10th February 2016No Comments

Natalie

This Sunday I met Natalie Kivit. Canadian photographer who just moved across the ocean to London. They say social media is all about hype but if for every 100th person you meet in the web, you get along with one, this is how the Internet friendships start and this is how you can meet minds alike. I’ve met for the first time in person and if it wasn’t Instagram probably our paths would never cross.

We spent entire afternoon talking with passion about photography and sharing perspective. It’s interesting how many observations you can share coming from a completely different background. Also that was a very productive Sunday when it comes to location scouting, you should definitely check out lovely Chelsea Physic Garden in London.

Natalie is a few years younger, after graduating high school, she decided to take a gap year and go for an adventure. This year would be all about photography, meeting people and travelling. She speaks with passion, confidence and determination in her voice but also down to earth practical approach. It’s admirable how much she’s going for it, when so many people her age are waiting around for a permission.

I am sure she will create many interesting things and it’s one photographer worth keeping an eye on. She’s currently publishing on her instagram and facebook. I am really curious to see where her creativity and advantures will take her and while she’s here in London really excited about planning some collaborative shoots.

Good luck, Natalie! Keep going after your dreams and don’t loose your drive 😉

1st February 20161 Comment

Simoni

A couple of months ago when I was just starting the blog (though it feels like I am just a rookie blogger) I decided that one of the things I would like to frequently feature on my blog was collaboration with other bloggers based in London. My first plan of attack was approaching some bloggers from the contact list on the London Bloggers facebook group and though the response was in general quite positive, unfortunately none of this collaborations worked out in the same month of August because all the girls I approached were away at that time.

One of the girls I approached at the time was Simoni, Cypriot blogger currently based in London, author of Fashionable Rose. We have been in touch on and off for the last few months and at the very end of 2015 finally managed to find some time for a photo shoot together.

Simoni studied Textile Design at Middlesex University in London and after graduation she came back to Cyprus and started her own brand of beautiful hand-woven textile designs. Her brand is called Simoni Textile Designs and as you may guess, the bag presented on the photos is of her own design and production.

We met in Kensington Olympia and had a lovely time talking about or dreams and work on our brands. Simoni told me about her dedication to building her own brand for over five years and I am wishing her all the best with further work on spreading her love for weaving, creating unique designs for each customer!

7th January 2016No Comments

Underground Stillness of Motion

A late post tonight because I was stuck in the London Underground coming back late after work. I avoided peak and the carriages were empty. Underground has transformed from a monster back into the beauty queen.

Ever since I was a little girl I was fascinated with large urban underground networks. I imagined a my twenty something self tall with long hair and a guitar case nearby me looking nostalgically looking through the windows and the world passing by. I imagined passing through the corridors full of colorful posters and giving spare coins to a busker on the way. Coming from a small town where everything was within walking distance Metro was a symbol of a large buzzing cosmopolitan city. I promised myself that one day I will live in a metropolis.

Time has passed. I listened to songs with videos shot in the undergrounds. I learned English, traveled the world, moved to another country. I didn’t grow long hair and I don’t play guitar anymore. I live in London in the city with one of the largest underground networks in the world.The feeling of daily hatred during long and crowded commute is mixed with admiration for complex system connecting every part of London.

The frequent travels in London tubes inspired me to create a photo shoot in the tunnels. This shoot was taken a year ago but I never got around publishing it. It was also one of the first photos we took together with Riennahera. We spent a few hours in the Waterloo stations going up and down the stairs and traveling through the tunnels to get that perfect shot and avoid the crowds. My skills got much better since the end of last December but I still have the sentiments for them.

I know we all complain about the TFL and I overly romanticize the underground but if you could look with a bit differently at this mysterious space, I am sure you will also notice it’s charm.

21st December 2015No Comments

Pontoon Deck Pleasure Garden

Tomorrow is a winter solstice, the shortest and the darkest day of the year. For that occasion I would like to brighten up the darkness and bring some more visual heat and summer mood to your hearts. I will share an editorial created during the longest and the warmest day of this year.

