Last month we took a week out and headed to Ibiza for a week’s family holiday. When we booked the holiday we said we wanted to be as far as possible from the craziness that is San Antonio. So we booked a week in Playa D’en Bossa, little did we know that actually we would be right across the road from Space nightclub and next door to Ushuaia Beach Hotel (which let me tell you looks a frickin’ awesome place to both stay and party!) We panicked a bit about dealing with noise and drunk people but I’m pleased to tell you it was nothing like that and was in fact one of our favourite holidays to date.
We heard all the cliches before we headed there ‘Ibiza is beautiful’, ‘Oh lovely, the white Isle’. But we can honestly say its the complete truth! What a great place, Playa d’en Bossa beach was both beautiful but also a vibrant place to hang out with families and clubbers all in the one place.
We knew old Ibiza town was a place to be seen. So we headed there for the day, poor Fearne had to endure all the steps plus a boring old cathedral but it was a great experience. Once back in the new part of Ibiza town we sat people watching in a restaurant supping Estrella while Fearne demolished her favoured Spag Bol.
The holiday had extra importance to us as little Fearne turned 4 whilst we were there. Some cards, a my little pony, a computer game and all the jelly the all inclusive buffet could throw at her later she was a happy little bunny.
Whilst there we knew we wanted to tour the Island so we hired a car for the day and headed out in our little Fiat Panda, firstly to the Hippy Market. Fearne had her hair half braided for €20 (yes I know). We have to be honest and say this place was not for us, full of what we call TAT, not really that cheap, not very hippy and to top it all off I got told off for taking pictures. Somewhere we would avoid when we go back!
On from there we headed to San Miguel beach. One word… Beautiful! From there we drove to San Antonio just to say we had been and seen it and we didn’t stop. We carried on to see the beaches at Cala d’Hort and also Es Vedra. We then headed back North to see the famous Ibiza sunset at a place called Sunset Ashram at Cala Conta which was a tip off from our good friend Kelly who runs Boho Wedding Blog.
Sunset Ashram was an amazing place to view the Ibiza sunset, the food was bloody gorgeous and the vibe of the place was mellow with the Ibiza sunset mix being played by the DJ. It’s not a place that caters for kids but if you make alternative arrangements for them eating then this is still the place to go see ‘the sun going to sleep in the sea’ as Fearne described it. Totally magical.
The final day was spent poolside as Fearne spent 5 solid hours in the pool kicking and splashing her heart out.
Whilst out on the Isle it made us realise how much we want to photograph an Ibiza wedding or any destination wedding for that matter. We tried and failed to find a couple to do a mini shoot with whilst there but next time we go more plans will be in place. So if you are getting married in Ibiza or having a destination wedding then get in touch.
These are our Holiday snaps all taken on our new Fuji x pro-1 (awesome camera)…
Yesterday afternoon we loaded up the car with photography gear and most importantly a couple of umbrellas and rain coats in preparation for Samantha + Mark’s Love Shoot around Lake Windermere in The Lake District. When we left home it was raining and I’m told it rained most of the way there, I wouldn’t know as I slept most of the way.
About 5 minutes away from Bowness on Windermere the rain stopped and glorious sunshine appeared and it stayed like that all the way through Samantha and Mark’s Love Shoot then as we were packing up grey skies descended upon us again.
Samantha and Mark wanted to have their Love Shoot in the summer so they could get a contrast of shots to their Wedding images as they get married in the cold, bonfire scented air of November at The Metropole in Leeds.
Here is a Sneak Peek from yesterday.
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!!!
Yesterday Kelly was discussing with me over a cuppa that she wanted to go with a movement theme for her 365 project for the day, She wanted to do a self portrait but wasn’t sure on the location to go with.
So, I suggested we go to a local dual carriageway underpass that we regularly use to walk up into our town, I have a bit of an infatuation with the place as I can see myself using it in the future for various projects, it’s urban feel really gets me excited, either to use as a contrasting backdrop or to aid me with a theme a client might want to go with.
But rather than head to the location with a client and not get the images I am looking for I thought we could try it out together and see it’s usability.
Off we went with the camera and tripod in hand, if I am with Kelly and she’s doing a self portrait I always take a few shots first just to help her out and save her time, that way she can chimp at the screen and get her composition how she wants it.
The original plan was to get Kel blowing some love heart shaped petals with an urban backdrop but we got ourselves carried away with trying various compositions. From all those different compositions I was so pleased with how they were looking, we had great light in some areas and harsh light in other areas so I could mix the style up a bit.
In the meantime Kel decided to change her thinking and go with a movement shot of me instead so that made my images redundant, I couldn’t just waste such fantastic images so I had to blog them for you to see what we were up to.
In these images I seemed to really love Black and White but there are a couple of colour ones in there too that I adored.
And don’t you just think Kel is a great model for me? She isn’t even wearing any Make-up either as she wanted her Self Portrait to be totally natural looking, Great stuff Hun.
Then later in the day we were on our way out to a client in the car as the sun was setting, The sky just turned an amazing Red and Purple colour, We were already running late but I couldn’t miss taking a few shots, In the distance I could see St John’s Church at Ingrow so over we pulled in the car right next to an artic trailer and out came the camera and the tripod again. First off I went for a middle of the road aperture but found the shutter speed to be still quite fast for the time it was and it was freezing the car headlights which looked a bit naff, So I upped to f22 but the the meter was centering out at 0.5 second shutter speed, so I fitted the polarising filter and that let me get a 3.5 second shutter speed. Just great to get the light trail from a passing car. Between my first shot and this one the street lights went on too which added a little something to the image I think.
The image only received a touch more contrast and shartpening in post processing but no colour saturation increases at all.
I think moments like that make life so memorable and worthwhile.