Snout wrong with that! (Photography by StewartJames)

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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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Unicorn Inspired Photoshoot!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY EVERYBODY!

I haven’t forgotten that Wednesday is blog day so me and my little sister Nikki decided to do a photo shoot to not only kill time but to share with the internet. We wanted to do something a bit different so we decided to be a bit ‘extravagant’ if you like with the makeup and outfit.

We literally dedicated the whole day to shooting and doing makeup. We did do another look but I am saving that for another blog post.

Me and Nikki have completely different tastes in the things we like and enjoy, I love pink, unicorns, bunnies, you name it anything girly I love it. Nicola, on the other hand, is a bit more of a bad ass in the things that she likes and likes demons and freaky crap like that, so we did a shoot that was more, normal if you like compared to this.

There’s nothing I love more than being able to carelessly experiment with my photography and not worry about them going in a sketchbook and being able to control whether or not they get edited or seen!

Let me know what you think of these and if you have done a shoot similar, I would love to see.

All pictures have been taken with Canon 6D || Edited in Adobe Lightroom || Taken in my home pop up studio.

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Role Reversal; Being Infront Of The Camera.

As most of you probably know I am most at ease behind the camera, where my face is hidden by the chunk of technology I’m holding in front of my face. I’ve never really been very comfortable in front of the camera.

I decided to let Stewart take some photographs of me, under the strict instructions that I chose the lighting, backdrop, lens and clothing. All he was allowed to do was press the shutter and take the photographs. I just hate not being in control. God only knows what I’m going to be like on my wedding day. I even edited the images myself.

The reason I wanted to do this is that I was sick of having snap chat selfies as my display pictures and the ones that weren’t selfies I was getting bored of, I wanted something more “me” in my style of work, to help maybe promote my style of work.

I have a specific portrait style and at risk of sounding like I’m tooting my own horn, I really like it. There’s room for improvement obviously but I like where I’m going with it and I wanted some pictures of myself done in that way.

Being in front of the camera if you’re not used to it is very hard, even with Stewart being my “shutter presser” I was asking him to help me with posing ideas. You don’t realize how hard it is being in front until you’re playing model yourself, every photographer I believe should be placed in front of the camera instead of behind, just to gain a bit more understanding of how your model may be feeling and this will help you make clients feel at ease when you’re photographing them.

It’s hard sometimes as a photographer to think up poses for your clients but the more experience you get I do believe it gets easier. The best thing for you to do is plan before a shoot, that’s probably stating the obvious but there’s probably a surprising number of photographers out there who don’t plan their shoots and then they end up stood there in an awkward stare off during a shoot ( I know this because I’ve been there.), making it harder for your client to relax.

 

Appreciation post / The End Of Year Show

Happy weekend people!

Initially, this post was supposed to go up last night however, I went on a bit of a downer and decided that once I got home I was going to sit in bed and eat Nutella pancakes.

Last night was the end of year show at college, basically, it gives us a chance to showcase our work to friends and family and our friends, friends and family.

It’s events like this when you see who really cares about you and what it is you’re doing. I had such an amazing support system Friday evening considering the previous 24 hours was a complete emotional rollercoaster and Friday morning I was an emotional mess.
I just want to say thank you to everybody that came to see my work. I’ve had a gruelling year and I say it with complete honesty when I say that my final picture was made with blood sweat and tears. There were many times I sat there and was adamant I was quitting and not doing it anymore.

Thank you, mum and nan, for carting me around to the far away destinations for me to get the material I needed. You two are actual gems and I couldn’t have done any of this without the both of you and your support.

Thank you to Stewart’s family, Alison, Matt and Becky for coming to see my work last night. You guys have no idea how much it meant to me that you came.

Thank you, Mum, Gaz, Andrew, Nikki, Jordan, Thomas, Eli, Lucy, Nan, Grandad for all driving down from Gainsborough for such a short visit. I know I did you all proud, won’t let me not know otherwise.  – I haven’t forgotten you Ryan, thank you so much for driving all the way from Doncaster to come and see my work. It means the absolute world to me. I couldn’t honestly ask for a better support system. You’re all amazing and you made sure you were there for me and that means more than anything in the world.

