So you may have seen photos on my social media pages recently featuring this gorgeous lady. This is Sasha, she is a blogger who adores all things eco friendly and is making her own tracks in the fashion world.
Back in October, we were lucky enough to catch the last of the daylight on Exmouth beach and photograph some amazing products from wash bags made by Sails and Canvas, a Devon based company who specialises in recycling sails and turning them into accessories such as tote bags and sunglasses cases, to Neal's Yard wash products.
I've loved working with Sasha and the brands she's introduced me to and I can't wait to share more photos of our shoots with you!
You can read more from Sasha's blog here.
2017 was an amazing year for me, I doubled the amount of weddings I had shot the previous year and I had secured bookings for this year which in my opinion is the starting point of a business growing to the next level. I travelled to Iceland which has been a huge ambition of mine for some time, I finally started blogging (albeit not very often) and finally I build a website I am so proud of. So how can I top that this year?
1) Keep travelling
As I'm sure it is for so many people these days, travelling is up high on the to-do list but this year I aim to travel to at least 3 more countries I've never been to before (and photograph them!)
I'm actually in the process of doing this at the moment, I've had some ideas in mind for what I want my business to look like and how I want my clients and followers to view it as well. To me, my photography has always been a reflection of me and I want all the visual communications I send out into the world to reflect that too!
3) Share more of my life
My Instagram page shows a lot of my life whether it's a completely shameless selfie or a picture of my two cats or my partner, Chris, but I want to share more with you. I want to be completely transparent so you know me inside and out so that when it comes to you thinking about who you want to photograph either the biggest day of your life or your favourite humans (or animals) then you know what you're getting into and with whom.
4) Build on what I've built
Lastly, I want to continue building, which means more exposure - I'll be submitting to more wedding blogs so people up and down the country can admire the hard work you put into your weddings and how amazing you all look on your big day. It also means I'm going to share more weddings and lifestyle shoots on my social media pages for you all to see.
That pretty much sums up my goals for 2018, we'll review this again in December!
It's one of those places you always want to visit, northern lights, geysers, glaciers. If you say that doesn't appeal to you then you're lying.
I visited Reykjavik in December and all I can say is wow. I know that sounds corny and predictable but unless you've been there then you have no idea what I mean. 2017 was quite a tough year for me on a personal level with a lot of change and disruption so ending the year with a trip to the 'land of fire and ice' was just ideal.
Now, I'm not going to lie, when people say Iceland is expensive - they are downplaying. Iceland is SO expensive (when you're British and your wages are proportionate) so if you're going, plan ahead. Check our TripAdvisor and do your research. Pay for excursions ahead of time. Make sure you book a hotel with breakfast included. For a 20-something with a regular job and a habit of spending money like it's going out of fashion, it blew me away a bit but don't let that deter you. It is a STUNNING country.
Iceland in December is exactly how you'd imagine, it's dark and cold and frosty but so magical.
We didn't see the Aurora but Iceland is the kind of place where you don't mind, you know you'll go back. You have to go back.
Day 1 - we arrived at around 12pm and grabbed lunch in the airport (this was our first experience of the increase in prices) and we got a bus transfer to our hotel. I'd highly recommend staying at Storm Hotel if you're looking at places, it was clean and tidy and best of all our hotel room had a balcony! Bit cold for sunbathing but still... The Thursday was mainly spent exploring Reykjavik. We saw the Sun Voyager Sculpture, the Harpa and the main shopping strip (Laugavegur) before going back to our hotel and just crashing (it was our first break since April so sleep was absolutely a massive incentive for the trip).
Day 2 - Day two, much like the day before, we explored the city some more. Reykjavik is home to a photography museum and naturally, I gravitated. They are currently showcasing the 'Sugar Paper Theories' exhibition by Jack Latham, a British photographer who tells the story of Iceland's most infamous crime which I won't detail here because I'm a photographer and not a true crime writer but if you're in Reykjavik, I'd highly recommend and if you're not in Reykjavik and love a mystery - Check this out. The harbour is pretty cool as well and you can get a great view of Mount Esja from there.
