Happy October! Autumn photoshoots

Happy October! Only 30 days to go until Halloween! Ah I’m so excited, this is definitely my favourite time of year. I love the bittersweet nostalgia of autumn, how serene and calm and beautiful it is. The trees are all Gryffindor colours, the evenings are dusky and spooky, the cafes are selling pumpkin spice lattes. There’s nothing better than crawling into bed and getting cozy with a good book and a scented candle. What could be more hygge than that?

To celebrate this beautiful season, here are some favourites from a recent autumn-themed photoshoot I did with my gorgeous friend Emily.  You can see my full portfolio here. 

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What’s your favourite thing about autumn? Let me know in the comments! 

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May the odds be ever in your favour

Last weekend I took a trip down to Cardiff to visit my friend Rhi and her boyfriend Connor, who recently started up their own film production company called Cinemerse. They’ve been making some super cool, creative shorts lately for a company called ‘Escape Reality’ that runs escape rooms all over the UK. Their latest trailer was for a Hunger Games themed escape room.

I was lucky enough to be the photographer on set, which was an illuminating experience.  I’ve always wanted to work in film, but never realised how much time and energy goes in to it. Our two shoots, which lasted a total of about 12 hours, translated into 2 minutes of screen time. The first took place in a grassy field, with the four tributes jumping off their metal podiums and running for the Cornucopia in the middle. The second took place in a martial arts studio, with the tributes training with their weapons. Cato with his spear, Peter with the daggers, Rue on the ropes and Katniss on her bow and arrow of course!

Props to Rhi and Connor for getting some fantastic shots and remaining incredibly professional throughout. If anyone in the South Wales area of the UK is looking for film services, I can highly recommend Cinemerse. You can find their Facebook page here and see more of their Escape Reality trailers – would recommend the Games of Thrones one in particular! To see more of my photography, head on over to my portfolio.

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Winter Carousel

I had a great day in London over the weekend at the Winter festival on the Southbank. I was with a good friend of mine  – Qilin –  who I’ve often collaborated with on photoshoots, so I just couldn’t resist getting the camera out and taking advantage of the brilliant natural lighting for some pics. It felt so good to be doing photography again, as it’s something I haven’t had much time for since starting a full time job. Also I absolutely adore this girl’s style, vintage fashion just looks so good on her! Here’s a selection of some of favourite photos from the over the weekend. You can find my full portfolio over on my photography page.

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