Arnside Shoot {Sara and Joe}

July 12th, 2011

The sun was shining and I’d just had one of my Homer Simpson ‘Doh’ moments. I’d forgotten my suncream. I was on my way to the Lakes and I was going to burn. Big time.

For those of you who read my blog regularly, you’ll be aware that I have a soft spot for the Lakes. The fact that I was heading up to the Lakes was fab. But it was made even better by the fact that I was going up there to shoot as well. ALL DAY 🙂

Last week I got together with some other photographers from my Bespoke group at Aspire. It was our final two days, so a few of us got together and headed up to the Lakes a day early to do a shoot.

Anyway, this is Sara and Joe….

They’re an amazing couple to photograph…..but Read more »

Wedding photography with Jessica Claire……

April 14th, 2011

Wow. Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend a course at Aspire, led by the fantastic wedding photographer Jessica Claire. Jessica is someone I have admired for quite some time. I love her work, and yesterday it was truly inspirational to not only get an insight into how she runs her business, but to see her in action as well.

…..with the royal wedding coming up, there couldn’t have been a better theme!

She made it look so effortless. Not only did I get to see how Jessica interacts with her couples, but she also got everyone on the course involved in what she was doing as well.

Each person got 90 seconds with the couple, and then we had to pose them and create a look of how we thought our wedding photography should look. It was pretty nerve wracking doing that in front of everybody else, but a very worthwhile exercise.  

I don’t normally share this many images on my blog, but I can’t help myself!

Don’t forget all the details!

I loved every second of yesterday, it was so refreshing listening to Jessica talk, she was so open and honest about everything and very direct with her approach to running a business. I found myself hanging onto every word she said and came away from the day very inspired, with many new ideas to think about for my business!

The power of the sun……

April 10th, 2011

I woke up yesterday morning and was met with glorious sunshine; I instantly knew that the weekend ahead would be a good one. I headed out for an early morning swim before driving over to the Trafford Centre to meet up with some fellow photographers. A couple of hours later, I left Starbucks feeling energised and inspired and started the next part of my day. I met up with my friend Ste, meandered around a few shops and treated myself to a new pair of Converse trainers; so far the day was good. We had lunch and then took a walk down Worsley canal. The weather was stunning; the sun was shining, the birds were singing and I felt positive about things on the horizon.

When I woke up this morning and was met with the same glorious sunshine pouring through the windows, I couldn’t wait to get started with my day. Ian and I abandoned our “spring cleaning” day and headed out into the sun; we visited a few garden centres and ended up buying a blueberry bush! When we returned home to plant it, I got to thinking about how much more positive I feel when the sun is out; the nights are getting lighter, and hopes and ambitions seem possible rather than just a dream.

I thought about the month ahead. My plans. My projects. I then thought about the week ahead; opportunities for some very interesting projects, a wedding course at Aspire with the fantastic photographer Jessica Claire, followed by a wedding on Saturday where I can put into practice what I’ve learnt. I’ve also got the “Building your wedding photography business” classes from Creative Live and amazing wedding photographer Jasmine Star to watch.

So many things to plan and look forward to; the power of the sun eh? It’s an amazing thing. Happy weekend everyone!!

10 minutes, 10 images…..

March 11th, 2011

I’ve been trying to get organised lately and tidy things up a little bit. Yesterday while I was going through some old images, trying to figure what could be deleted and what could be kept, I found these photo’s.

Last year when I started at Aspire,one of our first photography day’s was with Tamara Peel. Tamara has so much energy, she lives, breathes and sleeps photography! She makes you look at everything with “new eyes”, so to speak. She gave the group the subject of “lines” and then sent us off around the mill yard to take some photographs. I think we had 10 minutes to take 10 photographs, and we weren’t allowed to look at the screen on the back of our camera’s to see how they looked either. Boy, she was strict!

I like looking at things like this – it makes me realise that inspiration for images can be found almost anywhere! I realise that I  haven’t posted all of the 10 images, as I just wanted to share my favourites with you!

I’m heading out tomorrow  to check out some locations for an upcoming shoot, and this has given me the inspiration to look for new in the familiar.