First Takeover of the Year

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And most likely the only one of the year!

Hey Happy People,

I missed you all last week. I didn’t put up a post as I….well, forgot. Whoops! ๐Ÿคญ ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

I was also busy wrapping up an Instagram Takeover I did at the Women Photograph London Chapter account as I am a member of Women Photograph.

Takeovers are hard work, but fun if you prepare for them. I was asked to do this takeover around June, but I refused for several reasons. The main ones were I wanted to do it on my own terms and also, I was a mess mentally due to academic, pandemic and systemic pressures. So it didn’t feel right for me to do it at the time. I asked if I would do it in September once I finished my studies and that’s what happened.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to share seeing as I haven’t really done much work for the last year or so. Then, I decided it would be a good chance to share the projects I worked on during my MA.

Project 1 – “See, To Be Seen”

Project 2 – “Marinated Hymns”

Project 3 – “Not Good Enough”

Project 4 – “Comfortable in Our Skin”

I noticed that a-lot of people who study photography do not go out of their way to say that the projects that they are sharing are the ones that they worked on when in university. I found that to be a bit odd, but at the same time I get it. By saying that you worked on something while in campus, people might not take you seriously in your practice as a photographer, but isn’t that why you went to school for? To be able to produce work that you are mostly proud of, so why not share it? And this is why I decided to share my work and state the fact these were the projects I worked on in university, in my caption.

Hey Happy People,

Elsie @ek13_photos here taking over the @womenphotographlondon account this week.

I am a Kenyan born photographer based in London, UK. and I will be sharing with you projects that I worked on as I studied for my MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Westminster.

Anyway, the takeover ran for 5 days and I was posting only twice a day. You can head over to the Women Photograph London Instagram page to check out the work. I will also be uploading the projects on my website in due course with the exception of “Marinated Hymns” which is already up.

Are you on Instagram? Have you ever done a takeover?


New Month, ‘New’ Intentions

Hey Happy People,

Guess who’s back from a month long blogging break?

(points to self) ME OF COURSE!

I bet you all missed me or not, but that is ok.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

Well, if you read my last post, you will know I was not really taking a break, but busy putting the final touches to my final submission for University. So technically, I am official done with being an academic student.

I.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ AM.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ DONE.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

I has been a long journey to get myself educated and I can safely say I have come out the other side of it exhausted, but grateful for the lessons that I have learnt over the years.

I am not sure if I feel the same way as when I submitted the dissertation for my BA – wrote about it here – but the feeling I have right now is certainly up there.

And I am not going to bore you with a list of things I have learnt being a mature Postgrad student with two kids. Just know it was an itch that needed scratching. Only this time, it took two years of scratching and trust me, I am done. I am not going to miss the deadlines and I will certainly not miss writing academic papers. Those for me were the worst and the feedback I got reflected that, but we moved regardless (always wanted to say that๐Ÿ˜ ).

Having said it, I am back to blogging here once a week, unless I have a daily photo challenge and we all know those don’t even involve loads of words. Now you know why.

Also, I have decided to not come back and do the September Edition of the #30DayPhotoChallenge as I am going to take the month to ‘rest’. This way I can plan for the next edition coming in November. I would really like this to a thing where I take the months with 30 days in the year and make them challenge months and get other people involved as well.

So, let me go catch up on all the TV, senseless or otherwise, that I have missed over the last few weeks as I concentrated on my finals and I will catch you all on my next blog post.

Which shows should I be binging on? Leave a comment with your recommendations. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ โœŒ๐Ÿพ

Taking Time Off

Hey Happy People!

I am taking a month off as I am in the last stages of submitting my final for my MA and it needs my undivided attention.

I will be back hopefully with the September Edition of the #30DayChallenge.

Until then, stay safe, wear your masks, check on your loved ones and don’t forget to wash your hands.


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A Little Introduction

I Woke Up Like This, 2019

I rarely put pictures of myself on here, but I thought, why not introduce myself to the few who follow me here. Besides, #Selfies are not my thing, but what the heck, right?

