Boss woman

So, I’ve realized i’m great at planning for the short term, there’s a lot to be said for living in the now, yes, but if i want to work for myself i must make a plan.

There’s certain things that university didn’t teach me (i’m thinking of doing a post on this of its own.. another story) things like what its like in the  big, complex world of self employment and taxes.

I want to work for myself, i know that much. I knew this much a few months ago, now i know exactly what i want. And i think i can do it.

I wanted, at first, to run my own studio, maybe live there too, but i don’t want to be a general studio, i want to be a portrait studio. And realistically, i’ll have to already be rolling in it for that to work out as my only income. Then i realised studios arent the only line of work photographers can go into, basically, i want to open a shop/gallery/creative workshop space, selling local artists work, crafts, artwork, photography etc. Display and sell my own work and run workshops and studio sessions. (maybe natural light studio sessions..) I feel this is a way to showcase/delve into my other passions of photography and the creative world. I adore the physical elements of photography much more than constantly sitting on Photoshop, analog, recycled negatives, turning your prints into things other than prints.

Real art. Substance.

That’s what i want to be known for.

I’ve been looking at commercial spaces, gaining a larger library of portraits and getting advice from local businesses etc.

ALSO

my natural light portrait shoot went so well it’s gathered attention from 5 or so other models who want to work with me, so i’m starting a little portrait business from my home studio, a series of shoots every week, a choice of travel costs covered or a Polaroid for £5 and all images free to use wherever with credit.

Its going really well, i have high hopes for the future 🙂

 

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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

 

#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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The Imaginarium

I discovered the rabbit hole and enjoyed the fall.

The Imaginarium – York

I stumbled across something shiny through the window and wondered into this beautifully quirky shop. The first thing i noticed was the wonderfully mysterious music playing, complimenting each magically unusual item. It made me want to stay and take photos in there all day!

They have everything you love, if you love quite gothic, delicate and fantasy like designs. Decorate your home, find cute & quirky gifts and discover items made by amazingly talented  local designers and artists such as the stunning map cotton tea towels made by Jane Revitt.

This little shop is everything i love about little towns like York, i love discovering little treasures, and this is certainly a treasure! Have a look through the photographs below and make sure you visit their website!

I will definitely be returning with my camera and my purse!

The Imaginarium – site

The Imaginarium – fb

 

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synonyms: purist, stickler for perfection.

As its my day off I’m cleaning for My mum, preparing dinner and staring blankly at my photography website nursing a cup of tea and thinking.. everything needs to change. Being like this is a burden sometimes.

Anyway, I’ve vamped it up and it looks better, I’ve made it so i HAVE to update it now and then which makes me feel like it isn’t and doesn’t need to be, ever, finished.

This makes me happy! So, have a look 🙂

P.s, anyone reading this, have you ever hired a market stall for your small business? im thinking of hiring an open market stall for a day, to sell prints, books and frames, and generally promote myself. Let me know 🙂

 

 

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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