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A couple of weeks ago I met with the lovely Amanda of bend fit mend. We chatted about her goals for the photography for her website and we batted back and forth a fair few emails!

On shoot day, Amanda made the studio look very inviting and organised some willing yoga models to take part in a mini session for the shoot. They even came colour coordinated! The shoot overran due to my focus on capturing the space right however, I was more than happy to work with Amanda as she is a lovely girl and very passionate about what she does .. and that’s why we have become very good friends!

So ladies and gentleman, please visit the bend fit mend website with (the majority!) of the photos from little old me – Infinity Photographic’s #project50 offer. The services Amanda is offering are second to non including acupuncture, one on one sessions, commuter classes and massages to name a few. Let’s all try and support this fab new local business!

Here’s a sample selection of the images I took for Amanda:

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Earlier this week I visited the Coco Cafe & Sugar Lounge in Petworth as part of my #project50 sole trader and small business photography offer.

Nichole’s shop offers the most amazing selection of sweets, chocolate and refreshments, including jars FULL of old time sweeties including 6 choices of BonBons which are my absolute favourite childhood sweet!

I sampled some Spicy Lentil soup before the shoot and it was delicious, very wholesome and warmed me right up! We then set about photographing lots of beautiful things setting up a temporary studio area for available hot drinks. Nichole casually mentioned she is an ex-graphic designer so I know she will be looking for something special in her photos!

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the photos I took. If you would like your company, products, premises, staff, vehicles photographed, please get in touch.

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Earlier this week I spent some time at Tiffins Tea Room in Petworth as part of my #project50 sole trader and small business photography offer.

Niki and Jackie were very welcoming and I loved their premises which has had a recent refurb ready for 2015. The girls have also introduced me to another 4 indepedant Petworth businesses and for that I thank them x

The delicious slice of Coffee and Walnut cake offered to me at the end of the shoot was amazing as were the cups of tea I was plied with during the morning!

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the photos I took. If you would like your company, products, premises, staff, vehicles photographed, please get in touch.

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Hands up any photographers who have done this? Only me then …. or am I the only one to admit it?!

One evening earlier this week, I caught up with some paperwork and sent out a contract and receipt for a wedding booking. This meant that a couple had found me through my available marketing avenues or via a referral, taken time to look through my website, we’d liaised via email with attachments, questions and phone calls after I checked I was available on my desk calender. We’d arranged to meet face to face  … this sometimes takes a long time to organise as we all have busy lives, finally meeting face to face, exchanging stories, having a giggle and getting to know each other. I’d emailed over a summary of our photography chat post meeting, the couple chatting and deciding they would love to book me, me being delighted, the couple being happy, setting up my bank details on their on-line payment system and forwarding a deposit. Our agreement then being formalised by checking the deposit had been received and raising a contract and receipt. Phew … nice and easy but pretty standard in my line of work.

This happened exactly as above EXCEPT when I went to file the couple’s folder in my ‘Future Wedding’ folder (it’s not marked as that btw but that’s where I put my future wedding files!) … my legs almost buckled as I realised I already had a wedding file for that date. My heart in my mouth and tears in my ears, I double checked the other file and it was true. I had bloody double booked a wedding.

I emailed the 2nd Bride immediately and explained fully what I had done and that I needed to chat with her and her fiancé. To say I was remorseful was an understatement. Any of my old Wunderman admin team will know how much I hate getting things wrong! I hardly slept all night worrying about what my couple-not-to-be would react.

If I can take a moment to explain what happened before any future couples thinking of booking me think ‘Well she’s a bit crap!’. With admin/paperwork muck ups, there is ALWAYS a traceable reason why/when things go wrong giving you the opportunity to correct and make things better. When we first got our lovely rescue cat Poppy in December, she couldn’t leave me alone, this meant trying to edit and work with a fluffy cushion on my lap whenever I sat at my desk. All was good until she wanted to play with the paperwork on my desk and accidentally knocked over a drink on my paperwork and desk calendar. Not a problem, I was more gutted that my antique Pine desk smelt of wine I didn’t manage to drink in time.

