Young Somerset dad stubs out smoking habit for photography
Self-confessed heavy smoker Dave Shaw left the lifestyle behind when his wife became pregnant.
Mr Shaw has become an accomplished amateur photographerA man who took up smoking at the age of 12 has kicked the habit and transformed himself into a clean-living amateur photographer.Former heavy-smoker Dave Shaw, from Somerset, was inspired to "turn things around" after his wife became pregnant.
Since then, the 39-year-old has gone from an unfit smoker to being able to "practically skip up a hill"."I needed to change my way of life and this is where photography came about," he said.Mr Shaw, who lives in Wincanton, said all his previous attempts to give up smoking failed as soon as he started drinking.
But when he discovered in 2015 that his wife was pregnant with their first son he was "determined" to make a change.Image source,Image caption,The father-of-two takes regular photography trips"I wanted to be able to run around after my son without keeling over, but even with this extra motivation, I struggled massively," the father-of-two said. headtopics.com
"As soon as I had any kind of alcoholic drink I would start smoking again, so it was clear to me that in order to stop smoking I would need to stop drinking."He admits that he did not take to the hobby instantly, but seeing the quality of his photos gradually improve motivated him to persevere.
Image source,Image caption,He now gets up before dawn to capture the best light for his photos"I'd read that the best photos were taken during 'golden hour' - think sunrise and sunset - so I started to go out early in the morning to see if too could capture better photos," he explained.
"A side effect of getting up early meant that I would leave the pub early the night before to avoid oversleeping, or even better, I wouldn't go at all."As my photography hobby became more of a passion, I found I was able to move away from the pub culture completely.
"Stopping smoking then became much easier too." Read more: BBC News (UK) »
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