This week’s coffee diaries was a bit of a lazy one for us. If you you’ve ever had a day when your bed feels too good for you to leave it, then you’ll know what we’ve experienced this week. Being self employed doesn’t particularly help cause its very easy to procrastinate and even get distracted sometimes. We know we’re losing a lot of daylight now as we’re in Autumn, which means we really need to make the most of what we have. On Friday, we decided to get out of the lazy mood and head out for our coffee session. And I’m glad we did. It was nothing exciting at first, until the coffee came out and then what needed to be done became clear. You see, the theme tune for the Netflix series Narcos, was stuck in my head all week and all I could think of when I saw Craig about to drink his coffee was creating an Instagram stories with the song. And so we got filming. The mood carried on to the following day and we created even more material to work with. If you’re curious to see the results, check out the short film here. We’re now looking to see how best we can manage our time to curate more short films for our Instagram stories as we do get a lot of positive feedback from them. I find that I’m better at showing than describing and it’s become a great way for me to express myself and creativity. It’s funny how when you finally get back into the groove of things, how much more inspired you feel to carry on with that same spirit. And what would have seemingly turned out to be a rather dry affair became more or less a very inspiring one.
Oh hello new series! Sharing a roundup of our weekly Instagram posts will not only help us archive these images, but also give us the opportunity to share the behind the scenes moments with you lovely folks. This shot with the birds was taken on Monday. We left our daily shoot pretty late as we had a lot of key deliverables to work on. While in town scouting for a shoot location, I decided to pick up a beret after feeling inspired by all the images I was seeing from Paris Fashion Week. Upon passing through Piccadilly Gardens, we stumbled upon the most beautiful gathering of pigeons. Yes, they were gathering for food and we wanted in. We decided to grab some bread from a nearby grocery store but that didn’t last long. Two lovely girls who were surrounded by the pigeons told us we were better off going to Poundland to score a bag of bird food and they kindly accompanied us to get some. We returned armed and ready to stuff the pigeons. I remember being very scared but I didn’t let it stop me. I did it scared anyways and we managed to get this shot. Although, not without a few screams when they tried to eat from my hands. Hence, the bird food being tossed in the air, lol.We shot a campaign for Paul Smith a few weeks ago but we didn’t post the images until this week. I remember is was a veery rainy day which isn’t unusual for Manchester. Craig thought we should wait the rain out, but knowing Manchester, I said we were better off finding an indoor spot to shoot as it could be raining all day. He suggested the library. What a brilliant idea it was as it had the most magnificent tiles that blended in so well with our aesthetics. The campaign was done to draw attention to their socks collection as well as run a competition for a chance to win a free socks subscription. To enter to win, please check out the Instagram post here. This self portrait was captured in the midst of us shooting our most exciting campaign (which at this point in time we can’t share more about until finalised). The day consisted of exploring the Town Hall mini stalls and some lovely lunch afterwards. As you can see, we tried our best to match.This shot was for a campaign by hush and Refuge. The proceeds from this lovely pyjama set will be going to Refuge (a Charity) to help provide a good night sleep to a mother and child. We did the shoot in our bedroom to give it that cosy feel. To find out more about the campaign, check out the Instagram post here.This one was a special self portrait to wish Craig a happy birthday. He had been suffering from a cold all day but we had to go out and celebrate in our own little way. We tried taking some shots in China Town but that wasn’t working so we went for wine and nibbles at a wine shop. We attempted another shoot there but that was a no and the lighting wasn’t flattering. On our way home, we decided to stop on this less busy street to see what we could capture and in less than 5 minutes we had the shot. It goes to show that you just have to keep moving about until you find the right spot because when you do, you’ll get better results. Happy Birthday Craig!Another campaign for a brand and charity. This time Fiorelli is donating £10 from the sale of one of their bag collections. We wanted to make it a lifestyle shot so we took a self portrait by one of Manchester’s many canals. The set up was pretty easy and we were done in less than 10 minutes. Although we initially forgot the tripod at home, so I had to race back to get it before it became too dark to shoot. To find out more about the campaign please check out the Instagram post here.Saturday was a very wet day and somewhat a lazy one for us too as we had been out the night before. We managed to leave the apartment to shoot around 5pm which meant we had a very short window to maximise the daylight. We went through the Town Hall stalls again and got distracted by the smell of food. Then it started raining so we had to take cover. Right after the rain subsided, we noticed this deserted outdoor restaurant sitting thanks to the rain. We figured we should make the most of it while we could. Let’s just say I danced about for a few minutes until Craig got the shot. Afterwards, we went to Paperchase to grab our free weekly coffee, yum yum.This shot seems to be a hit on Instagram. We took it on Sunday while out and about town. This was the first time we’ve seen folks care about our self portraits while shooting. A few people seemed intrigued at what we were trying to accomplish and would sometimes stare at us for a while which made posing a little awkward as you could tell someone was watching, lol. Being professionals, we had to get over it and stick with the task. There was quite a few going back and forth with the camera until we finally got it. This was actually the last shot we took.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post as much as we have. Let us know in the comments which one is your favourite behind the scenes moment and story.
