When I was a lad I used to get rather irked with the insomniacal antics of my dad. A real live country boy, he loved to get up at the crack of dawn. Unfortunately he was rather evangelistic in his ways and insisted that we all do likewise. "You don't know what you're missing," he'd enthuse, "it's the best part of the day!"
Many, many years later, and as a photographer in particular, I am starting to realise just how right he was.
There is something about making an effort to get up with the sun, that transforms my whole outlook. Perhaps it's the freshness of the morning, the warmth and hope that first peek at the sunlight gives me. Or perhaps it's because I get two whole hours (in the summer at least) to do whatever I like. Run, cycle or just go out and take photos for fun.
Whatever it is I find myself energised and optimistic after an early morning start, and I have to really resist the urge to do as my dad used to, and come home and wake everybody up noisily!
Last week I managed to find a model - the fantastic Steph - crazy enough to do likewise, and we enjoyed a really lovely photoshoot on the beach in Greatstone, Kent. We both felt it was definitely worth the early start!