The main star of these photos is Hannah Honey, the winner of Born To Model reality TV modelling contest. I am sure that as you scroll through the photos and see her expressive poses, you will have now doubt about how she charmed the jury.

The entire shoot was styled and organized by Leo-Maria Jay from Leo Management and the make up was done by Damiva Beauty. Leo also introduced me to this magical location – Pontoon Deck Pleasure Garden.

If you like parks and open spaces and are looking for a place to chill in East London then you should check it out. It’s not really my part of London, so I don’t think I would have scouted it myself, so I am very happy about this discovery.

I hope you would enjoy the summer vibe and like the photos.

10th December 2015No Comments

The Gingers

A few months ago I did a photoshoot with my friends Marta and Chris. We all thought it would be a cool idea to take some ginger photos. That was also the time when I lived nearby Camden Town, so I was really into the idea of to try doing some band photoshoot. Especially that a few days earlier Marta posted a snap on her instagram account that showed how this idea would work out brilliantly.

You are already familiar with Marta and her blog riennahera.com as she posed to my photos many times. Chris on the other hand is a real rockman, he plays in two bands “Dirty Notes” and “The Last Bugles“. He’s currently working on studio material which is going to be released next year.

The photoshoot worked out brilliantly and I am very pleased with the results. However, it had no other purpose than just experimentation to try new forms of portraiture. Now, I can honestly say, I can do band pics. So if any of you, my dear readers, is a musician in the need of good photography, don’t hesitate to give me a shout.

Out of boredom, I thought it would be funny to come up the name for the band and entire playlist for their indie rock debut album. They prefer to call themselves “The Gingers” but perhaps it would be more appropriate to call themselves “Pie & Mash” as one of the photos could already serve them as an album cover.

The Gingers – It Wasn’t Cool When They Laughed At School

Side A – Brother From Another Mother

  1. My Sister Told Me
  2. Don’t Go To The Hairdressers
  3. Everybody Knows The Ginger Beard Is Weird
  4. Mama Tell Her To Leave My Shirts Alone

Side B – Sister From Another Mister

  1. My Boyfriend Is Allright
  2. Horses
  3. Wave Your Hair When The Sun’s On Fire
  4. Sister From Another Mister
  5. Going Home

As a punchline to my irony, you have to admit, that you could totally be able to find an album like that in the Urban Outfitters vinyl section.

The entire band photoshoot and album playlist is a work of fiction but if you pester Marta and Chris enough, who knows maybe they will actually come up with a song.

3rd December 2015No Comments

Amaraterra

A few months ago over a coffee break with my work colleague Alfredo I discovered that there is yet another creative soul in our geeky software company. We quickly found a common language and Alfredo told me about his Italian folk band Amaraterra and invited me for their monthly gig at Jamboree venue. I came over full of curiosity and as usual brought my camera just in case there would be something interesting to capture.

The energy during their entire performance has exceeded my expectations. They were wild, colourful, energetic, full of positive hippie vibe and playfulness. The night I got introduced to Amaraterra was magical and in the dimly lighted Jamboree venue vibrating with acoustics and melodies it made me feel like home when London still felt hostile and isolating. I attended a few of their gigs and took photos for them when our schedules still aligned.

This Friday, 4th of December 2015, 8pm, they will be hosting another bohemian night in Jamboree. If you would like to feel some irresistible energy of world music and brighten up the darkness of the autumn nights, check their Facebook event here.

After witnessing their gigs three times in a row this year, I can guarantee you that the restless beats of Tarantella will bring the smile on your face for entire upcoming week.

30th November 2015No Comments

Last Afternoon In Sofia

During my last week long holiday in Bulgaria, I could not miss an opportunity to try arranging some photo shoots. Luckily during my University times I made a lot of lovely friends that come from Bulgaria and during my short visit in Sofia I have been introduced to even more cool people by my boyfriend Ivan.

