
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of photography?
Nailing the light. And posing your models. I’m awkward in front of a camera myself, so directing others is a challenge.
Can you tell us about a defining moment in your life, something that shaped you into the person you are today?
I wouldn’t say I’ve had one defining moment in my life, however, I would be cheating myself if I didn’t mention that my faith and spirituality has shaped who I am today. It gives me hope, it guides my life, and makes me a happier person.
Tell us about someone courageous, who inspires you.
Anyone who chooses to stand up for truth when it is crazy unpopular is completely courageous to me. There are many famous models of this in history, however, those who quietly go about spreading light and goodness in their spheres today, are incredible to me.
What impact do you hope to have on the world around you? How do you make this happen?
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m the biggest dag. Is a dag inspiring? Jokes aside, I love being happy and I hope my eulogy will say that I spread happiness and laughed my way through life. One of my favourite quotes is by Marjorie Pay Hinckley who said, “The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.” I want to lift others and just be happy!
What is a motto that you live by?
A teacher I had as a teenager once gave us the quote, “Never give up what you want most, for what you want now.” I’ve always had it up somewhere where I can see. It is a reminder to me to not give in to my human weaknesses so that I can have something greater down the track. It has saved me from making mistakes and helps keep my eye on the bigger prize.
What would be your best advice to your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to try new things out of fear of what people might think. Even though I’ve always been an outgoing person, worrying about failing and looking like a twit crippled me. I really wish I hadn’t of cared as there were so many opportunities I missed. I’m making up for it now by wanting to do ALL the things and my poor hubs can’t keep up!
Anything you would like to add?
Finding my love for photography helped me find myself, in a way. It gave me my ‘thing’ that I’m good at. It is easy to lose ourselves in life. Work, children, weaknesses etc. can consume us entirely. Take the time to find that thing you are passionate about and pursue it. You will find a new purpose and zest for life. Your confidence will grow. You will be happier.
Check out Tahnee’s work, visit @foragingfields on Instagram to see her stunning collection.
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