Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Moore Nature Reserve

Today was an absolutely beautiful day for photography.

I visited my grandmother today, I don't get to do that very often and it meant an extremely early morning. Following this my mother, sister and myself then had time to waste before picking up my brother from the train station once he had returned from work so we decided to take an adventure to Moore Nature Reserve.

The weather was absolutely divine, apart from the occasional little spit of rain, but that didn't stop us having a wonderful time. We sat on a bench, eating a little picnic enjoying the beautiful views, which was just lovely.

I hope the future brings more memories like this, it's lovely to enjoy the weather (when it's not too hot) and to take in some beautiful scenery

With weather like this, why not pick up your camera, click the shutter and see what you get?

Monday, 28 July 2014

Lionheart Liverpool

Over the past year I have been working very closely with a paranormal team located in the city of Liverpool. Lionheart Paranormal Investigators are a paranormal research team whom specialise in investigating people stories, finding the truth behind them, as well as offering various events.

During the time I have spent working with this team, I have found it to be a very different experience for myself, I've found it rather fun and interesting to be working with a team like this as it's something I've never really done before, but have always wanted to do. Being a person who enjoys anything to do with learning about the paranormal, I've grown to be quite fond of these events.

It was quite awhile ago that I was contacted by Kevin Hale, the man in charge, and asked to join them on one of their paranormal investigation events. I was asked to come down with my camera to St James Gardens, located behind the Anglican Cathedral, and create a short film of the event. Whilst there I got to enjoy the stories being told whilst still working, I found it to be very interesting and informative, it really opened up my mind and helped me to delve into another world.

For anyone who's interested in this kind of thing and has considered attending an event something like this one, I would really consider doing it, even if it's just the once, I assure you, you may get hooked!

Following this i have become quite good friends with Kevin and have attended various other events, including one at the Pilgrim Pub and also being involved with creating short documentaries.

Recently I was contacted again about a Halloween event as The old Great George street Chapel and Graveyard for an overnight event. This event will be a live paranormal investigation at one of Liverpool's most famous buildings. As well as having a live paranormal investigation there will also be a medium on site and various equipment such as EMF Meters available for use.

I'm looking forward to working at this event, creating an in depth video. It will be extremely interesting to see what happens, even if it is through my camera lens.

I have a feeling this is going to one of Lionhearts best events yet and i urge you to all join us!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

This is me

I've spent so many hours, days and years of my life trying to love myself, who I am and who I am always going to for the entirety of my life…I find it so hard.

This is always going to be me, I'm never going to change, maybe one day I will be skinny, maybe even pretty but I find that one of the hardest things to believe. I'm never going to be the skinny, beautiful girl who is amazing at everything. This is me. I am always going to be me, I need to learn to accept myself. It's so hard looking around me at everyone else, realising that I'm never going to be like them, I'm always going to be me, I need to accept it. I try so hard, some days I think "Hey, you don't look half bad" Then I take a second glance in the mirror. I hope that in the future I don't hate myself as much as I do now, I hope I learn to accept myself.

When I look back at my life, to this time last year, one thing I realise is that although I have never liked myself, I liked myself much more then than I do now. I have spent the past year of my life trying to improve myself so that I can love myself…so why do i hate myself now more than ever? I hate so much about myself, I do like my eyes, it's possibly the one thing about myself that I do like and that's just because they are different and looking back, I used to hate those too. Its good to like one thing about myself right? But there are still so many other things that I have spent my life wanting to change, wanting to be different. 

I'm not going to lie, I am quite scared that I will never accept who I am, I will never accept how I look and that this if my face, the only face I will have, these are my legs and this is my stomach, and perfect is the last thing I am. I know that some things can be changed and I will do everything in my power to change what can be changed, but what do i do about the things that cant be changed? Do I just hate them for the rest of my life? I hope not.

I'm scared that I am always going to be socially awkward. I never used to be so awkward socially, not until my accident, until I feared leaving my house and having any form of human contact. I find every situation awkward, people think I'm stuck up or just rude because I don't talk to them, I can't stress enough that this isn't the case. I have genuine fears of talking to people, I can't handle the pressure, people are too judgemental and I hate it. I can't even talk to my university tutors properly, not without getting hot sweats resulting in me almost having panic attacks, I just can't handle it, I find it so overwhelming and I don't know what to do about it. I don't know how I will ever be successful in myself and my life if I find every situation awkward. 