Mount Esja is a mountain range that you can view from Reykjavik, which is pretty epic to look at. Don't worry, you won't be able to miss it.
On day 2 we discovered this little restaurant complex (near the bus terminal on the eastern end of Laugavegur) that contained a few eateries and wine bars. If you google Krost restaurant you'll see where I mean.
Day 3 - our final full day was spent on an excursion to the Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon (not to be confused with the Blue Lagoon). The Golden Circle tour starts at Þingvellir (thing-vet-leer) national park, where the Icelandic Parliament used to take place, and takes you the Geyser and finally Gullfoss, aptly named the Golden Waterfall. IT IS BREATHTAKING. Even when it's frozen over and you're freezing cold, you'll still be able to appreciate how incredible it is.
The Secret Lagoon, lets talk about this. It's a geothermal pool hidden away in a tiny little town about an hour outside of Reykjavik. It's so still and not at all overcrowded. The Blue Lagoon (so i'm told) is a man-made spectacle and I'm sure it's great but the Secret Lagoon was exactly what I envisioned when I thought about relaxing in Iceland. If you get a chance - GO GO GO. It even has it's own little geyser.
That pretty much covers our time in Iceland and as a photographer, I went with the hope to see the northern lights and to take some photos of an incredible landscape. I came away with 1/2 and completely in love with this amazing country.
So, you're a creative. You spend all your time grafting to make something beautiful, hours poring over computer screens, canvases, notepads. Whatever your skill, I'm sure you're familiar with the panic that comes with feeling completely uninspired.
I've been a photographer (seriously) for the past three years, as with most things I have good days and I have bad days but it's how you deal with the bad days that counts. I've put together five tips that I use when I'm not feeling like a photographer, more like a photographer in sheeps clothing...
1) SPEND 1 HOUR DOING THE THING YOU LOVE.
I've found this to be the most helpful of all of the tips as it always brings me back in line. I usually try and sit for an hour in one go and research new marketing tactics to help grow my photography business or I re-edit old photos, by doing this find that the inspiration quickly returns and I'm back on the right track.
If you don't have the time to sit for a solid hour, try breaking it up. Spend fifteen minutes at various points throughout the day, you might not feel like it's doing anything but soon you get into a routine and then the work will be on your mind. Creativity will follow suit.
2) TALK TO ANOTHER CREATIVE.
I'm very lucky here, I'm part of quite a few photography networks in my local area so all I have to do is login to Facebook and I can see what other photographers are up to or just voice that I'm feeling uninspired. As so many creatives are in the same boat, I'm sure they'll be able to give you tips on how they deal with inspiration hiatus.
If you're not part of any social networking groups, I'd highly recommend it.
3) GET SOME PERSPECTIVE.
I realise this is much easier said than done, I'm terrible at looking at the bigger picture but I promise this will make a difference.
Ask yourself if the work you are doing is meaningful to you, if not then you start again, have a dig and think about what you're passionate about and I'm sure the inspiration will swiftly follow. This is the scary part because I'm sure you're thinking 'just because it matters to me, why would it matter to anyone else?', answer me this, if someone was selling you a car and it was really lovely but the salesman(woman) didn't talk the talk about it then you'd be less inclined to purchase said car but on the other hand there is another car, equally as beautiful but the salesperson is so proud to show the car off because they've worked really hard to get the car to where it is and they can't wait to show it to you and they're just so excited. I know which car I'd be more excited about.
4) DON'T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF.
Again, I'm not the greatest at self-love and patience but bear with me on this... don't beat yourself up if you're not feeling inspired or on top of your game 24/7, people are not built like that. If you are then kudos, I'll have what you're having, but if you're not then it's not something to hate yourself about.
When the inspiration comes round, just gently take note and use it as fuel to get going. These moments might not come as often as you like but they will come and when they do, act on them! (If you're not sure how, see point #1).
5) TRY AGAIN TOMORROW.
As with point #4, don't get yourself worked up if it's just not working for you that day, try again tomorrow and see where you are then.
