I have just taken day 31 of my 365 project and I am feeling rather proud of myself. Not only because I have actually stuck with it for a full month but because I am really, really enjoying doing it too. I have had so much fun taking some of the pictures and I can’t wait to learn more and really try start to show off what I can do.
In January I wanted to concentrate on discovering how the camera works. Paul has sat with me loads explaining more about ISO, aperture, Lightroom, lenses and general photography. It has been so mind boggling at times. I have started to understand a little more about what I need to do to get that perfect picture.
I have been quite lucky that this month both Paul and I have had 2 weeks off work to be able to really get stuck into trying to make our business work. It’s been a really hard 2 weeks but I feel that we have achieved so much. We have lots of ideas to work on and have started the marketing side of the business. All in all it’s been a fantastic start to 2011.
I have stumbled across so many lovely people through photography. I have not met hardly any of them yet I still feel like I know them so well. The internet is a fantastic tool. Twitter, Facebook and Flickr have become the places that both Paul and I are finding the most amazing people and have organised to meet up with a few of them in the future.
There are three young ladies that I have been following and messaging through Facebook, Twitter and Flickr called Alex Beadon, Fanni Williams and Saadia Mechel. All 3 of them are doing the 365 project and their work is awesome and so very different. My work is no where near to their standard but following them on their journey only makes me more determined to be as good and try to be a little more imaginative with what my subject is.
In February I would like to continue with learning about how the camera works and try to master Photoshop and Lightroom a little more. I don’t want to try and set myself a crazy target for the month as I am only a beginner.
Over the years Paul has collected 100’s of photography magazines and CD tutorials. My aim this month is to try and watch at least 2 a week. I want to try and learn how to use layers and masks and maybe experiment a little more with light. At the end of February I want to be able to feel at total comfort using the camera so I can then try to start working with the magic of Photoshop and Lightroom.
The thing that has amazed me most is that I have taken over 800 hundred shots this month! I don’t think I took that many for the whole of last year. I probably took that many on the point and shoot but not the SLR.
We have a very busy month in February with photography which is going to be so much fun but at the same time very challenging.
I also have a couple of projects in mind which I am going to try and complete in March and one in May. The one in May that I have in mind is going to take a lot of time and organisation but will be awesome if it comes together (fingers and toes crossed!).
So that’s my January 31/365 complete. Roll on February!!!
- A couple of weeks ago, We did a shoot with a local company called Boutique Cupcake, The company is run by a lovely girl called Alice. Boutique Cupcake was originally started in Devon by Alice but she moved up to Yorkshire after falling in Love and Marrying a top bloke in Shaun, So now Alice is trying to re-establish her business in a new area.We first made contact with Alice through her Facebook fan page, Kel had been looking around on there, asking local companies if we could get involved with them and shoot some of their latest products and services. This helps in numerous ways for us, Mainly it gets us doing the thing we Love SHOOTING, but also it builds relationships and for us we see that as paramount to make our business grow. It also gives whoever we’re shooting for a chance to get great shots of the products they are so awesome at providing, and if someone asks them who to go to for photography then they just might recommend us.
Alice was more than willing to get involved with us, and got together some themes for what she wanted to shoot on the day, The two themes were Summer Weddings and Valentines Day (I know this is a little early but remember to get your other half a card guys, You know you will never here the end of it!). So we organised with Alice a couple of weeks before to do the shoot at a local pub as we were doing the shoot in the morning and it wouldn’t be open until dinner.
Now the couple of Days before the shoot we were probably chilling out around our house as Alice was working her heart out at home in her kitchen Baking and preparing, because when she walked through the door with the boxes of Cupcakes we were simply blown away at the quality and effort she had put into them, And I have to say it proved rather difficult to stop myself from sampling the little goodies before we got down to shooting.
Onto the shooting and here is where the fun started, It was dark and wet outside and the pub had minimal and I mean minimal natural light, I think on the outside I showed I was fine but inside I wasn’t happy. But we had to make the best of what we had, I just bumped the ISO up a little to compensate and started shooting. We started on the Wedding Cupcakes first they were simply gorgeous, Lilac and Cream Butter cream on top and Butterfly decorations and a beautiful cake for the top tier of a mirrored stand that Alice had brought along.
When we had finished with the table arrangement we got out a three step spiral stand that Kel and I had borrowed from a local Accessory shop run by a family friend. And we lined the steps with the Cupcakes. These shots I feel came out beautiful, they really went well together, a real Vintage theme…
We then moved onto the Valentines Day Collection which had a couple of different styles, A polka dot bun case with Creamy yellow butter cream on top with a love heart sweet on top, then we had some chocolate cupcakes with chocolate butter cream and Red and White heart shapes on top. We re-used the Spiral stand for a few shots and then I moved on to another prop I brought along which was 8 inch high brushed aluminium ceramic letters spelling the Word L O V E, Probably bought from next and used as a house ornament.
By now the light was getting much better and we were working as closely to the window without physically being outside, and I was now in the flow alot more, I got a moment of inspiration and decided to put one of the cupcakes inside the middle of the letter O, took a shot and was immediately impressed! We shot various adaptations of the layout just to see what worked but overall these shots just Worked!!!
The last collection of cupcakes we laid out some red chiffon on top of some cream table cloth and made an arrangement up with cupcakes and another beautiful cake in the middle and I got on with taking the shots again.
By now it was coming up to pub opening time so we quickly packed up our things, Alice gave us some cupcakes to eat at home, left a load on the bar for the punters and also kept some for herself, A really nice thing to do I say.
So Thank You Alice they were delicious.
I have taken a different approach to Alice I am sure as to how I have developed the images to showcase here on my blog but I wanted to try a few new things in Lightroom So I have gone with some really Vintage style images, Some pinky dreamy images and also some Deep Red and Romantic images.
Today saw us trying out another genre of Photography. A kind of Food/Marketing shoot for a local business Boutique Cupcake, Kelly found Alice’s business through Facebook and decided to contact her to ask if we could do some product shooting for her to use as promotional images for her website and Social media pages and Alice was more than willing to get involved with us.
I will do a full blog write up on the shoot in a few days but here is one of the images from the shoot, Kelly took this image and she has also used it for her Day 16 of her 365 project, Its a great image, She has really tuned in to developing her Photography skills already, Awesome stuff Kel. x