Sisterly Bonding and Photoshoots! 6/08/17

 

Here we are, another week has gone by and I have to say it has been a lot better than last week. I’ve had a pretty positive, anxiety free week and it has been a breath of fresh air. I’ve had company for most of the week as well which has been nice. I love having people come and stay with me cause it actually forces me to do stuff instead of sitting staring at my MacBook doing all sorts of admin work. I haven’t really done anything totally interesting this week;

Monday

Another trip to mothers was on the cards today,  me and Stewart drove up a lot later than usual and ended up having tea. I went back up in mums attic which is one of my favourite things to do. I came home with some of mum’s old clothes and old computers hoping to retrieve some old photographs but unfortunately, the computers were all wiped blank, but Stewart has decided to make his own computer now out of a ps2. Which isn’t nerdy at all. Before we went home, we all went for a drive so Andrew could show us his skills and honestly, he’s picking up driving really quickly and is already better at it than me, we won’t tell him that though because his head is already as big as the moon.

Tuesday

Because Nikki came home with us on Monday we dedicated Tuesday to colouring her hair from black to a much lighter colour. Nobody should ever dye their hair black if they’re going to be likely to want to change it without spending a lot of time and money on it in salons because it is a bitch of a colour to remove from hair. However, 7hours and 20 mins down and there is no trace of black or even brown in her hair. I think she is very happy with it now which is the main thing.

 

Wednesday

Me and Nicola decided we were going to play in the studio today and do some photographs. We decided to showcase her new hair and do a unicorn inspired shoot. It’s been a while since I was able to get creative with makeup and these kinds of fantasy inspired shoots are fun for everybody involved because they are so easy going and laid back and honestly can create some proper laugh out loud moments. You can see some of the photographs from this shoot here.

Thursday

Mum picked me and Nic up today and we spent the day in Gainsborough. We didn’t really do much, just chilled, did some shopping, ate some chips and then went home again. It was a good way to kill a massive part of the day meaning I didn’t have to find something for me and Nic to do because it’s hard enough finding something for yourself to do let alone another person as well. When we got home from mums we sat down for an hour and a half painting some rocks; pics below.

I had some a4 playing cards delivered and They’re so much fun to play with. I have a bit of a thing for playing cards at the moment, I’ve seen A3 size on the internet and they are next on my purchase list.

Friday

I woke up with a cold brewing, but that didn’t stop me having the time of my life in the garden with Nik. We decided to trial run the water slide in my back garden. It would work a hell of a lot better with less wind and fewer dogs running in front of you every 5 minutes. We added some bubble bath into the lazy spa and basically, acted like kids for a good majority of the day and basically just made the most of the sunshine. The day ended with us playing cards until midnight, laughing hysterically at nothing. Who knew playing cards could give you so much fun and laughter.

Saturday

Another day consisting of not a lot. We took Nik home today and spent some time catching up with mum yet again, I might as well move back in, haha! As soon as I got home I decided to move around the bunnies room and make it a bit more cosy and fun for them to live in. They’re all finally getting on together, Olive is the most dominant, she rules the whole house. I love sitting in the room with all my bunnies. They’re such happy little hoppers that love cuddles and attention.

Sunday

Today we (Me and Stewart) went to Nottingham, mainly to take photographs but we found ourselves checking out what shops there was on offer. We didn’t take as much photography as we would have liked I don’t think, I got a good handful but Stewart got 6 blurry ones so he says.  I will upload my pictures in a separate post – but here is a preview.

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I hope you all have had a lovely week. I have and I plan on doing some extremely fun stuff this next coming week.

Stay happy and healthy folks,

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How To Up Your iPhone Photography Game.

iPhone photography is something I am extremely interested in due to the accessibility and how easy it is to just whip out your phone and take a photograph. I almost feel ashamed to say that I don’t take my camera with me everywhere I go. Sometimes I change bags and simply just forget or more likely, unless I am planning on doing some shooting that day, I can’t be bothered to carry a heavy lump of technology around with me. My Canon 6D is my go to camera these days and honestly, it’s not the lightest.

