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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The Art and Business of Portraiture Workshop with Trevor Yerbury

Yesterday I attended a Workshop held at Loxley Colour HQ,  It was all about the Art and Business of Portraiture and the Speaker was the award winning Photographer Trevor Yerbury.

Kelly had got me onto the workshop as my Christmas present and from the moment I read the letter I was excited about the day coming around.  For a few reasons really, firstly because I need to learn a hell of a lot about how to market myself  if I am going to make my dreams become a success and to help that dream pay.  Secondly because Trevor was the Speaker and with his Pedigree in Photography I knew I could take what he had to say very seriously and use it, but Thirdly it also got me back to Loxley Colour HQ.  I just love it there!!!

We travelled up on the Sunday as a family and stayed in Glasgow overnight.  We had a beautiful meal at The Burnbrae pub, and met quite a few lovely people in their too.

We got up early on the Morning of the Workshop and set off for Cumbernauld and Loxley HQ.  Once we arrived I joined the rest of the delegates attending the workshop and Kel wandered into the Showroom with Fearne to browse all the amazing products they offer.  She was then going off into Glasgow to probably make our bank balance slightly lighter.

Once we all got sat down in the Workshop Trevor and his Wife Faye introduced themselves and we got down to business (excuse the pun). Trevor went through the whole Portraiture industry by using the Life-cycle, Maternity – Newborn- Children – Teenagers – Adults – Family and even touched slightly on Boudoir I thought that was the best way to digest things.

Trevor and Faye had a beautiful Slideshow presentation with notes and images to help get what they were talking about across, Although Trevor did skip through the Baby Portraits a bit quicker as he admitted it wasn’t his favourite area of Portraiture.  What I liked about Trevor is he didn’t pull any punches, if he didn’t like an aspect of Photography he said so and I find that so refreshing.

He gave out some really useful information to us, he was honest and admitted it doesn’t always work in every area but, if you don’t try various marketing strategies then how will you know if they work or not.  I got some real Inspiration from what he expressed, some of what he said I have already started putting into practice but Trevor showed that there is so much more you can do to build your business and make it thrive.

At lunch we got a buffet laid on for us from the great guys at Loxley and then I took the tour of the Factory to see how any order I make with them gets processed and made.  I was surprised to learn that they do everything in house, from Framing to albums.  They had a printing machine on the Factory floor worth £500,000!!!  We even saw the little John Deere tractor with a plough on the front which had the job of clearing the snow in their manic period just before Christmas.

Back into the Workshop in the afternoon.  Trevor showed us his Lighting setup.  He mainly uses One light and One light only for his Portraits (See I took it on board Trevor) , no hair lights, kicker lights just one big yellow (because its 25 years old) softbox.  He also demonstrated using the Fresnel spotlight to get that Hollywood spotlight look.

He let everyone have a go at taking a couple of shots of Fredau and Zoe the two models for the Day, and he showed us what results he was getting on his Camera too.

4pm came around far too quickly and as Trevor had said at 4pm his mouth will be zipped shut and he’ll be on his way home.  So with that he said  Thank you and Goodbye.

After the workshop Kel and Fearne arrived and we took another look around the showroom to make some notes on the products we liked the most and what we feel our clients would love.  Eileen from the Showroom walked around with us talking in detail about all the various products. Loxley Colour are an amazing company and ever so  warm and welcoming to us every time we use them.  We will certainly be using them for the foreseeable future especially now we’ve seen the new Alumini and Edge Print products.  One word for them is stunning!!

I never did get to speak personally to Trevor or Faye outside of the workshop but I would really like to say thank you so so much.  I really enjoyed the day and took alot from it to inspire me to build my business.  One day when I get to where I’d like to be I will owe a lot of Credit to Trevor and Faye for their wisdom and knowledge.

Here are a couple of the images I took from the day.  I have given them a little bit of  a Yerbury look by going Black and White and adding some grain to the images.  I hope you like them.

Thanks for Reading

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  • Rachael · Posted January 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm · Link · Reply

    Love the write up and images ;) would love to have a look round loxleys :) x

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