Archive | May 2012

Topshop goes bridal!

So it has been rumoured for a while that Richard Nicoll and Topshop (they wonderful duo have worked together five times now) were going to get together and create a bridal range and on the 29th May it became official (or at least thats the earliest source I can find and that was from Vogue online).

Nicoll said ‘I loved the idea of doing wedding dresses with Topshop because I wanted to offer a younger, cooler alternative to meringue culture, something special, but not precious, like my friends, something they would wear if they were getting married,’ Nicoll also says that ‘The dresses are marketed as bridal but would equally be suitable as bridesmaid or cocktail dresses.

I think its lovely that someone more ‘mainstream’ is going against the obvious meringue dresses (although they do suit quite a few people) however im not sure that a wedding dress being perfect for a party is really my thing.  I also don’t see how it not being precious is a key idea, surely it would be precious because of your day? I can understand having something that doesn’t cost thousands or something like a corset you would re-wear but in some ways precious even for a moment before the re-use is something to be kept in tradition wise?

I also think these dresses are maybe more suited as reception wear unless someone is having a very low key party, I would certainly love to see the wedding photos of someone who gets married in one of these to see how they choose to style it all.

He was also quoted as saying “I’ve added a some red carpet options to my forthcoming resort collection but wedding dresses are not something I plan to launch,” Nicoll – who has made wedding dresses for friends in the past – told us. “Of course I’m happy to make them on request but I’m not the new Vera Wang.’

Marie Claire was also quick to feature information about the line saying that ‘the line features seven alternative styles – think floor-length lace tiered gowns, short strappy designs, slips and loose shifts in either traditional white or more forward-thinking pink – all in his signature edgy style.’

It becomes available in selected stores and on the website on 15th June  and features lace and silk dresses in both white and pink – priced from £75 to £350 – and is called Tie The Knot!

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2012/05/29/richard-nicoll-pictures-bridal-collection-topshop/gallery here is the full collection

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Wedding photos!

 

Here are some new edits on some previously unseen photos from a wedding I shot last July.

Really can’t wait for Saturday’s wedding 😀

 

 

 

 

Sunday Bake Day!

So as what normally happens when I am either stressed or want to take some time to relax is read a book although these days i’ve also become rather restless so have got back into baking.  I use to bake a lot with my mum when I lived with her in Derbyshire but since I went to uni I haven’t had the largest amount of free time.

I also live with a group of people who love baking (both eating my goodies and cooking as well) its a lovely atmosphere as well all get together and cook, often someone does dinner and the others do a cake or something however this weekend its only Andrew and I who are in so I baked a couple of cute fairy cakes.

The plan is to take most of them downstairs to the flat below to the Polish builders who are there at the moment as a. they are lovely and b. keep fixing anything that goes wrong in our house (especially when we had a leak), they are some the loveliest neighbours we have ever had, its a shame they aren’t staying.

So yes, welcome to my world of chilled relaxation.. of course I couldn’t bake without taking photos of the process 🙂 Andrew even took a photo of me for you all to see. I would also like to add that the soundtrack to this venture was lots of Disney and the Juno soundtrack 😀

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Here is the end result… YUM!

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p.s. if anyone wants the recipe let me know and I can write it up for you all, its rather simple but I am odd and bake in ounces 🙂

Vintage style photos

So recently I have been playing with editing techniques in photoshop and have been trying to create something smoother within my black and white images and also something with a more vintage esque feel. I know this is quite an in thing recently but I really do love the feel to these kind of photographs but more over I miss film photography.

I have over 15 film cameras at home I think only four of which are 35mm the rest are 120mm film.  I spent a lot of time in my first year and before shooting on film and developing it myself, something that I have recently found that I miss.  I do not however have the time or the money to continue at this point in time (unless someone is willing to pay me). Thus I set about trying to re-create the aesthetics of film photography while still keeping things individual.  I can’t wait to try this style on the next wedding photos!

The before and after is below.

Hope everyone is enjoying this lovely weather, I have an exciting project in the pipeline as well and a wedding this Saturday so lots of new stuff for you guys soon!

The model the first two is Phoebe: https://www.facebook.com/phoebe.couzens the second, is from an agency when shooting a model test last year.

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Gothic portraits

Horrible cloudy day today so I decided that shooting some simple gothic portraits of Andrew would be a good idea.  I am still editing these but here are my two favourite ones. Im also going to be posting a costume design shoot at the weekend so keep your eyes peeled!

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Colour images

So these are the final colour images from my gothic shoot… still playing with edits but these are the choices to say the least..  its going to take a while when I need to narrow it down further, this took me long enough.  Sorry for the watermark, its mostly because this is uni work for my degree show.

Models:

James Hooper: https://www.facebook.com/james.hooper.545

Mel Trender: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=584351677

Natalie Elmer: https://www.facebook.com/PatchworkElmer

Hatti Rex: https://www.facebook.com/HATTIREX

Editing

Hey guys, so in follow up to the photo I posted the other day I have another one for you but I need you opinions! Some people I know prefer the colour versions and others prefer the edit that I have done.  Let me know what you all think.. I will also write a blog about how I did this edit for those who are interested 🙂

   

I would say they do look a lot darker on here than in general but yeah, so in colour or black and white?

Models:

James Hooper: https://www.facebook.com/james.hooper.545

Mel Trender: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=584351677

Natalie Elmer: https://www.facebook.com/PatchworkElmer

Hatti Rex: https://www.facebook.com/HATTIREX