Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

January 1st, 2014

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2013 has been a good year, just a few of the highlights have been:

  • It has seen us move from Bournemouth to London and both Keith and I start new jobs.
  • In May we were able to go on a 3 week road trip down the west coast of America which was amazing and the best break before London.
  • We have managed to settle into a wonderful new church in London and have started to make new friends.
  • Two of our lovely friends welcomed baby boys into their lives and we were also able to see the Fountain’s and the Richardson’s get married.
  • In July we celebrated 3 years of marriage!
  • I knitted socks for Keith, a scarf for my brother and started knitting myself a jumper. For Christmas I received the amazing Knitting by Design book by Emma Robertson which I can’t wait to use.
  • In November I was able to travel to Wales to celebrate my Godson’s 2nd birthday! This was also the month were we went on the first holiday with my family since we’ve been married.

I have been thinking about plans and hopes for the next year over the past few months and I am so excited about 2014! A few of the things I have plans for are:

  • Hopefully we will soon be moving into our new flat in Finsbury Park and I am so excited about making it our home this year!
  • I am looking forward to being more creative during this next year, professionally and personally. I have lots of ideas of projects I want to work on and I am looking forward to sharing these on this blog.
  • I am also looking forward to working alongside some of the amazing creatives that I have met since I started freelancing and working more closely with a few of my creative friends.
  • I hope to blog more this year and build my professional presence.

Looking forward to seeing how this next year develops and sharing it with you!

Pete and Beth’s Wedding

October 30th, 2013

Last weekend Keith and I went up to Bristol to celebrate the wedding of our friends Pete and Beth. It was a gorgeous day and perfectly reflected their personalities. Beth studied photography at the same university I went to so as would be expected of a photographer her wedding was incredibly well documented. I don’t think I have ever seen so many professional cameras at a wedding before. Here are a few of my photographs from the day.

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Straight after the ceremony Pete and Beth had tea and cake at the church. There was an incredible spread of homemade cakes available and this was where they cut their wedding cake, which the our very talented friend Alice made.

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The reception was at another church in Bristol and it looked wonderful lit up by hundreds of fairy lights and bunting. Again there was a wonderful spread of home made food. We had a great time and loved exploring Bristol the next day.

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Dan and Anna’s wedding sneak peak

October 22nd, 2013

Last month I had the wonderful opportunity to photography Dan and Anna’s wedding in Walthamstow.

Attending a wedding is always an amazing experience but being able to photograph it is such a privilege, especially been able to photographing a friends wedding. This was the second wedding I have shot for friends and it was amazing. Being the photographer I had such an intimate view of the wedding and it was so nice to share such a special day with two amazing friends. Here’s a little sneak peak of a few of the final images.

Getting Ready

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Ceremony 

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Private shoot

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Reception

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If your interested in finding out more about my wedding photography, please email faithmason24@gmail.com.

 

Run River North – Foxbeard

October 15th, 2013

Just discovered Run River North and really enjoying this song Foxbeard. I first found this song on Todays Letters who wrote “inspiration found at 1:14″ and I too would agree with that.

USA Road Trip – Week 3

October 7th, 2013

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Day 15 - Trying to find somewhere to stay the night before had been pretty difficult the night before so in the morning none of us wanted to waste any time trying to find breakfast. We decided that we would pull into the first place we could see which turned out to be a fast food burger joint. As Chris is veggie and they only things he could eat was fries or onion rings this wasn’t the best option but we decided to eat there and get on with the trip. We then stopped off at the Hoover Dam, I think some people spend the whole day there taking tours but we just parked up, walked across it and took some photos before we continued to drive to the Grand Canyon. Arriving at the Grand Canyon we found that all the campsites were booked up because of the National holiday so we decided that we might try pulling up somewhere to sleep later on as this was supposedly ok in Nevada. We then walked along the Grand Canyon which was great. But once the sun started setting the deep red of the rocks really started to come out and it looked amazing.

Day 16 - This was a long day with a lot of driving, it was going to take 7 hours to drive to LA and we wanted to stop off at Joshua Tree National Park (about 2 hours outside of LA) before we arrived in Anaheim LA.

We arrived at Joshua Tree around 4 o’clock and decided to do a small trail that went past an old mine. Joshua Tree was a really interesting place, and pretty different to the other National Parks we had been too. It was incredibly hot and dry with lots of cacti and lizards. Before we left we also decided to try and find an actual Joshua Tree, we drove for ages to try and find one and felt pretty disappointed once we found them, they looked just like any other small tree. Once we got back on the road we got caught in a sand storm, which made driving a little harder as visibility was reduced and the van kept on getting pushed around by the wind. But we finally made it to our motel in Anaheim just before midnight.

 

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Day 17 - LA was our last stop on our trip so it was really nice to take this day easy and relax. We all slept in pretty late and then went to Laguna Beach that afternoon. We ended up hanging out at the 1000 steps beach. Afterwards we went shopping and after asking a few locals where the best place to eat was we found out it was Taco Tuesday (basically happy hour on tacos and selected drinks all day) so of course we had to have tacos. Both me and Chris had a mixture of shrimp and fish tacos while Keith decided to go for a salad. After our meal we had a spare half and hour before our parking ran out so we went to a frozen yoghurt bar and ate it while watching the most amazing sunset.

Day 18-19 - While planning the our road trip Chris contacted a couple of his friends from LA that he met while travelling in South America. They gave some great advise and offered to be our tour guide for the day and also asked us round for dinner. One of the things they advised was to go to The Original Pancake House. These pancakes were amazing and they were huge! This was such a good breakfast and we didn’t eat again until dinner. We then went to Santa Monica and went shopping. That evening we decided to go to Disney Downtown and have a drink in the House of Blues. Our motel so close to Disney so we walked up and because we were only going into Disney Downtown we didn’t have to pay anything to get in.

The next day we met up with Chris’s friend Becca and she gave us a small tour of the Huntington side of LA. It was really great to get a locals perspective on things and we saw places we wouldn’t had know about. First we visited an old settlement which was really interesting to see some of the history of California and then we went on to explore a small beach covered in rock pools where we could hold hermit crabs. After that we went to Huntington beach and had lunch at a 50′s style dinner right on the end of the pier. We all had burgers and milkshakes which were amazing. We also visited this interesting manmade island called Balboa Island by Newport beach. That evening we then decided to go back to Disney Downtown and see The Great Gatsby at the cinema. We also decided to have a slice of cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory.

Day 20-22 - This was our last full day so we took it easy and chilled out at Huntington beach for most of the day, doing a bit of shopping and sunbathing. In the evening we went round to Becca’s house and she made us dinner (fish tacos) which we shared with her husband and her friend Alison. It was so nice to have a home cooked meal as our last proper meal in America and we really enjoyed relaxing in a home for the evening.

The next day (Saturday morning) we got up super early and drove to the airport. We left in plenty of time as we had to return our hire car first, but it took less time than we thought so had ages to wait. Our flights were pretty simple with a change in Toronto, we flew over night and arrived back on Sunday morning really tired and jet lagged. And thats it!

Miles driven: 3701

Countries visited: (Canada, USA)

Sates Visited: (Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona)

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

All photos on the 3 road trip posts were edited with the VSCO CAM app.

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