2013 Review

December 27th, 2013

It’s that time of year again where I get to look back and reflect on what was good, what was bad and what was really, really ugly. Truth be told, 2013 has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride with many ups and downs. The first part of the year was quite difficult as I’d been struggling with my health, and although it was something I didn’t broadcast I was conscious that my business wasn’t moving as fast I wanted. I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and unfortunately two doctors had missed it, so for three years my symptoms had been growing to the point where I just couldn’t function. I never realised that left untreated it could cause so many problems. I’d got to the point where I just thought I was suffering from stress and also generally being a bit mardy! When I was finally diagnosed it was like a huge weight had been lifted – mainly because I realised I wasn’t being mardy AND it was treatable. High fives all round! By the middle of the year when my medication had kicked in I was finally starting to feel like myself again. This was also the point where I started to push my business in a whole new direction.


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Film stills and details…..

February 26th, 2013

Originally this post was going to cover last months filming of Owen Parker, and I suppose it does – in a fashion….. ;)

The thing about Owen Parker is, we get to film in some really interesting locations. Last summer we shot at a fabulous location in Stone, and last month we shot in an old pub in Hebden Bridge. The thing I love about these places are the details. Whether it’s quirky wallpaper, painted walls, or semi-tacky ornaments I’m always really intrigued. I’ve not posted any of the details from last summer yet, but here’s a selection from last month.

Full Owen Parker post coming in the next few weeks :)

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2012 Review……

December 22nd, 2012

So here we are, 2012 is drawing to a close which can only mean one thing – my end of year review. I’ve had an amazing year and I’ve had the pleasure of working with some fantastic people on a range of equally fantastic projects. I’ve made some lovely new friends, and not just on Facebook and Twitter but in real life too! I know! :) I’ve also had the opportunity to be part of some amazing weddings and I’ve met some truly brilliant people. If I could high five everyone I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year, I would. But you’ll all have to settle for a virtual chest bump instead! Thanks for a brilliant year – I’m looking forward to working on some new projects in 2013 ! :) In no particular order, here is my year in images……

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Preview…..

November 22nd, 2012

I can’t believe some of the things I haven’t blogged yet! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up over the next few weeks….

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Owen Parker: Part III Days 6 and 7

August 13th, 2012

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Part III of filming Owen Parker is now over, although overall, we’re behind with shooting by a few days.
Day 6 of filming (Saturday), was interesting as I got to photograph a pig! When I was younger, I was pig mad; I loved them and collected anything to do with them, so Saturday was brilliant! Her name was Ninja and she was 7 years old.

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I thought things would be more frantic, but Rob, Ninja’s owner carefully guided her round while tempting her with food. Pigs have really bad eyesight and rely a lot on their sense of smell, so it was interesting to watch Ninja slowly moving around.

In the build up to Saturday, the day was simply known as ‘pig day’. As it was pig day, there were no cast, just crew, so we managed an early finish and made the most of the nice weather and had a bbq.

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We invited the residents of our shooting location, as a thank you for putting up with us and our filming! Everyone had been really welcoming, so it was only right to show our appreciation.

Yesterday, day 7, the weather was all over the place and completely unpredictable. At one point we got rained off; we had all gathered under umbrellas to try and wait it out, but in the end, we gave up and went for lunch.

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Finally, after lunch, the sun made an appearance and we headed back out to continue shooting; we even managed to get an early finish!

Last night when Ian and I got home, it was good to kick back with a take-away and a cheeky Tsingtao, knowing we could have a lie in and take it easy this morning!

Look out for official photo’s of Owen Parker soon….

Happy Monday ! :)

Owen Parker: Part III Day 3

August 8th, 2012

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I can’t believe we’ve reached day 3 already! Things are going a little slow today due to some lighting issues. The bedroom where we’re filming is pretty small, so space is a bit tight. I’ve been grabbing a few stills where possible and also trying to photograph the ducks that live in the house where we’re filming. Well, they don’t live in the house, but in the garden at the back!
I managed to get the lovely Amanda Hennessy to pose for me today….lately she’s more accustomed to being a redhead while playing Marilyn, but today she appears to have acquired a blonde wig too!

….hopefully I’ll have more to report later.
Happy Wednesday ! :)

Owen Parker: Part III Day 2

August 7th, 2012

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After a long day filming down in Staffordshire for Owen Parker , I’m finally home, fed, watered, in my jimmys and just getting set for bed, before doing it all again tomorrow.
We had indoor and outdoor scenes to film today, but unfortunately the outdoor scenes got rained off – this leaves us a bit behind schedule.
I can only hope the weather picks up from tomorrow.
There was a pretty feisty scene to
shoot today, but there were still plenty of giggles between takes – I’m pretty sure they’ll be some outakes leaked at some point in the future ;)
Time to upload today’s images now before heading upstairs to bed.

…..until tomorrow – nanight, sleep well!

Owen Parker: Part III Day 1

August 7th, 2012

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Yesterday, filming for Owen Parker continued. We’re into phase three now, but we still have some days to catch up on due to the bad weather. …..and as yesterday proved, the British weather is highly unpredictable! We’re heading back down to Staffordshire today until Sunday, so we’re hoping for good results weather wise. Last time we were down that way the weather was gorgeous – so please keep your fingers crossed for us!
Happy Tuesday! :)