The 2016 Round-Up: Music & Portraits & Things

Seeing as I went ahead and did an absolutely mammoth wedding round-up blog for this year, it only seemed right and fair to show you a few of my favourites from my various other photo & design adventures.

This year has been a brilliant year of tinkering. It’s been a year of working with lots of awesome clients who trust you implicitly to go a bit rogue and get your creative on and ohmygosh I love them for it. (Y’know, the kind of folk who don’t bat an eyelid when you’re running around using a pint glass / coloured knitting needles / trees as a creative filter. Those ones.) I’ve travelled all over, fallen in love with SNAP Photography Festival, painted faces and had far too much fun running around with some of my favourite photographers and musicians.

Now, with no further ado, here we go…

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EP design for the lovely Emily Mae Winters, followed later in the year by an album shoot which may have involved a paddling pool. In November. Go check out her Facebook page for album updates!

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Promo photos around Kelham Island for musician / composer extraordinaire Jack McNeill.

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A portrait session in Liverpool with the wonderful Eleanor Rees.

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Photoshoot adventures around Stannington / Dungworth with Jack Rutter. Keep an eye out on Jack’s page for more from this session!

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That time beautiful Heidi Talbot invited me up to Scotland to take photos for her new album “Here We Go 1, 2, 3” around the spectacular Glen House Estate.

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Promo session for Coven (featuring Lady Maisery, Belinda O’Hooley & Tidow and Grace Petrie).

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Epic Shakespeare-themed portrait adventures with The Company Of Players.

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Photography and artwork for Kirsty Bromley‘s new EP “Absent Mother”.

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That time we ran riot at CADS Sheffield with vast volumes of vintage and steampunk wonderfulness for the Steamchicken album photoshoot.

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Portrait adventures in the woods with electroacoustic genius Vanessa Massera.

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Tinkerings with prisms and a video light for the rather marvellous Ollie King‘s upcoming new album “Diffractions”.

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Album photography and design for Son Of John‘s debut album “Autumn’s Hymn”.

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Portrait session for the mega gorgeous Phoebe Eley above the Longshaw Estate, Derbyshire.

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That time I popped over to Bergen, Norway, with Jamie Sia Photography to wear beautiful dresses by Luna Organics and take a few snaps of our other lovely models Jess Johnston and Eric Odeen.

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The time I ran around as an official snapper (super fit low-vis blue tabard and all) at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. If you’re looking for an awesome music festival to take your family to (or just to go to for funsies!) I can’t recommend this one enough.

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Creative photoshoot adventures for the brilliant Will Pound & Eddy Jay‘s new album “Ignite”, featuring a painting by Will’s brother, Steve Pound.

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Bellowhead‘s new live album (recorded by my genius old housemate Andy Bell) came out, so you finally get to see the snaps I took for it at their Manchester 02 Apollo gig last year. Poot poot!

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Promo snaps for melodeon marvel Mel Biggs, complete with multicoloured knitting needle filter. Obvs. (I may have squeaked with happiness a bit.)

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That time I did a photoshoot for Weleda‘s beautiful new gift range for their Christmas catalogue. In September. Christmas music and fairy lights may have featured heavily.

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The time it snowed and Shelley Richmond and I decided to frolic around in tulle skirts in the Peak District.

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When SNAP Photography Festival was everything I hoped it would be and more. Photographers, if you want to join one of the best communities of creative folk in the known universe, go give the SNAP website a visit!

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…and that, dear readers, was 2016! Thank you to all of my incredible clients and peers, and to all of you for your kind support.

Love to the lot of you,

E x

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Peak District Adventures: Episodes 1-6

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So here’s a thing: Being a self-employed photographer can sometimes feel a bit like you’re socially bi-polar. The chances are you’ve either got your best extroverted, socially capable face on while you’re dashing around snapping beautiful weddings / festivals / bands / whatever your bag is or you are, quite probably, sat on your tod in the photographic equivalent of the bat cave. Possibly with the curtains closed if it’s mega sunny so it doesn’t screw with your white-balance perception. (Not even kidding.) As you can imagine, this can get a wee bit intense during particularly busy times of the year and it can be mighty difficult to talk about it to anyone who works outside the scene: to the vast majority of people we’re doing our freakin’ dream job. Which we are. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious labour of love sometimes, right?

…and that’s where the Peak District Adventures came in. Originally these began as an excuse for a load of lovely internet acquaintances to meet up ahead of going to the awesome Snap Photography Festival together, but we ended up having so much fun at the first one that the brilliant Will Fuller Photography and I took it upon ourselves to try and organise one every month or so. Turns out that fresh air + actual proper daylight + beautiful scenery + good company = much happier photographers. Who knew?! (Imagine drinks or dinner after work but with extra vitamin D and a whole load of cameras / general nerdery. Chuffing marvellous.)

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Having a support network of people around you who understand the scene you work in is one of the best things you can possibly have. Don’t get me wrong here, I absolutely adore all of my friends and family outside of the circles I work in, but having people who can truly empathise and advise, who you trust implicitly to cover for you in an emergency and have your back when things are difficult – there’s nothing quite like it. Find your tribe and love ’em like crazy, this world is so much better when we support each other instead of competing all the time.

