Personal: Selfie

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I Woke Up Like This Selfie (2019)

I am one of those photographers that does not like being in front of the camera but having said that I might as well get used to it seeing as I already have a YouTube channel.

Yes, you read that right, I do have a channel, but I haven’t uploaded a video for 9 months.

The more I watch myself, the more I see that I need to work on my presentation skills. I have never been so uncomfortable in front of the camera and continuing on this journey of putting myself out there will be a weird one.

Also, let me just go ahead and say that the reason I haven’t uploaded in months is that I was derailed by various events in the past few months, both good and bad. This made me lose my mojo to vlog, but I am slowly getting it back to it. I have this urge within me to share my journey as a mum and photographer and sometimes, a video works best.

I have a plan like I do with this blog, to hold myself accountable and post at least one video a week, but for now, I think I will start with one video every two weeks. I am yet to decide when to post. Perhaps every Friday like the blog post or Saturday, what do you think?

Photo Story will continue and my hope with this is to involve a few people as guests on my vlog. If this is something you would be willing to collaborate on, please leave a comment on this post. I would love to hear from you.

So, from September seeing as it’s a new year for school and all, I will be back on my channel with a new video.

Wish me luck as I conquer my fears one self-image and video at a time.

#BacktoSchoolMode

 

‘One Two Three Swing’ at TATE Modern & River Thames Stroll Day Out

Hey Beautiful People,

I know, I know…I have been AWOL, but adulting has got me focused on anything else other than updating my blog / socials.

But…I am back.

Please forgive me if I do a little bit of catching up with what I have been up to and I will start with an activity I did with my family back in February during the school half-term.

The weather in London suddenly got a break and there was not a cloud to be seen in the sky. It was cold, but the sunshine was glorious.

AAAAANNDDDDD…..LONDON IS BEAUTIFUL when the sun comes out to play.

So, my family and I went out for the day. I love art installations and Tate Modern had a very interactive one called “ONE TWO THREE SWING” by Danish artists’ collective called SUPERFLEX. You can read all about it here.

After visiting Tate Modern, we took a stroll down the river side of the Thames and we found that the tide was low and we could actually go down to the banks. This for me (and the kids) was a first and it was nice.

All in all, I didn’t know how the day would turn out, but I managed to capture a few pictures and some footage for my Youtube channel. So here goes…

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St Paul’s Cathedral – Up close and from a distance. Told you London is beautiful when the sun comes out to play.

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One Two Three Swing Installation in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern – I just loved how interactive this art installation was and I wish there are more like this in the future.

The kids enjoying the artwork. It was actually kind of fun swinging with another person. See me having a go in my video below.

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This huge ball was actually swinging above people sitting on the colourful carpet as part of the installation. Pretty cool stuff!

If you haven’t been in the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern, this part of the floor slopes. If you watch my video, you will see my kids actually rolling down it. The Turbine Hall is a very impressive space even when it is empty. You can just get lost in your thoughts in whilst you are in there. I just love it!

Last shots of the day…

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The skyline of London with St Paul’s, The Leadenhall Building aka “The Cheesegrater” and 20 Fenchurch Street aka “The Walkie Talkie” seen on the horizon.

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Looking back at these images just reminded me of how much I love photographing London. I even started a series of images under Snapping London and I think I will definitely get back to it. This one of St Paul’s that I shot back in 2009 as part of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, brings back awesome memories of just being in the moment and meeting new people with similar photographic passions.

Do you think I should revive my Snapping London series?

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3 of My Camera Bag Essentials

I recently did a series of videos of my camera bag essentials which I posted on my YouTube channel.

Instead of the usual items like cameras, lenses, flash, etc., I focused my attention on the stuff that as photographers we tend not to mention, yet they form a part of our day to day essentials.

The items mentioned in these videos are things that I carry around in my bag and have proved to be very helpful when I am out an about on a job. I hope you find these videos useful.

#1 – Weather Proof Trousers

These have really come in handy especially when caught out in bad weather during a shoot. As I tend to shoot a few sports matches or events, I have been caught out a few times without any protection especially when in the pitch. These trousers have kept me dry and I love how they don’t take up too much space in my bag. Also, they were quite a bargain having picked them up from Lidl some time back.

Buy similar trousers here – http://amzn.to/2DUq3RW

#2 – Lens Cloths

These cloths come in quite handy when you need to clean your lens on a job. The use of clothing is not recommended, but sometimes you get caught out. One thing I didn’t mention in the video is how to clean the cloths, a tip I got from another photographer. You can throw it in the washing machine with clothes that don’t need conditioner like swimming costumes or you can hand wash them using hair shampoo (with no conditioner) to get the grease and gunk off them.

Buy a full cleaning kit with the cloths here – http://amzn.to/2nOAzV3

#3 – Small Bags

This is more of an upcycling tip. When I travel, I get to collect the toiletries bag from the airlines and some are pretty good that I decided to use them as organisers for my cables, memory cards and other bits and bobs as I have been thinking of getting a media organiser. These small bags just work out well and they don’t take up space in my bag and they also fit in my working trouser pockets very well.

Buy a media organiser solution here – http://amzn.to/2nZXIDZ

Well, there you have it. Those are my 3 camera bag essentials to make my life on the job that much easier. More videos in the series coming soon. So be sure to subscribe to my channel for updates.

What camera bag essentials or essentials to you have in your life? Care to share some tips.

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Lumiere London 2018

This is an annual event that happens in January in London. In 2018, the art light installations were up for four nights from the 18 – 21 January and they were switched on from 5.30pm – 10.30pm.

This year, the family and I braved the cold streets of London see the light installations. Looking at the Lumiere London map, I settled for King’s Cross area as it was an area where we could see a few installations and the station wasn’t far. Just incase the little legs of my babies decided enough was enough. We were meant to go to Trafalgar Square, but the cold, cries of “I am hungry” and the crowds just let that plan slide. There is always next year…no?

Here are a few shots I took of the installations and a vlog with more. So, scroll to the end to watch it and ENJOY!

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IFO (Identified Flying Object) by Jacques Rival (France)

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Waterlicht by Daan Roosegaarde (The Netherlands) – this was one of my favourites.

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Entre Les Rangs by Rami Bebawi / KANVA (Canada)

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On our way how, the tunnel to the station had this wall of light. I wasn’t sure if it was part of Lumiere or not. It was cool though!

What fun and exciting things are happening where you are?

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Re-Intro to My YouTube Channel | NEW YEAR TINGS

Starting my YouTube channel was one of the most difficult things I did last year. It was and still is equally hard trying to get myself to put up consistent content.

All that is changing moving forward. I really want this to work and I am determined to make it work. All my fears and doubts about having my own channel will have to be stemmed somewhat.

So, my latest upload is going to address that and I am hoping that you will join me on my journey as I share my photography and lifestyle with you.

AAANNNDDDD…..I want you, the audience, to engage with me. Leave your comments, ask questions, let me know what you want to me share with you, etc.

LET’S DO THIS!

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