Hi Everyone! Sorry about my blog hiatus, you’ll notice that this post is a little less on the music side (although we did have a lullaby at one point!). I was recently contacted by the Mum of one of the happiest babies I have ever had the pleasure of photographing to come and do a session with his brand new baby sister. Very cute little sister is adorable and as charming to photograph as her brother; her family are all clearly besotted!
Happy 2013! I know, we are almost at the end of Feb so I’m a little late with the Happy New Year. It’s been a little while since I last posted a gig so I have a few posts to catch up on (including an EP shoot which I’ll post later in the week!). Anyway, on Saturday I had the ultimate pleasure of photographing Arthur in Colour again! I have to say I think this was one of their BEST gigs I’ve been to. The crowd was in to it and they just dominated the stage with some new songs and older ones alike. Although it’s been a little while since I last shot a gig it was just another confirmation that I absolutely love doing this. Getting to shoot amazing live music? Favourite thing! I need to start working out how I can be a tour photographer! So here are some photos from the gig and you can check the rest out in my snazzy gallery HERE! If you guys have any recommendations of gigs to shoot give me a shout – I would love that.
P.S. Arthur in Colour have an EP, check it out!
Time. Seems to be escaping me a bit recently. And I’ve been wanting to share these photos I took of Arthur in Colour back in November for a while, but time. These are some of my favourite photos of this band, the venue (The Good Ship) is a really nice little bar/gig venue and hopefully I will get the chance to shoot there again soon. They had fairy lights over the bar. The little things that made it snazzy.
Arthur in Colour I do hope that I will be taking your photos for a long time because your gigs really are something else! I can’t wait until next time! (To see more of my lovely photos from this gig go and check out my gallery!)
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France
Things in London are going pretty good recently. It’s starting to feel more like my home and I like that feeling. Whilst my goal is to travel the world as a snazzy photographer, having a base in London is nice. The weather today has been some of my favourite, really chilly but with a bright blue sky and gorgeous Autumny/Wintery sun. It just makes me very happy.
I’ve been listening to The Lumineers a lot this week, I love their sound, especially THIS SONG. But that’s not the only new music I’ve been listening to. Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to photograph some gigs at The Troubadour in Earls Court. Have you ever been? It is a gorgeous cafe/pub/wine bar that has a live music venue in the basement. The type of place I want to take everyone I know and spent hours in. It has it’s own culture and I love that. And you know, Bob Dylan has played there!
I got to photograph STU RAWLE, RAY JONES and VALENTINA KEYS there last week. I was really lucky – my first gig that wasn’t of any of my friends and these guys were all so lovely and made me feel really comfortable about allowing me to take photos of them as they sang gorgeous songs. All so different. Do I have a favourite? I can’t tell you that! Go listen to their music (click on their names above) because they are definitely worth it! Do I want to take more photos of them? Yes please! Hopefully this won’t be the last I’ll be seeing of any of them!
To see more photos from this gig head over to my music gallery and let me know what you think? I’d love some feedback!
- Ellie x
Music is one of my biggest influences. I was lucky enough to grow up in a house where my Dad played such a wide variation of genres and found it important to teach us about good music. Bob Dylan, Bruce Sprinsteen, John Martyn, Train, Tracey Chapman and The Indigo Girls are some of my favourites and then there are also artists like Ellie Goulding, Of Monsters and Men, The Lumineers and Florence and The Machine that are all featured on my latest playlists. But, all that and my guitar aside, my favourite thing about music is getting to see it live. There is nothing I can compare to experiencing live music. The atmosphere, and I like little venues; those are just amazing.
I’ve been incredibly lucky and seen a ridiculously large amount of live gigs, and one of the things that excited me most about coming to London was getting to explore new venues and see new live acts. What I didn’t imagine was that I would be photographing them. Sounds silly right? Two of my favourite things and I didn’t put two and two together. But after spontaneously taking my camera to an Arthur in Colour gig a few weeks ago I liked it so much that I decided I would keep doing it. Then travel the world with a band taking photos. Yes. It will happen!
