Sunday, 18 September 2016

Starting a modelling portfolio - with me!

So you want to get into modelling but you don't know where to start?

First things first you will need some photos.

Now the most important thing here is to find a photographer that you connect with, communication is incredibly important when it comes to getting the best out of a model through images. 

Saturday, 3 September 2016

My top 10 everyday ways of coping with my mental health problems.

So these won't apply to everyone as I'm writing from personal experience - but I often get asked advice on this and thought it was time to compile a little blog for you all!

As a backstory here - I suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, OCD and cPTSD, these are just a few of the ways I cope alongside therapy and medication - these tips are not here to replace those, but just to help in everyday life!

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Reacting to someone else's loss.

So there will come a time in everyone's life where a friend, or partner will lose someone close to them - this article doesn't just relate to people passing away, it's possible to grieve for the loss of someone who's still alive, just not a part of our lives anymore.

Whether that's a parent, sibling, other half, close friend, grandparent, anyone.

Monday, 29 August 2016

10 steps to taking your camera off Auto.

Get to grips with your DSLR in 10 simple steps!

So recently I've been asked by a few people how to take that first step to understanding a DSLR, whether you're a hobbyist photographer, about to start studying or simply wanting to understand a little more, here are my top 10 tips on how to start.

I won't be tailoring this to a specific model but I will be using my Nikon D800 as a basis to explain from; and I'll be keeping everything as simple and "idiot proof" as possible!

Hope it helps!

Also, if I had something like this to refer to and explain it to me when I first started out it would have felt so much nicer - it's often hard to ask for help, especially in such a technically heavy industry. You can easily be made to feel stupid, whether by yourself or someone else. But never be afraid of even asking for help over the most simple things! Even I have to refer back to these elements regularly to make sure I'm developing and changing structures. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Creating As Therapy

So I've spent a large proportion of my life photographing things, and very nearly forgot that I love to draw!
Few people in my life know that when I was little I desperately wanted to be a fashion designer, I used to spend hours drawing and illustrating outfits and the weirdest thing I ever did was repeatedly draw the creepy twins from Rugrats to the point where I forced my parents to have it on a mousemat


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Sometimes the best thing is to QUIT!

I got my A Level results EIGHT years ago.

First off that's scary, but now here's a little reassurance for those of you going off to uni, and a reminder that decisions aren't set in stone, I'm going to tell you a little bit about my journey through three universities and show that it's okay if you make the wrong choices!

My results off the top of my head were:

Photography: A
Media: A
Philosophy: B
Fine Art: C
English Lit: D (lol) Good job that one didn't matter...

Friday, 22 July 2016

Pulling someone else down will never help you reach the top.

So part of the reason I'm writing this is because I'm in an industry where it's commonplace to belittle others to feel more superior, but that's not the premise of this blog, merely the trigger that's made me think about this for a while.

Bullying. Predominantly childhood and teenage bullying.

Two things have occurred to me  recently - one that I'm blessed I'm no longer at school, and the other that bullying probably played a large part in contributing to my CPSTD and Borderline Personality Disorder.

You often hear people saying that school was the best days of their lives.

For me it was a living hell, and even though I'm confident to speak out about my mental health, I've always been incredibly vulnerable when even thinking about how school was.

So I thought I'd do a little bit of a mind dump via blogging in order to be able to finally move on from something that has plagued me my whole life.

Monday, 29 February 2016

STEPPS - My experience, sessions 1-6.

So as some of you reading this may already know - I suffer from Anxiety, Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder (also known as Emotional Intensity Disorder). So if you see references to BPD and EID they are one in the same.

So to put a face to the words and this particular disorder experience, this is me. 

Do I look like I have a million issues with my brain? (To some people maybe...) but the point of this is, that you can't tell who has mental health problems. Most people I meet day to day have no idea of the intense pain I face every second of every day inside my head.