Hello Storytellers! My name is Adrian Faulkner. I am a dad of two beautiful daughters, Isabel who is fifteen and Emily who is twelve. My first camera was about five years ago, mostly because I just wanted to document my family but it soon developed into more than just snap shots for me. Since the age of seven my life mostly consisted of boxing and Japanese martial arts seven days a week. But when my two girls came along all that stopped and I was left missing a hobby or a passion… and some how photography was it.
Although I do love taking photos around the house, my favourite photos are taken when my girls and I go walking with our little dog Charlie. It not only gives me a chance to have many wonderful long talks with my girls but also I can just step back and wait for a moment to happen. I rarely ever ask my girls to pose. In the shot above, she was trying to get our little dog to chase her and seconds latter he ran after her and easily caught up.
Because we live in the UK, finding good light is always a challenge. For indoors, I often just use natural window light. I love how it creates very soft, low light images.
I shoot with a Sony A7Riii. I just love this camera so much. In fact, I’ve been using mirrorless cameras since they first came out, when hardly anyone was using them. My favourite lenses are the Sony 35mm F1.8 and the Zeiss 85mm F1.8. I own many other lenses, but these two are my favourite and I pretty much always shoot wide open at F1.8.
Photography has become so much more than just a hobby to me over the years. It has made my connection with my two girls even stronger than I could ever have imagined and it has given me a love for being outdoors.
And while I still struggle with anxiety and depression, photography has definitely helped in so many ways. Although I have had a few negative responses from fellow photographers once they found I was a dad, but mostly I have made many wonderful new friends through Instagram and Hello Storyteller.
So for me, photography through a dads perspective has given me so much over the few short years I have been in this hobby. It really has helped me in so many ways. My only one regret is that I wished I would have started to enjoy photography more seriously when my children were much younger.