So, basically I mucked up. I didn’t double check all the dates from the files in my ‘Future Wedding’ folder were all on my new calendar. My photographer’s finger thumbed over a file and I didn’t count how many files vrs how many weddings I had put on the calendar. Before I receive cries of ‘You MUST go electronic’, I can’t. I have tried twice over the years , both times my meticulous and time consuming created calendars disappeared in to the Cloud ether … never to be seen again.

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The bride and I have spoken, deposit returned and all is cool. She is stressed as I would expect her to be but I have passed her details over to a good photographer buddy and have offered to help pull her photo book together whilst I make her cuppas post wedding as a friend. Me? I remain totally mortified at my error and have made doubly sure all my dates are on my calender so don’t panic booked couples!

So my question to you is, when did you last check all your wedding dates and what system do you use?

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Thanks for visiting! I’m an established, friendly, female photographer based just North of Brighton. As I have just been confirmed as the Grand Hotel in Brighton’s preferred wedding photographer (eek!), I’m freezing my packages pricing until the end of February to celebrate.

£500 Silver Package = 3 hours of photography based around your ceremony (before, during and after your ceremony)

£750 Gold Package = Silver package + photos at your Reception venue + Pretend Cake Cutting (2 locations)

£950 Platinum Package = Approximately 10 hours of reportage photography from Bridal Prep through to 9pm with a second shooter

All packages include a complete set of edited High (for personal use) and Low (for social media use) resolution images, a Leather Viewing Album (approx. 200 printed 6×4” photos) and a secure on-line album for family and friends.

Bespoke requirements are always considered so please contact me if you are looking for something specific.

Optional extras include a Pop Up Photo Booth with props and I also own an AWESOME app called Jaunty Twig which I wrote as a high tech replacement to disposable cameras. See below for more info. Multiple discount is available should you decide to book me for your wedding photography, Pop Up Studio and/or Jaunty Twig.

Please contact me for a Price List or for more details on the Pop Up Photo Booth or Jaunty Twig.

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Photographing weddings is one of the best things in the whole wide world for me …. that and eating Percy Pigs. I’m pretty chilled to be around and make my couples, their entourage, family and friends feel at ease. I’ve been around long enough to know when to be sociable and when to disappear into the background. I’ve never taken too long taking photos and work with your venue to make sure everything happens on time. I absolutely adore capturing the happiest day of my couple’s life as they celebrate with close family and friends. What could be better?!

My ideal couple? If they are in love, it doesn’t matter. I actually photographed the first official Gay wedding at Brighton Town Hall on 29th March 2014 and was featured on Rock and Roll Bride! From registry offices to barn blessings, I cover them all. I especially love photographing fun couples in natural light. I love to connect with my couples before hand so on the day itself, they completely relax and their photos totally show this. Every wedding I photograph is different and I pride myself in listening carefully to each of my couples so I provide a personal service.

My aim is to capture photographs throughout your wedding day with minimal intrusion, blending natural, relaxed images seamlessly with traditional entourage and family shots (if you want them). My photography style has evolved greatly over the years and I am passionate about capturing every little detail of your day without being annoying of course!Food Montage

The vast majority of my couples always tell me ‘I can’t remember you being there at all”. This sentence makes me smile. Big much. The favourite bit of my wedding photography? Handing over albums to my couples and watching them smile, point and squeal as they look through their photos. It goes without saying I love my ‘job’.

Should you book me, I normally end up being so much more than your photographer on the day too; taking labels off things, hugs for anyone emotional, making sure the entourage eats before they leave for the ceremony, tying cravats, pinning on button holes (traditionally Ladies’ flowers go on the right did you know?) … just helping with the little things that I know will make your day go smoothly.

Here are some photos from my Pop Up Studio which we normally set up when your room is being turned around for your evening celebrations. Guests love dressing up with the props and available room of the Pop Up Studio.