Weeks before I was wondering if any of Ivan’s friends would be up for a portrait session but then I found out that our common friend Danche, who also studied with us at University of Glasgow, recently relocated to Sofia. The choice was easy as she is incredibly charismatic and warm person. I have had a chance to see some photos she posed for from her other photographers friends and I could see so much charm and good energy on them. I was certainly delighted to find out she accepted my invitation. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with where the life has taken us after graduation.

After a coffee we too some photos with Ivan’s assistance. I will take this opportunity to remind you to check out his flickr photostream, he is a keen photographer himself, as you could see from some portraits of me on this blog. The photoshoot was really a lot of fun, throwing leaves and good vibes. I am really pleased with the results. If you agree, give me a little like on Facebook on this post or the heart on the end of the page.

I really enjoyed shooting with Danche and I am hoping next time we see each other, we will find some time for another creative collaboration.

10th November 2015No Comments

First Film

In my teenage years I had on and off romances with photography. I loved photo-editing but there was not much to edit. My point and shoot camera was worse than the one in current mobile phones. On my 18th birthday I got an old Zenit camera from my classmates. Full of enthusiasm I shot my first adult roll of film only to discover later a big white stripe across all the developed photos. A gentleman in a camera shop told me that most likely the shutter of the camera is broken. I did not understand what that meant at the time but he told me it would be more expensive to fix it than the camera is worth. That discouraged me from shooting film for years. Every time I was tempted to buy a new film camera, I reminded myself about this incident. I was scared of disappointment after ordering a beautiful vintage camera from eBay and discovering it does not work.

Things have changed last year when my boyfriend gave me his Canon 1000F which could miraculously fit all my other lenses. I splurged money on negatives and began my adventure with film photography once again.

I took most photos from that first roll of film in autumn Twilight in Notting Hill. Some of them picture moments from the ordinary days or darkness of the daily commute.

6th November 2015No Comments

Hello Autumn – Primrose Hill

This photos are nearly a year old and they come from the first photo shoot I did with Marta. It was way before I even started a blog and decided that I really want to show my photos out there in the world. I feel like these photographs have such a strong autumn feel with the leaves dancing in the wind and slowly falling onto the ground. I simply could not share them at any other time than in the middle of autumn and as I decided to go public with the website in the middle of spring, despite their obvious charm, they did not really fit the mood.

Having moved around London empowered me to do things that I always wanted to do – find courage to approach people I find interesting. I didn’t know anyone around and making friends was a challenge on its own. I thought what would be a harm in saying ‘Hey, I like your blog and I take photos myself. Would you like to meet up for coffee and a chat?’ and I was right, it worked like magic and I started meeting people I already shared some interests with over the web. Marta was the first friend I made like this. It was last autumn at Primrose Hill and back then we created the photos you can see here. I took at least 20 000 photos since then and my photography and editing style has strongly developed since then. I was shyly thinking I would like to get more into photography and create a portfolio and a year later I have one I am proud of and even more ideas hatching!

Modelling: Riennahera

Location: Primrose Hill, London

 

20th October 2015No Comments

Violet Skies of Regents Park – An Evening With Cora Álvarez

Nearly a month has passed since my last post. The times have been crazy and the life has been tough. We were on the verge of homelessness in autumn London, working hard, catching chances. There was lots of worries and I have not taken a single photo since then. I don’t even have my cameras at home at the moment. They are stored securely at my friends place.

Now that the worst is over and I can take a deep breath and relax I can have a look where I paused with my photographic journey. That month ago, before all the disasters fell on my back, I meet up with Cora Álvarez, Spanish photographer, who was visiting London at that time. We went for a photowalk around Regents Park, soaked with wet sunset light after the rain and chatted about photography. I remem­ber when I first encountered Cora’s photos on flickr. I was incredibly impressed with her photos and I thought that I need to get to know this girl. Somehow through vortex of various social media we eventually chatted with each other and I found out she would be vising London in September so I proposed a meeting up for coffee.

The coffee didn’t work out, neither  did an elaborate plan for visiting Hampstead Heath Pergola Garden. However after the rain we decided to make the most of last two short two hours before the sunset and chatted about photography and traveling, while strolling around the park with her and her com­panion Claudia and taking photos.

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