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University Exhibition

Exhibition

It’s the end of an era, and we’re all feeling a little sentimental. I simultaneously feel ready to finally leave so many years of studying, ready to spread my wings and throw myself into the world of being an adult… which for me means choosing a rather unconventional, nomadic lifestyle. I’ll become a digital nomad, and I’ll travel, and be happy and free and it’s going to be wonderful. Perhaps one day I’ll come back to ‘the real world’ and commit myself to rent and bills and maybe even a mortgage, but for now, no thank you. It’s possible to earn a living without having a ‘base’ location, and I’ve spoken about this at length over at the other blog.

I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone does with their lives post-university; who will go ahead and become professional photographers, and who will venture instead into other careers – desk jobs, part time jobs, amazing-but-completely-irrelevant-to-photography jobs. We’ve all placed our bets as to who will marry first, who will have a baby first, who will buy a house first, who will move to which country and who will be the most/least successful of us all. From experience, I find that my bets are always wrong, and the person with the ‘firsts’ is always whoever I least suspect. Let’s see, maybe I’ll get a few right this time.

University, you were great… and even when you weren’t, you had a free studio/lighting store, so thanks for that. It really came in handy!

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Bob & Lucia

A few weeks ago I was asked to step in as photography at the wedding party of a lovely couple, Bob and Lucia. Their actual wedding had taken place in Vegas with a very small number of guests, and so this was a party for everyone who had not attended the big day itself. It was such a lovely, relaxed evening, revolved around family and friends, dancing and music and wine. There was nothing formal about it, or even remotely ‘wedding-ish’ in the traditional sense; there was no schedule to keep, it was simple a chance for everyone to get together for a good time, and to celebrate Bob and Lucia’s relationship. That was exactly how they requested for the images to look too: candid, natural, almost documentary to replace the traditional ‘formal wedding shots’ of most weddings. This was therefore easily the easiest wedding reception that I have ever shot. The amount of pressure that is instantly lifted from such a wonderfully relaxed couple who simply wanted someone to capture their evening quietly, having a laugh and a joke with their guests.
I just wanted to share a selection of images from the evening with you. With permission from Bob and Lucy, of course.
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Studio Self Portrait

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Past…

Right now I’m obsessed with my old family photos, looking back at where I come from and what made me who I am.

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Frankly, I don’t think I’m the only decent photographer in the family…

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The Night I went to the Funfair…

Yesterday evening I assisted my lovely friend Lissi on her work for one of our university projects; at the funfair. We ate donuts and hot dogs and candy floss ♥ Reliving my childhood!!

All of these photos are straight from my camera (but damn blogger killing quality!!):

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I love Fairgrounds ♥

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Vintage Rose: Caitlin

Last Sunday I had an amazing shoot with Caitlin who as soon as I saw her modelling portfolio, I knew that I had to work with her. She reminded me of a model of the Pre-Raphaelite art movement, such as Elizabeth Siddal, with her long red hair and freckled, pale complexion. She’s a very peaceful, serene person, and she definitely gave my images a dream-like quality.

We decided to work on Caitlin’s first look in my apartment courtyard, sunbathing on the grass, which was much nicer than being cooped up in my little university flat, trying to work with bad lighting and little natural sunlight. We then adjusted her hair and makeup in the grounds of Derby’s Kedleston Hall – again in the lovely sunshine.

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I can’t help but notice that while there are strong Pre-Raphaelite influences, a few streaks of Alice in Wonderland-esque fantasy elements came into the images too, which was completely unplanned, as well as a few less surprising Art Nouveau tweaks. The grounds were laden with flowers, and we made sure to make the most of them all in as many ways as possible.
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Caitlin 4# Caitlin 12# Caitlin 11# Caitlin 10# Caitlin 9# Caitlin 8# Caitlin 7# Caitlin 6# Caitlin 5#
Model: Caitlin Colder
MUA & Hair Stylist: Emma Grant
Styling: Everyone
Photography and Post Processing: Me

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Details of Chatsworth

On Wednesday I went to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. I’ve been so many times but I still love it! But they are cleaning up the exterior of the house so unfortunately the famous view of the house from the end of the Emperor’s Fountain Lake which is supposed to look like this:
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…but was covered up by the scaffolding 😦
Definitely not as impressive… but at least the stone is finally being cleaned up after three centuries!

Over the years I’ve taken soo many photos at Chatsworth but I’ve never before looked at all the details – and lately I’ve been really into photographing details rather than the big picture wherever I go.
Some of my favourite photos from the day (all of these are straight out of the camera):
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This one above is my favourite photo of the day… even though it’s just a close up of a chandelier…
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This was a rather suspiciously shaped sculpture which I found… but it had a reflection so I took a photo! I have a thing for mirrors and reflections…
Really didn’t want to go home! Even if I’d been up until silly o’clock working away at my laptop the night before so by 5-6pm I was pretty much sleep-walking…

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