27.9.14

CHECKING IN

My desk

So it has been two weeks since I last blogged because starting a new job is wayyyy harder then I remembered it being. I have learnt SO much in the past couple of weeks that I'm coming home every night, getting my 8 full hours of sleep and then doing it all again the next day, it's tough but I'm getting there...slowly... very slowly. I understand it takes time but not knowing what you're doing/where anything is/how the process works is really tough and draining but I am really enjoying it, I just want to know everything right now!
The past couple of weekends I have spent editing wedding pics which I have almost now finished (whoop!) and I'm looking forward to sending them to the brides and grooms and also sharing them on here. And that's all I've been doing really, I'm just trying to focus on work things at the minute and not doing much else. Boring! So I thought I'd share a pic of what my desk currently looks like as a reminder to get some more people arranged for my Bloggers at their Desks series (which really needs a new name!). I also really want to start doing video a bit more as I have to do a few bits for my new job so would be good practise.
Arghh, too much to think about, I'm off to eat my weight in pasta!

Have a good weekend!

15.9.14

LAST WEDDING WEEKEND

Bakewell

I survived wedding season,  wahooo!! On Saturday I photographed the last one of the year up Chesterfield way so me and Steven decided to make a weekend out of it. We drove up on Friday (I was feeling a liiiiittle worse for wear after my work leaving drinks on Thursday evening) so we set off at 12 in the hopes to have a wander round and visit the venue before going out for tea but the M1 traffic had other ideas and we ended up in grid lock for a few hours which was a load of crap! 
We went straight out for tea when we got there though, I love little village pubs you always get wayyyy more food then you possibly need. Chips, mash, carrots, swede, peas, cabbage and salad to accompany a veg lasagne and bbq chicken thing, crikey! 
Saturday was the wedding day itself, it was a good one to end on - loads of people, the bride and groom are like something out of a magazine and they had tipis in a field for the reception! I'm really looking forward to getting those pics edited and handed over. I think I might do a little post on my thoughts on wedding photography just so I remember everything if I take on any more next year. 

Bakewell
Bakewell
Bakewell

Before heading back to London on Sunday we detoured to Bakewell for a little mooch about - and to get one of the famous Bakewell puddings -that's pudding not tart you just read, Mr Kipling hasn't got anything on these bad boys. They are made with a flaky pastry base, a little jam and have a weird egg custard like consistency to them, I really really like them but apparently they're not to everyones taste. If I lived near by I'd be having them everyday! Im glad we got to explore this area of the country a little bit too, I don't think I've ever really been round there before but I'd like to go back and visit Chatsworth. 

Bakewell
Bakewell
Bakewell
Bakewell
Bakewell
Bakewell
Bakewell
Bakewell
Bakewell
Bakewell

And that was that, weekend done. I start my new job today which I have all kinds of emotions for at the minute terrified/excited/anxious/happy/even more terrified etc... eeek!

Hope you had a good weekend! 

8.9.14

A CELEBRATION

Dishoom

It's true what they say- everything happens at once. And everything really is happening at once around here it's making my head spin a little bit. I photographed my 4th wedding of the year on Saturday (one to go!) and we finally got around to going to Dishoom to celebrate me getting a new job! Eeeek! I start a week today and will be the Picture Editor at Essentials magazine, crazy! I haven't mentioned it here yet as it almost doesn't feel real so I wanted to make sure I was double, triple sure that I had a new job. 
It feels slightly surreal too as I've been working towards being a picture editor since I left uni and now it's finally happened - on such a good magazine too, that I can't really contain my excitement. Naturally all those thoughts about not being able to do the job/not completing my probation period/crying/falling over are keeping me awake at night but I'm just so flipping excited, I can't wait to start. 
Dishoom was the only place I wanted to go to celebrate, it's up there with Franco Manca for me, I recommend both places to everyone who is visiting London - both good value and the best tasting food. I love the Shoreditch Dishoom the best, it's much more relaxed and less cramped then the Covent Garden one, AND you can get a table without booking AND without queuing (!!) holy moly! We decided to go all out for our celebration, we ordered; behl (a puffed rice Bombay mix with pomegranate), murgh malai (lovely garlicy chicken), gunpowder potatoes, black daal, mattar paneer curry, garlic naan and roomali roti. Such a good mix of textures, colours and flavours, I was in Bombay heaven. It's a good job we didn't have any breakfast as I'm not sure I would have been able to fit it all in...but lucky for the washer upper we licked our plates clean!

Dishoom
Dishoom
Dishoom
Dishoom
Dishoom

After stuffing our faces we went for a little walk up to Haggerston and stopped off at the Paper Cut exhibition at The Proud Archivist which is just off Kingsland Road and on the canal, I think I saw something similar up in Manchester a couple of years ago and even though this exhibition is fairly small, the work on display is very impressive. The paper biscuits were my favourite!

Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Paper Cut
Paper Cut
Paper Cut
Paper Cut

We carried on walking down the canal, the sun was shining, the East Londoners were all out with their coffees in hand and it was really peaceful moseying along the waters edge taking in the sights.
There was a little canal festival going on as we got closer to Angel where we stopped for an ice cream and found a couple of records we had been looking for before catching the bus back home for a nap. 

Regents Canal
Regents Canal

Awww! Just a little one perfect for us two

Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Regents Canal
Hello!

Hope you had a good weekend too. It's my last week at my current job this week, scary stuff or what!

3.9.14

BLOGGERS AT THEIR DESKS: ZOË, CONVERSATION PIECES

Zoe, Bloggers at their Desks
Zoe, Bloggers at their Desks
Zoe, Bloggers at their Desks
Zoe, Bloggers at their Desks
Zoe, Bloggers at their Desks
Zoe, Bloggers at their Desks
Zoe, Bloggers at their Desks
Zoe, Bloggers at their Desks

It's been a little while since I took a portrait for my bloggers series and it feels good to know that I can keep it on the back burner while general life stuff is taking over.
I'm so happy that Zoë agreed to take part in this project, well...I was...until I went round to her flat and discovered that she lives in a place that is full of the most beautiful furniture and prints and blankets and books. Every corner is just so beautiful that when I came home afterwards I desperately wanted to chuck everything out and start again! I wish I was joking.
Thank you so much for taking part Zoë and for giving up your Sunday morning for this awkward tea drinker!

1.9.14

SMUG

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Smug

I'm in the middle of wedding season at the minute with one every week for a month so my Saturdays are taken up with that and my Sundays are a mix of spending most of my time at the computer/eating crisps and getting out for a couple of hours for some sunshine whilst its still hanging around.
Yesterday we went up to Camden Passage in Islington for a cuppa at my new favourite shop, Smug. I was very kindly invited there last week to learn how to make origami diamond garlands with paper printed from the new designs from Betty and Walter and I have been desperate to get back to Smug to have a proper look around.
Lizzie has done such a beautiful job with the curation of the items on sale and the formica chairs and tables in the cafe stole my heart. I only ended up buying a couple of rolls of paper but I have my eye on a herringbone blanket that I will be making a return visit for sometime soon, actually, I have my eye on everything in that shop!
Below are the origami garlands I started to make at the event, I think I'm a little addicted now so I can picture every wall in our tiny flat covered with them. Sorry Steven!

Smug
Smug

Hope you had a good weekend too!
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