Now, to the photos!

 

EPISODE I: Longshaw Estate, Dec ’15

That time we nearly got blown away on the moors but it was super pretty and we got pie at the pub. Oh hell yes.

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Photographers: Will Fuller, Becky Kelly, Louise Pawson (Fox Tail Photography)

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EPISODE II: Mam Tor, Jan ’16

That time we went on a slightly longer walk than anticipated and realised how terribly unfit we were after Christmas buuut it was still amazing. Just look at all that atmosphere. Phwoargh. 

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Photographers: Will Fuller, Andy Wardle

 

EPISODE III: Stanton Moor, Feb ’16

That time we nearly died of shock when the weather was perfect and we discovered that I’m quite probably allergic to silver birch pollen? I may have ended up with zero mascara left on my face and red zombie eyes, but my goodness it was worth it.

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Photographers: Jamie Sia, Steve Bridgwood, Shelley Richmond, Will Fuller

This particular adventure marked the serious upping of selfie game. Check out these total beauts by Will & Jamie!

 

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Jamie Sia Photography

 

EPISODE IV: Black Rocks, Derbyshire, Mar ’16

That time we had the biggest number of adventurers yet and threw shapes on a big ol’ rock face. We even managed to tag a little portrait session onto the end!

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Photographers: Jamie SiaShelley Richmond, Will Fuller, Jaye & Matt Cole, Aimee Catt, Amy-Rose Deffley, Chris Bunce

The selfie game continued:

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Jamie Sia Photography

 

EPISODE V: …was the adventure around Dovedale that I unfortunately ultimately couldn’t make. Go check out Jamie & Will’s pages to see the snaps from this! They were joined by the awesome Liz Wan and Tim Dunk for this one too.

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EPISODE VI: Derwent Reservoir, Aug ’16

The time we hiked around Derwent Reservoir and found a lizard and I did my best Julie Andrews impression. Sunshine and a random dust storm and photos in a beautiful bracken wood may also have featured…

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I think we can establish that Louise of Fox Tail Photography is, indeed, a total fox. (Thank you for letting me take a few snaps, lovely lady!)

Photographers: Will FullerLouise Pawson (Fox Tail Photography), Katie & James FaircloughTim Dunk

 

And there we are, officially up to date with adventures! It’s been so lovely seeing how our little Peaks community has grown as we’ve gone along, so thank you so much to everyone who’s joined us over the last few months. Make sure you check out all of the photographer links above, they’ll make your eyes / heart happy.

Love to the lot of you,

E x

 

P.S. If you’re a photographer and you fancy getting to know an incredible group of people (not that I’m biased at all) then do check out Snap Photography Festival – tickets are officially on sale right now!

From gardens to mountains: the Glasgow adventures.

So, around this time last year I popped up North to visit my lovely pal Louise Bichan, AKA my Scottish twin / sister from another mister / one of my absolute favourite humans ever. Seeing as she’s currently on the train down this way for our next set of adventures and I’m IMPOSSIBLY EXCITED, I figured I’d finally get my butt into gear and blog up what on earth we got up to the last time. Nostalgia trip, here we go!

There were two main photo adventures last time I headed up to Glasgow, the first of which involved Lou and I dolling up to the nines and bewildering many a hiker as we trekked out into the Kilpatrick hills in posh frocks and walking boots. I can’t actually find the right words to describe how beautiful it was to be up there in the fresh air and sunlight, watching the colours change as the sun set behind the distant mountains, so I’m just going to go right ahead and show you instead:

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TOTAL BABE, right?! Incidentally, if you like beautiful instrumental music avec samples and synths, go check out her incredible new album, called “Out Of My Own Light“.

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^^^ Phone snaps by Louise!

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Smiley happy “thank goodness we made it off the hill before it got dark” faces.

Should you be interested in exploring the above location for yourself, just make sure you’re sensibly attired and take some water / snacks etc! It’s a lovely walk to get there (the rock formation itself is called “The Whangie”) but do be prepared. It’s worth the hike just to take in all of the incredible colours and textures, and the view out towards Loch Lomond and the Highlands is nothing shy of awesome. Highly recommended.

The next day we opted for a slightly shorter walk, pottering around in the luminously colourful Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The rhododendrons were out in force and the heat was nothing shy of intense. Ice lollies were consumed and the grass was lazed upon, buuut not before we’d taken a few squillion snaps between us…

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^^^ How much does this abandoned subway station from above look like something straight out of a Studio Ghibli film?! So very Spirited Away, right…? (If you’re not familiar with this wonderful animation studio, some of their finest pieces are being played in selected cinemas again this year! Check it out.)

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Yep, that was a lovely day. If you fancy seeing some of Louise’s snaps of me, go check out her website and Facebook page!

Right, I better get packing for our next adventure. If you fancy a few sneak peeks of our travels around France before the official photos come out (or you’d just like to see more of our work in general), come and say hello on social media! Handy links right here:

Instagram: @elly_lucas / @lbichan

Facebook: Elly Lucas Photography / E.L – Hitched / Louise Bichan

Twitter: @ellylucas / @louisebichan

Until next time,

E x