Photograph-a-holic's style diary


Boy in blue

Do you know what feels good?  Finally realising what you want to do in life.  When a camera’s in my hand, I’m in that happy place that no longer feels like work.  Here’s some of the latest of a little man in blue 🙂


My first baby photography shoot

Here’s just a few from my first baby photography session, completely different to my first kids shoot!  Each time I’m learning a little more and a little more…  I’m trying to get the editing balance just right, I see so many overly Photoshoped baby photo’s, and I really want mine to stay as true to the baby/child as possible, and just enhancing where needed.  YouTube has been fantastic for tutorials and after each session I seem to be getting just a little quicker, and picking up one or two new tricks to play around with.

So guys, this is baby Erin.  Feedback as always appreciated…

My first kids photography shoot

Ok, so my camera is like an extension to my right arm – so it’s about time I put that to some good use.  Step in one of my best friends two girl’s to give me a crash course in photographing children.  Oh, how much they have taught me without even knowing it.

It was great having the both of them, and seeing how 2 very different personalities interact with (or avoid!) the camera.  I was (quietly) nervous entering my first kids shoot, attempting to expect the unexpected with them, but I’ve walked away so excited to take more photo’s, get more experienced and enjoy more days like these!  We did an outdoors shoot and we honestly had such great fun.  They had me smiling and laughing most of the day, and I didn’t feel like I was working at all (isn’t that what we all want?)  I ditched the gym that morning, but after four hours running around and playing with them, all whilst trying to get some great photos, I got all the work out I needed that day!

DOUBLE GIVEAWAY! : 25 Unique Floral Photograph Prints!

Hey guys! I wanted to do a giveaway, and umm’ed and ahh’ed for aaaaages on what my first giveaway should be, and decided I wanted my first to be personal, hand created, and something I’ve received my most responses on.  AND not only that, I’m making it a double giveaway, so there will be TWO lucky readers that’ll get their hands on a FREE set of 25 unique, summery floral prints!

All you have to do to enter is:

1. Like 529scout on Facebook

2. Leave a comment below on how to contact you if you’re one of the lucky winners.

The giveaway ends midnight on 23rd August 2012 GMT.  Winners will be chosen at random and open to visitors from all countries – I’ll post worldwide.

All have been taken around the English countryside whilst out exploring on my travels, and have been professionally printed on 5×5″ premium quality photographic paper.  There’s 25 photographs in each set, one comes with a black boarder, the other a white.  Each of the 25 prints are different, so there’s no exact duplicates, however some will match if you wanted to compose them together.

I have some in my home also (which thinking of it now, I should have taken photo’s for you!) and can be used in a stack of different creative ways.  I’ve a decretive collage in one of my alcoves, a few I’ve framed with HUGE white mounts and simple black frames, and I’ve even been known to use some in hand made cards for friends.  Some would make AWESOME scrapbooking backdrops too for your own photographs, so your creativity is your limits when it comes to what you’re going to use them for!


Meadow : Photography

As lazy as I am with my dSLR, I managed to whip it out (briefly) on my trip to Greece.  I wish someone could just ram my camera manual into my head (and a Photoshop manual as well, whilst you’re there…).  I love taking these photo’s however half the time 96% of the time it feels like luck when I strike a good one.  Must. Not. Give. Up. On. Practicing.

Lost Gardens of Heligan : Cornwall

I miss my friend B.  She decided to be all selfish and leave me and moved back home to London after her year in Plymouth.  How inconsiderate.  Anyway, after our first failed attempt at visiting The Lost Gardens of Heligan when we lived together (we dressed for summer – it was summer – but after our hour long drive there, the UK weather did it’s norm and decided to turn to winter, insert unimpressed face here) we tried again when she came back to visit.  You will still see however, yes, I’m wearing a long sleeved tee, fleeced hoodie, jacket AND body warmer over the top.  I was so born in the wrong hemisphere, insert another unimpressed face.

However, unimpressed faces aside, if you’re in Cornwall, it is a lovely little place to visit, and only just around the corner to the more well known Eden Project.

Testing – Shot in the dark : Kos : Greece

I’ve gotten pretty used to my friends confused screwed up faces, the roll of the eyes, the “why??” questions…  And here I was again, in Kos, getting them all over again.  You see, I had the urge to try out some shots at night, and yup, I received the awaited question: “Why are you taking photographs in the dark???”  My response whenever I’m asked a ‘why?’ question, is usually a simple “why not?” question straight back.  To which I have never yet received a suitable answer (if any) to make me answer their original question.   

These are the results.  The idea still some way to go, but I actually kinda like these test shots think the idea has potential.