Sunday, 19 December 2010

Sneak preview Shoot with Andie Beaven

Short blog posting today, just a quick sneak preview of a  fun shoot with Norwich based actress Andie Beaven in the snow.  The first shot is my very favourite, as it captures what this shoot was about... Fun and Snow!!! :)

Andie was brilliant and didn't seem to mind  the shoot in the sub zero temperatures, whilst big thanks go to the Park Hill Hotel in Lowestoft for the lovely coffees and the soothing warmth of their open fire.






That's all for now folks, hope you like the selection for now!  :)
Will post some more soon, but in the meantime, hope you have a good week! x

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Shoot for the Inspire Discovery Centre

A few weeks back I was asked to shoot a series of images which will go into the Inspire Discovery Centre's new website.  My brief was to photograph the team on their stand at a recent B2B Exhibition organised by the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, as well as photograph some of their activities and stands on a busy day.

The Inspire Discovery Centre is a wonderful place to visit if you have young kids and you live in or around Norwich.  Inspire's aim is to stimulate curiosity and interest in science and technology, and must I say this 42 year old found plenty to study and think about during the photoshoot and it's the sort of place where both kids and their parents can join into an activity that is both fun and a learning opportunity.  The Centre is housed in one of Norwich's finest mediaeval churches and provides an interesting setting as well as a huge floor space for activities. 

I start off this set with a picture of Shell and her team at Inspire with their business partners at the B2B. These include Inspired Change, Pink Connect and Repro Arts, along with other organisations that are helping Inspire Discovery keep going.  Unfortunately these are difficult times for the centre, and they are having to scale down their budgets in these difficult times.  It would be really sad to see the centre close down because it is a really special environment for parents who want to introduce a science biased learning environment to their young ones.  Inspire Discovery have a link to their donations website so as to enable people to donate whatever they can towards the cause.  Please donate generously if you can as it is an investment towards the local future generation.



I hope my images best illustrate Shell's team's hard work and the facilities of this Centre and in some small way generate more interest in what they do. From the photographic point of view, the challenge in this shoot was the poor lighting in the church, which was compounded by the fact that the shoot was held on an extremely gray and rainy day.  Gladly the low light capabilities in my D700 never fail to amaze me as well as the great performance of my trusty 50mm 1.4 which gives the best results possible in such conditions.
















For now best of luck Inspired Discovery!! Hope the new year brings you the long term funding which will secure your future!

Saturday, 11 December 2010

my first photography speaking experience...

Awake at silly o'clock again, today with an extremely painful gum condition .... I woke up to a random dream and realised I really was planning a photoshoot in my head...  I've got this idea to depict a scene from the Italian Commedia dell'arte, but I wont give away anything yet, as need to discuss this with my make up artist, find a suitable location, models etc... maybe I will go book some costumes later ;)

After a search for historically relevant scenery I found myself looking at backlinks to my blog and found that Waveney Valley WiRE have put their speakers list for 2011 up on their page.  There I am in all my pixellated glory! Eek! :) (Lisa, I will send you a profile photo later ! :) 

I will be speaking about marketing in photography, as I am constantly aware that businesses may actually negatively affect their marketing strategy, either by using overused stock photography, poor quality images or images that do not clearly reflect the style and ethos of the business.

I plan for the presentation to be an interactive and challenging one, based on a variety of media and using some scientific background knowledge I feel businesswomen need to  be aware of when commissioning marketing companies and media professionals.  That's all I can say for now, as the presentation is fully ready in my head but still needs to come down into physical form and I may change details in the next few weeks.

Although I have given regular and sometimes complex presentations before, sometimes to a discerning professional platform, I must admit that I will probably be very tense and anxious whilst I deliver this, as this is my first time presenting to such an audience.

I hope they will be kind...

Anyway, my presentation is scheduled for the 1st of February at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay... Please come and have a listen to what I have to say if you are a businesswoman in the Norfolk/Suffolk area with some time to spare that evening.  You can attend to two WiRE events for free until you consider joining and the membership only then costs £40 a year (although I am told this is going up soon).  This gives you wonderful value for money if you want to join a dynamic business group run by women for women.

WiRE will also be launching in Great Yarmouth as East Norfolk WiRE on the 3rd of February.  We  (Maureen Chadwick and myself) will be holding our events at the Cobholm and Lichfield Centre next to the Nelson Surgery in Pasteur Road. Parking is freely available.  Attendance costs £5 and includes tea/coffee.  We will be announcing our calendar of speakers in the next few weeks so watch this space.  :)

Hope you have a lovely weekend .... x

Monday, 6 December 2010

* the meaning of life *




Dear Friends,
 
I just wanted to share with you a lovely video I came across on Facebook, found on a page called Sante et Beaute pour tous (apologies for the missing accents but I can't locate them on my laptop)!

Some lovely thoughts about the meaning of life, a subject which has made me wonder and think hard, especially in particularly difficult times I have been through.

I moved on when I learnt to accept myself and to love myself first and foremost, as you cannot be strong and offer love and support to others if you are not strong and self assured in yourself before everything else.  

I came to the UK nearly five years ago with a number of boxes of books, some clothing, my dear son and some precious court papers, and virtually no money, but with a job in hand.  Where I am today is a combination of tenacity, very hard work and an assurance in my own heart that things would be better than they ever were... and when you have very little in life, you start to appreciate the best things in life, the loveliest and the most basic, the ones that light our lives and give it meaning.  As I browsed this link on FB, I realised that what came to me as a realisation after a tortuous life experience, may something others may still need to come to...

I hope you will find this little clip as wonderful as I do :)

In the meantime, Goodnight ... x

Sunday, 5 December 2010

The winners of my free photography portfolio opportunity for businesses



It's been a manically busy week with exhibitions and business networking but I now have some time to update you with the latest stuff....

I just wanted to announce the winners of my free business portfolio offer:

These are...

Jane Pennington - Stone Me   
http://www.stone-me.co.uk/

Sue Huckle - Posh Plants
http://www.poshplants.com/

Elaine Martin- Silver Clay Designs
http://www.silverclaydesigns.com/

I am delighted to be working with these three businesses and to develop a portfolio that will help their marketing campaign.

Over the next few weeks you will see evidence of their campaigns developing with an introduction to these businesses and how I will work to create images to their brief.

More updates very soon!!! :)
  

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