Thursday, 29 December 2011

20 and a half on my 20th and a half.

So today was awesome. Let me explain. A good few weeks ago, I saw this post on one of the awesome blogs I follow. If you can't be bothered to read it, I'll explain the concept. On her 31st birthday she did an amazing 31 random acts of kindness. I thought this was such an awesome idea, what a great way to spend a day. But I couldn't wait until my 21st birthday! It's toooo long away, so I decided to do something for my half birthday. Today, I turned 20 and a half, so I did 20 and a half random (some of them weren't so random) acts of kindness. Here we go :)

1. I set an alarm (haven't done that in a while) and got up bright and early to make my daddy breakfast, can't remember the last time I did that - so yes it did count!!

2. On the way into town, I decided, as I was driving a lot today, that whenever there was an opportunity to let someone out of a road or let some people cross the road, I would. Only when it was safe obviously ;)

3. When I parked the car, I went and put money in all the parking meters of the car park.

4. I went into my local Co-op supermarket and bought a voucher for Boots, and then I turned around in the queue and gave it to the old lady behind me. This was by far the best one, she was so shocked and a little bit happy, I hope at least ;) the cashier was just as shocked, it was such an awesome feeling!

5. I went into the charity shop nearby and offered to buy the people in there some hot drinks, but they said that they'd just made themselves a drink, which I thought wasn't terribly grateful, so I donated some money to their shop instead.

6. I walked past some scaffolders in the street and so I went along to the local tea room and bought them a couple of takeaway teas :)

7. I decided that every person I came into contact with, I was going to make the effort to be extra nice to them, wish them a nice day etc.

8. I went into the nearest newsagents and put little notes into magazines and I hope people find them and think that they're not adverts!

9. I posted a photo to my grandma which I'm sure she will love of all the family.

The half. I posted a present I found for my friend to her, so seeing as I had already got the present, I thought the sending of it would count as the half.

10. I put this poster below up on the town noticeboard.

11. Seeing as my dad used to be a fireman, I know how hard they work and how much they love cake, so I thought I would make a cake and take it to the nearest fire station. That was cool, the fireman I met there was lovely.

12. I put some diesel in my dad's car because he'd let me use it so much :)

13. I stuck this scratch card to the machine as I left, and just before, a really nice guy who worked there had tried to help me, and as I pulled away, I saw in my mirror that he took the scratch card, so that made me kinda happy :)

14. My mum is a midwife, so I went to the nearest midwife office and dropped off a bouquet of flowers and a card thanking them for the beautiful job they do!

15. Seeing as I never do it, I drove to the beach and walked my dog, it was sooo nice. I love the beach.

16. My brother came with me on my adventures, so I bought him some food to keep his energy levels up!

17. I cooked dinner for my family in the evening, my Thai green curry went down nicely :)

18. I left a box of chocolates and a card, thanking the postman for his services .

19. I sent an email to a person I admire.

20. I encouraged my family to go to a local quiz night to have some family time - which unfortunately happens a lot less than I would like, and I paid for us to enter, with the money going to the blind, so this was another favourite, selfishly I suppose, because I benefited!!

And that's it. I cannot encourage you all enough to do the same thing! It was truly amazing! I'm gonna try and make sure I do as many good deeds as possible, and not just save them up for one day because the feeling of helping others is just too good. And on top of it all, I got to spend an awesome day with my little brother, who I would like to thank for coming with me, I wouldn't have nearly been as much fun! Thanks Jack.
I hope this inspires you to do at least one good deed. Speak soon blog friends xxxxxx

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Emma & Amelie

I hope everyone had an awesome Christmas :) here's a shoot I did just before Christmas, you've seen her before a few months ago, and she has grown sooo much. So enjoy these few photos of Amelie...

Amelie and her Grandad

I promise there will be another post before the New Year! Hope you enjoyed these, lots of love bloggers xx

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Sarah & Tracy & Louise & Chloe & Alex & Emma

This has been by far the most fun I've ever had on a photo shoot. They were so relaxed and fun, which went a long way to relaxing me :) I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as me, and you blog readers, I hope you enjoy looking at the photos...

I was going to write which ones were my favourite, then it became kind of pointless because I'm kinda in love with them all. Thanks guys for being such an amazing family to photograph xxx

Saturday, 10 December 2011


A week ago I went to Julien's house, he is a volunteer fireman, and he told me that during that night there would be a practice run, but like a massive one including doctors, the police and around 30 firemen. They were going to stage a crash and there would be 6 'victims' and he asked me to photograph it. I didn't have all my lenses with me - just one in fact and I was shooting at night. I am completely opposed to using flash, so all of these photos were taken without my flash (mainly because my flashgun is in the UK) but flash ruins photos anyway. There are so which look like it - but the firemen put up massive outside lights, sometimes they helped me - sometimes they made it very difficult.
Technicalities and excuses aside, as a daughter of an English fireman, I was so proud to know some many firemen in England and France, and so proud of my dad. The way this team worked together was amazing! It took about 2 hours in the freezing cold, I actually thought my fingers were gonna drop off. So to all the firemen everywhere, thank you for saving lives!

Anyway, enough of my wittering, let's kick off with the preparation, all the victims were made up to look actually hurt, don't worry, none of them actually were... Time was short, and I love this shot of Julien getting his wife to hold the phone while he spoke and put a fake cut on his friends head.

The briefing...

It was all go! I nearly got left behind...

The car was well and truly on fire, which was impressive seeing as there was nothing inside, all the fuel and oil was taken out prior, which also meant it didn't stay alight for very long...

If you're an avid reader of secondintime, you may recognise the man on the left. The groom, and Julien (the guy putting on the make-up) is his brother. I was so impressed to see them both running the show.

The police

I love this shot. SO MUCH. The brothers together, and the seriousness on their face. Needless to say their mother loved it.

Alban, who has appeared on the blog before, he is the son of Julien and he wants nothing more than to become a fireman like his dad, bless him. So he was made up to be one of the victims - the cut on his nose is not real, don't worry ;)

I know you can't see any of the action, but I just love the pretty colours..

One of my favourites - couldn't tell you why, it's not quite in focus, it's blurry, but I just love the concentration taking place to 'save the man's life'. I can't tell you how incredible it was to be so close to this.

Let's finish with my favourite shot. I love it, I waited for ages for someone to move in front of the light to create that effect. Love.

I know I waffled a lot more than usual in this post, it is also pretty long, so I apologise for that, but I just had to document that night, it was amazing to witness it, it really was. Come back soon, I have another post that I'm sure will be ready soon.