"We know what we would do with the great light in this shot, but what about when we don't have great light and have to get creative?", said Ryan Brenizer as we walked into the lush and extravagant Sofitel Hotel on the Palm in Dubai. True to the Problem Solver/ Storyteller description on his website; standing in the lobby of Sofitel hotel that morning Ryan immediately listed all the problem areas; the mixed light, the abundance of choice, the noise, the busyness. He was talking, or more meditating - a stream of thinking consciousness being verbalised. Like a well oiled machine working, clunking and clicking away Ryan's brain was working and we were hearing the process, the formula and all the intricacies into how he would go about taking a shot in the vast and hectic Sofitel hotel lobby.. Read More
Well it's been just about a month since GPP 2015 I had the honor of assisting the lovely Lindsay Adler for her Fashion Photography workshop in addition to attending Ryan Brenizer's Wedding Story Teller/ Problem Solver Workshop. The experience was amazing. Lindsay's workshop was all about fashion photography on location and for 5 days I learnt a lot about people management, logistics and planning. We had a lot of gear as the workshop was very hands on which is always difficult to manage, but the main idea is that every student gets time with the lights and the model which I really respect. Read More
I joined www.creativelive.com for a free online class with Sue Bryce and Lara Jade last night for their experimental portraiture and was totally blown away by their openness to share. They talked about their creative process and where they get their inspiration from (the kitchen oven, ceilings, floors, art, history, movies, you name it). I left the class feeling enamored by Sue's words about creating and it got me thinking ... In the role of being a creator, is anything we make truly original? Read More
India is magnificent. It's a huge country with countless journeys to be had and home to millions of people who haven't got much, yet are the most humble I have ever met. Its a place where you come to get some perspective on life, and I never knew what perspective meant until I spent some time there.
The reason I went wasn't for a photography project or for some self professed blog post. I went to study Yoga... Read More
Having been born in the UAE almost 28 years ago, I always find myself drawn to the old parts of Dubai. I love how this incredible city started from such humble beginnings - originally a pearl fishing village and port; the city expanded from either side of the Deira Creek. The Creek is still very active and used as a gateway to the sea, for tourists to visit the old souk, and by big dhows as a stopping point to transport goods to and from places like Africa and Asia. Walking down the Deira side you can see all the big, beautiful wooden boats docked, and with crews from countries like India & Bangladesh, the dhows will make their way to their final destinations using old sea trade routes to deliver all sorts of consumer goods. Read More
I was recently hired to shoot an event for Ferrari which was a part of the Grand Prix in November in Abu Dhabi just over a week ago. I followed the Abu Dhabi Ferrari owners and members club as they paraded down the corniche and into Emirates Palace for the afternoon. Over 200 Ferrari's pulled in and what energy! It was an incredible experience all around and so great to reconnect with some old photography friends! Read More
As I pack my clothes and camera gear into my bags for my trip home, I take a moment to admire the many holes have formed in my clothes, morn the loss of my most beloved flip flops and thank my old yet loyal laptop with it's now temperamental charger. I think back to last year in July 2013 when I realised there had to be more out there for me than working behind a desk. I decided to quit my job and throw my complacency out the window. Read More
Just before the summer I shot Carsten. He initially approached me after reading my blog about climbing down into the 7th Hole. I also use the blog to post about people I meet and adventures that I go on. Carsten is an extremely talented wake boarder, loves going on adventures, and getting outdoors, but was in need of a corporate head shot for a new business venture and some profile images that he could use for modelling and Facebook. Read More
Wow... it's been an incredibly packed July. Traveling, taking part in some amazing acro and hooping workshops, whilst hanging out with some of Berlin's talent, I can't complain! On one of my many journeys around the city I was lucky enough to meet Christian from Slacklining Berlin. I hung out with him a few times and not only saw him in action on the Cyr wheel (a large metal hoop named after Canadian Daniel Cyr and used in circus acrobatics), but also was invited to witness him balancing on a huge 80m+ water line above the river Havel in a beautiful place called Spandau. Totally inspiring, the guy is a flow master- and did I mention he's a wicked acro yogi as well? Read More
It's 6.30 in the morning, key in hand, granola stuffed into a glass jar with a splash of milk for breakfast, added carefully to the 10kg day pack which gets quietly slipped over my shoulder. Foot outside the door, it's chilly and I jump on my cousin's childhood bike. Chris was always tall but he had outgrown the bike long ago, and even for me at 5"6 it was still too small to feel balanced on. With a cartoon human foot for a bike stand, half pumped up tires and affectionately named the bullet, I set off to Mobberley train station. Out of Manchester in rural Altrincham, the station seemed too far by foot, easier by bike, and so I thought. What was supposed to be a 10 minute bike ride took 25, and with a slight miscalculation on the timings I found myself yet again in another rush to catch transport. Read More
Spending time in Budapest is awesome, especially in the summer. There's plenty of things to do and see including festivals, acro jamming, slack lining, hooping, rock climbing what more could an adventure chick like me ask for?