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I also own app called Jaunty Twig. Yes, it’s true! Jaunty Twig allows your guests to take and share photos on the app which are then projected/displayed LIVE at your wedding venue (after moderation). It provides a fantastic focal point at your evening celebration and you receive a complete copy of everything post wedding. There is also an optional Electronic Guestbook and Video Messages.

Here’s some photos shared by guests at a previous wedding.

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I wrote Jaunty Twig as a high tech replacement to disposable cameras. Launched Jan 2014, Jaunty continues to be booked for weddings, events and celebrations.

Multiple discounts is available should you decide to book me for your wedding photography, Pop Up Studio and/or Jaunty Twig.

I highly recommend that we meet up for an initial, no-obligation chat to discuss your requirements regardless. I’m always happy to bring along one of my babies (aka as a Digital SLR Camera) for an impromptu couple shoot! The meeting will allow us to meet each other in person (very important in my book) and answer any questions you may have. I know that choosing and investing in a wedding photographer is a difficult decision and I hope I can provide you with valuable, unbiased advice towards making your choice.

Please take a moment to read some of my wedding testimonials.

I keep my Infinity Photographic Facebook page pretty up to date so why not have a visit?

Terms and Conditions:

10% off discount applies to wedding bookings initiated via Facebook
This discount supersedes any other advertised discount i.e. multiple discount does not apply
Additional discount may apply should any extras be booked i.e. Jaunty Twig and/or the Pop Up Studio. Infinity Photographic desecration applies.

30
Jan

Meet Henry

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THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS IMAGES OF A GRAPHIC NATURE. I will give you a warning just before those particular images appear!

Further to my recent post Meet Lizzy, today was the day baby Henry was due to be born. After a restless night, I travelled to my local hospital for an 8am start as I knew my early arrival would give me a chance to have a chat with and capture some photos of Lizzy before it was time for her elective c-section. Lizzy’s husband Nick turned up soon after.

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Then Tony, Lizzy’s awesome obstetrician turned up for a debrief/catch up before the c-section. I call him awesome firstly, because he was the one who agreed I could attend Henry’s birth, secondly, he is an amazing man for being able to bring little people safely into the world and lastly, he complimented my camera which is always a plus in my book!

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Soon after Tony left, Bronwyn appeared with a snazzy gown for Lizzy and she went through Lizzy’s notes very carefully, answered some questions from Lizzy and then accompanied us all to the delivery theatre where Nick and I changed into our scrubs. How handsome do I look? NOT!

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The next half an hour was a bit of a blur. Lizzy was given a spinal block and the theatre was prepped with sterile equipment and I was given the low down on what was likely to happen by the lovely Bronwyn, Paul and Mark. Every time I looked around, Nick was reassuring Lizzy.

Paul took some time to explain what one particular machine in theatre did which basically up cycled the excess fluid gathered during Lizzy’s operation, cleaned it and then created a bag of patient friendly Red blood cells. How bloody amazing is that?!

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Then Tony appeared, Paul announced a head count and to my amazement, there was 14 of us in the room. We were asked to do a name check round robin and then after clarifying a few things, Tony and the team began.

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WARNING – Images from now on show a Caesarean Section and the birth of baby Henry. Continue reading/browsing at your own risk!

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Et voila, baby Henry appeared and you certainly told us you had arrived! Henry grabbed tightly onto Tony’s finger while he cut the cord. As Henry’s arrival was via c-section and he was pre-term, there were pediatricians on hand to monitor his progress.

In case you didn’t know, babies develop in the womb with a covering called Vernix which is the white substance you can see on baby Henry. Perfectly natural and more prevalent in c-sections.

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I was asked to stop taking photos of baby Henry by the pediatricians at that point so I took the opportunity offered to me by the attending midwife to photograph the bag of life, aka the placenta. I was fascinated!

The bits at the side being held up by the midwife, is actually the area baby Henry would have grown in.

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With Lizzy sown up, baby Henry breathing on his own and his sats doing well, it was time for Lizzy to finally hold Henry. Tissues at the ready ladies and gentleman!

