Things every photographers girlfriend knows

This post is very inspired by 11 Things You’ll Only Know if You’re a Bloggers Boyfriend

on the lovely Nicoles blog. The post made me giggle, and I thought rather than mimicking the post completely I’d put a different spin on it.

So, here we go:

  1. You will become a full blown assistant. I helped with one wedding many years ago, and I’ve already booked three days off for week day weddings.
  2. You’ll become a model. Not necessarily the fun sophisticated type, but the lighting/new techniques/ new lenses kind.
  3. You’ll learn about Composure, Rules of Thirds, Typespace and all sorts of other things you won’t be able to explain.
  4. You are a gofer / packhorse. I carry lenses, tripods, go searching for a bouquet or father of the bride on a fairly regular basis.
  5. You’ll really appreciate photoshop. Not the body morphing version, but the perfecting-each-image from-so that a couple will just be happy. Goodbye fire extinguishers, blinking eyes and assistants in the background hello; flawless images.
  6. You know how to rock layers. After many sunset and star scape shoots you know how to wrap up warm, and stay warm. It is completely worth it when you are alone on the moors, with the stars overhead and meteorites flashing across the sky.
  7. There are more photos of you, than there are of the pair of you. Until you force him to take approximately 726 selfies with you.
  8. You pimp his business endlessly to your colleagues, friends, strangers you meet in a bus stop….

– Emily 


You’re Never Too Old For A Playground.

January is over! Well if those aren’t three of my favourite words. January is done, its all up hill from here. There has been some horrendous weather these last few weeks, vicious wind and thundering rain but in-between the sun has been forcing its way through. So a friend and I decided to get out while we could, so I took us to where I spent my childhood playing for hours. We went to the Cargreen playground and stood in awe of its beauty, then we played in the play park. Age is just a number people.

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One day I will have a house that close to a river or the sea.

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Despite sunny pretences, there has been and there will be rain. Not long before this was taken a child in wellies was having the time of his life in that giant puddle.

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I played on this aeroplane over 20 years ago. Its the only piece of play equipment that has survived the upgrade of this park.

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This place is beautiful and filled with memories of the happiest childhood anyone could ask for. I can’t wait until its warm and sunny and can take pictures here again.

Outfit details:

  • Top – New Look
  • Jacket – Matalan
  • Trousers – H&M
  • Shoes – Nike SB

Anyway for now its back to lesson planning. Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

 

Beautiful blue Asos Curve shirt dress: Another workwear piece

My style has always been a little on the preppy side. I found a picture from an aunts birthday when I was about 15 years old and I’m wearing a black vest with a silky high sheen blue blouse. I have a very distinct memory from sixth form of wearing a black 3/4 sleeved button up blouse with my jeans and being asked if I was going for an interview. For me, Blair’s style wins hands down over Serena’s every time. 

 At about 18 I moved from these preppy smart nods to more casual looks, I spent years of my life working in retail wearing uniforms I disliked and dressing for the weekend. However, studying for my degree a few years later meant volunteering and updating my wardrobe, so I was office smart. These volunteer hours, and the office hours I have invested since graduating have brought back my love of preppy, smart, more tailored looks. Especially when I see so many gorgeous stylish women day in, day out.
Add ASOS Curves incredible workwear range, and purchasing this dress was inevitable:

You are looking at a shirt dress, in a size smaller than I would have purchased last year which fits over my bust without any pulling. This is the first button up top I have bought in the last eighteen months, which I haven’t had to hand stitch hook and eyes into, to retain my dignity. This dress screams office appropriate to me, it’s from a lovely cotton material(which is a touch thinner than I would expect) which layers beautifully ,sits nicely and the colour does wonders for pale ladies like myself. It creases very easily but I will forgive that, and it can easily be lifted for a social occasion or evening drinks.


I’m a big fan of shopping my wardrobe, so everything I’ve styled this with in my post is past season. The hat is from a vintage fair last year, the scarf is an ancient New Look beauty, The full skirted Mac is a Primark staple, the boots are from Schuh (thier EBay outlook specifically), the necklace is an old Debenhams piece, and the scarf was a birthday present. Three clear ways to style a new purchase, which makes me much happier about purchasing something I didn’t need, but really wanted.

