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This week’s coffee diaries nearly didn’t happen, thanks to the very stormy days we’ve been experiencing over here in Manchester. Not one to shy away from a shoot no matter the weather, even I found it quite difficult to navigate. Craig was soaking wet as his umbrella got destroyed by the gusty winds and so did mine, but I wasn’t letting go nonetheless. Taking shelter was the only way forward. But that in itself became an arduous task. We found ourselves searching for a spot for close to an hour as everywhere was packed with people trying to stay away from the not so friendly weather. In the end, we decided to join the crowd. Trying to take pictures was very awkward as everyone kept staring. I remember saying to Craig, I’ve paid for two pots of tea and I’ll be damned not to get my money’s worth in pictures, lol. Clearly, this wasn’t the time or place to even contemplate a self portrait. So we agreed to just focus on me as I was ready to take some stares for the team.

Waiting out the storm seemed to be a mistake as it kept getting worse. But at least we had a hot pot of tea to keep us going. Looking around us, we could see people drinking and having a jolly good time despite the not so great weather. In that moment, it was very obvious to me what the lesson was. Although we may experience some stormy weathers in our lives, it is much better when we have the people we love around us. Looking over at Craig, I was happy to see him. I might have taken one for the team, but without him there observing the scene and clicking the camera at every chance he gets, there’d be no team. Coming to terms with the fact that the weather was only going to get worse, we called for an Uber to get us home where we would be safe from the storm. When we got out of the taxi, we saw a man with an umbrella, which had the words “there’s no rainbow without rain”. What a thought to hold on to, especially on a day like this.

ONYI / BAG – PINKO / DRESS – PINKO / JACKET – PINKO / BELT – PINKO


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October 21, 2017
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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.

ONYI / COAT – NEXT / TOP – NEXT / JEANS – & OTHER STORIES / SHOES – MARCO TOZZI

CRAIG / JACKET – ZARA / JUMPER – NEXT***If you want to edit like me, you can! Get my Lightroom preset or grab a copy of my eBook here.***

October 14, 2017
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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 hereThis 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.

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October 9, 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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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
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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
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