Graduating with a 2:1 in Photography

 

In September I finally graduated from Canterbury Christchurch University with a 2:1 in BA Hons Photography. It was an amazing day and I was really proud of all that I have achieved.

My ceremony was in Canterbury Cathedral which looked beautiful in the pictures and made my graduation a really grand affair!

It’s been a long and stressful journey but one thing I have learned from studying photography is my love for it. Throughout the tears and tantrums, the late nights,early mornings and the huge deadlines, I have never lost the love for what I do. In fact, I love it even more, it’s all I want to do.

Since I handed in my last project in June I have been working with various people to re-brand my business. I felt this was important as I didn’t completely love the brand I had created and I felt it needed a professional’s touch. With that in mind I enlisted Graphic Designer Christina from IvyBelle Design to help with my logo, colour scheme and website design. I am very nearly done with my flyers, business cards and website and can’t wait to show it to all of you and finally re-launch my business!

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Cinemagraphs – my moving photographs

For one of my final projects I decided to make some Cinemagraphs, they are like animated gifs, except smoother and more flawless. I came across these Cinemagraphs by accident one day and I absolutely fell in love with them! With some research into how to make them (editing simple, filming them is a complete nightmare!), and gathering ideas on subject matter, I made my own. You can see my fist tests for them here (and here), I am pretty impressed with these as they were made in my living room.

My idea for the Cinemagraphs was to show how much work goes into creating the ‘perfect’ image, and how retouching can be through lighting, hair and make-up and not just the post production done in Photoshop. The idea came from one of the books I read for my degree, detailing that video is regarded more truthful than image, and a source online that said the Cinemagraph is an image of perfection. They took a lot of time and effort but I am so proud of them. I am looking to create many more and include them in my regular photography.

Contact me if you would like to help me create a Cinemagraph – they are lots of fun!

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My Final Year Exhibition

My 3rd year exhibition came around very quickly and I was running around at the last minute buying TV wall brackets and Kensington locks for laptops! After all the stress of the TV not mounting on the wall and just general difficulty of DIY, I finally managed to display my piece, and in the front foyer as well! I exhibited my Cinemagraphs that I had made for one of my modules,(I will do a seperate blog post about them).

Here I am with my work!

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Just a quick one from me!

I have been crazy busy with university work but I have finally finished the dreaded dissertation!
Woop!

 I have also been doing some test shots for my mannequins project – looking good girls!

 

One final thing, after I finish uni I want to do some Boudoir shoots so watch this space!

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My cinemagraphs first test

Ever since I first saw them, I have been so inspired by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg’s Cinemagraphs. They are just so interesting and captivating.  I have been researching how to make cinemagraphs and actually made my first one in early 2012. I am planning on making some for my mixed media project at uni. Here is my prototype, it doesn’t quite loop as I didn’t have much time on it but I am please with the result!

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Staying on track

Now I know as well as the next person that I am human, and I cannot remember all number of things that are going on in my every day life, let alone my mum’s, friends or boyfriend’s. I find it so difficult to keep up with everyone and everything I know I would be lost without my amazing planners and diaries, (yes I have more than one diary!). Now I am a little bit over the top with my calendars as I have a weekly one desktop one, a weekly one for my handbag, a monthly online one and a giant wall planner in my bedroom. But I cannot stress enough how much easier these make my life. I use my wall planner for every part of my life, university, work, dinner dates, aqua fit, shopping lists, birthdays and sooo much more. It’s so simple to have every aspect of your life written down where you can compare them and see how much you have going on. Now, some may say it is tedious, boring or even too restrictive, but it really only takes a few minutes of your day to get organised and it can be a life saver. My favourite planners are my weekly desktop and my yearly wall. The wall planner is so important because although it can be daunting to see a year of your life mapped out, it can also help you see how close that 6 month deadline really is, or how much money, time or energy you will need over a certain few months. I designed mine myself using photoshop and downloadable calendars, but you can get them from Staples, Ebay and Amazon. Happy Planning!

 

 

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First day of 3rd year

So Monday and Tuesday were my first lectures of third year and my were they heavy! There was a lot to take in and a lot of mention of time management and idea generation! I think I am going to enjoy this year (I say this at the beginning…) but there are a few things that are nagging at the back of my mind.

Firstly, the big D. Well, dissertation. I have never been one to be able to write essays easily and I feel like this project is so big it could swallow me up whole! I’m hoping in a month or so I can come back to this post and say I know what I am doing much more…

Secondly, I am commuting this year and I have a part time job which is two new things. I am currently recovering from a cold (as are lot of my classmates) and running on very low energy which means things are twice as hard in terms of managing to do everything. I am hoping that when I feel better I can cope more with work and uni and commuting, otherwise a huge amount of time management adjustment is needed.

Finally, it’s a huge year and with so many milestones I hope I can wade my way through without turning into a zombie by the end of the year.

After this week it’s onwards and upwards to push for good work and good health.

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Margate Pie Factory, My Photography Exhibition!

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about my exhibition in June yet! It was such a big part of my life and I spent soooo many months organising it.

The exhibition was such a success, and our private view was really popular. We had nibbles and drinks, and cake! We had a photo booth with props and we had some really great work to showcase. It was a great event and I have to say the best part of it was overhearing someone saying that my work was flawless!

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As you could probably tell I am so proud of my own work and the others in my group. Looking back on this has only lifted my spirits and made me think, ‘I did that and I did a great job.’ Many thanks to Bex, Lou and Jenni the other producers for the exhibition.

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Uni Second Year

It’s been a looooooooooooooong year for me and I feel like it is neverending. I feel like I have grown so much this year as a photographer and a person, it has brought me close to friends I never thought I would make, and completely torn apart from others.
I have barely slept since my last hand in because I have been sorting out bills and other grown up stuff which is boring and frustrating. Luckily I won’t have to worry about that next year because I am (dare I say it) commuting. This may come as a shock to some of you as I live a couple of house away by car from uni and I have to use the Dartford crossing, however it was not an easy decision to make.

One day I woke up and realised I was never going to find a house for third year, with a lot falling through and people not being able to comprimise over small things such as how many bathrooms there was. As I found out, someone who is going to be selfish and petty is never worth you time and you shouldn’t rise to it. Finding a house for uni isn’t as easy as it seems, but contrary to what I have said it can be achievable. It’s a shame in a way because I love living by the beach and I have made a couple of really solid friends who I will miss, but they are on my course so I will see them every time I visit. I have also made plans to stay a night at one of my friends to avoid getting up REALLY early for lectures which is always a bonus!

One thing I have learned from Uni is to never give in to the people that want to break you apart the most, never give in to lies, workload, bad grades or what other people say to you.  And if you do give in, suck it up and go to KFC. (no I am not product placing KFC).

Here’s to hoping the next year will be full of stronger people, stronger friendships, sunny days, laughter, and more takeaways.

 
 
                              
 

 

 
 

 

 

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My Fashion Book!

I mentioned a while back about my book that I have made, and when it arrived I had to prepare it for my hand in. But now I can show you it in it’s full glory, and you can buy it from here! http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4201946-the-ultimate-summer-festival-look-book

It’s all about fashion and what to wear at festivals, what to bring and tips to help you have a great time!

“Festival season is fast approaching and shopping starts almost as soon as tickets are released. There are some real bargains on the highstreet including clothing, acessories and all the must haves for a good festival season. Here are some tips on your make up, what to wear, how to budget to make your festival experience the best one yet!”

                                                                                           

I hope you love it just as much as I do!
Look how perfectly the end sheets match the colouring of the book!
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