Wednesday, 30 December 2009

A new year - new resolutions

2009 was a bit of an odd year. I moved to London. Lived on my own for the first time in my life. And spent a whole lot of time on a variety of things I'm passionate about. There were good times and bad times. But most importantly I am a year wiser, have more experience and a tonn of memories to look back at.

I like lists. I like to improve. And I like to be structured. (Wow what a fun person I sound like......haha). So this year I thought I'd be a bit more structured about my resolutions, to help me keep focus, keep improving at what I do and make 2010 a fun and eventful year. So I have come up with 24 new year resolutions for myself for the new year. Why 24 you say? So that I can aim to achieve two of them each month. According to my calculations that should in theory mean that I'd be able to post two blogs a month about it, plus 1-2 blogs a month related to photoshoot I do, which if my math is still alright that would mean I'd be able to blog just about once a week. In theory I say....... Lucky you! :)

But anyways, I head into 2010 with a positive attitude and am determined that 2010 will be a great year.

These are my New Year Resolutions I thought long and hard to come up with:

- Improve my video editing skills
- Exercise more
- Learn a song I can impress people with on the piano
- Be an awesome photographer
- Do a shoot that pleases my creativity and senses once a month
- Be nice to Ben
- Grow my hair longer
- Share useful information on Twitter
- Take awesome pictures of the a1 boys
- Update my website and blog more regularly
- Make time to read other people's blogs
- Keep up to date on things web 2.0
- Be happy with my weight
- Expand my networks
- Wear the expensive designer dress I bought in Iceland
- See a musical in the West end
- Light more candles
- Regular worship of Joss Whedon
- Do fun things
- Spoil myself often
- Do a gooder job than a badder one
- Go on holiday
- Believe in beauty
- Fall in love

Hopefully by making these public and not just putting them on a yellow sticket note that I am likely to loose or put in a drawer, this will inspire me to keep going back to them.

Do you have any resolutions? Is it a thing of the past, stupidity cause nobody ever follows them or a good opportunity to try to make the next year even better?


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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Photographing A1 at their 10 year celebration concerts

How quickly has December gone by?! It's Christmas already! For those of you who went to the concerts, you'll know that Ben Adams is a big fan of Christmas. He has Christmas lights in his music studio all year around :)

I've been asked a lot lately how it is to work with the boys in a1. For those following my Tweets or Facebook page you'll know that I've been photographing a1 during their seven 10 year celebration concerts in Oslo, Norway. I've also been following them around behind the scenes with a video camera during their TV performances, Radio appearences, rehearsals etc.



One of the things as a photographer I'm finding interesting is how everything seems to be moving in the direction of more and more video. So I'm not surprised that the new Canon 5D mark 2 camera I just bought (hurrah!!) has a movie function. I managed to capture some awesome video stuff during the concerts with my camera, so will be posting it at some point on my pages for sure. It was also awesome to have my new Canon 70-200 f2.8 lense for gig photography. I'm just starting to go through all the images I captured, both during rehearsals and concerts, and will spend some of my Christmas holiday editing those. Gig photography is a new challenge, as I'm mostly shooting in different lighting conditions and where models are more still, so this was a fun challenge.

So what happens behind the scenes in the world of a1? Lots of laughing pretty much! ha! I've been capturing a lot of it on my little Flip camera, as it's so easy to carry around and film moments that occur. Most of the captures I'll end up editing into a Behind the scenes video that gets added on YouTube, Facebook and the boys' video blog. Ben, Christian and Mark have so much fun spending time together, that for the rest of us that are part of the team, it's such a joy to be around them. Even if things doesn't go to plan, someone will make a joke about it and everyone will end up laughing. When Ben pretends to be a Transformers robot, built out of loud speakers and tables in one of the NRK waiting rooms, you can't help but laugh (or capture it on film for all to laugh at of course). It's those silly moments, and the genuine passion and talent the boys have for music, that makes it so inspiring to be part of the boy's journey.

Concert rehearsals:

A1 - robots in disguise

More a1 stuff to capture in the new year as they will be entering with their new song "Don't Want To Loose You Now" in the Norwegian Eurovision contest. For those interested in more details, you can join this Facebook group.