I can't stand the looks people give you. Maybe they aren't aimed at you, or you're seeing something that isn't really there, maybe you're reading into something too much, but you don't realise that and they don't know and it hurts. People hurt people more than anything else. People are the cruellest species. I would rather be a cat spending my days eating and sleeping, not caring if I was fat because a fat cat is cute…in fact a fat anything is cute, apart from humans. If we are fat we are ugly and we are made to feel the lowest of the low. 

I see people, who aren't perfect and they love themselves and I have spent so much of my life wondering how they do it. Why can't I do it? Why do I find it so hard? Some days I just want to be someone else, I just want to look like someone else. Some days I accept myself a little, I think about how much I'm going to love myself in the future and how it's just going to take time, but I'm unsure. 

I spend so much of my life pretending that I am happy with myself, no one else needs to know that I'm not, positive energy reflects upon everyone and as soon as one person acts negatively, everyone does.

I hope one day I look back and laugh at how stupid I was being, I hope I learn to love myself because how and why do I expect other people to love me if I can't even love myself.


Yesterday I had the great pleasure of going down to The Red Lion located in Sutton, St Helens to photograph a band. The band in question was Stillia, a local and recently signed band whom are looking for a photographer to travel to their gigs across England and photograph them.

So naturally we went along, took some pictures and here's a little bit of what we got.

I wish the band all the best on all future endeavours and I hope to work with them in the future.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Pictures speak a thousand words

I think Liverpool is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the architecture is absolutely amazing to look at and not a lot of people really notice it.

 here's a few reasons why…

Pictures speak a thousand words

The future is so bright, I gotta wear shades!

I cannot wait for my life to begin properly.

As someone who is now 20 years old, I find that I don't feel like my life has properly began yet due to the fact that I have never been out of education. So many people at my age have full time jobs, some have houses and some even have children. I haven't really found myself thinking about this. I personally still don't feel like I'm old enough to even dream about having a child anytime soon.

I have experience so much in my life, but there is still so much left to experience, I haven't experienced half as much as I want to.

I have so many goals in life, maybe too many, but it's nice to dream big.

One thing I never want to do in life is ever leave behind people whom I love, and as my life moves forward I aim to do everything in my power to ensure that doesn't happen.

I've always thought about the future, for as long as I can remember and it always ended with the same scenario and ideas, living abroad.

Now that I am 20 and I properly understand all the implications of this, I have realised I don't think I would move abroad in my young life, I'd like to spend a few months here and there, maybe even a year, but never a permanent move, not whilst I am young anyway.

I have had so long to think about my life and to figure out what I want from the future and what I want to put into it, so many things have helped me to understand what I truly want.

I cannot life to start my life properly, by going into university I have taken an extra 3 years to work on my education and to figure out what I want. I do believe attending uni was the best decision to me and knowing that I am now going into my third year makes me so proud and I don't think I have ever been proud of myself.

Although moving abroad whilst I'm young is a bad idea, I do want to move across country, I don't want to be stuck in a little town for the rest of my life, I belong in the city.

There will come a time in my life when I feel although I have done most of which I want, which leads me to where I want to be when I am much, much older, when I have travelled the world and spent many years doing what I love, I aim to be living in Venice, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Don't dream small, and don't ignore your dreams…live them.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Adventure Time

When I sit here and think about life the one thing I can’t wait to do is travel the world.

I can’t help but look around me and take note on how much beauty there is in the world. I often find myself feeling quite jealous, thinking about how lucky people are to live in some of the most beautiful cities and countries in the world, oh how I envy them.

For as long as I can remember I have always been an adventurous person, wanting to venture out into the big wide world and visit all of the amazing places I have dreamed about for so long.

When I think about what we do in our everyday lives, maybe take a trip down to the park, I can’t help but think about how much more there is to see. You’re not going to look back in years to come and remember that time you visited that park down the road, but what you will do is look back and think of all the amazing things you have done in your life, the chances you’ve taken that have made a difference.

You can live your life doing the same old thing day in and day out, or you could live your life by exploring the world. Imagine zip lining at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda. I assure you that if you took the time to do this one-day, you would remember it for the rest of your life.

What is life without a bit of adventure? I couldn’t live without the excitement and thrills; I couldn’t and wouldn’t enjoy leading a boring life.

Do you like heights? I love them and for as long as I can remember I have always loved abseiling and rock climbing and I make it my goal to abseil somewhere amazing, when I think about it, the excitement it brings to my life is incredible, the thought of abseil off somewhere like the story bride in Brisbane, Queensland is just too much to handle. One day I will keep telling myself. The view would be incredible.

