It’s all about me…..

January 7th, 2012

As I looked out across the water, the reflections were still, and the air was silent. It was something I had neglected last year, so this year I knew that some changes had to take place.

It’s easy to forget about what Read more »

Day 232 {It’s all about me}

January 6th, 2012

It’s easy to forget about the things we enjoy. It’s too easy to get caught up in life and…..work….and forget about the things that inspire us. Last year I neglected a lot of things, and one of them was connecting with my camera…..

….going out and just ‘being’; trying new things and taking photos of things I wouldn’t normally take photo’s of. Experimenting. So this year I’m going to put that right. Today I headed over to Salford Quays and just spent a couple of hours wandering around. This is one of my favourite shots. It’s just so simple…..

…..catch you on the flipside {Part II}

December 30th, 2011

Following on from ‘Part I’ of my 2011 round up, here are some more highlights of my year……

As part of my training this year, I attended a course run by music photographer Tom Barnes. I feel like some courses are slightly sugar coated, and very ‘Team America’, and although you leave feeling exhilerated and ready to take on the world – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing – sometimes you just want to hear ‘the truth’. Tom’s course was refreshing because it felt truthful. There was no sugar coating, and he wasn’t Read more »

…..catch you on the flipside. {Part I}

December 20th, 2011

As the countdown took place and the chimes of Big Ben kicked in, I had no idea what 2011 would hold for me. Ian and I had done our New Year tradition of going to our favourite Cantonese restaurant. (So popular in fact, that when we call to place an order, we don’t even need to give our name. I can’t decide if that’s good or bad)?! We sat and ate, while re-evaluating the previous year, and looked forward to the next. Making plans, and hoping we could make at least a few dreams come true…..

As a photographer, I need to market myself, continually promote myself and really put myself out there – which can be hard. ……and I knew that marketing myself would be my biggest obstacle. Jasmine Star describes herself as one step beyond a wall flower, she says she’s the ‘wall flower gardener’, and I can really relate to that. Whenever the word ‘networking’ crops up, I actually just want a hole in the ground to appear and then swallow me up. Whole. So when the first Manchester ‘Tweetup’ was arranged in March, I cringed. Even though I knew there would be a few people there who I had briefly met before, or chatted to through social networking, I still broke out into a cold sweat; but as I knew it would probably be good for me and my business, I called my friend Chrissy, and we arranged to go together.

…..and since that first ‘Tweetup’, I can honestly say I’ve met and worked with some really amazing people. In particular is Catherine Hughes of Ivy Clara Make-up and Styling. Not only did I meet a brilliant make-up artist, but she’s become a really good friend as well. I’ve worked with Catherine on a number of projects, and I know there will be many more to come!

From MUA’s to venue stylists, florists, bridal shops and wedding dress designers, I never dreamed at the beginning of the year, that I would be so lucky to work with so many top suppliers to the wedding industry. I’ve had the chance to work on some brilliant projects, and I don’t feel as ‘alone’ as I did at the beginning of the year. I was part of a big shoot back in November at Heaton House Farm, and seeing so many people come together to make it all possible, was one of the best feelings ever…..and at the end of the shoot I just wanted to run round and high five everyone!

Continually learning and progressing my skills, whether self study or going on courses is also something that I need to do on a regular basis. I’ve done a number of courses this year, but I think my favourite by far was a course I attended by Orange County wedding photographer Jessica Claire. Wow! It was so refreshing to hear how things are done ‘over the pond’. I’ve been a fan of Jessica’s work a for while now and to actually get to meet her and hear all about how she built her business was so interesting and really insightful. At the end of the day however, a fellow student asked me to take a photo of him with Jessica, and at that moment, it was like all my basic photography skills shut down! Composition, and even pressing buttons just went out of the window! I was taking a photo of Jessica Claire, this amazing photographer and I just went to pieces!!! I was completely in awe of her!

2011 was a pretty big year for me, and I still have more that I want to cover, so I’ll post Part II in a couple of days…..

…..but for now, I hope everyone is starting to wind down for Christmas :)

 

Finding my feet…….

December 16th, 2011

I think it’s safe to say that my ‘Day by Day’ project has definitely taken a back seat over the past few weeks. Sometimes I’ve forgotten and sometimes I’ve not had the chance.

So if I miss a day, sometimes I think I’ll take two the next day…..which really defeats the object of taking a ‘photo a day’. Then the days roll into weeks and I lose motivation to do it….

There is also the inspiration side of things as well. I really do admire photographers who come up with ideas, day after day…..and people like Tracey Barrow who do a self-portrait everyday – I simply have to tip my hat to them (I don’t wear a hat, but if I did, I would)! So for now, I’ve decided if I take a photo, that’s great; if I don’t have time to take one, I may just post up an old photo that either 1) I just like! 2) Inspires me or 3) Has never been posted before. I’ll probably keep numbering them as well…..and even though they won’t be consecutive days, it will still relate to the number of photo’s that have been posted.

