Urban Portrait Photoshoot

Adventures around Swindon, words you never hear together, in the rain hardly sounds like a scenic location for a photo shoot. Collaborations called again with Bex and Hannah making for a colourful photoshoot, even in grey Swindon. Mermaid inspired make-up and dilapidated old trolley make for such great shoot subjects, with the help of gorgeous Hannah of course.

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Let’s go wild with Indytute

This one is for all those Instagram lovers out there, Urban Photography Safari is waiting for you!

Speaking as a bit of an Instagram addict myself, regularly refreshing my feed to surround my day with pretty aesthetics, Indytute offers a course to enable you to take pretty pictures for the iPhone novice with a fun meet-up surrounded by like-minded snappers.

Urban safari portrait with graffiti wall

As a present I wasn’t sure what to expect, shooting with a phone, that is something I’ve had drilled into my mind as a no no I thought, but as a gift, I went with an open mind. When was the last time I actually shot anything anyway? The thought just intimidated me at this point. So even if I could feel inspired for an hour in my day, what’s the worst that can happen? I could enjoy myself and reduce the fear of being judged, something I struggle with on a daily basis.

Full length portrait in front of a graffiti wall and window

I ran to Shoreditch with DSLR, determined to dust off the cobwebs, accompanied reluctantly with my S6 edge in tow. Searching for someone that looked remotely creative, which in London is more difficult than it sounds, and began from there.

James Millar is a fun and engaging Photographer, specialising in documentary photography. He spotted my camera immediately and, even though it was a course for the phone lovers, helped me use this towards the end of the session. We started off with the basics, composition and rule of thirds and moved from there to approaching people with Street Photography – a big challenge for me. What can I say? I was converted and since then my Instagram has never looked the same again.

If you are struggling with being creative, I would highly recommend this course, it motivated me just by being in a different environment and surrounded by people that were just as excited as me. Take a look, for £22 I would highly recommend it.

Street photography with people walking in front of a blue house


Girl Power

Let’s take ourselves back to when we’ve felt the least inspired – so unmotivated you forgot why you even began a hobby, task or idea. If you’ve never felt like this then I commend you, you can even say envious, and you can stop reading now. But, since my time in the studio, my creativity has been abandoned, ignored for other things thinking they were a priority. This is ridiculous, I am beginning to think of creativity as a flower, it needs to be nurtured and cared for and it will flourish, without this, it will shrivel up and die (a bit dramatic there Beth – but I’m nothing if not a drama queen).

So what are you going to do about it? Sit and moan and think the world owes you a favour when you’re too scared to even show the world what you have to offer. Poor self-esteem ruins creativity, it makes you think not one person wants to see your idea, and yet that is a reason to stop? No!

Full length portrait in front of a graffiti wall and window

Recently I attended a small photography course in London, how to take better photos with a smartphone (that is a debate for another day) and from there my work just snowballed, now all I want is to take beautiful photos and share them with the world.

From there, with an image here and there, I found an advert for an all-female photography group. Not intended to offend any males, however with so many photography groups out there, for someone, especially someone like me it can feel overwhelming and daunting to attend. But, this group promised to deliver fun and inspiring meetings that are within a safe environment. What can I say? It certainly delivered that, an atmosphere where women could express their feelings, ideas or even worries without the fear of looking inferior or being judged and be surrounded by like-minded women that are just like you.

With monthly meetings and competitions, PoZers’ offers us a chance to develop our skills, ideas and confidence and I just cannot wait to see what we can all come up with.

Here come the girls!

Photography Alevel Work

With things getting slightly on top of me I took the time to look back at some old work, work that I’m still to this day not sure how to feel about, but have been encouraged to share. I know this is personal but I’ve always felt self conscious about my portfolio, and anxious about how others may perceive it but as it’s a Thursday I thought I would keep up with the tradition of Throwback Thursday and share some little bits.

These two were from my first Unit on my college course, a topic based on Urban Landscape and of course, me being me I managed to distort the criteria to suit my love for portraiture. Moving around busy London, being shoved in all different directions, caught in the atmosphere and a lady doing a “duck face” in Carnaby Street made for an interesting day and some real characters.

Street photography style portrait of a woman waiting to cross the road in london


For those of you that don’t know me, being subtle isn’t my greatest talent so the image above was made even more special by the subject’s attention elsewhere. And who doesn’t love people watching anyway?

Within my Second Unit, I chose to look into pattern, another distorted topic with parts inspired by De Joode’s Wallpaper designs with the help of some lovely models.


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These two were to develop my studio skills, the one below being my first attempt at Medium Format Film processing. The quality of 120mm film shocked me, I loved and loathed it, the quality was fantastic as well as the new method I was learning, but the negative sure picked up any dust it could find! This shot of Dannielle was my favourite, after three attempts of removing dust there was only a little speck, but with time gathering dust in my portfolio the shot isn’t as clean as it was, and yet its still one of my favourites.

Medium format film portrait of woman

Further experimentation in the studio got us to work with Shadow Portraits, a fun alternative to the 18th-century Silhouettes.


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