The start of Summer

This weekend saw me road trip to Newcastle, a city I’m becoming rather fond of for its vibrance and bridges (it reminds me of home!). We had just left an overcast Glasgow and were surprised to feel the heat upon pulling up at the Marriott hotel at the MetroCentre. It officially felt like summer.

 
 

Uh Oh…

You can order and pay for Papa John’s online, then specify the delivery time. Shit!

 
 

Men in suits and tailors to boot

This was a fun and varied shoot I did for a local fashion company, with a focus on a unique tailoring experience and high quality products. I got to satisfy my desire to shoot candid (photographing the in-store tailors as they worked), and taking models outdoors for some shots. The weather was on my side, and the indoor environment I shot in quite inspiring. Win!

I tried zoning in on the details that made the store unique; focusing on the fashion magazines that were laying around serving as inspiration to the tailors, as well as capturing the tailors working on the fine details of the clothing. They were pretty wired in to their work, I don’t think they even noticed me.

Usually on shoots I find myself mainly using my trusty 50mm, but this was the odd occasion where the 28mm gave it a run for its money.

 
 

Coffee break at work

A much needed caffeine boost during my last shoot that I’ll be sharing with you soon.

 
 

Dinner at the Rotunda

My new place, which, I know, I haven’t stopped talking about, happens to be next door to a Japanese restaurant. I’ve only lived here two weeks yet I’ve become a regular. So much so that when I last went for dinner I was given freebie food, “especially for you”.

 
 

Pug in the park

So now I’m a fully fledged city girl, my biggest concern has been my dog and where to walk her. Prior to living in Glasgow, she was surrounded by beaches and woodlands (in other words, every dog’s dream). In the city, she’s surrounded by industrial estates and motorways. Luckily for me, I have a great friend who owns a pug, Ella, and showed me a nearby park, resulting in this post — pug in the park!

 
 

I drove a classic Cortina

One of my final days in Inverclyde before up and leaving for the city was spent shadowing professional photographer, Adrian Brannan. Adrian is probably best known for his acclaimed collages of famous Scottish landmarks. However, a local business had restored a classic 70’s Ford Cortina, and Adrian was photographing a feature on it to be included in Classic Ford Magazine. Now, I’m the first to admit cars don’t generally get me excited. I drive a Mini and break out in a sweat every time I’m forced to park it (I wish I was exaggerating), but seeing a professional at work and on such a different scale to what I usually do, was an invaluable learning experience for me.

Undoubtedly the most interesting portion of the day came at the end, when Adrian had rigged the car to take shots of it falsely traveling at 100mph. Whenever I’ve seen these shots I’ve just assumed there was some expanse of quiet road and a damned good driver. Instead it was a crawling car (which I was steering!) and a 10 second exposure. Seeing as I actually got to ‘drive’ the car for this shot, it’s entirely possible my stupid face ends up in the magazine.

 
 
 
 
Q

“I know you own one of these sexy things, and being my first lens with USM (my main lens is a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 that I could have pretty much welded on and been happy) I am pretty sure I’m gonna lose my shit over the quality of the lens when it arrives. Does that sound accurate?” – lancesky

A

It totally sounds accurate. I think my 50mm is my most used lens. Super versatile. And at ƒ1.4 you’re going to be taking some sexy portraits!

 
 
 
 
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