Category Archives: photography

(Camera) Bag Lady: L & K Get Married

Me and the blushing brideAt the beginning of the the month, two very special people got married. The wedding, put together on a shoestring and organised in just seven weeks, took place in a little village in Oxfordshire.

We have another wedding to go to this weekend and it will be a different type of celebration altogether, but the act of marrying, choosing one person to be with for (what is hopefully) the rest of your life is still very emotional for me. The handful of weddings I attended before my own nuptials were fun, but I feel like now I appreciate the significance of and enjoy these ceremonial occasions a lot more.

I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph this blushing bride get ready, and my (multiple) cameras and I didn’t pause to take a break for the rest of the day. All our friends pitched in to make the wedding so special, and Mr Ship-Shape even had the honour of acting as celebrant, conducting the ceremony, which was emotional to say the least.

As I plough my way through editing the 1,000+ photos I took *gulp*, I thought I’d share a few from the day. Congratulations L & K – here’s to a lifetime of happiness and cheese!

Pimms in jam jarsWhite rose button holeThe bride and groommore buntingCamera ladyLomo Diana cameras

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San Francisco Photo Diary

Blueberry pancakesDue to having spent the last five days in a very muddy field (I’ll see you again next year, Glastonbury!), today’s outfit post is being replaced by a photo diary of my holiday to San Francisco. This post is long overdue since our holiday was in March, but I was waiting until I was able to get the film from my Diana Mini camera developed. Time is rushing by so quickly at the moment – it feels like only last month that these photos were taken!

I’ll let the photographs speak for themselves, but highlights include cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge, eating pancakes for breakfast every day, taking a ride on a cable car, visiting Alcatraz and horse riding in Point Reyes national park. Take me back there, please?

Tropical San Francisco plantsThe Golden Gate BridgeGraffiti in The MissionGolden Gate Bridge double exposureAlcatraz island signBurgers at The Ice Cream Soda BarPier 39 San FranciscoHorse riding at Five Brooks Ranch

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Photographing Outfit Posts in Public

Willfields festival outfit

Outfit posts are a funny thing, aren’t they? I think if you’re a fashion, style or any form of visual blogger you’re always aware of your surroundings, both present and future, and the possibilities that lie within. A quaint back street, a perfect sunset or a vibrant focal point such a red telephone box or wall of graffiti – every location becomes an opportunity to act as a backdrop to your outfit or subject matter.

Of course it’s all very well when you’re alone with a tripod and remote, or a trusty partner/parent/BFF, but what about when your preferred location is buzzing with people? That’s where I found myself when I went to Willfields this weekend – a picture-perfect field that was the setting for a mini festival put on and attended by lots of my friends. Friends who find the concept of documenting outfits hilarious. Friends who have cameras with a zoom setting to capture you as you pose by a tent, trying out your best nonchalant head tilt…

And so it was that Mr Ship-Shape photographed this festival outfit, made up of my cotton ‘Eve’ top from Toast and a few items from the recent Cabot Circus Festival Fashion Style Challenge, while a group of my friends could be heard playing at being paparazzi while giggling in the distance.

When I’ve worked out a format I might write a post on how to photograph outfits in public but for now, here are a few thoughts on the matter:

Even the non-posiest poses can look posed

Finding a quite spot will make you feel (a bit) more relaxed

Laughing through it is your only option

The quicker you shoot, the quicker you’ll stop being stared at

Pretending to flash (your friends, not random members of the public!) can work wonders to lighten the mood

Do you you shy away from having your photo taken in public or are you the first to enlist your non-blogger pals in snapping your style? Share your thoughts in the comments!

‘Eve’ top – c/o Toast / Stonewashed boyfriend shorts – New Look / Red and brown striped cardigan – Mango / Vintage Paisley scarf – Grandma Ship-Shape / Chelsea boots –Topshop / Sunglasses – Primark

New Look stonewashed boyfriend shortsTopshop tan Chelsea bootsVintage paisley scarf and Mango cardiganFestival dressing at WIllfieldsEve buttoned back top from Toast

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Lomo Love: Living for the Weekend

Lomo double exposure Colour Neg film

I finally feel like I’m getting to grips with my Diana Dreamer and, to me at least, that’s nothing short of exciting! This roll is another batch of Colour Negative 100 film and it might just be that these shots were taken in sunnier weather, but they definitely feel warmer than the previous roll.

These double exposures were taken on some of my favourite weekends in recent memory. Some were shot at St Pauls Carnival (you can see some more traditional snaps of the event here), one our recent camping trip and several during the May Bank Holiday when Mr Ship-Shape and I took a day trip to Cheddar Gorge. It was there that we managed to set up the shot below – a double exposure taken from the same spot with me in one exposure and the Mr in the other.

Double exposure attempt at Cheddar GorgeSt Pauls double exposure photographsThe view from Cheddar GorgeWeekend camping Lomo style

A Jolly Weekend in Cornwall

Mousehole, Cornwall - the view from our bedroom

Do you remember yonks ago (ok, about a month ago) when I mentioned my surprise birthday weekend away in Cornwall, and how I’d post up some photos really soon? If you do then the phrase ‘better late than never’ would be applicable here.

Our poor old laptop has pretty much reached maximum capacity on the storage front, so apart from a few lomography shots, it’s taken me a while to make enough room to make space for these holiday snaps. Computer issues aside, the long weekend in Cornwall (and accompanying sunny weather) seems like a hazy memory now but is one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Mr Ship-Shape took me to Mousehole, near Newlyn, which is a tiny pocket of a village close to Land’s End and Penzance.

We stayed in an old Coastgaurd’s cottage and woke up to the sound of the sea each morning, which was blissful. It was a tranquil, foodie ‘staycation’ that I could get used to every birthday! Since this is a photo-heavy post I’ll limit the chit-chat, but the weekend included, in no particular order; walking, photography, criminal seagulls, whole crabs, ice cream, fishcakes, reading, bacon sandwiches, St Ives, lie-ins, art galleries and some of the best seafood I’ve ever eaten…

Mousehole Bird Sanctuary signBoat stranded in St Michael's Mount harbourTasty fish and chips in Mount's BayThe Rum and Crab Shack St IvesEating whole crab at The Rum and Crab Shack St IvesThe view from St Michael's MountLooking nautical and windsweptIce creams in St IvesMousehole harbourOur coastguard cottageSt Michael's Mount Cornwall