Saturday, 22 August 2009

Up late & editing

Some edits I've been working on for Immaculata and Nudge Records while ill at home, I don't think I can look at the computer anymore! Michael Macintyre beckons....

Friday, 21 August 2009

POUT at Movida

OK; I last blogged 6 days ago and it felt like yesterday....

I had visitors at work: this is a very exciting ocassion, one that I spent far too long mentioning to everyone in passing, how very cool I am! Bearing in mind I haven't seen these friends in months, it was very exciting. That and the hundreds of models arriving for a Nivea casting, escorting these gorgeous women through to the studio was fun but very embarassing for my face, particularly as not many had a scrap of make up on!

Back to the main story... we perused the Rankin Live exhibition (okay, Blane and Lucy did while I got changed in the toilet... classay) after a bit of cafe 1001 with Matt and Elliot, and then decided to eat some Sushi and Sandwiches.

Oxford street called for Topshop where I fell in l o v e with these shoes (blue), and I can't have them because I earn n a d a. Totally depressing.

On to LG Pout at Movida ("La Vida?") which I will be adding pictures of as soon as I get them. As well as being a Fashion networking event run by the lovely Miggy, it was also a release of the new LG crystal phone. It has a range of weird and wonderful features, I liked the originality of a perspex feature that also had touch capability. I just couldn't figure it out! At first I didn't get on with it (I've never been one for touch screen) but after a few tries it seemed fine. Definitely a fashion forward handset, which like my previous baby the Motorola Luxury Razr 2, has it's own special bluetooth headset (available separately). Cocktails and general merriment led to me and Luce feeling a bit squiffy, and having to leave for a train back to Rochester. Which we missed. But nevertheless we all did a bit of networking with people from D1 models and Channel 4 filmers etc... missed out on Hip Hop karaoke which sucks, and has to be done soon.

After not being in Rochester for a few months, going back was strange, but also felt like I had never left! Endless cups of tea, more Sushi, crisps and sofas were just what I needed after getting up at 7am and endless working... I was so pleased to see Lucy and everyone again, will be great to move back but I'm dreading her leaving, won't be the same! And not being as close to London.

I did not realise that my business card networking type things were ridiculously huge, they're only A5, actually smaller! Is this huge? Hmmmm.....

In other news, Spotify finally decided to work (hence me being up now, it's amazing!), I still have major edits to do for the girls and Nudge Records, and yet the pile of work never decreases. Also have to find someone to work for my Dad tomorrow after Rankin Live!!!

Myself and Lucy Emma Harris have decided to team up for some shoots as a stylist and photographer duo. More on this to follow. Also need to blog in detail my day in the studio Weds, Mark Cowpers' exhibition and bits and pieces of the Rankin retrospective.


Sunday, 16 August 2009

Most tiring week ever...

I've been working like crazy, going to Rankin every day and then also doing a couple of shoots. No time for blogging and such, not even on my Blackberry on the train, but I've been trying to fit it in! Here's a couple of unedited previews anyway...

Thursday night I had a shoot with a girl called Abbie Day, using a MUA called Clare Bradshaw and it was a great success! We were going for a 60s look, taking full advantage of Abbie's lovely red hair and fringe, with a white straight up and down dress. The make up look was kinda grey eyes with black along the socket and BIG false eyelashes (of course!)

We started with a studio set up (including creased to buggery pop up interfit background) and then progressed to some casual daylight shots on the balcony, then using the lighting outside to give it an ethereal edge. I'm not sure if I liked these ones as much as the others, but the proof will be in the editing. The studio ones are out of this world though, I'm so happy, we achieved our goal of gaining some great beauty shots! I'm so pleased they're both close, it means I can set up some casual last minute stuff if I get a great idea.

Friday after work I had a shoot with Immaculata, an agency signed model from Kingston. The shoot was intended to be sort of Brick Lane Indie chick and I think it went veryyy well! We managed to leave our stuff upstairs at Rankin Live and then she got changed in Cafe 1001. Just randomly went around the area finding good locations, I love doing this! I decided to ask a record shop called Nudge on Hanbury street if we could do a couple of shots in there and it was fine, the only stipulation being that the guy wants the photos! So that's cool! We were under a bit of a time and memory card limit (oh dear!!!) but other than that it was fab, and both of us were happy!

I now just need to get ahead on editing these and other shoots around work, which is hard travelling to Southend to avoid National Rail's train strike too! BUT it's over, so hopefully I'll be able to get a lot more done. Woohoo. This is quite possibly the saddest thing I'll ever say, but I've gotten used to the c2c trains and stations. They're soooo much better, especially when you are the type of person that falls asleep on trains. They announce and have a lit sign on the train with the current station! None of that round these parts I'm afraid.


Also, I've become obsessed with this song....

Monday, 10 August 2009

a sample

Thought I'd best upload something, it's a bit of a crap photography blog!

Two posts in about 20 minutes. Go me!


This is going to sound ridiculous...

Just set up my blog... not quite sure about all this! I can't even keep up with Twitter. But apparently I have to set up a blog to "network" so here goes...

No work today, I felt ill (in a previously thought swine flu infested house, however we now know this isn't the case...) and was on the verge of a mental breakdown, I feel... I encountered a horrible train station man, amongst other things...

(Work is being a lowly intern at Rankin Live on Brick Lane.. I love it! Crazy hours though...)

Something photo related? I have 3 shoots planned next week, very excited although I'm not getting the time to plan owt for them. One is studio (as close to studio as a home lighting kit can get) and two are location in London. I'm thinking some sort of indie trendy Brick Lane vibe... VERRRYY original eh? One of the London girls wants high fashion black and white so that's cool, I'm confident in my abilities in that area. Kind of.

This was not such a good idea, rather than publicising my talent, I'm merely showing everyone my self disbelief! Ah well, hopefully the results will show for themselves over the next 3 years... :|

My site - - should be going up soon, when me and the lovely Az at can both find time to sort all the little bits out! I have been editing at odd hours when I get a spare moment, so much more to do though. Didn't realise how complicated it is!

Why is it you have to do so many things at once to be able to get somewhere, or be "discovered"?

I want a lucky break!