Welcome to another coffee diaries. Not quite though. As much as this series’ name implies, I’m actually more of a tea lady than a coffee lady. Craig on the other hand is a coffee man all day long. This cosy Sunday hangout saw no coffee on the table. I opted for some breakfast tea while Craig decided to go with some cider. It was a rainy and cold day, but that didn’t stop us from heading out to celebrate our little wins. Some of you may already be aware that we launched our Lightroom preset which you can now purchase and use on your images. The truth is that when we first started out with photography, we had absolutely no clue what we were doing. Everything we know, we had to teach ourselves through endless hours of practice and heeding the advice of folks who shared their secrets. We knew that we would one day give back to the community that has given us so much which is why we’re happy to share what we’ve learnt on this journey.
This series has slowly become our avenue for creativity and relaxation. Something we’re both loving. And with many more cosy days ahead, it is safe to say we’ll continue with it as it’ll allow us to find some extra cosy spots to relax and unwind. I’m thinking we might need to make it a gratitude session too, lol. I find that gratitude makes you more aware of the little things that you sometimes don’t pay attention to. In fact, I’ll start it off now by saying I’m grateful for you stopping by and I hope to see you in the next coffee diaries.
If you’ve been following our blog for a while now you’ll know that one of the many ways that we learnt photography is by taking self portraits. In the past, Craig hasn’t always been available to shoot me but I never let it stop me from getting a shot as I was very keen on getting a lot of practice. Taking a self portrait is easier than most people would imagine. All you need is a camera with an inbuilt self time or a remote, a tripod, and an object to focus on in your stead which you’ll eventually replace when ready to take the shot. Being couple bloggers means we have to shoot ourselves a lot of the time and honing the self portrait skill is definitely a must as we can’t afford to have a photographer follow us everywhere we go, plus we feel very comfortable working together which means we can pose with a lot more ease.
While doing our usual walk about the city centre, in search of a place to shoot, we found a really chilled spot which happened to have a rooftop space. It’s called Terrace NQ. We ordered a bottle of strawberry and lime Rekordelig to share. We took shots of each other first (something we tend to do) before setting up the tripod for the couple shots. As we were in a public setting, this did not deter us when folks kept coming to have their drinks in the space (something we’ve learnt to get use to). We tested the light, picked a corner and began to shoot. We were using the inbuilt camera self timer so there was quite a few back and forth with the camera. We had to come up with poses like me whispering sweet nothing into Craig’s ear, lol. And finally, looking through the images to make sure we’re in focus and that we’ve got “the shot”. And we did! So now when you see an image of us, you have a pretty good idea of what we did in order to capture it.
