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Jul 22, 2014 / 1 note

Deborah and Avnish’s Indian ceremony.

Sorry I haven’t been able to blog in a while, things have been crazy. I’m excited to be able to show these photos from the Indian wedding I did back in May in Nottingham.

The couple had two weddings, one Indian and one English, which was where they officially married. It was a completely new experience for me to photograph an Indian wedding and I cant lie, it was pretty amazing. The clothes, colours and the sense of family was everywhere!

Hopefully will be uploading the English wedding photos soon!

Jul 12, 2014
Avnish and Deborah
Jun 26, 2014

Avnish and Deborah

Jun 24, 2014 / 1 note

I love doing shoot like these, I get to play with kids toys!

Jun 12, 2014 / 3 notes
Jun 5, 2014

Jobs within photography: Part 1

Sorry I wasn’t able to write a blog post last thursday, I had some personal issues to deal with, but now Im ready to get back to work! This is will be a relatively shot blog post as I’m off to a shoot soon but I will be talking about the different areas of photography that could be your career! 

  • Fashion and editorial - Probably one of the hardest areas to achieve success in but if you do, the rewards are so worth it! The key to this area is having a unique portfolio and having the confidence in yourself to work under high pressure environments. You may want to consider taking fashion photography up at university or college to get more experience and get useful contacts. Some of my favourite fashion photographers include Tim Walker, Sebastian Kim and Helmet Newton. 
  • Weddings - People think that doing weddings is ‘easy money’ well let me tell you from first hand experience, that it isn’t! The pressure to not make any mistakes at capturing the couples one and only big day is alot to consider before you choose this path! Its meant to be a happy day but alot of the time you’ll find most people are stressing out about something going wrong so as photographer you have to know exactly what your doing and where you need to be. The work isn’t finished after the big day, oh no, I work many hours editing after to make sure they are up to my standard. In contrast, it is a very fulfilling job when the clients love the photos! 

  • Live / gig photography - I started out shooting for local bands for next to nothing to get experience and I had a great time doing it! If you photograph gigs or shows you actually enjoy then thats a bonus! but it may not always work out that way. Alot of bands are struggling to make money themselves so done expect to be paid alot to begin with. 
  • Advertising. To be honest, this is a field of work that I’m not that familiar with but I always remember my tutor at college saying that he made alot of money from shooting for Mcvities cookies once. Again though there is alot of pressure when you shoot for BIG companies to your technical knowledge must be of a high standard to pull it off.

  •  Family portraits I love doing this job! It has to be one of my favorites. Most of the time people have younger kids and love me doing fun photos of them playing. I prefer to shoot in outside in somewhere like a park or woods as I personally think a natural setting (and natural lighting) make for a better shoot. Its good to bring some toys or props to help the kids feel more relaxed in front of the camera, for example bubbles or a chalk board. 
  • Stock photography. I love the idea of stock photography and if you want to work from home mostly then this could be a good area for you to look into! There are plenty of stock agencies that you can upload your photos to for people to buy and a wide range of subject matters you can choose from. I would say to try and make the photos as unique as possible so you stand more of a chance of someone buying it. Just google stock photography and plenty of sites will appear. 

I have to end this blog post for now as I must leave for that shoot but I will do a part 2 of this with more areas you can look into. 

Hope your all well! 

Becky 

Jun 1, 2014
May 29, 2014

Hi guys!

Due to an unseen situation I haven’t planned a blog post for this Thursday but I promise to be on top form for next week!

May 22, 2014 / 1 note

Reviewing the Fujifilm Instax mini 8 

I brought my instax not too long ago, and i thought I would share my thoughts about it. 

Whats good about it?

  • Easy to use, with only 5 different settings for the lighting conditions. 
  • Easy to reload the film, unlike with some other film cameras, which can be a bit tricky. 
  • Instantly getting the photo is exciting and great for social events and as keep-sakes. 
  • Come in 4 different colours: baby pink and blue, yellow and white. (I went for the girly pink!)
  • Quite light and small enough to fit into most hand bags. 
  • The photos come out with a space to write the date or a message. 
  • Can get different styles of film. 
  • only takes 2 AA batteries, that seem to last a while! 

What’s not so good?

  • To be honest its a great little camera and there’s not anything technically wrong. I just find that the price of the film can be a little steep at £10 for 10 shots, working out £1 each. So make every photo count! 
  • In addition to that the 10 shots for pack sometimes is’nt quite enough so having to keep reloading the film when out is a little annoying. 

Where can I buy one and how much?

I came across in the UK Urban outfitters, selling for around £90 but I then found a bundle deal on ebay for £75 with 4 packs of film! (Brand new as well) I’m pretty sure you can buy both the film and camera on ebay or amazon or even on the fuji site. The film is also sold in some camera shops but its best to ask or get them online as it can work out cheaper. 

Who’s this camera good for? 

  • Anyone who doesnt mind not being in control of the camera settings and likes to experiment. 
  • People who like to capture memories! 
  • Anyone who uses a sketchbook. 

Conclusion

Personally I’m really pleased with the camera and I do recommend it to people. Its great for when I see something that inspires me, like a location because I can stick the photo straight into my sketchbook without the hassle of printing! It also gives me a way to really focus on each shot as they do cost £1 per image, so its not just a case of keep clicking! 

Thanks for reading and I hope you can join me for my next thursdays blogpost on: Photos that made history. 

Have a good week! 

Becky x

May 18, 2014

Artist open house ends today, been a great experience and have met some lovely people