I think everyone needs to take the time to travel at some point in his or her life. Do you really want to grow old having never seen the Niagara Falls? Its beauty would leave you mesmerized; the power of the water is just incredible. I can’t wait until it’s my turn.

I actually find it hard to believe that in a world with so many destructive things, we still have these beautiful places, monuments and structures. The just take my breath away.

I can’t wait to be able to travel and learn a little bit of different languages, not a lot, just enough to have a simple conversation with a local.

It’s always nice to get away, no matter where it’s too, but why not make it an amazing place to be? A change of scenery can really help a person; I know it would help me a lot. It can really help you grow as a person, to take in the culture. Imagine being stuck in a rut, packing up your bags, jumping on a plane and then taking a drive up to the Grand Canyon…tell me that won’t put your life into perspective. It’s going to make you feel amazing, just by standing there and looking.

I’m so excited to finish University and start my life properly, to be earning money from hopefully the job of my dreams, which I can then spend on my second dream…to travel.

I want to learn about other people’s cultures, how people on the other side of the world live. I can watch it on the television a million times but it’s never going to be the same until I see it for myself, and do you know what? I bet it’s nothing like I ever expected.

I hope that one day, if not whilst I am still young, then when I am older, that I am able to pack up my bags without a care in the world and just travel.

I want to visit Rome to see the amazing structure that is the Coliseum. Paris to see the Eiffel tower and Egypt to visit the Pyramids of Giza. I want to go and visit the 7 wonders of the ancient world…well the ones that have not been destroyed. Life is too short to sit here dreaming about it, there comes a time when you need to make it happen. I want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, to see the northern lights would be an absolute dream; the beauty of it would be incredible. I want to visit the Colossus of Rhodes in Greece and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, walk along the Great Wall of China and see so much more.

I want to know the danger of visiting a live volcano and travel to the basecamp of Everest. I want to do so much with my life, visit so many places and most importantly not regret a thing.

No regrets.

I currently live in a small town called St. Helens, located in between two major cities (Liverpool and Manchester). St Helens itself has absolutely nothing to it, but Liverpool has some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, and it’s an absolutely beautiful city.

One day I will just jump onto a plane and see where it takes me. The world is here for us to explore and I cannot wait one bit. I’m so excited for the day when my dream of traveling finally comes true.

Never ignore your dreams, do what you enjoy in life, never stop, never let anyone stand in your way, life is far, far too short. This is your life, the only life you will ever have and you need to make the most of it, starting from now. Don’t sit there waiting around for your dreams to come true, go out and make them happen.

I’m just a journalist with a camera, and I will be off to see the world…will you?


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Stakeout Festival 2014

So much has been happening recently, and I’m just so excited! It gives me faith in my career when things like this happens, it gives me faith in people to know they appreciate my help and actually want me to be involved in something huge! I was so excited about this that I absolutely had to post for the second time today.

A few months ago, both my boyfriend and myself were working at an M.S charity event at Osqua’s Bar/Event space in Liverpool, when a man named Paul Lloyd approached us. He owns a Liverpool based company called Unsigned City whom works with unsigned musicians and bands around the local area, helping them gain gigs and much needed promotion. After talking for a while we exchanged contact information and kept in touch and actually all became good friends.

We are now working alongside Paul to create a Liverpool based music festival called Stakeout festival. This will be taking place on the 28th and 29th of November and will be spread across 5 unique venues across Liverpool, consisting of a growing list of amazing bands. We are aiming to provide unsigned musicians and bands the promotion they require on a large scale, as well as providing a platform in front of a large audience, including talent scouts.

I personally am in charge of bringing together the best possible videography team to film the event to allow us to create an amazing promotional video for future stakeout festivals. As well as this I will be photographing the event, this may include being on the stage to get the required shots

I am absolutely blown away already by what’s been happening with this festival, with all of the bands messaging us asking to be involved, it’s just insane that I am a part of something that hopefully will end up the biggest festival in Liverpool, or if not the biggest just very successful!

When I look back to the last few months I cannot help but think about how different life would be right now if we had never attended the charity event. It’s crazy how one small moment can change everything. How one conversation with a stranger, something that seems so insignificant at the time can actually impact your life so much

I cannot wait to see what the festival bring us and I couldn’t ask for a better team of people to be working with. We are going to face so many obstacles and challenges along the way and do you know what? I can’t wait because we will overcome every single one of them and this festival will be amazing!

I’m going to continue posting about my progress and the progression of the festival, especially for those of you interested in attending

It’s time to have a stakeout!

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