Best thing about this dress?  It’s currently in the sale at £16.50! Link here if you wanted to check it out.

– Emily

Please forgive my slightly awkward modelling, slowly getting the hang of this!! And thank you to the lovely boyfriend for shooting these back in 2016.

The incredible Poppy Print top from TU that I can’t stop wearing

So for my first post of the year I didn’t think there could be anything better to write about an my favourite top of 2016. I have a thing for button up shirts, so this was always going to a firm favourite, but there are so many aspects of this TU top that make me reach for it every single week.


It’s cute and comfy for a weekend brunch, or a cinema trip yet it’s smart enough to wear to work. This is paired with the first pair of black jeans I’ve ever loved: my New Look High Waited jeans from the Curves range. Stretchy and slimming they make an incredible base for most outfits. These boots are an old pair of Clarkes beauties that badly need reheeling.

I realised this year how much I love 70’s inspired prints, and thanks to Sally how fashionable and affordable Sainsburys clothing range is.

– Emily

Some of My Favourite Reads.

Reading is an absolute pleasure that I never have enough time to do. When I was younger and had a seemingly un ending amount of free time, I loved nothing more than getting lost in a world of words. The feeling of belonging I always longed to find with my peers, I found between the pages of books that introduced me to worlds I would have never normally come into contact with. And as I took on university and went into the world of full time retail work whenever I was feeling lost I would find my solace in great books. Books have never let me down, books have never hurt me and books will always be there for me. As is said in one of my favourite plays and films The History Boys:

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something — a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things — which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.’

A good book can change your life. So here are some that have truly touched me in some way.

 

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1). To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee.

I first read this book when I was 14 years old. That first time I didn’t quite understand the magnitude of the court case storyline and found myself focusing on how much of myself I saw in Scout. I have since read and re-read it at least half a dozen times at differing times of my life and I’d like to think I now understand the varying nuances of this fantastic story, but still I can never read it without Scout’s character resonating with me. In Scout I found a like minded soul whose voice always feels like its echoing a version of myself that still lives in the child in me. From the themes of racial injustice to childhood innocence to gender roles and many more there is something in this epic piece of literature that will excite and inspire anyone. If you haven’t yet you must read this book, it will touch your heart in a way you can not even begin to imagine.

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2). Regeneration – Pat Barker.

This is one of the few books I have been required to study, that was not ruined by the analysis process. Set in Craiglockhart War Hospital in World War 1, it tells the story of soldiers with shell shock (what we would call post-traumatic stress disorder) and the radical therapeutic treatment they received. In it we hear stories of fictional characters such as Billy Prior and we also get fictionalised accounts of War Poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. The novel deals primarily with the idea of the effect that war has on the psychology of the soldiers, specifically the hugely damaging effects of the trench warfare of World War 1. Told with harrowing beauty this book really makes you think about what we have put our soldiers through.

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3). Wild: A Journey fro Lost to Found – Cheryl Strayed.

I powered through this book on a holiday in Ibiza. I opened it up and was riveted. Telling the story of a woman who drops her life to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and through the trial and tribulations finds her way back to herself. If you’ve ever felt like you’re floundering, or that you don’t know what you’re doing with your life or that you are just completely lost this book will undoubtedly kick start you on your way back to path. It did for me.

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4). Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer.

An expansion of an article about Christopher McCandless, the book tells the story of how this young man ended up dead in a bus on the Stampede Trail in Alaska.

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Chris McCandless’ life long quest for truth is documented alongside tales of other liked minded maverick truth seekers. It will make you reevaluate everything you believe and how you view society and the way it works. It will make you want to find your own truth.

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But listen to his lesson, no matter how disillusioned you feel with the world ‘happiness only real when shared.’

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SPECIAL MENTION: The Wild Truth – Carnie McCandless.

Written by Chris McCandless’ sister it informs Into The Wild as it fills in the gaps she asked Jon Krakauer to leave. It also details her own inspiring story of overcoming struggle with no one to help her but herself.

