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    • By mrk
      I thought it be good to share this little project here as can see a lot of posts about ideas  and things. Last year I decded to kick start a new project. I shoot weddings (among many other things) and as it's hard to trying new ideas and techniques on an actual wedding, I wanted to do this in free time and bring onboard other professionals like hair/makeup, dress suppliers and most importantly, a model!
      Regarding the latter, I tried various time for print modelling sites in the past and most of them seem to be quite wooden and the portraits just didn't have a sense of connection between subject, camera and myself. I like my portraits to feel natural, even if posed. I had a few friends who I thought might be great in front og the camera and asked them if they wanted to join in the project, they were excited, and so we began.
      To date, I've done around 6 or 7 shoots now spanning around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. A great learning experience too trying out new styles, locations and things. I've got a really good makeup artist who does hair and makeup, along with a couple of dress suppliers who provide wedding dresses. Essentially we have ended up helping each other out for the greater good, and getting some nice images for social media and promotions out of it.
      Most recently I took a friend over to the Isle of Wight this weekend and we spent a day shooting at Osborne House in continuation of my bridal dress shoot project that started early last year. What an amazing place, being in the very room Queen Victoria used as he living room sipping tea and even her bedroom currently off limits to public!
      Anyway, pics, Mandy has never done anything like this before, but was really fun!
      Hair & Make-up done by the amazing ladies at Georgina Chambers MUA:

      The events management helped out throughout the day, they were supremely awesome:

      One of the alcove bits below the house:

      Closer with the 85mm 1.4:

      The flower garden in front is quite vast and impressive:

      Back in with the 85mm:

      Dress change for some ideas on the private beach:

      Veil in the wind on the beach!

      Said beach (phone pic):

      The double sided staircase on the side of the garden is really nice, reminds me of somewhere in Greece/Italy (phone pic):

      DSLR version:

      Weird faces selfie

      As for previous shoots, here's a selection of my fav ones:
      The Needles, IoW:

      The viewpoint from the above location:


      On top of Blackgang Chine:

      Headon Warren (The Needles opposite side):



      The ladies at Georgina Chambers MUA are fantastic! Always look forward to visiting them.

      More to come I guess as new shoots progress!
    • By +Mirumir
      Press start for love: Man wins a 'yes' with video game marriage proposal

      Robert Fink proposed to his girlfriend by creating an original video game for her to play.
      Four or five months might seem like a long time to spend preparing for a proposal, but when one video game developer summoned the courage to ask for his game-loving girlfriend's hand in marriage, he had his work cut out for him. 
      Exactly how Robert Fink would propose to Angel White (both 24) was an idea the he?d been sitting on for three years, when the two first got together at Portland Art Institute in Oregon. At the time, he'd been watching what he describes as ?an embarrassing amount of proposal videos,? when he came upon a cute video game another guy made for his own girlfriend. The two ideas ? albeit a bit early in the relationship ? clicked. 
      ?I was inspired and had always kept it in the back of my mind," he told NBC News. When the time came, Fink knew, he?d plant his proposal inside video game.  


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    • By Hum
      A UK bride and groom were left awkwardly staring upward at their wedding when a pesky barn owl flew off with their rings and took a nap in the church rafters.

      The bride had hired falconers to bring Darcey the owl, tie the rings to its feet with ribbons, and coax it toward the altar with a gauntlet at a recent ceremony in Sherston, Wiltshire, according to the Western Daily Press.

      However, the newspaper reported the ceremony at Holy Cross Church became a funny lesson in the poor etiquette of barn owls at weddings when the creature, oblivious to the atmosphere of elegance and surprise it was supposed to contribute to the occasion, decided it would rather be sleeping.

      The church vicar, Rev Chris Bryan, told Western Daily Press the owl flew up to the top of the church and stayed there for about an hour.

      "It presumably thought 'I?m a barn owl, this is like a barn,'" Bryan told the Western Daily Press.

      The falconers were unable to convince the owl to come back down. However, the couple had anticipated their feathered friend might not behave, and they pulled out their emergency set of backup rings to finish the ceremony while the owl had its beauty rest.


    • By Hum
      REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) ? The estranged wife of the Northern California limousine driver who was behind the wheel when a fire in the vehicle killed five women celebrating a wedding said he had been arguing with her on the phone moments before the blaze, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

      Rachel "Raquel" Hernandez-Brown told the San Jose Mercury News (http://tinyurl.com/ljazm9d ) that during their shouting match, Orville Brown turned up the music in the limo so his passengers couldn't hear the tense conversation.

      "The music was really loud. And I kept yelling, 'I can't hear you. Turn it down,'" Hernandez-Brown told the newspaper. "I said, 'You're not paying attention.' You know, like, get off the phone. Stop calling me."

      One of the nine nurses in the vehicle said she banged on the partition to warn the driver that the back of the limo was filling with smoke. Brown told authorities that he initially misunderstood the warning as a request to smoke a cigarette and kept driving.

      Hernandez-Brown, in her first comments about the May 4 vehicle fire, said Brown called moments after getting out of the limo to tell her it was ablaze.

      "He was continuously calling me back," she told the Mercury News. "I said, 'Well, what made you call me first?' He said, 'Well, I don't know, I didn't know who else to call.'"

      The newspaper reported that the CHP was expected to announce the cause of the fire soon, and investigators had focused on friction from the drive shaft.

      The nine nurses had hired the 1999 Lincoln Town Car to celebrate the recent wedding of Neriza Fojas, one of the five women who died.