When I wonder around a new city my head is often in the clouds or looking through the lens, which is great if you want to be just another tourist, and so during this trip I really made it my aim to connect with as many different communities in Budapest. With this in mind I did the research and found myself with an amazing opportunity to hang out with some of the movers and shakers in the Budapest acro, juggling, climbing and hooping scene. Read More
Around 80 km from Budapest I spent my afternoon at a very cool place called Kis Gerecse, an old abandoned quarry (100 years +) definitely a hidden gem! Small but beautiful, this climbing spot has some great rock, overhangs, crimps, technical climbs, something for every one and a stunning place to hike and camp. There are a few crags around Budapest but this one is really special. Read More
As it happens the 12th Hungarian juggling convention was happening next door to the campsite I am staying in. It's on Haller Street Budapest if any of you are interested in going next year, and is a great opportunity to see some of the best jugglers, acro, hoppers, fire artists and more. You can also get involved with the workshops - you don't have to be a pro at all. It's less than 5 euros per day and so much fun! I also got to meet the Hungarian fire legend Gora. He shared his most epic fire burn story which not only had people holding their breathes listening but almost cost him his hand. (Look closely at the picture) Read More
I've landed in Budapest and I am looking forward to exploring, taking pictures and getting my acro yoga on- the course I'm doing takes place for 5 out of the 14 days I am here so there is some time to explore. I made it up to Budacastle yesterday and had a long walk along the Danube. The weather is an awesome 26-28 degrees c during the day, a nice break from Dubai and Oman. Read More
I went out last weekend and took the back up camera with me (60D with a wide 10-20 Tamron Lens) I just took a couple of shots of the guys climbing at Wadi Tawaiyan, in RAK just outside of Dubai.
I made a couple of my own Instagram inspired filters in light room to compensate for the contrast and give the photos that "instamatic" feeling, but overall I am looking to get an ND filter that will allow me to work between shadows and harsh light so the photos turn out great. I also felt the wide couldn't get me close enough to the climbers and will try my new 100mm next time. Saying that I did manage to get a couple of good shots of Read and Phillipe climbing and hanging out. Great day out- the sky was so beautiful although we were off the side of the road in a quarry there were some great climbs. Read More
Over the last 3 months I have been collecting various stories, tips and inspiration from the internet to help inspire my photography and develop myself through research, learning and most importantly getting inspired. This is a blog post which sums up some cool stories, lighting techniques, editing and tips in hopes that it helps you or inspires you like it has done me.
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I recently did a shoot for Optimal Fitness gym in Dubai and was asked to take some action shots for a print/poster campaign that acts as promotion for the gym's personal trainers. The main themes were; urban playground, building blocks, dark, playful, technical, foundations, whilst focusing on the what the PT's were good at. Read More
Over the last week I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to head up to Salma Plateau in Oman. A 3 hour drive from Muscat, past fin's beach with a diversion to a beautiful sink hole; Read, myself, Dan and Monica dropped down into the 7th Hole through 4 chambers to be greeted by a huge main chamber boasting an awesome 110m descent. We abseiled our way down with intention to climb up back the way we came. Read More
What is your perfect day? And when was the last time you had your perfect day? If you’re like most photographers the answer to the first question may come out pretty easily (or not…), but the answer to the second…
A beautiful video inspired by having a perfect day and understanding life work and balance. Photographer Jerry Ghioni once asked a fellow photographer, and when she heard the second part, it left her in tears. She couldn’t remember her last perfect day, because she was so busy working and working and working at her career that she had forgotten to live the lifestyle she was hoping photography would offer. Read More