Inspiration is a fickle thing, sometimes it visits at the most inopportune moments but when it does come about then take note of what you were doing at that time. There could be a trigger there that you hadn't noticed.
There you have it, 5 things that help me motivate myself to keep working when I feel like that's the hardest thing to do. If any of these points make a difference for you, great! If not, keep plugging away. You'll get there!
So you may have seen my post back in August for my friend, Tegan's, baby shower that I photographed. Well in October last year, her little bundle of joy made her way into the world.
I visited Tegan and baby Phoebe earlier this year and instantly fell in love.
I'm sharing a few images of her below. After photographing Phoebe, I've come to realise that there are very few things more amazing in this world than the birth of a baby. They bring so much love and happiness into people's lives and this was only confirmed when I saw the way Tegan looked at her daughter. I'm so looking forward to watching Phoebe grow up.
Hopefully I get to meet lots more babies and mothers-to-be in 2017!
I've finally got round to posting about my trip to Thailand from nearly two years ago.
Sometime back in 2014 I booked a ticket to Bangkok, Thailand, not fully knowing what I was getting myself into. I didn't expect to have such a culture shock when I visited, I'd never been somewhere so fully of energy and life that before Thailand, I was pretty much indifferent to the ideal of travel. It was always an idea of mine but it never materialised into much more than a fleeting thought. It was a very surreal process, booking a ticket for a place that bears no resemblance to and is so many miles from home that I barely thought about it and soon enough the 16th March 2015 came around and I was travelling up to London Heathrow and boarding a China Southern flight to Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Arriving in Bangkok, we went straight to the Sukhumvit District and stopped in our hotel briefly before stepping out into the smoggy street. I was two drinks in and the jet lag hit like a tonne of bricks and it was straight back to the hotel for me and a good sleep.
Khao San Road was an experience to say the least, people gathered from every corner of the world into three small streets, filling the bars and clubs. It was busy, noisy and so alive that you couldn't not lap it up and join in the fun. Whilst in Bangkok, I visited the national museum, the floating markets and took a ride on a tuk-tuk.
Next was Chiang Mai, home of the Night Bazaar, during my time there I visited the highest point in Thailand, Doi Inthanon which stood at 2,565m above sea level as well as experiencing my first Muay Thai boxing match.
My final stop of the trip was down to Koh Samui Island where I relaxed for the rest of my trip before returning to the real world with a serious case of holiday blues and a desperate desire to board another flight to another far away place.
2017 hopefully holds plenty of opportunity to see some more amazing countries so stay tuned!
Back in June I photographed the wedding of a lovely couple, Jordan and Tasha.
The day was filled with so much emotion and you could just tell that these two will share many happy memories with their little ones as Mr and Mrs.
It was a full day shoot, starting with the ceremony right through to the first dance.
The reception was held at The Swan in Sidmouth, a local pub which catered for the guests perfectly whilst still maintaining a laid back and comfortable environment.
I love photographing weddings as there are so many subjects and so many emotions to capture - Love being the most prominent.
Thanks for letting me photograph your day!
I've been thinking and since I've done a bit of travelling about over the past couple of years, why don't I write about it? So that's what I'll be doing.
First up will be Thailand!
Been a while since I've last posted on my blogspace but I can't think of a better topic to write about.
So I've know Tegan since we were kids (a good 10 years now) and I had the pleasure of photographing her baby shower at the start of this month.
I'm so excited to watch her become a wonderful mother, I'm sure to an equally wonderful little girl, later this year.
Here are some photos from the day, I can't wait to meet the little one when she arrives.
Thank you for letting me be a part of your day!
Yesterday I travelled down from Exeter to Bexhill to see some family for the weekend before Amsterdam on Monday.
It has dawned on me how little time I actually spend working on my photos and editing images so I have spent the last few hours with my eyes glued to my laptop and unearthing images that I didn't even realise I had.
I've been lucky enough to live in a really beautiful part of Devon, where a good day = beautiful photos, which is easy enough to achieve as the subject matter if pretty as it is.
I've posted one of my newly-edited images below.
I hope you like it.