I do this crazy thing, where I also feel bad for my Fuji XPro-1 if I take my Canon out without it, and I feel like this with all my cameras so now, If one goes, so do the other 2.

However, with my iPhone, I don’t see it as a ‘camera’ as such. It’s my phone so just like most people it comes with me everywhere, and guilt free as I am not worrying about my other camera’s feeling left out.

iPhone photography is a lot more convenient in more ways than one, I think we would all agree.

It still requires attentive skill and care though when you’re taking a photograph on your phone. You’re going to need basic photography knowledge and what I mean by that is you’re going to need to be able to understand composition and lighting most importantly.

You’re also going to need a good editing app. There are so many out there in the market today that cost nothing and they work a treat. I’ve tried so many over the last few years and honestly, the one I find myself returning to is VSCO. VSCO is a great app to download if you want to up your photography game because it has so many built in features to help you construct your image. The VSCO cam shoots in RAW, Gives you guide lines to help with composing your images, exposure controls and even comes with free filters to help your images really pop. The list is endless as to why this app is so great.

I am also a massive fan of those lenses you can get to clip on to your phone. They enable you to be so much more creative with your shots and allow you to do things with your phone that you couldn’t do before, like the macro lens you can get is my favourite! You can get so close in on something and on occasions, it works a lot better than my actual DSLR.

There’s probably loads more blogs out there that go into so much more detail on how to take better phone photographs but I want to just focus on the basics and the stuff that I do with my own phone photography.

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Dogs Eye: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and a mini macro lens | Edited in VCSO.
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Human Eye: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and a mini macro lens | Edited in VSCO.

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Hartsholme Forest: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and a mini wide angle lens | Edited in VSCO.

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Butterfly Bush: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus in portrait mode | Edited in VCSO.
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Looking Up: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus | Edited in VCSO.

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Morning Monitoring: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus | Edited in VCSO.

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Banana Plant: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus | Edited in VCSO.

 

I feel like phone photography helps me stay connected to the subject that I love, even when I want a break from it, or when inspiration is low, my phone is always in my hand for whenever and wherever inspiration hits me and inspiration hits me at the most ridiculous times.

Do you have any additional tips and tricks you’d like to add? Comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

House Maintenance, Furry Friends..

It feels like it has been an awfully long week.

Monday

Me and Stewart spent the day in Gainsborough today. We didn’t do a lot, just had a mooch around marshals yard and then sat and stuffed our faces at mums house. Just a normal day these days. The weekend was still catching up with me today though, I found myself stupidly tired and so achy from the rad dance moves I was cracking on the dancefloor on Saturday night.

In pictures;
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Tuesday

I did not want a boring day at home, I was enjoying the dismal rainy weather inside and I wanted to enjoy it in the conservatory, however, honestly the conservatory is never a room we really gave any attention at all. We never wanted to be in there. I decided to give it a makeover because I had nothing better to do. I think it looks much better now, just needs another blow-up chair to complete.

Wednesday

I cannot start the day without creating my day’s to-do list over a cup of tea. So, I did that sat in my cosy newly decorated conservatory. Unfortunately, today the sun was making it too hot and I couldn’t stay in there too long. I spent the most of Wednesday doing Admin stuff for the wedding and portrait business I had put on my back burner whilst at college. Packages and Contracts now are written up ready for meetings!

In Pictures;

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Thursday

There’s not really a lot to report about today, I went to mum’s again and Stewart came straight from work for his tea! Mummabear is good to us. I ate a tonne of pink and whites and did a lot of nothing but I was with my family so, I was having the time of my life. Me and Lucy went food shopping with Mum, Eli and Andrew. When we arrived back home at mums, Gaz Mum’s husband had put the chain on the door whilst he was cleaning the upstairs, Mum was getting increasingly impatient as we were trying to should and knock on the door for Gaz’s attention. Before we knew it mum had Nicki Minjed her way into the house, making a paddy sandwich between the door and the wall, that didn’t stop the little monkey yapping at us as we were trying to take the shopping into the house. I think Gaz might have to fix the door chain back on now..

