My Life in Lomo #1

I am totally guilty of taking the same photo over and over again until it’s perfect. If a photo doesn’t look right, you can delete it and (in most cases) try again.That’s the luxury we have with modern digital cameras. Although it’s wonderful to be able to have this ability, I can’t help but feel like photography has lost its magic somewhat. So, last Christmas when Stephen bought me a La Sardina Lomogaphy camera, I was excited about using an ‘old school’ film camera again. Nothing beats the anticipation of going to pick up your prints from the lab, not quite knowing what to expect.  Flicking through photographs of moments that you had already forgotten had even happened.

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It wasn’t quite that straightforward, though. The first film I used in my lomo camera failed to process and my second came out streaky. My third? Not much better. I realised that I was  completely missing the point. These cameras do not produce ‘perfect’ photos. If that’s what I wanted, then I ought to just stick to using a digital camera. No, my La Sardina produces perfectly imperfect photos. It produces grainy and (in my case) streaky images that won’t win any awards or be featured in any photography magazines. BUT they do make me smile. They force me to forget about taking perfectly framed photos and concentrate on just capturing moments, people and places.

I thought I’d share some of my photos here on the blog – these have all been taken over the last couple of months, most of which are from our honeymoon down in Devon.

Little glimpses of my life in Lomo…

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I’d love to know which photo is your favourite? I think mine is the one of Jasmine smiling on the swing. :)

Do you ever use film cameras or do you prefer to stick to digital cameras?

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Me & Mine {A Family Portrait Project} June 2015

Until recently I could count the number of photographs, we had of the three of us, on one hand. Both Stephen and I are both incredibly camera shy. However, on the 9th of June we got married at the beautiful Millbrook Estate in North Devon. We opted to do a runaway wedding meaning we had just 1 guest (our 14-month-old daughter), 2 witnesses (Millbrook staff who were there for the ceremony only) and a photographer.

It was the first time any of us had been photographed by a professional photographer (unless you count getting your passport photo taken at Jessops?!) I was quite anxious about the whole thing, but our lovely photogpraher, Matt, put us at ease.

To be honest, I still haven’t decided how much of our wedding I want to share on my blog. Obviously it was a very personal experience for us – more so because of the nature in which we decided to get married. However, these photos in particular, have highlighted the need for us to put our self-consciousness and insecurities to one side, step in front of the camera every once in a while and capture some moments, that as a family, we can treasure forever.

I can’t promise that our future portraits will look as professional and pretty as these (in fact, I can guarantee they won’t!) but I’m sure they will be just as special to look back on, in many years to come.
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DIY Photoshoot: Washing Line Baby

Spurred on by the success of my first attempt at a DIY photoshoot, I thought I’d try recreating another image I found online whilst perusing the internet for inspiration. I found a photo of a baby on a washing line by Abi Pegg (which you can see on her blog here). I thought this would be another brilliant way of taking some interesting photos on a budget, as like my Space Baby photos, you can just use a few items that you probably have around the house or can buy very cheaply.

I did set out to take the photos using a blue bed sheet to represent the sky but I’ll be honest, it looked totally naff! In the end I used an online photo editor to add in the cloudy background image so this particular set of photos were a lot more time consuming than I intended them to be. I’m not 100% happy with them as my editing skills are a little lacking but it’s definitely something I can practise and get better at now I have a rough idea of what I’m doing!

 DIY Photoshoot: Washing Line Baby

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Fancy giving it a go? This is what you’ll need:

  • x1 baby – (Jasmine definitely isn’t camera shy and clearly loves the attention)
  • Washing line cord – I got 10m of the stuff for £1
  • Pegs – I bought some cheapy wooden ones for £1
  • Something to use as a background – I used a bed sheet but you could just use your carpet if you’re going to edit in the sky like I did.
  • A few key items of your baby’s wardrobe – the little socks and soft toy are a nice touch. :)
  • A half decent camera – I borrowed Stephen’s Fujifilm X20
  • Editing software – I used PicMonkey.com which is super easy to use and most of the tools are free.
  • Buckets full of patience – the editing is a bit of slog (there may be easier ways of doing it) but between feeds, nappy changes and hugs it took several hours to edit the cloudy background into the images.

Total cost: £2 (wooo!)

That’s all you need to make a photo like this…

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…turn into one that looks like this:

If you do use PicMonkey as your editing tool then check out this video first:

It explains (much better than I could) how to add the cloudy texture into the background of a photo.

I really hope this post inspires you to give it a go or maybe try some of your own photography experiments. I’d love to see the results! I now have a head full to the brim of ideas I want to try so do check back to see what else we’ve been up to.

Thanks for reading!

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DIY Photoshoot: Astronaut Baby

Boy oh boy! We’ve had some fun here this morning…

I recently decided that I’d like to take some more interesting photos of Jasmine. I’ve got hundreds of her already, many of which are all pretty similar – her sat in her bouncer or playing on her play mat. I didn’t really want to spend a load of money on a professional photographer, plus I thought it would be far more fun to take the photos myself. I set about looking for inspiration on good ol’ Pinterest and I was astounded by all of the cute ideas that were floating around on the Interweb.

I found a ‘space baby’ photo by the very talented Adele Enersen (check out her blog) which was the influence behind these photos of Jasmine. I thought it would be one of the easiest scenes to create and yet also one of the most effective. I added my own twist with the addition of Jasmine’s bunny friend! I must admit, I was sure that my photos were going to end up on Pinterestfail.com but I am extremely pleased with the results:

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Fancy giving it a go? Well, this what you’ll need:

  • Black sheet – you could use a bed sheet for this but I used a table cloth (it was cheaper and better/thicker material) £7.50
  • Kitchen foil – you’ve probably got some of this in a drawer somewhere. Free
  • Some white cord or elastic – I bought some Korband Elastic for £1.50
  • Paper plates – Again, you might have some of these at home already but I bought a pack of 30 for £1.00 (anyone want my 28 leftover paper plates?!)
  • x1 Compliant baby – Free! ;)
  • Scissors – Cutting tin foil is infuriating but make as many stars as you can muster because they really add to the pictures. I tried taking some photos with just a few stars and it looked a bit pants.
  • Marker pen – It’s easier to draw out the stars before cutting them (draw them on the back of the foil so it doesn’t matter if you’re a wonky cutter like me!) Initially, I was frustrated that all of my stars were a bit wonky but actually I think it just adds to the quirkiness of the picture.
  • A half decent camera: I used a Fujifilm X20 and then edited the brightness of the photos afterwards to fade out the creases of the table cloth (I did iron it first!) – Borrowed from the OH.

Total cost: £10.00 

Keep an eye out for future DIY photoshoot posts on my blog as there’s a few more ideas that I’m planning to try!

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