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Cornwall

In April me, my brother and sisters took my Mum and Dad on a mini holiday to Cornwall. I’d never been there before and i didn’t know what to expect.

I definitely learnt a few things while i was there –

  1. There are beaches in Britain that are nice enough to surf at.
  2. Lands-end is pretty much just a sign (and lots of shops that sell fridge magnets)
  3. The roads around Cornwall are barely big enough for one car. So if you’re driving and a car comes from the other way, one of you will probably have to reverse down a hill.
  4. You can see the stars at night (there are lots).
  5. Cornish pastys are one of the best inventions ever.
  6. I never pack enough socks.

My favourite picture from Cornwall is a portrait I took of Corinne at Land’s End. It was a really windy day and there were two storms while we were there! (we took shelter in a cafe) I couldn’t get a picture without her hair blowing in her face, so in the end I embraced the windswept look and in Photoshop i actually ended up drawing more hair in.

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28th June 2016

The past two weeks have gone by so quick and i haven’t had time to post! I went to Barcelona, turned 22,  met up with old friends and got some really bad news. It’s strange how life can be going so well, you can be on top of the world and then you can come tumbling down in an instant. It rained all weekend (which was hardly surprising) and the picture below summed up my mood.

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I’m Back…

My first blog post in a year! I’m surprised I remembered the password..

I don’t want my blog to become just another abandoned site that i remember when I’m 60 years old. I’ve decided I’m going to (really) try to post regularly and keep it updated.

Looking back through some of my old posts is definitely eye-opening to how much my photography has developed! I’ve moved on from adding a film-grain filter to every picture and shooting purely in JPEG(!).

I’m going to upload a few of my recent pics and slowly go through some older ones – I’m determined to stick at the blog now. Watch this space!

So I took the below image last week. I came to the exact same spot in Holme Wood last year and took some portraits (one of which was shortlisted in the ‘Young Gifted & Talented 2015 Exhibition’ in Peterborough!). I bought some organza from the market and combined it with a vintage crop top from my Granddad’s old house to make this lovely, long dress. The top is actually pink and I’ve used it in a few other shoots so i used a ‘color’ layer on Photoshop to give it a calmer, purple tone. It was getting darker as i took the pic and eventually i had to up the ISO (which i hate doing!) because there’s no way I could hold the camera at less than 1/30th and get a clear shot. Next time I won’t forget my tripod..

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Thanks to Jacob and Rosie for helping me last minute when I suddenly thought of an idea and wanted to shoot before the sun set! You guys are amazing. I probably took about 50 pictures before I was happy with the hair and face and then a further 20 of a smoke bomb which i decided not to use anyway (i was going to layer it over the top). A few tweaks to the hair and this picture needed hardly any editing at all!

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More update…

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Image update!

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Rosie Boon, Deene Park snowdrop display, March 2015. Dress – Vintage, Sue Ryder Charity Shop.

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Janine, Crown Lakes, February 2015. Dress – Vintage, Oxfam.

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Janine, Hunstanton Beach, February 2015. Dress – Missguided.

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Corinne, Thorpe Hall, February 2015. Dress – Vintage, Oxfam.

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Self Portrait, Britannia Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool, February 2015. Dress – Vintage, Sue Ryder.

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Self Portrait, Britannia Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool, February 2015. Dress – Vintage, Oxfam. 

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Janine. Image lit with one portable 1000w halogen heater. February 2015.

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Janine. Image lit with car headlights, February 2015. Dress and Cape – Vintage.

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Corinne, Holme Wood, February 2015. Dress, Vintage, British Heart Foundation + Cape (bed sheet).

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Janine, Crown Lakes, January 2015. Dress – Tiffany’s Prom Dresses.

March 2015

I haven’t posted on my blog for a long long time and I really don’t have much of an excuse, but i’ll try and summarise the past few months in this post. I’ve thought about starting a new blog completely, but this one has so many of my old images on it and it’s a reminder of how much my work has developed over time (although some of the images are truly questionable haha!).

My last post was June 2014, so nearly nine months have passed, and, as expected a LOT has changed. Firstly, I left college in July and we exhibited at the Free Range show at the Old Truman Brewery. The exhibition was a great success – i got to meet so many other young artists/ photographers and i was so happy with my final images. I won’t post all of the final images here but you can see them all on my website here.

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Over the past few months i’ve also started a new job working at Create and Craft (Ideal Shopping Direct) as a Digital Imaging Assistant. I’ve learnt so much in a small space of time and found a whole new appreciation for home-made cards. I’ve also learnt how satisfying it is to have one of your pictures as the main banner on the website (below!).

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I have so, so many images i can share from the past few months, so be prepared for many blog posts to come!

Exhibition!

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Finished my final image for the exhibition! Thankyou to The Boathouse Peterborough for letting me shoot in the restaurant and Rosie for modelling! 

The exhibition is part of the Free Range show at the Old Truman Brewery in London, and my work (as well as my classmates) will be alongside some of the best universities in the country!

Come see it from 20th June – 23rd June at –
Old Truman Brewery, 
91 Brick Lane, 
E1 6QL

Not ready to post all my images online yet, but take a look at some of my behind-the-scenes images below..

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IMG_7430s_DSC0367hA new personal project I’ve decided to work on is taking square portraits of my family members- (Top: Janine, Second: Me, Third: Corinne), the goal being to create a giant collage showing our similarities and differences. It’s a mix of cameras and lighting, the first picture was taken on my D90 in natural window light on a sunny day, the second was taken on a Canon 5d Mark II in the studio using two soft boxes, and the third on my D90 on a cloudy day using a silver reflector. More to come…

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As strange as it sounds, I’ve found a white wall in the field behind my house. It’s like a perfect outdoor studio. Jacob bought me roses, I bought net from a market stall, and then searched the vintage shop for the perfect dress. I think I found it. Modelled by the beautiful Corinne..