Portraits for self confidence

Photoshoots to soothe the soul

after a bit of creative block, i invited my friend over for some tea, kitten cuddles and some natural light portraits.

(you can see the full set on instagram @_perfectlycandid)

I love natural light images. these havent been edited apart from light contrast alteration to ensure they’re all evenly lit when seen next to each other. (apart from the back and white one obviously) Scroll to see the images.

I’ve interested a few more girls to have more shoots like this in the coming weeks, it’s a great way to boost confidence and allows you to love your natural beauty.

50mm 1.2, natural light only.

Model: Emily Hannah

Necklace: Agharta Jewellery

 

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#NotJustHolidaySnaps

I’m a firm believer in not telling people your plans but showing them your results but this one needs some forward planning and I’m too excited! Me and my other half are going to try out some light travelling this summer, by light travelling I mean as much as we can get by on our budget, Lisbon or Florence or the Greek Islands? We’re not quite sure, we have inspiration and lots of books. And my camera needs some colour. 

Self portrait shoot

I was feeling inspired earlier, partly by the wonderful new pale blonde wig i bought, and ive set up a little daylight studio in the bedroom so i had a mini self portrait shoot.

used a 50mm 1.2 lens, daylight mimic bulbs, i used the awesome app that connects my phone to my camera to get it just right too.

I found this awesome artist too who inspired me to do something like these again, more test shoots with self portraits to come before my proper shoot on the 30th with my lovely model friend Emily

More on IG @_perfectlycandid

 

Watch this space! 🙂

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time spent with friends

During the time spent waiting for my University grades to be released, me and a few of my closest friends house sitted and spent some time with animals, nice food and vodka. Was nice to relax for the final time before leaving education.

I hardly posted while at university, it was all too busy considering i skipped first year, but i graduated with a second class honours degree in commercial photography and, as you know, i’m now working as a retoucher. It all paid off!

As always, more photos here!

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i’m mature

i keep thinking that my days would go alot smoother if i didnt have these deep thinking, the world has stopped moving, revelation, moments at 11:30 on a morning.. anyway.

 

while editing some photos i was listening to imogen heap, the sort of  hopless romantic stuff i used to listen to when i was 14, her songs still resonate with me 10 years on. They mainly make me think of failed relationships, arguments with old boyfriends, then i focus on those moments and it feels like the most important and only thing in the world. Now i think of how i reacted and handled those moments and arguements. Lyrics like ‘heart in a headlock’ ‘where are we’? ‘what the hell is going on’? ‘dust has only just begun to fall’ and ‘sinking feeling’  put vivid memories back to the front of my mind. The relationship im in now feels so stable like it wouldnt break if a train hit it, which, obviously is a great thing, and its only happened because of the mistakes i made and the thousands of times id been cheated, lied to and left behind.

The faces are blurry but the moments those faces dragged me into are clear and sharp as ever.

If anyone reading this can relate even a little bit, read these lyrics, (and have a nice day!)

Imogen Heap, Hide and Seek:

Where are we? What the hell is going on?
The dust has only just begun to fall,
Crop circles in the carpet, sinking, feeling.
Spin me ’round again and rub my eyes.
This can’t be happening.
When busy streets amass with people
Would stop to hold their heads heavy.

Hide and seek.
Trains and sewing machines.
All those years they were here first.

Oily marks appear on walls
Where pleasure moments hung before.
The takeover, the sweeping insensitivity of this still life.

What you say?
Mm, that you only meant well? Well, of course you did.
Mmm, what you say?
Mm, that it’s all for the best? Of course it is.
Mmm, what you say?
Mm, that it’s just what we need? And you decided this.
What you say?
Mmm, what did She say?

Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth.
Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut-outs.
Speak no feeling, no I don’t believe you.
You don’t care a bit. You don’t care a bit.

catching up

I’ve been so busy ive hardly had time to catch my breath, with my illness getting worse im finding it hard to stick to things i originally wanted – but my blog wont suffer, i promised myself.

Ive graduated from uni,well, not officially, the ceremony is on the 14th, im excited but also want to have it over with. I wish my attitude was different but being utterly skint has become the norm and i want that to change asap! I have a promising job interview in the next or so 🙂 we shall see.

Ive been vamping up my site, im using it as an extension to my CV, its: http://www.alicecatherinephotography.com and its the only thing thats consistent in my life at the moment.

I  have a referral to see a rheumatologist (should probably learn how to spell that) and he/she  is going to give me a firmer diagnosis, im pretty excited about it to be honest, finally get some secure help and proper advice – you know a nurse told me to ‘have a bath‘ instead of prescribing me the pain meds i desperately need? a fucking bath? 

any way, with all the stress of moving out of my student house -(FYI, SO happy to no longer be a student, not happy to miss out on all the discount, but oh am i glad) cancelling bills, paying surprise fee’s, you know – grown up stuff. I suddenly remember that all the worries can temporarily go away while my camera is in my hand.

to whoever is reading (hi, and thankyou) but remember theres more interesting stuff on its way, reasons:

  1. i recently discovered Lush = hauls, reviews & photos of me smelling stuff
  2. i started an online shop to sell prints so ill be shamelessly plugging my work via wordpress
  3. alot of stuff is happening in my adult life, ill be complaining or celebrating, either way, itl be entertaining.

alice x

a pin-up girl inspired shoot complete with 50’s glasses

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For the complete photo set, click here – Divine Distortion Photography ❤

New video up next week, here – Divine Distortion Channel, showing behind the scenes exclusives & bloopers! I will also be talking about a bit retouching etc.

🙂