Brilliance In Blogging- I Made The Shortlist!!

Whoop whoop, shout it from the rooftops folks, I made the BIB Awards shortlist again this year in the PHOTO category πŸ™‚

I have to admit I found out I made the short list from the fabulous Fashion Detective, who is also shortlisted in the style category, and quite rightly too. Jo blogs every single day, and having done that last year I know exactly how hard it is to do that and fit it around work, family, friends and just the general stuff life throws at you.

So what happens now? The shortlist in each category is made up of 16 people, this is then cut down to 6 finalists. 4 finalists are based on votes and 2 are chosen by the Britmum’s team.

Yes-Β I am asking for audience participation again and would be really grateful for a vote or 2! The form is super easy and super quick, and you can vote in all the categories or just the ones you want to. Whilst you are there votingΒ for me, may I suggest Fashion Detective for the Style category, Mummy Travels for the travel category and The KrakenΒ Wakes in the Lolz category.

To vote, just click on this:

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, I know I wouldn’t be writing this post now if it wasn’t for all of your support and good old blog love πŸ™‚

Lel xxx

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The Fashion Detective Came To Play

Following our fabulous engagement news last Saturday, I of course did what every discerning photographer/blogger would do and took pictures of my ring and put it all over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram πŸ™‚

One of our oldest friends (in terms of how long we have known her, not age) is Jo Payton, aka The Fashion Detective, and within minutes she had mentioned coming down to Brighton to drink champagne to celebrate. A little over 24 hours later and Jo was in Brighton, along with the Fashion Detective family.

We went for Sunday lunch at The Gorge Payne pub. It was ok, and I mean just ok. The champagne was great and the new addition of beach huts in the pub garden was great. The hour-long wait for food, not so great 😦 Following lunch we hit the beach as Jo needed to complete her shoot for the day’s blog.

Jo writes her blog every single day and has done for 2-3 years. Throw into this that she is also a full-time freelance journalist, features on London radio, super mum and PTA participant, I’m sure she is in a Wonderwoman outfit under all those fabulous outfits!

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By sheer coincidence, Jo and her hubby Matt have a Canon camera, and so after a quick 10 minute crash course, Matt was out of auto settings and Jo was investing in new lenses. I have a feeling I have unleashed a new obsession in The Fashion Detective house, sorry!

Obviously for Jo it was all about the fashion. The dress in these pictures is a summer prom dress from glamorous.com. We all decided it was a great pick for a wedding outfit, although we may have been slightly bias πŸ™‚

I have to say for me, the shoot was all about getting to grips with the new camera, and O..M..G, THE SHOES!!! The boots are a serious electric blue, with a huge heel. If Jo was the same size feet as me I would have been stealing those babies, unfortunately, I have huge feet and these shoes are no longer on sale.

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2013-04-13_0008Following the very short shoot, we coaxed the youngest member of the Fashion Detective family off of the beach (retrieving his shoes from the top of a beach hut) and we went to Marroccos for pudding as none of us wanted to wait another hour in the pub!

You may remember my image for 99 Problems from the 366 project last year. The ice cream used in that was from Marroccos. The queue for ice cream at Marroccos when there is just a hint of sun is always huge but thus was the first time we decided to sit in for desert. I have to say, we all agreed that we would want to go back for a full meal as the food we saw being served up looked amazing, and everyone likes the retro feel of the restaurant.

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Lel xxx

A Sunrise And A Surprise

Over the last weekend, Jess spent some time with my parents, which gave me and the Mr a lovely weekend together. We went out for an amazing meal on Friday night at The House in Brighton, which I would highly recommend. The food was amazing and the service was fantastic.

Whilst having dinner, Mr SF suggested that we get up early in the morning and watch the sunrise on the beach. Please bare in mind that sunrise was at 6.25am the following morning and I had consumed numerous cosmopolitans with dinner. However, having missed some of the beautiful sunset, I begrudgingly agreed to get up at 5.30am the next day.

I have to say I am glad I did. There was not a soul around and we were the only ones on the seafront. By the time we left the house it had already started to get light but the colours in the sky were still beautiful when we got to the bandstand.

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However, Whilst I was taking pictures, Mr SF had found a stone and gave it to me once I put my camera away. It was only when I turned it over that I realised what was happening. On the stone he had written “will yon be my wife?” and as I was reading, he had bent down on one knee and produced the most beautiful ring I have seen.

Of course I said yes, and I have been incredibly happy ever since. This is not to say I wasn’t happy beforehand! Jess is ecstatic and keeps telling anyone that will listen that “my Mummy and Daddy are getting married” and when I say anyone I mean anyone, the waitress in the cafe, the barista in the coffee shop, other Mum’s…

What this does mean though is that I will be paying even more attention at the weddings I am fortunate to photograph in the next couple of years, and I think we are going to have a tough time trying to pick a wedding photographer ourselves πŸ™‚

On Sunday some very good friends of ours came to celebrate, and we had an impromptu Fashion Detective shoot which I will blog about tomorrow, but for now I will leave you with a nice warm and smiley feeling.

Lel xxx

A Spring Day In The Woods (even if it does still look like winter…)

I have finally upgraded my camera equipment and have a new camera body and lenses. I wont bore you with the geeky spec, if you want to know that then message me and I will quite happily bore you with camera geek conversation for hours.

However, having new equipment means having to learn to use the camera all over again. I even have to make myself read the manual, shock horror, to find out what all the new buttons do. I have made a big leap from my old camera and so this new one comes everywhere at the moment.

