So what the bejubus is a blog anyways? I googled it :–
“ a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style. “
Now I must confess I do not have a flair for writing or expressing myself in a particularly elegant style, however I have a canny knack of being able to talk a load of horse apples. So I figured I would give this blogging a bit of a go! I’ll probably fill this section with random rubbish from my rather scatty brain, but if you are interested, have a ganders and get some insight into the lass behind the lens.
To get us started here’s a rather cheerful image of me, Andre and Eric. Now take a good look…. Typically I’d be pulling some twisted, angry face at Andre or being fish hooked by my son. But we had a cheeky little photo shoot with the very talented Ruth Lee of Art and Photography by Ruth (who also happens to be my right hand man J) and we all played nicely. We LOVE the outdoors. There is something rather grand about being out in the fresh air with good company. Even better with a smuggled hip flask of Morgans spiced. We are that cheesy camping family who could star in National Lampoons Camping Vacation. Nevertheless, nowt better than getting away from the hustle and bustle and enjoying a bit of Momma Nature.
ERIC, ERIC, THERE'S NOT MUCH RHYMES WITH ERIC..... EXCEPT DEREK!
I had a baby and went a little chicken oriental. My days are often spent singing the "a change a bum bum bum" song or moshing out to Metallica to my baby. I bloody love making up random songs to amuse my child. I'm pretty sure if he could talk he would tell me this too is the highlight of his days.
I have also become one of those highly irritating parents that uses terms such as 'bathy wathy wath' and 'toast toast'. I have songs for these times of day too.
Anyways. That's about all I have to say about that.
I had the absolute privilege of working with this beauty in May 2018. Bex wanted a shoot with her bike ‘Trudy’ as a gift for her very lucky other half (who happens to be my brother in law!). When Bex described the type of shoot she wanted I simply couldn't wait to try my hand at this. I hadn't worked with a bike within a shoot before so was a little apprehensive about how to set the scene. As you can see very little work was required on my part as this lass was a real natural! Obviously the Yorkshire Dales provided a stunning backdrop too.
This got me thinking that I have only carried out boudoir style portrait shoots with the ladies. Watch this space as I may have some blokey boudoir stuff coming your way very soon…..
KICK ASS WEDDINGS!
Did I mention I love my job? Well I do. This month’s wedding was at the very beautiful Priest’s House near Bolton Abbey. Andy and Chrystal only had to tell me about their wedding playlist and I knew we were going to hit it off. Before the ceremony I got to mingle with the girlies getting ready. I won’t spill any beans here, but by jove did we have a giggle! Later in the day me and my right hand man Ruth threw out some questionable shapes and tucked into a pie and pea supper. It was one of those days where I really wish I had brought the camper….. I could have easily sunk more than a few pale ales and rocked out to Iron Maiden into the wee hours, but hindsight is a wonderful thing!
LANI THE TEACHER
Happy New Year Folks! It would appear I have been absolutely pants and neglected my ‘bloggy blog’. So to kick off the new year in style I cannot resist sharing a bit of a new venture I have started.
Today I met with the young budding photographer in the making, Seth. Seth’s mum Katie approached me to question if I would consider offering some teaching sessions to help Seth develop his enjoyment and learning of photography. I photographed Katie’s wedding 2 years ago and she felt my personality and style would suit Seth’s learning needs. My first reaction was… Am I ready for this? Do I have what it takes to offer the right level of teaching? After sitting and planning how I would structure the lessons, it turns out I am alright at this shizzle J
Today’s session was fandabeedosee. Seth was incredibly enthusiastic and enjoyed the theory and most importantly the practical part to our lesson. Even though this is all very new to me, I kinda felt the teaching part came second nature! Instead of overdoing the theory (death by ‘rule of thirds’!) we focused more on actually getting out there and capturing stuff and I snuck in a bit of theory as we went along. Worked a charm!
So watch this space! I am really looking forward to seeing how Seth progresses and how my own skills develop as a result of this opportunity.