Thank you to Stewart coming and for putting up with my paddy’s over my work and being the rock I needed throughout everything and current situations.

And thank you so much for the beautiful necklace. You guys know me so well. I cannot wait to graduate and make you all even prouder.

These situations speak 1000 words. 

I love you all.

 

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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.

 

Canon 6D;

 

 

Infrared; Canon 400D Full Spectrum Conversion.

 

 

5 Reasons Why I Love Myself

This is quite possibly one of the hardest posts I’ve ever had to write but due to the low down moods I’ve been experiencing recently, I decided to challenge myself to find 5 things that I love about myself.

There’s nothing worse than constantly comparing yourself to the big world of many people, which I used to do on a regular basis but have stopped doing since I started my ‘Health Kick’ regime.  I started spending more time focusing on myself and getting myself to how I wanted to be than scrolling through Instagram for hours on end looking at everyone who appeared to have maybe better morals than me, better bodies, better hair, better facial features, you know all that silly stuff.

I’ve never been one to like anything about myself so I knew it was going to take me a while to find 5 things that I ”loved” about myself but I am so happy I did because it made me feel great and I really would recommend you do it too. It’s good therapy for the soul, everyone needs reminding that they’re great, so you can now, right now, remind yourself that you are amazing and unique.

 

Here are my 5 reasons why I love myself;

 

1. I like to look for the good in everybody.

This can be considered as a bad trait to some people but to me, I think everybody should have an element within them that looks for the good in somebody or somebody’s intentions because this world is far too hostile towards people. People are so quick to turn on each other for the most ridiculous reasons like misinterpreting something someone has said and making that person out to be a bad person. Granted, some people are arseholes, there’s no way I can deny that completely but I know that even those arseholes have the smallest amount of good in them somewhere and I will continue to look for it if possible.

2. I have the best parties when I’m at home alone with my dogs.

Sometimes, I need to blow off steam, I can’t afford to go partying in town. Anybody who really knows me will know how much I love music. I love cranking that volume to a ridiculous number (due to the size of the speakers in the living room, the neighbours will be super glad we’re detached houses!) and sing at the top of my lungs dance like an idiot, and include the dogs of course, I have no choice but to involve the dogs. They absolutely love it, maybe…

3. I am easily pleased. (In some cases!)

When it comes to clothing, makeup, hair or what music I want to listen to, I am not easy to please, however, if you ask me what I want to eat for lunch or tea, what I want to do that day, where I want to go, what I want to do my answer will always be ”up to you”. Yes it may be a cop-out to not have to make a decision but look at it this way, you suggest we walk to a sewer or something, I’ll be totes happy to do so. Anything that involves me moving and being active or my mind being stimulated in some way shape or form makes me happy.

4. I have a passion for anything creative.

I am an artistic soul for sure. Some days you can give me a pencil and a sheet of paper and I will only be able to draw a stick man, other days you give me the same equipment and I will draw you a masterpiece. (not literally). I find that my many different moods dictate to me on different days what creative thing I am going to be good at on that day. Some days I will pick up my camera and produce the biggest load of crap that my 2-year-old brother could produce better. I love painting, sculpting, sketching, taking photographs and even making jewellery.

5. I will always strive to be better.

No matter what I do, what I become I will always push myself to be better whether that be better at photography, blogging or being a better person. I will always be looking for ways to progress further. The moment you think you’ve maxed out your potential you’ll stop being the best at what you do or the best person you can be.

 

So, there we have it. God, it was hard. For a post that was supposed to go up Wednesday, and then Thursday and here we are on Friday finally posting it so the world can see. I have been constantly umming and ahhing about posting this and honestly, I don’t really know why.

Thank you for reading and please, tell me 5 things that you love about yourself, I’d honestly love to know.

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