Will You KILL Me Now?

Quite a morbid blog post title. Fear not I don’t want anyone to kill me, I went to London to shoot the poster for a film :)

Will You KILL Me Now (WYKMN) is an Anti-Bullying film from Brymack Productions. I’ve been lucky enough to see the full length film but here’s the trailer for you :)

We decided on two versions of the poster, one with the full main cast and one with the two integral characters. We took inspiration from movie posters like Kidulthood and Face Off and mixed them in with a concrete London feel.

Here’s the finished products!



The cast were fab and super easy to shoot, they made my job so easy!!

Thanks George and Sophie for taking a chance on me :)

The Year of The Wedding

2015 is actually The Year of The Goat, according to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, but this year happens to be the year I get married. I like the zodiac calendar; it’s telling me this year is my year, being that I was born in 1991, and I’m not going to argue! Either way it reminds me of the cool roll up calendars Chinese Takeaways used to give out. Do they still give these out?

Our wedding is September 2015. That used to seem so far away, now it’s closing in quicker than I can handle.

I am excited of course I am. But I can’t deny the rising panic every time someone asks me how the planning is going. Truth be told it started off great, super organised, loved every minute spent planning. Everything was going grand and we were sorting things out super early giving us plenty of time to sort a honeymoon.

Then we hit a bump in the road. It was a slightly major bump and it knocked us both and really took all the wind out of my sails for planning. I didn’t even want to think about the wedding and for three months I completely ignored all planning that needed to be done. It just felt like we were being taken for a ride by someone we should have been able to trust.

We’ve always said from the moment we decided to get married in England that we wanted to source everything as local as possible. And we did, we sourced so much locally and from small and family run businesses, it was a great organic feeling on top of the wedding bliss we were in. Why wouldn’t you put your money back into local economy?

We soon learnt the hard way that going local and family run isn’t always the best way to go. We were blinded by people talking the talk with rustic looking websites and grand promises. In our naivety we paid huge amounts up front to pay as much off the wedding costs as soon as possible and begin saving/paying for the honeymoon this year.

Well it came back to bite us on the arse and the three months that followed were the most stressed I had ever been. I always said that I’ve been fortunate enough in my life to never experience real stress before. When I finally tasted real stress I really didn’t like it, I lost my apetite, I couldn’t sleep and I didn’t want to speak to anyone. I lost almost a stone in a month and I started to feel pressure and guilt because I had chosen the particular company that were at the the root of this problem.

The pressure wasn’t to make the wedding happen, that happens when it happens. The pressure was to avoid losing thousands of pounds 12 months before the wedding.

With no ounce of begrudging, Ste and I are funding our wedding ourselves. It was never a question and in all honesty it seems bizarre that it can be any other way in this day and age. It’s not a secret that Ste earns a lot more than I do and to pay for the wedding we want he’s spending most of his time away from home and all its comforts. He works so hard and he does it for our future and I cannot thank him enough. Yet here we are facing losing thousands, we were devastated.

I’d love to say the issue has been resolved, but the route to resolving it is looking like court. I was genuinely in a rut and I was beginning to resent my own wedding.

Just before Christmas we were forced into a harsh realisation of what life is really about. Life is too short and family is too important! What brought this about is not my story to tell but never has anything kicked me into gear so much in my life before.

The new year has brought a new outlook. The money we are currently losing will come from somewhere else, our deposit for a new house or our equity in our current one. Either way we are moving on, booking with someone else and forgetting all about the pesky company. We will pursue it after the wedding, who wants a court battle over money while you’re planning your wedding?!

So here I am in January, at the start of “my year”, trying to remember where I left everything when all this mess began. I’m behind on everything, but I’m slowly looking back through it all remembering where I left off.

So bear with me while I hide my panic when you ask me “How’s the planning going?”

Lots of love, the worst bride-to-be in the world.


Rachel & David 14.06.2014

Here’s a round up of my favourite shots from the recent wedding of Rach and Dave, I’m sure you’ll agree they are such a photogenic couple, even though they’re both incredibly modest!

These two are such a fun couple, had a genuinely awesome time shooting this wedding. I really really wanted to do this wedding justice as Rach has always been so supportive of my photography since we met all those years ago on our way to Peru. I was super chuffed to get an email from Rach asking me to be her photographer, officially I might add as she’d always joked I’d photograph her wedding whenever that may be anyway.