I’ve known Ruth Bewsey for a few months now, and I’ve never met anyone like her before – she really is one of a kind, and I mean in a really happy lovely way. When I found out she was a singer I looked out some of her music (go and check it out by the way!) and girl has an AMAZING voice. I was even more excited when she told me she was doing some upcoming gigs. I was all ready with my camera and ideas and set to go that Saturday, and I was not dissapointed; Ruth’s gig was brilliant – I want to learn that picky thing she does on the guitar with her fingers! I definitely still have a lot to learn and practice when it comes to gig photography but there are a lot of gigs happening in London and I’m very driven! Hopefully this won’t be the last time I’ll be seeing/photographing Miss Bewsey.
- Ellie x
So it’s been a while since I posted, sorry for that. I moved to London temporarily and now it’s become more permanent which is very exciting. But I’ve been neglecting my camera a little whilst wrapping my head and heart around London. I love it here. Seriously, I don’t think there are many other words to really describe it. Although sometimes there are a few things I think it would be nice if they were slightly different but then again not. I am now a serious London commuter which can be frustrating yet exhilarating.
There are things I miss about Scotland, and especially the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh, such as the hills I miss those. I miss the freshness for when you really want to just take a deep breath in; you can’t really do that in London. I tried the other day but it wasn’t happening! But whilst I reminisce I wouldn’t move away from London, not now. Gosh it’s fascinating and I’m happy and there are so many new things to explore and discover. And sometimes it’s a little inspiring.
While I have been falling for London I haven’t taken my camera out as much as I would have wanted. But on Friday, after sitting in Starbucks for a few hours, listening to music and writing I decided that it was time to really get back in to it and explore London through my lens. Luckily I was headed to see Arthur in Colour and my camera came along. I wasn’t as confident in myself as I should have been definitely, and looking back over the photos there are other things I could have and should have tried. I need to step out my comfort zone more. There will be other gigs. But I think to me the most important thing was that I took the photos and started doing it again. I have been writing down a lot of new ideas I want to try, and maybe Arthur in Colour will let me borrow them so I can do some stuff in London with them, trying out some editorial ideas.
I like these photos, whilst I was editing them my love for black and white took over and I felt it matched the night (although I hope no one is thinking I purposely did black and white for Arthur in Colour to make a point. I definitely did it because I thought they looked pretty). So to wrap up and reflect – I like these photos because I got to do two of my favourite things; see live music and take photos. And I like the photos, I think they are good but I can do better and next time there is much to try out. But remember, everyone has to start somewhere and to me these are pretty darn snazzy.
- Ellie x
I did a photoshoot a year ago in a river in Atlanta. It was amazing! And whilst I was a little nervous working with some other talented photographers, I knew this was what I wanted to do. Forever.
I wanted to do another river shoot because of how different it would inevitably be; different country, different water temperatures (no way were we going waist deep!), different model, different approach/story and past experiences to build on. So very different. I also wanted to have a flag – we’ve been waiting for London 2012 for the past four years and at the end of this week it will all come to fruition. That waiting matches how I feel about photography to an extent – you never stop working hard and organising shoots and then all of a sudden after a long time things start to come together. Perserverence. That’s what I learned this year. I wouldn’t take that away either. That struggle of first starting and then continuous evolving. I really enjoy what I do but it’s certainly an uphill struggle without knowing how long the hardest bits will last. But that’s what makes you who you are, and challenges you to become better. Don’t you dare give up. Things get hard, but you will push through it and oh the places you will go….. (- Dr Seuss)
I really like these photos.
I love Summer. It’s always been my favourite time of year, apart from that time in Spring when it’s still really cold but sunny and everything is just coming alive again. I like that too. Since I was 18 my Summers have generally been spent in California working at Camp and last year I was lucky to go and live in New York for almost 2 months (with a quick visit to Atlanta and to see friends in California). This year I am in Scotland with my Camera and I’m really looking forward to doing some Summer Sessions.
Summer to me means live music, people being generally happier, seeing family & friends and the endless feeling of excitment, freedom and new adventures. I like Summer, basically. And because of this I am doing a special offer which you can CHECK OUT HERE. But hey, maybe you have a different idea to me about something you want to do? Let’s talk, I’m flexible and Summer is a time to enjoy yourself – no stress! – so send me an e-mail email@example.com or give me a call 07990695583.
We have sun here in my little part of Scotland today, I hope you are enjoying it!