We luurve a challenge

Last week Kelly was checking out twitter to see what all our Photographer friends and all the other cool people that are associated with twitter were up too.  One of our friends on twitter is Alex Beadon, she is one cool lady and her work is flippin’ awesome,  she had posted to her blog that she  would like to give herself a challenge every week (I think she thinks she’s a 21st century Challenge Anneka lol) but wanted to get others involved so asked her blog readers to join in and send their images from the same challenge to her and then she would feature them all on her blog,

The challenge was to post an inspirational note to a tree. It could say anything you wanted it too and the aim was to make someone else look at it and smile.

Kelly got straight in there with her ideas deliberating what she was going to say on the note and where she was going to take the picture, eventually she decided that seen as the tree had to wear the note she might as well let the tree get the love so wrote “HUG ME” she then decided to pin it to a tree outside her work.  She liked her image sooo much she decided to also use it as her 365 image for that day. Here is her final image…

I on the other hand don’t normally get into this sort of thing but something inside me just said why the hell not, I had a spare 5 minutes and the camera at hand so I got out an old brown envelope, a green pen, and some ribbon ready to assemble my note.  Whilst thinking what to write I was listening to Itunes, I am currently loving Kate Rusby and I had made a playlist of similar songs to her genre, and in that list was a song called Everybody Knows by The Divine Comedy and one of the lyrics of the song is ‘Everybody knows I live for you” I thought it was a beautiful sentence so I adapted it and went for “Every Day I live for you” which I find even more poignant seen as a tree does live every day day for us providing us with the very air we breathe.

I then scribled down the words hurredly and dashed outside the house to the nearest tree and tied the note to the tree with the ribbon.  6 shots later and I was back inside,  imported the images to Lightroom and made a few tweaks here and there and came up with my final image. Here it is for you…

We would love your thoughts and opinions on both photographs, so please comment below.

Alex will be doing more challenges over the coming weeks, Kelly will probably take them up, I may do on occassion if Im really inspired by it but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for us posting our results.

I cant recommend enough that you head on over to Alex’s blog at http://www.alexbeadonphotography.com/blog/ and check out her catalog of blog posts, I guarantee that you will love what you see and may even bookmark it as one of your favourites to visit.

Happy Mothers Day x


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  • Alex · Posted April 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you both so much for joining in on this one! You guys totally rocked this one. I can’t decide which photo I love more. I love Kelly’s for the cutesy factor of tree hugging :) It just makes me smile :) And I love yours, Paul, for the beautiful words and how they could be meant from one lover to another, or from the tree to the people around it. I love them both. Fantastic work! I will be posting details of challenge 2 today! So keep an eye out for it! :)

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Kelly’s 365

Over the past 6 months I have obviously been following Paul’s work closely, helping and assisting as much as I can and I have enjoyed every minute.  Along with following Paul’s photography I have also been viewing other photography for Paul and I to draw inspiration from.  During my searches I found Rosie Hardy, some of her most well known work is from her 365 project.  One word for her 365 project is BREATHTAKING.  For any of you who may not know, a 365 project is where you take a photo every day for a year and showcase it for all to see.  Rosie’s 365 project was based around self portraits and she wanted to do this project to improve her photography and post processing skills.   Rosie’s talent improved so much and the results are out of this world.  One of Rosie’s 365 pictures has even become the cover of Maroon 5’s latest album.

This has inspired me to start my own 365 project.  I just feel that a project like this can help me with my camera skills and increase my knowledge of photoshop and Lightroom.  This will be my project and I don’t want to just do self portraits.  I want to take a step back and take pictures of anything that is close to my heart, stuff that’s happening in my life or anything that inspires me.  Of course I will have to include some self portraits.  I want it to be simple at times but then I also have plans to do many wacky things.

At times I think I must be crazy even thinking about taking up a project like this.  I work full time, Paul works away from home most of the week and I have little Fearne who is only 18 months old.  When on earth am I going to have time?

I do love a challenge!

I know I won’t be able to upload the pictures every night to begin with.  I barely know how to use photoshop and I need Paul to sit with me all the time.  This time a month or so ago I didn’t even know what ‘aperture or ISO’ were but I am slowly but surely learning.

I had all intentions of posting this blog on 01/01/2011 but that went to pot when Fearne, Paul and I got flu.  Even after that I have still managed to take a picture every day and now we are on day 8. In the mean time I have managed to stumble across another photographer who is also taking up the 365 project.  She has inspired me so much already.  Alex Beadon is an upcoming London based photographer.  This girl seriously does not need any practice.  Her first week  has already set a very high standard.  I do not put my work on the same level as Alex but one day I would love to take a picture that people would class as equally as good as her work.  I am determined to be as good as you Alex…Watch out!

I would love for people to comment on my pictures, even if you love or hate.  This is going to be a massive learning curve and I would love for you all to share with me or even throw a few ideas my way…

Wish me good luck (I am going to need it!)


I am not feeling inspired today at all.  I am ill and feeling sorry for myself so a picture of the things that I want to make me feel human again.


  • Alex · Posted January 10, 2011 at 11:08 pm · Link · Reply

    Kelly, I can’t tell you how amazing it is that you are
    doing a 365. You seem so eager to learn and grow in photography and
    it’s so nice to see! Also it is so inspiring that you and Paul are
    working so hard to make your dreams come true! Keep up the fabulous
    work! Also, thank you so much for your overly kind words! You are
    too sweet and, trust me, if you are already this talented so early
    on, I can’t wait to see your work by the end of the year! You are
    on your way to amazing things!

  • Rachael · Posted January 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm · Link · Reply

    Kelly I love that you are doing the 365 project :) Can’t
    wait to see more of your photos and watch you grow. You have come
    so far in such a short time – love the picture above – and the
    processing :) Keep it up girl!

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