I am a photographer.

I was born in Nairobi, Kenya, but I have lived in the U.K. for most of my adult life. I am married and have two adorable children, a boy and a girl. For the last 7 or so years, I have been studying for a BA & MA in Photography and I also work as a freelance photojournalist covering mostly art, corporate and sporting events.

My passion is photographing portraits as I meet amazing people and I get to know more about them. It also gives me an opportunity to grow as a person.

I also love experimenting with my photography especially working with 35mm, 120 and Instant film.

I recently revived my blog as I wanted to share my experiences/journey as photographer, but it has been a struggle to get the right content going as writing is really not my thing. So, please bear with me as I find my stride.

I’d love to hear from you. Introduce yourself and let’s get this conversation going.

And, if you know someone in the London looking for a photographer to spruce up their social media with pictures, show them this post or you can direct them to my contact form here.

Also, please follow my blog as I post something every Friday.

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5 Books That I Am Currently Reading – Part 2

Two years ago, I shared a list of books that I was reading to keep me motivated. You can find the list here.

I have to admit, since then, my reading habits haven’t improved, but I do try and read when I can. Or shall I say, listen to books when I can?

Seeing that a lot of us around the world are going through some form of isolation and quarantine due to corona virus, I thought I could share with you a few books that I have found to be interesting.

And the best thing is you can either listen to them using Audible or read them via your devices using Amazon Kindle, Rakuten Kobo, Apple Books, Googles Books, etc. You don’t have to have physical books delivered to you especially now that alot of places are on lockdown.

So, here goes my 5 books that I am reading:

Book #1Taking Up Space: The Black Girl Manifesto for Change by Chelsea Kwakye and แปŒrแบน Ogunbiyi

I am reading the physical version of this book as part of my evening routine before I sleep. It is a book of young black girls finding themselves in white dominant academic spaces and the challenges they faced. It is a book about their experiences and how they navigated through these spaces. It is about finding ones voice and giving hope to those that follow, that it is ok to question and challenge in order to make the changes that are needed within these spaces.

Book #2Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

I bought this book for my kids, my daughter especially. It is a well written book by Academy Award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o with illustrations by Vashti Harrison. This book is all about colourism and loving yourself despite what shade your skin is. A story about self-esteem and true love for oneself from within.

My daughter really loves this book, that she chose it as her book for this year’s World Book Day. She was so proud to take to school to show it to the rest of her class.

Book #3Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women by Otegha Uwagba

I can’t remember how I came about this book, but I can tell you it has certainly helped me navigate the world of working in the creative industry. From building my brand, public speaking tips, money management skills, going back to school to refresh or learn new skills, etc. are some of the gems this little black book has. It is one of those books that I keep referring too for ideas and as I have the kindle version of it, I get updated versions for free. It is more for UK readers, but I have sure there are a few things you may find useful even if you don’t live in the UK.

Book #4The Photographers’ Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas Edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern (No Kindle Edition)

As a photographer, I can sometimes feel like my mojo to take pictures wane. This book has a few tips and ideas on how to get you motivated with ‘new’ ideas for photographic projects. This is one book that I have decided to make up with notes and circle the ideas that I know I would like to attempt. It is a book full of photographers and photography professionals giving their ideas on improving on your practice as a photographer.

For example: Tim Barder’s topic Findings suggests you “Find someone else to take your photographs for you. Tell them what you are looking for, and see if you can find it in the photos they take.”

Book #5Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations by Nick Fancher

I really welcome this book seeing that I will have to result to working from home for the next few weeks. It has good examples of photographing in tight and weird spaces especially around your home to get the photographs that you want without have to spend so much hiring a studio. You can do so much with very little is more or less the gist of this book.

And there you have it. I hope this list inspires you to read or try new ideas.

What books will you be reading in the coming weeks?

Which books have you read that you would recommend I check out?


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