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LOOK AT HENRY’S HAND TOUCHING HIS MUMMY’S FACE! Henry was then wheeled off to special care for observation and it was time for Lizzy to be prepped for recovery.

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Welcome to the world baby Henry! Please thank your mummy and daddy for allowing me to be part of your journey into this world. I feel very privileged. May your life by healthy and happy and I hope your mummy continues to kick cancer’s arse, she is such a brave inspirational lady p.s. I hope your big brother Leo likes his Green Dragon that you brought him xXx

I would also like to thank BSUH, Tony Kelly, Bronwyn, Paul and Mark for making me feel so welcome during my visit at the Royal Sussex.

My ‘Meet Henry’ and ‘Meet Lizzy‘ blog posts are part of my personal project which is ‘The Human Life Cycle’ which covers everything from birth to death and everything in between, with a view to putting together an exhibition at some point. Please get in touch if you have something interesting that you would like me to consider via:

lesley@infinityphotographic.co.uk 

Here’s a blog post of when my own mum was very poorly recently to show you how passionate I am about recording the small but important details all the while keeping my photography true.

Before Christmas I saw on my Facebook feed, a plea from Brighton In Need to provide things to the homeless community in Brighton.

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I contacted the organisor, a wonderful lady called Lydia and offered my photographic services during the drop that she was organising. It was an eye opener.

Lydia explained she was shocked by the amount of homeless people on a recent night out and was worried about them having the things they really needed to survive whilst living on the streets; sleeping bags, warm socks, gloves, hats and personal cleaning items. I’m the first to admit that I walk by homeless people giving change occasionally during my infrequent evening jaunts into Brighton, let alone give a thought to how cold they must be overnight. I know how warm I like to keep after the sun has gone down and felt quite bad talking with the very selfless Lydia.

So after spending the evening photographing people at The Grand celebrating Christmas, I met up with Lydia and volunteer the team up half way up West Street. They had already walked from the Prince Albert (!) and had made a few drops on the way.

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Armed with donated coats, sleeping bags and back packs filled with essentials such as a hat, gloves, heated pads and socks. There was even ladies toiletries available … something I hadn’t even thought of.

I was really worried about my DSLR camera being on view but apart from being categorically told I should sell my camera by a very per-pissant person and give it to “all the homeless people”, I luckily only got accosted by a couple of revelers demanding I take their photo. Permission to take a photograph was asked to every one we met. Only one chap declined.

Almost straight away, we met Kate.

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Kate was made up with her sleeping bag, roll mat and back pack containing essential supplies including heated hand pads. She showed us her bracelet too!

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We then headed towards the station and under the very colorful underpass dropping off a sleeping bag and a back pack to someone who had already settled in for the evening.

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We then met Stewart and Wayne near the Hobgoblin. The boys were totally made up with their back packs and sleeping bags.

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Heading towards the North Street, we met Zeb.

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Zeb was made up with his back pack and got a bit choked up when Lydia produced some dog food!

We then met Nick. Nick was the first person to make me cry that evening. Lydia gave him a sleeping bag and a back pack which he went through. Nick then said “Someone brought me this hat earlier today (pointed to his head) and the gloves I already have are really warm so give the hat and gloves to someone else.” Both the volunteer next to me and I had to turn away as we had both filled up!

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Heading towards The Lanes, we then met Mark and Misty (not to be confused with Mork and Mindy!). Mark was really funny and just look at Misty smiling lol!

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We then met Amy and Ru. They had one grubby sleeping bag between them. They were really happy to get a new one each.

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Crossing the road by the taxi rank, we met Nicky and Bronwyn. They were really very grateful for the ladies items and extra coats.

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Near the Funfair Club, we met G Dog. I was personally shocked to see such a lovely articulate man on the streets. He was ABSOLUTELY made up with his new coat and checked his reflection in a nearby car and then asked me to take a couple more photos including one with his mutter.