 

So, what books should I read next? I’d love to hear about the books that have touched you.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life! (no spoilers just feels)

I have been watching and re-watching and analysing and fan-girling over Gilmore Girls for over 10 years. And then this weekend, after 9 years with no new episodes, four 90 minute episodes were released at once thanks to the beautiful Netflix. I haven’t been this excited about a TV event since the release of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam on the Disney Channel.

 

For those of you who don’t know I will super quickly talk through the premise of the show, and trust me as a Gilmore Girls super fan I can talk fast!

 

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The show centres on these two dazzling women Lorelai (left) and Rory (right) Gilmore. They are mother and daughter with a freakishly close bond who live in the quirky character filled town of Stars Hollow. Lorelai fell pregnant aged 16, much to the disappointment of her parents (which still causes friction even in the revival), and sets out to find a life for herself. She is fiercely and stubbornly independent, and manages to create a life full of love and laugher for her daughter. She goes from working as maid in an inn to owning her own and through many ups and downs getting engaged and then not getting married and then finding her Luke and then marrying Christopher and then returning to her Luke. All the while Rory goes through the joy that is adolescence, with her own boy trouble (I’m team Jess all the way!!), and onto the adventure that is college. Emily and Richard serve as Lorelai’s loving, though they have a hard time showing it sometimes, parents who despite their flaws only ever want the best for their girls. And lets not forget about the townsfolk of Stars Hollow, characters in their own right they provide real depth to the show as comic relief and with heart wrenching sub plots (gotta love Kirk). So thats about that, give or take a stolen yacht or two.

 

Then January 29th 2016 it was announced that our beloved Gilmore Girls was going to be coming back to us, in the form of  mini series that documents a year in their life. The four 90 minute episodes would each cover a season starting with winter (I smell snow) and ending with fall. And ever since that day I have been waiting with baited breath to see the place I consider my second home back on television.

 

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And it did not disappoint. The essence of the show is as strong as ever, it literally felt like no time had passed. I still found myself shouting at the TV at the some of the decisions the girls made, giggling uncontrollably at Kirk’s money making schemes, bowing down to the Queen of sass that is Emily Gilmore and swooning over Luke. The whole left behind by the passing of Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) was palpable throughout but only made my esteem for the man grow if that was even possible.

 

There were some aspects that I could take or leave, but that was alway true of the show (what was the point of that Alex guy Lorelai dated with the coffee shop). Was it absolutely perfect? No. But no-one and nothing is and I love that this show accepts and flourishes in that notion.

 

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If you love the show as much as me you will love the revival, I promise. Even if it doesn’t make all your plot dreams come true, it’s just nice to be home.

Let me know what your feels are if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan girl too!!

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

New Pin Haul.

I love pins. They are so versatile and fun. You can wear them on the lapel of your denim or leather jacket or on a bag or purse or really wherever you want. They can be so easily changed from piece to piece to go on whatever it is you’re wearing.

So I found really fun online store called Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes. They have a great range of fun and political pins and I just had to get myself some of the feminist ones. And this is what I got.

 

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These are the three pins that I bought myself and they all have a feminist theme.

 

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This ‘feminist killjoy’ pin is going straight onto my oversized vintage denim jacket. I love the fact that at first glance you wouldn’t even realise what it said, but look close enough and you will know what I’m trying to say with this pin.

 

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This ‘behold my feminist agenda’ pin is going to have to go everywhere with me, because so does my feminist agenda.

 

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And this might be my favourite pin of all the ones I bought. The ‘I’m not sorry about your fragile masculinity’ pin says everything I knew I needed to say and now I can say it every time I leave the house.

 

In terms of quality, the pins are all metal with secure fastenings at the back to be put on to your clothes. Also, the delivery was fast and well packaged so no worry of any breakages. AND in the package you are given a chocolate and a refreshers sweet, aka the fastest way to my heart.

 

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In case you want to peruse the website yourself the business card above will direct to the site. The customer service is great and I cannot recommend them enough. They have a great selection of retro designs if you don’t want to scream your feminist persuasions from your lapels.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