Summery Sunday in Belfast

On Saturday I headed to Belfast to celebrate Paddy’s birthday in The Hudson Bar (happy birthday, Paddy!). It was my first surprise birthday party, so I was pretty excited about yelling SURPRISE. It was a stellar weekend in regards to the weather, so there were plenty of pints outside Duke of York, followed by a relaxing Sunday sunbathing on the grass at City Hall. This was my fourth visit to Belfast, and I finally had a Boojum. Oh. My. God. I’ve also been encouraged to pursue my wrestling career by Hughes, so watch out for that.

 
 

Girl With A Camera Custom USBs

This week I received a delivery from the nice guys at USB Memory Direct. A lot of photographers offer USB drives to their customers with their photos on it, and I wanted to do the same for my wedding clients. I think it’s a nice way to deliver photos over a disc, which – unless packaged nicely – can sometimes feel a little archaic. Maybe next time I’ll try a custom shaped USB (ooh, imagine a camera shaped one!), but I’m very happy with my simple, engraved, wooden drives.

 
 

May on Buchanan Street

Remember my November on Buchanan Street photo? It was damp and rainy. Well, this is my May on Buchanan Street photo. It is also damp and rainy. Scottish summer!

 
 

Innis At Chatelherault

Great venue. Terrible weather conditions. The torrential rain meant this much-anticipated shoot (for me, at least) was cut short. Still, it was great to meet Innis and she introduced me to Chatelherault, which I’d love to shoot at again. And take my dog, Indie, for a walk.

 
 

RailsBridge

This weekend was fun. I headed to Edinburgh for RailsBridge, an organisation working to increase diversity in tech. There was a turnout of about 20-30 female programmers in TechCube, and – for me personally – it was great to work on an app and have an experienced programmer (teacher) I could ask questions to as I progressed.

I spent the weekend at my sister’s shop, which is next door to Casa Angelina – a vintage tearoom. It’s fairly new yet seems to have gained popularity with its afternoon tea. We didn’t quite stretch to afternoon tea, but the soup and cake I did have was very tasty.

 
 

Laura Mute

So, after not seeing Laura for a whole year (Laura always loses her phone and I always change my number), we caught up on Saturday over brunch at Lebowskis. Laura is easily one of the funniest people I have met and has an enviously laid-back view on life, a stark contrast to myself. Hopefully another year doesn’t pass before her face is on my blog again.

 
 

Iain’s Prized Possession

Iain travelled all the way to New York City to see his favourite band, Green Day, play. I guess the trip was worth it, because Tré Cool – the drummer from Green Day – personally gave him this plectrum. I think Iain will be treasuring it for a while, he’s a pretty die hard fan.

 
 

Buchanan Street

It’s been a while since I took to the street with my 135mm, and with a shoot falling through last minute but the overwhelming itch to use my camera, street photography seemed the next best option. I forgot how much I enjoy snapping random faces in the crowd.

 
 

Industry Conf

First of all, huuge thank you to Gavin for organising Industry, but for also having enough faith to put Miss Baxter (that’s me) on stage. A first time speaker talking about the insurance industry (paraphrased from James’ blog post), what could go wrong? I had a wonderful time at Industry; a more intimate conference with a varied selection of speakers (though, coincidentally, a few crossovers in themes throughout most of the talks).

I took something away from each of the speakers, ate delicious food, made new friends, had the tastiest coffee of my life, and generally felt pretty grateful all round. But the build-up to my first speaking gig was so horrid, I can’t imagine doing another! Gavin, on the other hand, should continue to organise conferences – he does such a great job. *hint, hint*

 
 

Temporarily Lost

…and I have no idea what I’m doing. I know a lot of ‘creatives’ get into this lull from time to time, but my lull has been worryingly prolonged. I am putting it down to my time being taken up with other things, and – as a result – I’ve found myself picking up my camera less and less. I do have a shoot planned with a girl early May, and it will be good to push myself while doing the style of photgraphy I know will excite me.

 
 
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