We decided to go for a day out in the woods, a nice spring walk, or so we thought. The weather has been awful and so we were yet again bundled up in hats, coats, scarves and gloves but it didn’t stop us adventuring, we even managed to find some snowdrops and the odd daffodil that had braved the cold.

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Jess is getting quite used to the camera being around, although now she is a little older we tend to have a few more crazy poses, which can lead to her being told to behave:

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A Photographers Day Out- Brighton

When Sasha Holloway of Bleulips said she wanted to come to Brighton before she goes back to the USA later this year I have to admit that I did do a little happy dance. Add on top of that the fabulous Tracey Barrow and Rob Grimes and I knew we were going to have a good day, come rain or shine.

Dade Freeman of Krysalis Photography and Laura Brennan of Cherry Red Photography also came along for the day and we met up in the brilliant Rock-Ola cafe in Tidy Street in the North Laine area of Brighton. After a lot of gossip and laughter, we started to wind our way through the streets of Brighton, taking pictures as we went, with a vague plan to end up at the pier.

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2013-02-20_0007 2013-02-20_0018When we finally made it to the pier, Rob literally jumped for joy and punched the air before going on the rides! We had planned on a trip on the rollercoaster but as this is not tourist season the rollercoaster had been taken down for repair 😦

After the rides, there was a spot of silliness, some line dancing from our resident American, and some vague attempts at some “serious” photography πŸ™‚

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Lel xxx

Something to make you feel snug

Here in the UK today it is mainly cold and snowy, so what better day to post some lovely snuggly baby pictures to help you feel warm. Now boys, I know some of you will be thinking this post is not for you, but I know you all secretly like to look at baby pictures πŸ™‚

These images were taken in May last year and due to the 366 Project, I haven’t managed to edit them until now. These have definitely kept me cosy today:

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Stay cosy folks!

Lel xxx

How Do You Fit 366 Days into 4 minutes 30 seconds?

You may have noticed my silence for the pst few days, and I am sure after a whole year of blogging that you will excuse me a few days silence.

It has been a revelation not having the pressure of completing an image each day, although I must admit it also feels like there is something missing. I guess the blog and the image have become a bit of a habit over the past year, and it is tough to break a habit once it is established.

Mr SF suggested that I write a bit of a round-up post of the last year, including highs and lows, what I enjoyed, what I didn’t etc. It’s a good idea, but I don’t want to bore you all with a postmortem of the project.

I have to say, I did enjoy the times where I was able to complete a full shoot for a day’s image, such as Firestarter and Eye Of The Tiger. I’m also proud of the fact that although I missed days, I did catch up and there is not on day missed.

However, I am not that proud of the fact that I needed to cheat throughout the year and use old images. Although I did edit them on the day, which in essence created a new image, it definitely feels like cheating. I remember sitting in Tracey Barrow’s kitchen in February saying I wasn’t going to do just that. The thing is, life happens. With a full-time job that took up the majority of my time in the first half of the year, a job change, a small person and family, there were times that I seriously wanted to quit the whole thing.

Whenever I felt lie quitting, I remembered those doubting voices from January last year who thought I was “taking on too much” or that I would “give up by May”. To those people who were brave enough to say it to my face, but mostly to those that didn’t, I hope I have proved to you that it can be done, even with a little bit of cheating.

The other thing I kick myself about is that it may not have been as creative as I wanted it to be. Although I have to say, I have changed my opinion on this since putting all the images together and going back through them.

I have also found the task of writing a blog each day quite cathartic. There are days where it has been an outlet for frustration, an outlet for pride and just somewhere I can get thoughts down. Almost a diary without being a diary πŸ™‚ At some times it has felt very personal, and I would often forget that people do read it. It took me by surprise last year when strangers approached me and said, “oh, you do that music project blog” and it took me further by surprise when I would get a text out of the blue from old friends commenting on something in the blog.

I will leave you today with a look through most of the images from the past year in 4 minutes 30 seconds as this blog post suggested πŸ™‚ A massive thank you from me for sticking with this, plus a special mention to Mr SF and Little Miss, I love you both very much.

366 Days in 4 minutes 30 Seconds

Lel xxx

Day 366- Eye Of The Tiger

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The final song title of the year is courtesy of Dade Freeman from Krysalis Photography.

Thank you Dade, I ended up out on the streets of Brighton on one of the wettest and windiest days, sheltering in a decidedly dodgy car park with graffiti on the walls, only to end up choosing one of he images with pretty much no graffiti in it at all πŸ™‚

The guy in the image is my cousin Matt who has followed the blog avidly al year and has shared the images with his ever suffering Facebook friends. Tank you Matt for following the blog and your support this year, thank you for putting up with the nudity and the images that weren’t so great, and thank you mostly for just being awesome today.

I will be giving a round-up of the year tomorrow but for now I am off to get my party clothes on and celebrate this New Year safe in the knowledge that I don’t have to take any more images for this project in 2013, huzzah!

That’s All Folks πŸ™‚

Lel xxx

Day 365- Broken Wings

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A paper door, leading into a classic love story, and a pair of decidedly dodgy and now broken wings, coupled with a little bit of nudity in honour of Tracey who gave me the title for today’s image.

I’m not sure if I am outing Tracey at all by saying this, but she sent me this song title as it is her favourite song. I just hope the sight of my chunky legs and my slightly crude self-taught Photoshop skills haven’t ruined it completely for her πŸ˜‰

As it is a leap year, I have my final shoot tomorrow, and then I will try to get it edited and posted before the chaos of a family evening at home with food, booze and games takes hold. I don’t want to miss posting on the final day so the shoot is scheduled for mid afternoon, hopefully I will be giving myself enough time.

Lel xxx