Another Year, Another Industry Conf

This time last year I was a nervous wreck. I had taken to the stage in Newcastle for my first public speaking gig. I’m back at Industry for another year, but not as a speaker – instead enjoying the conference from an attendee’s perspective.

I particularly enjoyed Greg Hoy‘s talk, ‘Work Is The Magic Bullet’, which centred around work ethic (funny timing as work ethic has been a topic playing heavily on my mind as of late), and Paull Young, who talked about inspiring people with beautiful design and stories through the charity he works with, charity: water. So good! Thanks for another great year, Gavin.

P.S. It is a bit of a tradition I photograph Jack …

 
 

Iona Barker at Glasgow Photo Walk

A quick post before I head to Newcastle for this year’s Industry Conf. Glasgow Photo Walk attendees have been adding their photos from the weekend to the Flickr group. Here are mine. Bye.

 
 

Snow White

One of the most common frustrations I find amongst photographers is not having a subject to practice portrait photography with. Today was yet another Glasgow Photo Walk, and this time I hired a model, Iona, to pose for the class.

It was a tough gig; the sun – as nice as it is to see it – causes harsh light, and Botanic Gardens – the location of our shoot – was heaving with people (“taps aff”, as we say in Glasgow).

I hope the attendees enjoyed themselves, and I can’t wait to see their photos appearing on the Flickr group over the next few days. If anything, today made me aware of my own shooting style as I was …

 
 

Casa Morada

“Casa Morada is the culmination of a personal and professional dream of Eva Serrano, a Spanish Interior Designer based in Edinburgh, Scotland…” Eva gave us free roam of her beautiful interiors shop last month, the perfect location to photograph my sister’s dresses. I am noticing many more flaws with my photos these days, which is a good thing, although I wish I could catch these flaws before it comes to looking at my photos on a big screen. This is all part of learning process, I guess. Regardless, beautiful models, stunning location and glamorous dresses.

  • Photography: Girl With A Camera
  • Hair: Christina Frampton
  • Make-up: Suzanne Craig
  • Dresses: Carolyn Baxter
 
 

Joshua Porter

On Sunday I followed Joshua around on his shoot with Adam. I took a bunch of behind the scenes photos of Joshua being a pro, which you will see… eventually. Afterwards I got a glimpse into how Joshua edits his photos, which is an interesting insight. I should watch other photographer’s process more often.

 
 

Classic Car

Another classic car spotted in Ruthven Lane, although the model escapes me (I am not a car enthusiast, they are just pretty to photograph).

 
 

Vietnamese Coffee

Today saw Glasgow Photo Walk team up with Yelp, taking 25 Yelpers on a 90 minute route around Glasgow’s West End. To say it was chilly was an understatement, so afterwards we warmed up at Hanoi Bike Shop with dumplings and Vietnamese coffee. The coffee with condensed milk was interesting; very sweet and eliminated the need for pudding. Mmm, pudding.

 
 

Hotdogs and Destiny

Ryan and I hadn’t seen one another for a while, and so we caught up over a Cinnamon Steamer in Tinderbox (I don’t even know what a Cinnamon Steamer is. I think it’s what babies drink before bed) . He told me about his new music video filmed for his band, These Little Kings, which involved smashing guitars and cymbals and expensive musical equipment. Afterwards we overdosed on carbs with hot dogs and fries presented in a plastic red basket. It all felt very American – the only thing missing being plastic red cups. We finished off our evening by hitting GAME and watching some PS4 trailers; Watch Dogs, InFamous and Destiny. I am excited for video games. I …

 
 

Canon AE-1

I’ve been using the Canon AE-1 David (@pomennedy from Simple as Milk) lent me. To be honest, I got my first camera at age 19 (a point and shoot Panasonic), by which point the move into digital was well under way. I then upgraded to a dSLR and never looked back. Using this has been my first introduction to film, and what a lovely introduction it’s been. I’m hoping film will change the way I think about each frame, or at the very least inject some excitement into photography once again.

 
 

Tam’s Canon

So, this weekend was interesting. On Sunday I held the second Glasgow Photo Walk alongside a workshop with Dan Rubin. I’ve never organised an event in my life, so it was a big learning experience and there are a few things I would do differently, but everybody – myself included – had a blast. I even picked up a few photography tips.

I’m so grateful to those who bought a ticket, not to mention Dan for being so heavily involved. Thank you!

 
 
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