Failure is…

…the condiment that gives success its flavour. ~ Truman Capote

I gave myself until 18th April 2016 to come up 101 photos. Unfortunately I only made it to 60 photos. As the quote suggests though not making it to the target doesn’t matter.  The idea was to test my skill and learn some new techniques  In that way this was an amazing success.  The one thing I did learn was that I just don’t have enough spare time to take 2 shots per week.  If anyone knows how to make loads of cash from photography without having to do weddings and child portraits please let me know and I’ll quit my job tomorrow 🙂

Any way here are the final shots from my challenge and please check out the 101 photos page for all of the 60 shots.


Mini Worlds

I had loads of fun with these ones.  The 3 using the keyboard are my favourite, I liked the play on words just wish I could think of more.  (anyone with ideas please let me know) 🙂

Head shots – you decide

So I am now a commissioned photographer. 🙂

Leoni is off to stage school and needs some head shots doing before she can apply.  Just before Christmas she asked if I would be able to take some for her and obviously I said I give it go.  I had a bit of a google around to make sure I had some idea of what to do and even made a DIY beauty dish (found the ‘how to’ page here).  Unfortunately it didn’t get me the right results.  Not sure if I was using it incorrectly or if i’d built it wrong but just kept getting a line across the photos.  Anyway above  are the results and I think they came out OK for my first attempt at ‘studio photography’.

A big thank you to my amazing model, Leoni Hulme, I hope they help you on your way to stardom 🙂

The photos in this gallery are the ones Leoni chose as well as a few I liked to.  Obviously one of these needs to go in my 101 photo challenge, but can’t decide which one.  Please help me decide and like the photo you think is best.  Thank you


Wikipedia says: In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈbkɛ//ˈbk/ boh-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈbkə/ boh-kəJapanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.  Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

Basically its a way to make lights pretty on photos 🙂

To get the heart shapes just took a circle of card with a heart cut.  Thanks to for showing me how.

These examples were taken either in my house or on another work resi, this time in Edinburgh and its Winter Wonderland.


One of these definitely makes it into my 101 and bokeh may make another appearance at some point.