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This week was a very pleasant one. We got blessed with a few sunny days in Manchester given the very stormy weather we experienced last week. On this particular day, we were more prepared than usual. We knew it was going to be a beautiful day with lots of sunshine so we started our day pretty early. We knew exactly where we were going to as we had been there before. A pub with a back garden that reminded us very much of Mykonos thanks to the white and blue theme, not the mention the seaside aesthetics adopted. You could say we were in holiday mode as we dressed to match the mood of the day. Stepping out in denim and knit, we were ready to catch our train to in East Didsbury to enjoy some tea and coffee in Ye Old Cock Inn.

As it was early afternoon on a weekday, the outdoor space was empty which meant we could roam free. And roam free we did! I had some tea while Craig enjoyed a nice cup of coffee. We were feeling so at home that we forgot to take pictures of our beverages until we were done drinking, lol. Afterwards, we wandered round taking pictures and even got some footage of our day which we pulled together for an Instagram story. We headed back to the train station where we soaked in some more sunshine. I could see our train fast approaching and it looked like it would make for a great shot. Craig wasted no time making sure we captured it. It was really lovely going out on what felt like a city exploration made even more memorable thanks to the glorious weather.

ONYI / DENIM JACKET & JEANSNAKD (USE CODE Onyi20 for 20%off) / SHOES & BAGPINKO

CRAIG / JEANS SHORTS – NEW LOOK / JUMPER – NEXT / TRAINERS – ALDO***If you want to edit like me, you can! Get my Lightroom preset or grab a copy of my eBook here.***

October 29, 2017
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Welcome back to another series of our weekly Instagram roundup. Today we’re sharing the stories behind the images we captured and shared on our Instagram page last week. This shot was taken a couple of weeks ago for the Pandora and Disney collection campaign. One of my best friends, Mimi, was present to see me in action. She seemed pretty impressed as to how I came up with the concept in less than a minute and achieved the shot in lest than five. She came round as we had arranged a shoot for an outfit post. And just as we were about to head to our shoot location, I decided it’ll also be a good idea to shoot the bracelet while we were out. She said I was thinking out loud. I said the campaign brief had a colour scheme of red and blue so I decided to take my red jumper with me. I also thought it was a good idea to take my red lipstick and serviette paper to draw a heart as one of the hashtags of the campaign was #DoSeeTheMagic. Upon completing her shoot, we came across a restaurant with outdoor sitting that coincidentally had a blue bench. I brought out my serviette and drew a heart on it like I had planned. We ordered a latte which coincidentally came in a cup that had some red details. I wasted no time laying things around until I I was happy before taking the shots. It was nice to hear someone relay my creative process back to me as I often get caught up in the moment and sometimes forget that I actually make calculated decisions to see that the final results meet all the requirements. This photo is an oldie but still a goodie. We took this a few months ago for a brand campaign for a gaming company. It was one of those campaigns where we had to create shots for the brand without sharing on our channels. I came across it while cleaning up my desktop and thought it’d be a good one to share especially since we had a busy day with little or no time to shoot.This day was a fun day out. We don’t always know where we’re going to end up whenever we step outside of our apartment for a shoot. On this occasion we did, by chance. Just before leaving, I went on Instagram and saw that a new place had opened up in town thanks to an account I follow which shares Manchester related news. I showed Craig what it looked like and it was a hit. It’s called Mackie Mayor. On our way there, we stopped by a £1 bookshop to see if we could find some hidden treasures. While going through the books, Craig sneaked a few shots which turned out to be lovely. Afterwards, we headed to the new spot where we were amazed by the open plan design and beautiful architecture. The upstairs wasn’t fully functioning and so very few people were there. We quickly grabbed a spot away from the crowd to take a self portrait. Craig then wandered round and took some more pictures of the place. Craig is always offering to fix up my hair or happy to tell me when it doesn’t look quite right, lol. On this particular day, we were only bothered about getting one shot. As usual, we set up shop right next to the library as Craig pointed out the view. After a few running back and forth to the camera (as we always do for all our self portraits), we decided to switch up our poses. And so I asked Craig to do what he does best, and he obliged. In the middle of him fixing it, we got this shot. It was a very rainy day and I had two looks to shoot for a fashion brand campaign. We succeeded in getting some of the work done as much as the weather would permit as it was a very rainy day. Doing shoots like this means we have to plan an additional shoot in order to keep up with our daily Instagram schedule. On our way back home from the first round of shooting, we stopped by Aldi to stock up on some supplies and I bought some flowers to hang. A habit I picked up when I travelled to Greece. Upon getting home, I posed with the flowers on the balcony before hanging them up to dry.This shot was taken at the end of the of what would prove to be a very hectic day. Walking through the Northern Quarter, we spotted this pub with a bike in front of it. After taking a few test shots, we decided to go with it. I did a lot of jumping as you can see. It was around 5pm, which meant folks were leaving work to go home. Some folks joined in my display for joy and others politely waited for me to get the shot. One dog in particular seemed very fascinated with Craig who was squatting on the ground to get the shot. She kept trying to leave her owner to go after Craig. It was funny and cute to watch. My guess is given his beard, she found him to be another fury friend.Sundays equals plant days in our household. That is, if we remember to water them, lol. Well, this Sunday we did. We had spent the morning shooting two looks for a brand with a deadline that was due the next day. We didn’t feel like going back out as we were still recovering from the cold we experienced earlier on. Just before feeding the plants, we got the camera out and posed for a self portrait.

We hope you’re enjoying the stories behind our images. Let us know in the comment section which one is your favourite.

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October 28, 2017
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Welcome to another week in black and white. Rather than talk about the events that transpired during the course of our week, I think it’s best to focus on the underlying lesson learnt. Those who know me well, know that I’m one to always draw a life lesson from any circumstance if I can help it. I really do appreciate that side of me as it gives at least one constant perspective to always view things amongst others. The key message I got from our week was “always embrace life”. Now, how did this come about? Well, it all started when I watched a live Facebook video by a photographer who said the best way to capture a moment was to actually be in the moment. Those words really stuck with me. Somehow it translated into embracing life and it got me really being extra conscious of each moment and making the most of it. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt (speaking from personal experience), its that what you focus on is what you’ll succeed at. Bearing that in mind, coupled with my new level of awareness, I made sure to embrace each moment. Rather than say to Craig, “should we go out and get some shots?”, I found myself saying “let’s go out and see if we can find a place we’ve never been before for some nice coffee”. Making it less about shooting and more about just living life with getting some shots being an added bonus.

It gave a very different feeling, one of being a lot more open to unexpected moments the day might bring with it. And it felt great! I could see beautiful stories unfold. In retrospect, it was obvious that there’s always something romantic about embracing life. After all, that romance triggered my journey to getting here. So I ask myself,  how can I not live in the moment? Granted, life has it’s ups and downs. But the best way to push through is to keep hope alive. And with each passing day, we must learn to live a little more – romancing life.

October 24, 2017
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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
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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
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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).

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September 27, 2017
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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
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