Andrew came back home with me, we played the new PS4 game ‘That’s You!’ My goodness, what a great game, we didn’t stop laughing the whole way through. I cannot wait to play this with more people.

Friday

A day of complete graft in the garden. Our garden is quite possibly the fastest growing garden on the planet, with it being on a hill it is a complete and utter nightmare to maintain, cutting the grass is a full body work out that leaves you sweating buckets no matter how cold the weather is, me and my brother cut down a big tree/weed thing that was blocking out the sunshine in the evenings, I think we both took a bit of frustration out on it, to be honest, didn’t take us long to make short work of it. Stewart wasn’t enjoying the gardening, as much as he was looking forwards to it, I think he instantly regretted it the moment we all actually started to do some work as from that moment on he was grumpy Stewart.

In Pictures;
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Saturday

Today it has been a year since me and Stewart got engaged. A whole year already. I’m starting to think a 5-year engagement is still too short, as now it would be 4 years and we’re nowhere near ready to tie the knot yet, we’re completely in limbo about whether or not we wanna do the house up first and then get married. I have a poorly doggy today, well I say poorly, Alf keeps sneezing, not stopping him from trying to raid the bin, bark his balls off or try and steal my choccy! I’m guessing it’s a bit of allergy, so I gave him an antihistamine and it calmed the sneezing down a considerable amount. I feel so sorry for him though because he headbutts whatever is in his way when he sneezes. I’ve heard him a lot bang his nose off the floor today; pretty sure that won’t be helping.

I’ve done more business work today, Finally finished my website for my wedding photography. It took me 3 days to do!! I am feeling super positives this time about my photographic ventures.

Feel free to check out my new website here.

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Sunday

Sunday, today has consisted of me and Stewart taking a walk around the bail gate taking tonnes of photographs ( and playing Pokemon!) and town where we decided to see what the Lincoln food festival was like. After this, we went to meet Stewart’s mum and Matt for a carvery. We decided after this though we weren’t ready to go home just yet. So we decided to go back out and get some more photographs but this time took our proper cameras with us; I’ve not edited these ones yet though; check out my phone ones below.

In Pictures;

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Photography By The Sea

Skegness isn’t the greatest of beaches, To us yellowbellies though it’s the bee’s knee’s aka known as ”Skegvagas” I’m not entirely sure how it’s got that name as it isn’t quite as glamorous as Las Vegas, but it is the closest thing Lincolnshire has got to it.

I’ve been to Skegness so many time’s within my lifetime and it never seems to change at all. It’s exactly how I remember it, same stalls and everything. I decided to go to a different end of the beach today to capture my images. I purposely stayed away from the arcades as I can’t get myself out of them once I go into them and I spend stupid amounts of money.

The weather wasn’t ideal for the Infrared shots and honestly, I’m still getting used to my full spectrum camera so a lot of my Infrareds became duffs and even in RAW somehow was completely unrecoverable.

 

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Infrared; Canon 400D Full Spectrum Conversion.

 

 

BBQ, Board Games & Beach Trip! 

Happy Monday everyone.

This weekend has been a much busier one than usual and it’s actually felt good to have a ‘proper weekend’. Unfortunately what I had originally had planned for the weekend just gone fell through because of the drop in temperature outside and lack of sunshine. It will however definitely happen sometime over the summer if not soon!

That hasn’t stopped me from having an awesome weekend though. Saturday I woke up feeling the healthiest and happiest I had been all week ( I had been a bit under the weather during the week!) I spent a stupid amount of time messing around with the template of my blog, trying to freshen it up a little bit. I have a feeling I’ll never be happy with the way it looks because I’m a perfectionist.

Later on in the day, we went to Stewart’s mum’s house for a BBQ. I absolutely love BBQ’s. I love how they bring a family together, sunshine, maybe even rain, food, alcohol, food.. so many different things everybody enjoys, we can all enjoy together.

