Begin Again with Brooke Shaden

There is a lot of (valid) negative talk about social media in the press, however, without social media (namely Instagram) I would not have started following US artist Brooke Shaden and heard about her ‘Promoting Passion‘ tour.

I happened to be in London for the European leg of her ‘Promoting Passion tour and immediately signed up for a place (thanks sonyalpha being such great sponsors and making it so affordable). It was meant to be!

There was a wonderful photography workshop (see below – thanks to our four wonderful models and Ceridwen Images as stylist extraordinaire/wardrobe/prop supplier) but that was not the main focus of the day.

Brooke is an inspirational speaker (and great hugger!) whose positive energy and thought provoking questions and exercises will be cogitated and digested for long after the event. Gillian Gamble was our second speaker and her story, beautiful art and enthusiasm for creativity provided another perspective on Brooke’s questions.

Questions like what is our legacy and why is it so difficult to create lasting legacy. Challenging us to change our narrative and move beyond expectation. Questioning what holds us back and allowing ourselves to begin again.

Like I said, so many thought provoking questions I have just begun to try to answer and begin again.

My photos from the photoshoot :

2019 musings…….

So what are you searching for this year? Do tell, I’d love to hear.

I’m looking to expand my creative horizons this year – I do love creating fairytales and so much more! Plus, on a more pragmatic level increasing my ps and lighting knowledge should help too!

Dancer/model: @aleksandra.bgc

📸: @dancebyannalouise

#fairytale #fairytaleforest #forest #wicklow #ireland #reddress #searching #lost #newyear #creativephotography

Raymonda – Bayerisches Staatsballet Munich

Sharing some curtain call memories from a stunning performance of Raymonda in Bayerisches Staatsballet on 10 October 2018. There were so many curtain calls, I lost count! Always a good test of photography skills – so many unknowns (location/timing/lighting……) – good preparation for when I get to take some backstage photos during a performance!

Another simply wonderful evening at watching Raymonda with @sergeipolunin as Jean de Briene. An absolute joy to watch. What a stellar trio @sergeipolunin @osielgouneo @ryzhkovaksenia, a vision in white – bravo @jeanettekakareka and a wonderful corps du ballet.

I can’t wait for my next trip to the Bayerisches Staatsballet!