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AND THEN BRAIDY APPEARED! Braidy has already received a pack earlier in the evening and came running up to G Dog shouting “You won’t believe how warm my feet are. I’ve got fucking heated feet pads!” He then took off his shoes to show the pads to G Dog and make him feel them. G Dog’s reply?! “I couldn’t give a shit about your feet pads, I’ve got a new coat!” I filled up again and had a good giggle.

We then bumped into Jelly & friend, who accepted new coats and our last sleeping bag. Jelly then started to sing us a song … until we were rudely interrupted by a pissed reveler who demanded Jelly sing her song. This made me realise the majority of the homeless people on the streets of Brighton are at the mercy of tanked up people. This made me feel very sad.

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Our last meeting was with Debbie. She was a lively ol’soul and said she was gutted we had run out of sleeping bags. As she was trying on a donated coat, another homeless chap turned up and Debbie voiced to him that she was gutted she’d missed out on a sleeping bag … the chap then gave her his sleeping bag that Lydia had given to him earlier. She screamed and gave him the biggest hug!

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So that was my trip around Brighton with the awesome Lydia and the volunteer team from Brighton in Need. VOLUNTEER TEAM YOU WERE AMAZING!  I crawled into my bed about 2am … and thanked my lucky stars for everything I have.

Since Christmas, Lydia continues her quest to provide for the homeless, charity bases & drop in centres in Brighton and surround. She volunteers already and is working tirelessly to raise awareness. She is an absolute diamond and with a full time job, doing this out of love … aided by you, the givers. So please don’t stop any of you. Brighton in Need isn’t about the politics of the whys or wherefores of why there are homeless people or who is in charge of the local council or in government, this about dealing with things head on so please go follow the Brighton in Need Facebook page if you haven’t already and share the page to your local Brighton friends. Look out for the posts and if you can donate, please get in touch with Lydia.

The awesome Jumpstart in Horsham have created some great logos to identity future Brighton in Need activity too.

Keep warm in your beds tonight peeps xXx

p.s. If you like what you see, please LIKE my Infinity Photographic Facebook page for lots of awesome photos and news on my exhibition project for 2015 called ‘The Human Life Cycle’. My post on Lizzy tells you more about it.

19
Jan

Meet Lizzy

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I would like to introduce you to Lizzy.

Lizzy was diagnosed with Breast Cancer just 4 weeks into her pregnancy. She has undergone a mastectomy, Lymph node clearance and chemo during her pregnancy. Her little miracle is due to be delivered by c-section at the end of January and her obstetrician has agreed to allow me to photograph the birth …. EEK! I am so very excited but scared at the same time as capturing this little miracle’s arrival into the world will be one of the most personal things I have ever been invited to photograph. I am quite emotional … and know I will need tissues at the birth already!

In the middle of a house move … yes she is crazy … Lizzy mentioned she had a maternity appointment last week, so as we haven’t actually met yet, I suggested turning up to take some photos. Her lovely midwife agreed so I dropped in to her clinic to shadow her.

To be honest it was great being a fly on the wall, taking me back to when I was pregnant (I am mum to 3 gorgeous boys), having my blood pressure taken, being measured and listening to bump’s heart beat. I don’t miss the cold jelly though!

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Listening to Lizzy talk, she was right on top of her treatment, blood counts and medicines. The amount of people that are looking after her and bump is astonishing! Her excellent sense of humour was apparent and I know this lady and her precious bump are fighters. Much kudos to you Lizzy x

So watch this space, for news re the induction of Lizzy’s bump. Finger’s crossed please Infinity peeps!

Just a reminder my personal project for 2015 is ‘The Human Life Cycle’ with a view to putting together an exhibition in Spring 2016. I think my project pretty much covers anything from birth to death so please get in touch if you have something interesting that you would like me to consider: lesley@infinityphotographic.co.uk Here’s a blog post of when my own mum was very poorly recently to show you how passionate I am about recording the small but important details all the while keeping my photography true.