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After we played UNO we then played Brainiak, which was hilarious. I have never played it before and honestly, it was hilarious watching everyone bicker over their answers and harmlessly laugh at one another; Me and Stewart got a task where we had to write 5 things that are illegal, everyone laughed because I wrote ”Smoking in the car with a 16-year-old” Apparently it was ”very specific” and everybody, including myself, found it extremely comical. You can totally tell I’d never played this game before.

Sunday came and we had nothing to do, the weather wasn’t good enough for us to do what we had originally planned so, we decided to grab our camera’s and go for a trip to Skegness. We don’t go to the coast very much so it was nice to do something different for a change and honestly, the day was really relaxing. I didn’t find much that took my fancy to photograph with the big camera but it was nice to take it out, use it and brush off the cobwebs it seems to be collecting sat on my desk at home.

I ate everything you’re supposed to eat at the seaside today,  asides from the MUST HAVE; Fish and Chips. I definitely had a whippy ice cream and took home some dinky doughnuts though. That’s my favourite part of going to the beach after all.
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Keep an eye out for the Photography post with my images from the seaside, coming Wednesday this week!

See you later, Cyber Sweets!

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23 June 2017

It’s that time of the week, It’s starting to feel officially like summer!

I am starting to wonder whether or not these are too often for my ‘not so busy’ lifestyle. However, I have had a pretty fun week if I am completely honest. It’s been a week full of sunshine and fun.

As you know, last Friday my brother, sister and her partner were coming to stay with me for the night for some drinks and PlayStation fun. Well it turned out to be just as fun as I expected and honestly, the funniest part for me was bumping into my brother trying to convince himself he wasn’t drunk by placing one foot in front of the other and attempting to walk in a straight line, Oh and the fact it started to get hysterically funny when Andrew decided to respond to everyone with a very stern and high pitched ”EY” everytime someone said a word to him.

We have been completely blessed with the weather this week. I already have a pretty impressive tan, however, due to my eczema, my tan goes all patchy and horrible and honestly, I may have well fake tanned cause I get the same effect. Anywho, The week started off by having the best water fight with my brother (Andrew) and Sister (Lucy).

On Monday, Me and Lucy decided to buy some oversized syringes and have a water fight with them, it was stupidly hot outside so we decided to take full advantage of that and have some proper ‘summer holiday’s fun’ (I know it’s not technically the summer holiday’s yet but it is for us college peeps!)

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It was honestly, a blast.  I’ve spent a lot of time at mums this week. It’s such a happy environment to be in. You can 100% be yourself at mum’s, be an idiot, banter with your brothers and sisters, act like a child, I honestly love it. I am completely care free, surrounded by unconditional love, no judgement and no animosity.

We had to take Olive to the vet’s to be spayed this week, She’s come into her maturity as a woman and well, she took a bit of a disliking to Alfie and starting attaching herself to him by her teeth. Safe to say I think she might calm down now once those hormones leave her system. I hope so anyway. Her and Alfie always got on so well.

Aside’s from that I’ve been feeling pretty crappy towards the end of the week, All the fun at mums for 3 days took it out of me and I’ve been a complete walking zombie for the past two days, even writing this I have matchsticks in my eyes keeping them open. I haven’t ever felt so tired before in my life.

I think it’s safe to say though that It’s time to start hitting the diet and gym again, from the above pictures I can see a bit of a podge starting to make a reappearance in my shorts and this is not good; I did so well but because I have been struggling over the last couple of months I’ve now got myself into a bad eating and lazy routine and I am telling myself now this is not good enough! If the kickstart on the healthy living doesn’t work I might have to see myself going to the doctors.

Here are some of my iPhone pictures from the week, a PROPER childhood ice-cream, a beautiful sunset and just some of the things I am blessed with in life.

 

 

I am sending lots of love and hugs out today just in case you’re feeling as crappy as I do and you need that cyber uplift. Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a weekend full of fun and happiness.

 

All my love, cyber sweeties!

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