Sunny WeddingWedding MorningWedding EssentialsJimmy ChooWedding DressBridal Make-upBridesmaidBride PoutAlmost DoneThe RevealProudGiddyFlowersThe BrideSerene BrideDetailsWedding ChurchHappy GroomBestmenScottish GroomCalm GroomOrder of ServiceGumBride ArrivalPacing GroomPositionsLast MomentsGigglesI do

Mr & MrsGuestsGuestsBride & GroomKissTransportBridesmaidsThe GirlsHappy CoupleLoveBest MenThe GuysThe GuestsGracefulScottishWalkingBride & GroomHappy CoupleHappy GazingBride & GroomSmileBride & GroomKissGazingPromiseFunnyWeddingBride & GroomBeautiful BrideThe BrideFunny GroomGroomGroomTrue LovePrivatePimmsDetailsReceptionCakePlease StandFather of the BrideGroom's SpeechFunnyBest Man SpeechNervousPhoto BoothPhoto BoothCate CuttingFirst DanceLoveFirst DancePartyDancingDancingLoveDrunk Party Night

Nath & Mia Francis 18/04/2014

So here’s the Francis wedding I shot on the 18th April 2014.

What an amazing day! It was a huge wedding and the Groom is also my boss in the day job so double pressure!

Group Selfie!
Grandparents embracing technology (sorta)
The ‘Frozen’ re-enactment
Ray Bans


No more dancey :(

2013 will be my first year since I started dancing where I’m not involved in the carnivals. It’s so super strange, I really feel like an outsider.

I started dancing when I was 3/4 and my first carnival was odd, these people were strange. It all soon became the norm and I was 100% in love with all the strange things about it.

I’m at the back in pink, left. Safe to say I was pretty useless at first.

My early years of dancing were filled with endless fun and laughs and I made some great friends that I cannot imagine never having known.




Carnivals were FUN! they were play time, you got to show off your dance and then spend the rest of your time eating rubbish from the stalls and spending all your pocket money on the rides.

I danced with the same group of girls from the moment I started and we all danced well together, we all got along great. As we got older we went through our ‘we’re too cool to be told what to do’ stage. Thinking we knew best and the carnivals became something too lame to be excited about. Having to walk the parade and see school friends laugh at you in your silly costume. As we got older our tastes changed and I didn’t always like the dances the outfit the hair and make up etc… I saw what other dance schools were doing and they had younger dance moves, skimpier outfits and cool hair! I loved my dance school and loved my teachers but it was no secret that I wasn’t enjoying myself as much.

The icing on the cake for me was when all the girls I had danced with for years and years had to leave dancing for jobs or for university. It was so strange dancing without them and I realised once they had gone that they were the reason I had carried on so long.





I left the dance school I had learnt everything from and had been with for so long. I loved my time there and it was hard to say goodbye to all that, but I’m glad I left when I did. I’ll always be grateful for my time there and what I learnt.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the world of tap dancing in this town and you forget it’s a hobby, something you do for fun. If the fun is gone why are you still there? I was forcing myself to go each week and my mam (who was still paying for my class at the time) was spending a lot of money on something I wasn’t really enjoying anymore. In the end I decided the best thing for me to do was leave. I had changed but the dance school hadn’t.

I knew I didn’t really want to stop dancing, I thought I still had a few carnivals left in me, but I didn’t really know if I felt right going to a different dance school. Dancers and teachers can be quite patriotic and you can easily be thought of as a traitor, no one would ever say it but they’d be thinking it!

I joined a fairly new dance school that had a young choreographer with dance moves I’d never done before. It was hard work again and I had to really work to keep up. It was fun and challenging just what I was looking for.





It was so strange going somewhere new after being in one place for so long. I didn’t really know anyone and being such a weirdo I usually struggle to fit in. Everyone was nice to me and people were happy to go over anything you were unsure about. I’ve made some really good friends since moving but it was hard as everyone already had their friends and groups. Also my mam stopped paying for me, suppose I was about 18…

The main thing for me was that I was, working hard at dancing again, I liked my dances and I was being treat like an adult. I threw myself into helping at the carnivals which is something I never used to do (because I was obviously such a cool rebel).


Because I don’t drive the carnivals became even more hardwork than before, I had no lifts to and from the carnivals from my mam as my little sister had stopped dancing. Even when she joined with me I had to chaperone her each week. Not fun. The carnivals became stress central for me.

So this year I’m just going to be watching at the side lines. I’ll be watching closely and pretending I’m head judge ;)


Who am I to judge?
Well I’m no one really but I quite fancy myself as an Arlene Phillips ;)
I’d love to be a judge at a carnival but I have no idea who I need to be best friends with in order to make that happen. :O

Saying that I don’t know anything anymore! It’s so strange, it’s like when I stepped out of the carnivals I stepped out of a secret room only the people involved in the carnivals are allowed into. Where will I get my first programme to read all the dance names to then spend 15 minutes deciphering what everyone is? Where will I sit at the carnivals. Holy shit is there even an impartial colour I can wear on the field so I don’t offend anyone? Dear me.

Regardless, I’ll be there at Dalton (or which ever bloody one they decide is first this year) with my beady eye watching everyone, making my mental notes, awarding my own 3rd, 2nd and 1st and secretly wishing I was still dancing.


Erin Browne – retired dancer, soon-to-be-head-judge.