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It’s the End of an Era

October 25th, 2016

Oh, hey! Remember me? <waves>

You may have noticed it’s been pretty quiet around here lately; well, for a good 18 months+ actually. But sometimes, things don’t turn out the way you expected them to; you think you know what path you want to take, then you realise you’re not actually enjoying the direction you’re heading in.

As many of you know, I spent nearly 5 years working as a wedding photographer, as well as dabbling in stills, property, and boudoir. In the end, and after much soul searching, I realised that wedding photography wasn’t something I wanted to pursue. As much as I loved the clients I worked with and felt extremely grateful I never experienced a bridezilla; I felt that it wouldn’t be fair to future clients if my heart wasn’t in it. I’ve encountered many wedding photographers over the years who have expressed their dislike for the industry, and I always felt they were doing their clients a disservice; I didn’t want to be one of those photographers.

During my 18-month absence from social media, I’ve been quietly working away in the background shooting boudoir and property, as well as working as a freelance videographer on a whole host of random projects. Unfortunately, the more I’ve moved into other areas and involved myself with other projects, the more I’ve found my love for the industry starting to waiver. I’ll be phasing out the property and the video but continuing with boudoir photography, as this is an area I still deeply adore; I will more than likely delete my Facebook page before the end of the year.

For the past couple of years, I’ve also been running another business selling hand printed wrapping papers and other printed goods; having studied printmaking at college, it was only a matter of time before I ended up returning to my printing roots. I like the physical act of making things and printing satisfies the need to create something, followed by the feeling of satisfaction once it’s complete. Although The Barefoot Printer is still in its early days, I’m excited about moving forward with it and seeing where it goes.

So, I guess I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. I’ve met some lovely people along the way, and for the most part, I’ve had a blast. To those who made the past few years’ fun and interesting, I’m sending you lots of love with some virtual chest bumps.

If you’re interested in boudoir photography, you can find me over here, and if you like brown paper packages tied up with string, please head over to my Etsy shop. You can also follow along with my creative journey on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Good for the soul….

March 4th, 2014

Working from home has been giving me major cabin fever lately and the need to break out has been overwhelming. The need to be outdoors, connect with nature and to breathe in fresh air has been driving me crazy. Ian and I keep trying to plan a day off but then something crops up and it gets rescheduled – my sanity has been tested to the limits.

Last week we grabbed an afternoon and headed out into the great outdoors. We ate parsnip soup and drank coffee from a flask. I took photos of scarecrows and we watched people walking their dogs. We walked, we laughed and we discussed plans for the future. Will they happen? I don’t know. But we’ll try our hardest to make sure they do. It’s amazing what fresh air can do for the soul…

Happy Tuesday!

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….the reviews are in

June 25th, 2013

At the beginning of the year Ian and I made a pact to spend more time regularly reviewing the needs of our businesses, and setting goals that would hopefully help keep us on track. Anyone who’s self employed will know that it’s important to review what’s working and what isn’t….. although sometimes you can get so caught up with everything that things start to veer off track without you even noticing, and you get sidetracked by all the new shiny opportunities that keep popping up. That’s pretty much what has happened in the past few weeks! Our first review in January went well, and so did the second one in April, and although the next one is due on Monday, we decided to bring it forward to today as we both felt we had started to divert. Spinning plates, and lots of them springs to mind, but trying to focus on keeping them all in the air at the same time really wasn’t doing me any favours! Diverting doesn’t bother me, sometimes that can be good – but trying to multi-task so many things was making me feel scatty, unorganised and generally unfocused. There has been lots going on behind the scenes over the past month or so, we’ve been working on a lot of new projects together, and I’m really excited about the new services we’ll be launching over the coming months…..which is why today we felt the need to sit down and dissect everything. There are things that I reviewed in April, that just lately I’ve started to file under headings like, ‘what the hell was I thinking?’……

…..so after a good brainstorming session, lots of planning, talking and writing, I feel like I’m finally back on track. But I’m also looking forward to seeing where my next set of diversions lead me in 3 months time at my next business review….

Happy Tuesday! :)

….365 project {days 79 to 88}

May 5th, 2013

…..I’m so behind with my 365 project – it’s taken me ages to hunt down all photos and sort them all out. I keep telling myself I’ll upload each photo at the end of the day, only it’s not working out like that! …..to the point that I’ve lost a photo! :( I think I formatted my card and then used it again – repeatedly – so I can’t even recover it……

Day 79 – Indian:

Saturday night is normally movie night, so Ian, Ste and I headed out to pick up an Indian take-away. We ended up staying for a full sit down meal instead. It was super yummy! :)

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….365 project {days 71 to 78}

April 19th, 2013

Day 71 – Health:

Natural Health magazine. I bought this for the first time a couple of weeks back. With all my ailments, I’m much more aware these days of being kind to my body. I think I drove Ian a bit mad by discovering interesting (to me) articles and then repeatedly saying ‘Ian, listen to this….’, and then continuing to read out loud to him :)

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Adventure Monday….

April 15th, 2013

Easter Monday, otherwise known as Adventure Monday, saw Ian and I head out to Delamere Forest. Ian wanted to record the dawn chorus and some other forest noises, and I was determined to catch the sunrise. Easter Sunday had been glorious (although cold), with clear blue skies and the same was forecast for Easter Monday – but despite being up at 4.30am to get to our destination it was too overcast for the sunrise! Oh well – there’s nothing like a trial run to prepare for next time ;) We had the place to ourselves for a few hours, and even though we didn’t manage to get exactly what we were hoping for, we still managed to get out early and capture things we wouldn’t normally have…..

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365 project {days 59 to 70}

April 12th, 2013

I intended on posting this last weekend, but I was having some issues with my blog – better late than never though, eh?

Day 59 – Exploring:

It was one of those Sundays where Ian and I were both feeling a bit yucky, so we decided to head out for a walk and a bit of an explore. There’s a building I discovered last month and on Sunday I finally got to go and take a look…. You can see the full blog post ——–> here

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…..urban exploration day

April 2nd, 2013

I think this is the first Easter in the last three years where Ian and I have managed to take a few days off work and spend some time together. On Sunday, we headed out of the house for couple of hours to grab some fresh air and do some exploring. There’s a building I discovered last month, and everytime I drive past it I have to resist the urge to go in. On Sunday, I finally got to inspect it further, it was quite eerie wandering around from room to room, but it made for some interesting photos…..

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365 project {days 44 to 58}

March 30th, 2013

One thing I should remember about my 365 project is that I need to stay organised! I’ve been taking photos and telling myself I’ll upload them later that day….. only I get distracted, and before I know it I’ve got photos on two different cameras and on my phone. Yesterday it took me nearly two hours to sort everything out. Note to self: stay on top of 365 project!

Day 44:

Saturday night movie. We’ve never seen ‘The Thing’ before, but it’s been highly recommended on a number of occasions. It was okay – but I found myself giggling in a few places due to the special effects. It’s hard to imagine anything like that these days….
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…..365 project {days 37 to 43}

March 15th, 2013

Day 37:

Mum and Dad had everyone over for Mothers Day. Smudgie has a towel near the back door for when he comes in out of the rain, he runs straight onto it and waits for someone to dry him – it’s normally my Dad. He gets dried off, has his paws dried and then he gets wrapped up in the towel – which he loves! He lies there for ages getting fussed, and if you stop the fussing, he meows at you and taps your arm with his paw until you continue……

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