Twenty three

twenty three flat lay with the tog bag

Two weeks ago I turned 23 and I wanted to mark the occasion with a birthday blog post. With my birthday’s photography is always at the forefront. Last year was all about falling back in love with photography with a new camera lens and this year is all about thriving on it.

One of my gifts was the Navy Tog Bag, have you seen these? I mean they are the prettiest photography bags you will ever see and of course I got the blue one. We all know first impressions on a shoot are important, they can mean the difference between repeat bookings and one hit wonders.

On my first shoot with the bag, I was told ‘that’s a neat bit of kit!’, and it is, I’m not saying that the Tog Bag will improve business but it certainly makes you look the part.

The tog bag with the canon 5d mk iv

For all those organised tog’s out there, the Tog Bag has slots for every piece of equipment you might need, it even has a hidden compartment for your laptop for editing on the go. Too big? They have a mini tog bag, which I confess is on my wishlist!

A new bag justified the purchase of the Canon 5D Mark IV, I went to Jessops and actually bought it. Having upgraded from the 7D, my reasoning was that it was time, although I am not bashing the 7D. I just want to make it known that a good camera does not a photographer make, I’ve come from the 1000D to the 7D and then to this, it is all about the photographer. This is not retirement for the 7D though, it is now resigned to the second in command.

Bald model framed by wooden windows and blossoms

The image above is from my latest shoot with the 5D and Rosa Fury

What’s on your photography wishlist?

2018 has Arrived

In the spirit of the new year, new me and all that, I wanted to compile my goals and aspirations for 2018. 2017 was such a great year for me with my photography. I fell in love with my camera again, joined my first female photography group, organised my first editorial shoot at a launderette and helped Life of Lilly gain body confidence with my photos. What a year!

My Photography goals for 2018:

  • 52-week challenge – what it says on the tin, 52 photos for 52 weeks. I have always admired people that have the discipline to keep the 52 week or 365 projects going, you not only need to have the ideas and imagination to keep your photos fresh, you have to find the time to create and edit the images. However, the good thing I have now which I never had before is my photography group who are all taking part, we’re in this together.
  • Build my portfolio
  • Blog consistently – Blog posts will be posted on a Tuesday weekly going forward.
  • Create more editorial pieces
  • Build a reliable model network – networking is something you always need, a great model, like a great photographer, is hard to find so once you’ve found one cherish them.
  • Be proud of what I create – confidence is key, I love what I do and this year it can only get better.
  • Love every second

My Personal goals for 2018:

  • Travel more
  • Laugh more
  • Keep pushing with my career
  • Get a tattoo 
  • Find more time for me, friends and family.

What are your goals for 2018 and beyond?

The featured image is my first photo of 2018 and self-portrait in three years. Happy New Year!

Body Confidence with Lilly

We all know that body confidence is such a big topic, a topic that I love to see how people combat and express, and for a while, I’ve used it at the subject of a lot of my photography without knowing it.

Taking inspiration from Alexandra Cameron who started offering confidence shoots, first with Meg at Wonderful you, I approached Lilly who had written several blog pieces on her attitude towards her body. Her recent post about this shoot was very eye-opening from me as a photographer, the irony is not lost on me where I hate having my picture taken, and knowing my images made someone feel that great made me feel great.

View some of the images below and don’t forget to read Lilly’s post all about how to gain the confidence to do something like this, the complete collection is here.

Be warned, this post may contain bottoms.

Life of Lilly lying on her bed in her green jumperClose up innocent portrait of life of lillyLife of Lilly holding her body with her back to the cameraOverhead portrait of life of lilly lying on her bedLife of Lilly Blogger lead on her bed with her back to the cameraClose up portrait of Life of Lilly led on her bed