Me: Quick Bob Update

So I bobbed… I did it!  I thought I’d share a quick snap with you because I know that you have been waiting with baited breath.  ”Quick” being the operative word but it turns out that I am rubbish at selfies which may explain the lack of smile in this picture.  Any advice on this most welcome. I hope you like it, it feels so much healthier. Let me know your thoughts lovely people… right back to the gratitude diary #3 for me.  

The bob is back

The bob is back

Me: To bob or not to bob?

That is the question.  Recently I have been playing with the idea of having a bob cut.  I say recently but my poor friend Dom has had to listen to me moan about my hair for months. Well, it has all come to a head (quite literally)… I was sent some pics of myself, headshots for the blog, and I just didn’t recognise the person in them… I couldn’t connect with her (or her dry dead ends) at all! The problem is I have been growing my hair out of a bob for two years.  My hair is pretty long now and it is going to be a pretty drastic move.  And yes, I have had a bob before.  And no, the answer to the question will not resolve world debt but it is important to how you feel every day.  Well that’s what we say isn’t it but also on the flip side I tend to take a bad mood out on my poor hair.    

My Hair

This is me at the moment

The reason that I grew my bob out is that it is hard to have consistent cuts with shorter hair and it needs to be maintained… at the moment I cut my hair perhaps 3 times a year as I have been growing it and even after I have it cut it doesn’t look like it is in good condition. Do I really want the hassle and costs of more frequent trips to the hairdresser?

Me with a bob

This is me.. looking moody…and fuzzy… on a balcony in Bangkok… with a bob!

I also have an inexplicable fear of hairdressers.  It’s not normal, I can merrily sit in a dentist’s chair but the minute you present me with a chair facing a mirror for a couple of hours my palms get sweaty.  I have the episode from Friends when Phoebe cuts Monica’s hair to look like Dudley Moore rather than Demi Moore running over and over in my mind and it makes me feel sick.  Irrational maybe but I want to step out of the salon feeling amazing and it never happens.  It seems to happen for other people and all of those fab people in the magazines I flick through while sat in the chair.. so why not me?  And when I find a cut that I do like why does the hairdresser disappear into thin air, moving salon without a word, so that I am stuck experimenting with other hairdressers that don’t quite cut it the same way?  

Monica   Image courtesy of www.fanpop.com

Monica                 Image: www.fanpop.com

I’ve booked a cut and colour at Headmasters Mayfair on Wednesday evening and I am hoping that in this salon I manage to find somewhere and someone I can go to for a long time.. no pressure! So this time I want to be prepared and be fair on the hairdresser by knowing what I want before I arrive and manage my own expectations.  So obviously like every other normal person I have set up some pinterest boards to help me decide.  It was easier to find the shorter hairstyles that I like but some of the longer hairstyles are just amazing. The reality is, however, that I just can’t make my hair look like that *sigh*.  I’m going to take these pics along and see how I feel on the day.  Any advice most welcome, wish me luck and I will post the results up here shortly!  Hopefully it will look like this!

Lovely

Isn’t it lovely!            Image: mygreenchair blog

 

Inspiration: “Wounded: The Legacy of War”

Today is Remembrance Day and I wanted to share what looks to be an amazing book to anyone that might have missed The Sunday Times feature on it yesterday.  Rock star Bryan Adams has recently turned his hand to photography.  He exhibited a set of portraits of famous names in February including the late journalist Marie Colvin and actor Ben Kingsley stating at the time that he needed to change his scenario in order to be able to get back to what he was doing with a fresh light. His next exhibition has now been published as a book. According to the interview in The Sunday Times, Adams felt that Wounded: The Legacy of War was a way to show “the human side of war”.  The handful of pictures of wounded soldiers and the snippets of their traumas in this feature are so compelling and inspirational that I have already placed my order for the book.

Courtesy of www.amazon.co.uk

London Life: Beginners Photography Course

How hard is it to get up in the morning on a Saturday? How hard is it to get up early on a Saturday (I mean, before 9)? How hard is it to get up at 7.30am on a cold wet Saturday morning?

I know, I know that’s not early but I am not known for being a morning person and I have the luxury of not having any kids at the moment.  Well, shall we say I wasn’t particularly enthralled with the idea of getting up but I had booked myself on a Paul Hames photography course through Living Social and needed to be at Trafalgar Square dressed and with at least one eye open by 10am. As you know I have been practicing away on aperture mode since I tried Emily’s Photography for Bloggers workshop and now I wanted to take myself all the way to manual… in 4 hours…in the rain… on a Saturday morning…early. Not happy.

Cameras and notepads at the ready

When I arrived under Nelson’s column I was relieved to see that, like me, most people had a camera in their hands that seemed pretty alien to them and were keen to understand not only why there were so many buttons but also what each of them did! Paul is fantastic at breaking down the theory of photography to make it snappy and stick.  He made sure we applied it straightaway and made time for everyone as each person had a different camera. By the end of our time together we were all able to take pictures with the correct exposure with only two buttons in manual mode.  Happy Days!

As it was pouring down (have I mentioned that it was raining? ;) ) we stood under a tree waiting for our subjects to come to us.  When, lo and behold, along came a goose that seemed to be more than happy to pose for 9 snap happy beginner photographers. The idea was to just try to make something simple a little more interesting.  As we all tried to stumble over each other to snap this one goose the phrase  ”never work with animals or children” came to mind.  The exercise was great though and here are a couple of my shots:

Goose Model

A-ha here he is my goose model and doesn’t he know it

A model strut down the catwalk

Goose preening in St James Park

Preening? Really? You poser!

We were then paired off to practice playing with over and under exposing photos as well as depth of field.  My human model, Ketan, was so enthusiastic it really helped as we explored the best spots to snap whilst trying to keep ourselves and the cameras dry.  I must look into installing a gallery on this blog in the meantime here are a few more snaps with human models this time:

Wet photographer London

My lovely wet photo buddy and the beginnings of his Movember

Soggy London Tourist

The time really did fly by but what I have learned is invaluable…  I am now more comfortable to fully take myself off automatic on a DSLR.  Enthused by the course. the people that I had met and desperate to dry off I decided to head to an exhibition that Paul had mentioned.  The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is an exhibition of “sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world”, is on at the National Portrait Gallery and starts on the 14th November.  I was 5 days early ;)

Oh well, I was due to meet Em at The Wolseley for Afternoon Tea anyway (more about this later!) and the sun came out so I took the opportunity to put my new-found skills (ok that’s pushing it… a little… “the things Paul had just taught me”) into practice and really enjoyed taking a different look at monuments and parts of London that I see on a daily basis.  Take a look at these few, but there are more on my Silent Sunday post (I am especially pleased with this one), my flickr photostream and my pinterest boards:

Donald Duck- just hanging out…

Ready for London in October

Feed the birds, Trafalgar Square, LondonDid you know that there is now a large fine for feeding the birds in Trafalgar Square? I love a rebel!!

Me: Things I have learned this week

  • Jam and then cream on a scone tastes better than the other way around
  • Not to forget a camera charger when going on holiday
  • That pinterest can become really addictive- Check out my boards and follow me
  • That it is ok to start your Christmas list at the beginning of November
  • Taking a miniature train in the freezing cold is completely justifiable

Wells Harbour Railway

  •  Nap time is not to be messed with

Smile

  •   There is nothing like your own bed
  •   And that patience is certainly a virtue…Dog