Here’s the rest of photos from Lizzy’s trip to her midwife:

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08
Jan

2014 Review

Well, where on Earth did 2014 go?! I honestly can’t believe it’s 2015. Seriously.

Firstly, Happy New Year! I am posting this a little later than I originally hoped and this is largely down to two things. The first was because I was working hard in the run up to Christmas at the magnificent Grand Hotel in Brighton. I was running my Pop Up Studio taking photos of Brighton’s party people celebrating Christmas, the booking all down to a lovely acquaintance who put my name forward to the management. Thank you, you know who you are. The second was because after celebrating Christmas and New Year with my wonderful family, I escaped to Egypt for some much needed sun and rest after burning myself out. This post is a combination of what mischief I got up to in 2014 and what delights 2015 may bring.

So back to 2014, what a whirlwind! It started with me transitioning over my father’s existing business and setting up Infinity Photographic as a Limited Company. It’s been a tough year financially, physically and mentally, I don’t mind admitting it. That said however, I have relished the challenge and threw myself into everything Infinity Photographic.

Although I am lucky enough to be disciplined in most areas of photography, I made a decision at the beginning of the year to actively seek experience in areas that I am not that familiar with and at my own expense. It’s not all about the money people! This proved to be a great decision. I have met the most amazing group of people passionate about all sorts of things including cabaret, portraiture and photography itself and I have captured some stunning portfolio photos some down to some extraordinary people. I hope I can continue this practice going forward when time allows.

Schools and Nurseries

Bookings from schools and nurseries have increased through direct recommendations and referrals from my current set of schools and nurseries which is fantastic and is the absolute best way to get new business! I have also learnt as a parent and as a professional photographer, through receiving my own children’s school photos (which were particularly awful this year) that I will never be able to please every parent of every child I photograph. I honestly take time and think about the parent’s reaction of every single child as I photograph them, especially with the iPhone smile truly upon us! Although there are very early starts involved and I spend many hours travelling across the South Cost and up to London photographing nursery, infants, juniors and senior students, I totally love visiting my schools and nurseries, meeting the teachers, fitting in with their unique routines and obviously meeting, interacting and photographing the children.

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My children’s school photo … priceless!

Jaunty Twig

I’ve also spent a lot of time and energy on my other venture, Jaunty Twig. Jaunty Twig is an app which allows guests at events to take and share photos from their mobiles which are then displayed live at the event. I wrote it as a high-tech replacement of disposable cameras. It’s been going crazy since it was launched at the end of 2013 and I have been planning hard on Jaunty’s future. After receiving some outside angel investment half way through the year from someone wonderful who knows the potential Jaunty has, I spent the last 5 months of 2014 developing and integrating the app with major social media taking Jaunty Twig to the next level. With a launch event planned for early 2015 for event coordinators and SME businesses, please feel free to follow the Jaunty Twig Facebook page for more detail.

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Weddings

I LOVE MY WEDDINGS! Every single wedding enquiry I receive gets me excited as I don’t see my wedding bookings as a job at all. Spending all day with my couples and their family and friends celebrating the most important days of their lives, looking out for and helping with the little things I know backwards with my eyes closed. What could be better?! Although my couples love my photography, I feel I am still on my journey to define a unique photography style. I am friends with lots of photographers, a few whose wedding photography is quite frankly awesome in my own eyes, so I have set myself a very personal goal for 2015 which I am very excited about.

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Wedding Fairs

As if I am not busy enough, I also organise an alternative wedding fair called Quaint Queer Weird which offers couples in love the opportunity to source alternative suppliers for their weddings. 2015 sees the first Kent QQW wedding fair in April which I am pretty darn excited about as my plans to roll out across the UK are finally happening. Do pop along!

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Portraits

I have been invited by so many lovely people to photograph them and their families. Thank you. I really adore spending time with people, getting them to relax before and during their shoot, making them feel at ease and their photos totally show this. Location shoots are my absolute favourite way of capturing people and I will be offering some fab deals for impromptu shoots going forward and I have a project in mind which will hopefully allow me to accomplish the second goal I have set myself for 2015. Unusually, I got to photograph my mum earlier in the year. Not really a happy occasion but my blog gives you an insight into my preferred style of photography which is candid photo journalism.

