Tag

Craig Moss

We’re back again with another week in black and white. We have been pretty swamped shooting campaigns and meeting deadlines which has seen us lag a little behind on our own personal projects. We didn’t manage to vlog this week. Hopefully we’ll get back to it next week. We’ve decided another weekly content for the blog which will be a roundup of our Instagram posts. One advice I’ve always gotten from fellow bloggers is to build up your blog as it is a platform you own unlike social media platforms which you only have an account on and are owned by other organisations. We thought it’ll be wise to start archiving our Instagram posts on the blog especially now we’re posting a lot more.

This week has turned out to be a success. We got the most exciting news to work with a well known brand (we’ll share more details in future posts as we’re currently working on the project) which is our biggest break yet. Looking forward to telling you all about it, hopefully soon. One thing that was apparent from this news is that we made the right call when we decided to go down the road of working as a couple. We should have known to be honest as we seemed to get more engagement on our couple content. But this was actual validation that we were taking a step in the right direction. One of the biggest lessons we’ve learnt is to carry on doing what we do cause we seem to do it well. It’s funny how fear nearly consumed us from both pursing the move to full time blogging due to uncertainties. This serves as a gentle reminder to do the things you want to do anyway, even in the face of fear. To put it not so delicately, do it scared!

Thanks to a very good friend of mine, Lola, we’re now wiser when it comes to branding. She shared a lot in her eBook “The Branding Blueprint” (which is free to download on her blog) about how to define your brand as a blogger. A must read for anyone looking to carve their niche. We have began implementing some of the things she talked about. The key takeaway for us was to remember to just be us in the process as we are the key players.***If you want to edit like me, you can! Get my Lightroom preset or grab a copy of my eBook here.***

October 6, 2017
1 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest

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.

ONYI / T-SHIRT – ASOS / JEANS – & OTHER STORIES / CARDIGAN – TKMAXX / SHOES – MARCO TOZZI

CRAIG / T-SHIRT – ASOS / JEANS – PRIMARK / JACKET – TKMAXX / SHOES – ALDO ***If you want to edit like me, you can! Get my Lightroom preset or grab a copy of my eBook here.***

October 3, 2017
1 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest

This week’s black and white series marks the beginning of our week in black and white. ‘See what I did there? “Our”, not “my”, lol. We can’t say enough thank you for all the support we’ve gotten on here and on our social media channels since announcing Craig becoming full time on the blog. One of the highlights of our week! As we’re now a duo, we had to come up with a routine (something we’re still trying to figure out). We’ve managed to set a goal of daily shoots and at least two posts on Instagram. One thing we’re keen on trying to incorporate into our routine is having an early start to our day. I find that we’re most productive when we start our day super early. Since winter is coming, this is something we’ll need to do sooner rather than later so we can maximise the little daylight we have. So if anyone has any tips on getting out of bed early, please let us know in the comments.

We managed to hit all our campaign deadlines and looking forward to creating more unique content for the brands we work with. One of the many questions we kept getting asked this past week was what equipments and softwares we use for our photography so we thought we should answer it here. We currently shoot using the Canon 5D MK III together with the Sigma 50mm f1.4 lens and edit with Adobe Photoshop. If you’d like to find out about our detailed editing process, then grab a copy of my eBook here. I’ve also set up a Facebook page called The Blogger Photographer, which you can request to join and ask photography related questions and hopefully I should be able to assist. This has left me feeling like I need to create my own Lightroom and Photoshop presets and make it available for purchase on the blog.

This week saw us catch a train to Knutsford, Cheshire where we found some inspiration. While there, we visited Tatton Park and walked the grounds for over two hours enjoying the beautiful scenery, one of which included watching the deers live so freely. Sometimes stepping out of the norm can be so refreshing and inspiring which is was seemed to happen here. To see the full recap of our week, catch up on our latest vlog here (PS- don’t be in a hurry to comment, we’re not pregnant, lol).

***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

September 27, 2017
0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest

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.

ONYI / JUMPER – ISAWITFIRST / JEANS – & OTHER SORIES / SHOES – MARCO TOZZI / HAT – MISSGUIDED

CRAIG / JUMPER – NEW LOOK / JEANS – PRIMARK / SHOES ALDO ***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

September 24, 2017
0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest

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.

ONYI / JUMPER – ISAWITFIRST / JEANS – LEVI’S / SHOES – MARCO TOZZI

CRAIG / JUMPER – PRIMARK / JEANS – PRIMARK / SHOES – ALDO / JACKET – ZARA

September 22, 2017
3 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest

Hey friends! I hope this blog posts finds you in good spirit. As per usual, I’m here with another week in black and white post. I’m actually typing this up while watching the move “Inside Out” which came highly recommended by a good friend. I feel like a lot has happened in the past week. Mostly having to meet campaign deadlines while still trying to keep up with the blog and social media. I didn’t even have time to vlog as much as I was buried into my work. But you know what life is like, you have to learn to priorities and get on with it. And soon enough you’ll catch a break. Well, the truth is I think I might have scored one amidst my struggles. Something major happened which will help push the blog forward even more so. Craig has decided to join the blog full time. So what does this mean? This means that we can do more shoots, travel on a whim and sleep and eat whenever we want to, lol. This is really exciting news especially for me because Craig has over the years mastered his shooting techniques even in the little time we did shoot. Imagine the potential of creating quality content while spending more time doing it. Plus we get to spend extra time together and bring our ideas to life.

Now I do feel like the pressure is on. The pressure to make sure we get it right for the most part cause we’re human and allowed some errors, lol. But seriously speaking, it is something we’ll need to think about carefully and strategise on and hopefully we’ll get the results we set out to achieve. There’s so much to still discover about life and I want to find a way to share our discoveries with you. Perhaps it’ll inspire you to go after the things you’ve always wanted to do. But in the meantime, my new mantra is “let’s live life in the moment, freely!”.

September 17, 2017
2 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest

Today I want to talk about time the way I see it and think about it. We’re now in Autumn and experiencing shorter days and longer nights which means I have to make use of what daylight I can get as my photography is done solely using natural light.2n4a93132n4a9299As I have a week day 9 to 5 job, this pretty much leaves me with the weekend to get some photography done. Knowing that isn’t just enough, I had to come up with a plan together with Craig to arrange weekend shoots. We attempted the plan for the first time yesterday and it was a success. We did the same thing in summer   where we tried to get in a shoot almost every day which made this my most productive summer yet.2n4a93272n4a9267Choosing how and what to spend time on is very key. They say people who are experts in their fields have spent nothing less than 10,000 hours practicing. So what do I do with the longer nights? I spend it editing photos and acquiring more knowledge in photography and other subject areas that interest me.2n4a93292n4a9357To really understand time you have to understand balance. Like I mentioned earlier on, I’ve got a full time job coupled with my photography and blog so where does family and social life fit in? Finding this balance is something I’ve been trying to work out for a while now. Craig’s role behind the scenes has evolved into a collaborative partnership which has helped in a lot of ways as it means we get to spend more time together doing the things we love while at the same time capturing those moments. 2n4a93452n4a9272Finally, it is worth noting that there’s a time for everything. You can always plan your time and all but sometimes life hits you with a curve ball and you might find yourself stuck in time or in some cases ahead of time and somewhat unprepared. It’s okay to stop and experience that moment taking notes of the lessons learnt, both the good and the bad, knowing that time is what you make of it when you make of it.2n4a9236Tick tock tick tock…

October 23, 2016
0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest
Newer Posts