I think I put too much pressure on myself sometimes; I think a lot of people in the ‘creative industry’ do…..but as the year draws to a close I’m finally starting to let myself wind down. Well, I say wind down, but what I really mean is, look back over the past year, evaluate everything, and start preparing for next year. …..and although I’ve had a pretty good year, I still feel like I’m finding my feet with a lot of things…and I still feel like there is so much to learn, and many different avenues to explore with my photography and my business.

I feel like I’m starting to get (a bit) more organised…and my ‘to do’ lists are starting to get cleared quicker and I’ve been making time to read as well. I love reading, but I never used to give myself that ‘down time’; I used to convince myself that I didn’t have time or I should always be doing something more important. But I’ve finally allowed myself to accept the fact that reading IS important for me. Whether it’s photography related or not, it’s all of a sudden become an indulgence! The first hour of my day starts with reading. Breakfast, brew and a book, followed by exercise. I then feel ready to start my day….

After reading a post by Promise Tangeman a couple of days ago, I also felt inspired to take a look at how I organise my ‘to do’ list (s). So now I have all my current projects broken down, and I also have my upcoming projects / tasks for the next four months on my wall. Oh yes…thats right people….FOUR whole months. I’m determined to start 2012 super organised. (Funnily enough, I also have those exact same boards – spooky)!

….so for now, I’m off to make another list…..and as for 2012….I’m hoping it’s the year I finally find my feet :)

 

Vintage styled bridal shoot…..Part II

November 23rd, 2011

……So, if you missed Part I last week, feel free to go back and see what visual delights your eye’s missed out on!

This week is dedicated to the images of Sophie and Jack……

They made a gorgeous couple, and this dress was Read more »

What inspires you….?

November 18th, 2011

….or what keeps you going? I suppose this post could be split into two parts! Inspiration comes in many forms. For me, like many photographers, magazines are an invaluable resource of inspiration.

I’m also a very active person, and I love being outdoors. Although I feel a lot of things have been neglected this year. Due to a lack of time, and the fact that over the past few months Ian and I have been like ships passing in the night, our Read more »

The attention span of a goldfish…..

November 1st, 2011

I’m easily distracted. I sometimes have to be prompted to finish my sentences. I daydream. A lot. According to Ian, I have the attention span of a goldfish. After all these years, I’m still looking for a compliment, that must be hidden within that statement.

As I sit here looking through photo’s and trying to clear out my Lightroom catalogue, I’m listening to Read more »

Upcycle Challenge

October 19th, 2011

“We are looking for teams of wedding industry professionals to get together and create a range of upcycled brides & bridesmaid looks plus a “themed table” with only a few rules….

All items must come from a LOCAL charity shops or 2nd hand stores (within 25 miles of where you live or slightly further afield if there are non in your area) this includes clothes and all accessories and you have to prove you have bought from a charity shop by either having photos of you buying them or a receipt of some sort, the table must include centrepiece or display, table names or numbers plus place cards etc..everything you would expect to see!

There must be at least 2 table settings, tables and chairs can be your own but everything else must be up-cycled”!

These were the rules given by Colette of All Wrapped Up Events back in July, when the ‘Upcycle Challenge’ was launched. I answered Colette’s call on Twitter for a photographer and the rest as they say, is errr…..history!

EmmyLou of Lilybud Cupcakes, Read more »

Day by Day {days 64 to 70}

May 8th, 2011

Day 64: I hate feet. All feet. Yet on Sunday night, when I got in from a meal at a lovely Indian restaurant, (which was washed down with equally as lovely draught Cobra), I was obsessed about taking a photo of my feet. I think mainly because the sun was shining and having my feet out felt oddly liberating…..but even as I’m posting this, I’m cringing…..because I hate feet so much!

Day 65: On a trip out to Hare Hill there were numerous things to take photos of….lots of flowers which I loved…but then I saw this scuplture and just knew that I wanted it as todays image….

Day 66: Okay, so my “Day by Day” project doesn’t particularly have any rules – apart from the fact that I’m supposed to take a photo each day. Unfortunately, or rather, fortunately (for me anyway!), I’ve been really busy over the past week and haven’t really had time to take any images. So for the next few images I’m posting up photos taken over the past few weeks. This one is of Paige who I shot a couple of weeks ago. It was such a glorious day & Paige was a dream to photograph…..

Day 67: The tulips were in full bloom at Biddulph Grange Garden a few weeks ago, I was in my element. They all looked so stunning in the amazing sunshine….

Day 68: Tulips – again! There were so many different colours and they all looked so beautiful. Biddulph Grange Garden was soaked in glorious colour…..

Day 69: One of my favourite studio shots from the showcase at Manchester College a few days ago. The level of talent was outstanding…..

Day 70: Another one of my favourite studio shots from the Manchester College Showcase. I normally use natural lighting for my photoshoots, so when I get to play around with something different, I really like it. There’s something about this shot that I really love….