Today’s blog post is one inspired by a beautiful story full of passion. On Wednesday, I got a chance to attend a press briefing for Carven Fragrance over a really nice English breakfast. I listened to how Madame Carven (the founder) created the brand after finding a need for herself she wanted to fulfil. She was a very stylish lady who struggled to find pieces she often liked in her size due to her petite nature. She was determined to create pieces for women of all sizes and so the brand Carven was born. She knew how to fly a plane and would travel the world to draw inspiration, bringing back fabrics and scents that would form part of her brand. She once showed off her collection over an actual airport runway, having the models walk out of the aircraft. The bit that got me super charged was hearing how she would sometimes fly over Paris and drop off her fragrance in little parachutes. Now, that’s my kind of woman! Madame Carven was certainly full of life and lived to be 105 years old until her passing a couple of years ago.
You can imagine walking away from that lovely press briefing, I couldn’t help but feel really inspired about life and accomplishing some of my goals which have certainly come about out of my own need too. As soon as I got home, I created a short film which you can watch here. I guess you could call this a coffee diary. One inspired by Madame Carven. As Craig is now a part of the blog, we spent some time together enjoying a brew and talking over future plans for the blog. We came up with the idea of going to Nigeria to run a 5 day course for “The Blogger Photographer”. Something we plan to execute in the next coming months. We hope to engage bloggers and photographers alike to help them better improve their skills. A journey we’re very much looking forward to. Les Brown always says “live your life with passion”, a mantra that will be a reminder for both of us to do the things we truly dream of doing.
This series has become quite the creative one for me if I’m being honest. I came up with another brilliant idea. One that allows me give back to you lovely folks for following me along this journey. But first, lets get into the coffee and outfit. Summer was a blast! I had the best time ever travelling and doing more of the things I love. But like every season comes and goes, summer has said goodbye for now to pave way for autumn. You folks know I love to keep it comfy. So the outfit at play was a simple tee and ripped denim from Pull & Bear. In my blogger mail this week came this beautiful pink Boucle Textured Coat from Topshop which I’ve nicknamed “pink fuzz”. I’ve always loved dusty pink as a colour. I mean, it was part of my wedding colour scheme, yep! Pink fuzz become my most treasured AW piece even though I’ve only had it for a couple of days, lol, talk about getting attached too quickly. To finish the outfit, I wore my metallic shoes from Topshop which are perfect for scouting for coffee spots in town.
I’ve recently become a fan of The Northern Quarter so it wasn’t a surprise that I decided to head there for my usual outdoor coffee session. This time I found myself in a restaurant named after the area. TNQ Restaurant it was called with the TNQ standing for The Northern Quarter. I kept it pretty simple and went for the latte. Feeling really inspired from the night before after watching a few youtube videos on photography, I thought it was time I returned the favour and share my knowledge of what I’ve learnt so far with you wonderful people. I came up with the idea of creating a Facebook group to support bloggers like myself to better improve their visuals. A space where you can ask your questions and hopefully I and other members can answer them. You can request to join the group here. I look forward to seeing you there. Until next time, keep enjoying the smell of coffee or tea cause winter is coming!***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***
I might be a little late but I’m here with another coffee diary. This time, I hit the streets coffee in hand. If you follow my vlogs you’ll know I love a good bargain. I get one free coffee a week from Paperchase as I have a loyalty card (anyone can get this by the way, just ask for it at your local Paperchase store). I also got gifted £5 as it was my birthday last week (and all loyalty card holders get this too on their birthday) so it was just a given that a visit to Paperchase was the right thing to do, lol. Keeping it very casual, the ripped denim and white tee look which is my absolute favourite was my starting point. I then threw on Craig’s blazer from 3 Christmases ago. To make it my on, I pinned my Antler Heart brooch on. To finish the look was my latest discounted purchase from Topshop which happens to be the metallic shoes I scored for £10. Looking like a character from Miami Vice, I was ready for some free coffee. While in Paperchase, I made sure to use up my £5 gift card on some goodies. I got a photo sign and post card which I plan to use to decorate my bedroom. Being on the streets enjoying my coffee meant taking inspiration from passersby and street performers. I got some ideas of videos to film which was great. Looking forward to more coffee days like this.