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Corporate & Business

I have built up a small but dedicated number of happy corporate clients during 2014 who call upon me when they need my services and I am very grateful for their business. Honing my product, pack shot and staff portrait photography, I will be actively seeking local small businesses to photograph during 2015. And if you run a small business, don’t forget about my #Project50 scheme. You can’t go wrong!

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Workshops & Training

I didn’t run as many workshops as normal this year as I have been so busy but I hope that everyone who booked into my workshops, had a one-to-one session or attended my school tasters during 2014, found my sessions helpful and you are still being brave enough to switch to manual every now and then. I loved teaching you all!

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Events

2014 was pretty crazy in all honesty! The Pop Up Studio was called upon frequently for large corporate events, private functions and I even attended V-Fest, Brighton Pride and Doggy Pride which is an absolute must for all dog lovers! Drop in Paparazzi bookings for VIP events were at some awesome venues and allowed me network directly with some key decision makers too. I am currently in the throws of converting two caravans into Photo Booths … just waiting for a break in the weather. I really cannot tell you how excited I am about them. They are seriously going to knock couple’s socks off and I know fill a massive gap in the wedding market. Watch the Infinity Photographic Facebook page for updates!

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Highlights

My particular highlights of 2014 included photographing the first same sex wedding of a wonderful couple at Brighton town hall, which incidentally allowed me to smash the only goal I set myself for 2014 – a blog mention on the infamous Rock n Roll bride, romantic couple shoots in Brighton that made my heart melt, involvement in the Brighton Homeless – Christmas in Need and being asked to shoot the Croydon Tattoo Convention 2015 calendar and learning to shoot outside my comfort zone.

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And finally ….

2014 wouldn’t have gone with such a swing without a few key people who I would like to take a moment to thank. To my dad Trevor for his awesome editing skills and ongoing support. To my mum Dee for her love, support and words of wisdom. To Jason my second shooter for doing an awesome job looking after me and running the Pop Up Studio at weddings dealing wonderfully with tipsy guests! To Skye my beautiful QQW social media and right hand girl who without your help and giggles, I would honestly go crazy. To Kate whose friendship, support, boy sitting duties and admin back up has given me a new lease of life and has allowed me to concentrate on getting behind my camera rather than sitting at my desk. To the very talented Steve from whom I know I have so much to learn. To Mike for your expertise and amazing photography knowledge. To my wonderful neighbours Ben and Rachel for allowing me to shoot your awesome wedding earlier in the year and for being there when I’ve needed you. Lots of love to Theresa, Owen, Lucy, Jamie, Gareth, Monica, Laura, Ryan, Julie, Binny and Neil who have helped out at numerous events …. didn’t we have fun?! To everyone who boy sat when needed. And finally, an extra special mention to Stephen, who looks after our beautiful children when I am out working evenings and weekends.

Here’s to 2015 everyone. May yours be healthy and happy and may my goals for Infinity Photographic be surpassed and our journey together continue!

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So after I finished work last night at The Grand, I walked the streets of Brighton for a couple of hours with the volunteer crew of the Christmas Giveaway Brighton in Need organised by the awesome Lydia, who gave out sleeping bags, roll mats, coats and rucksacks filled with survival goodies such as toothpaste, toothbrush, heated hand packs, socks, hats and gloves as well as Christmas opening times info for the homeless charity First Base. Everything on the drop has been donated by the kind people of Sussex and the master plan pulled together by Lydia herself.

There was a few emotional moments but the most humbling bit for me was when Lydia gave a sleeping bag and rucksack to Nick on North Street and he asked what was in it. Lydia explained and he said to take the hat and gloves back as someone had brought him a hat earlier today and his own gloves were fine. I welled up big time! So here’s a quick pic of the volunteer crew by the station and the very selfless Nick.

Full blog post coming shortly.

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