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February 2016 Birmingham Instameet Date Announced!

February 2016 Birmingham Instameet - Colmore Business District

2016 looks to be an exciting year for photography in Birmingham with plenty of Instameets in the pipeline and Capture Birmingham just around the corner too!

An Instameet has been announced by @igersbirmingham for Saturday 20th February, so get the date booked in your diaries and come along to join us in the Colmore Business District from 11am.

Igersbirmingham has teamed up with  @ColmoreBusinessDistrict to get us exploring more of the area around this part of the city, from the Council House to Colmore Square, and Great Charles Queensway to St Phillips cathedral. It’s the area where I used to work and I can assure you there are plenty of little gems to photograph around there :) We’ll also have unique access to some landmarks so it’ll be worth popping by!

Birmingham Instameet

If you’ve not been to an Instameet before you can see more about last year’s adventures here. It doesn’t matter what experience you have or which camera equipment you use (film camera, phone, DSLR etc) – just enjoy taking photos and posting them to Instagram over the following few days. Hashtags for the event will be shared on the day.

This Instameet is free and open to all with no limit on numbers…hooray! To sign up, email Fraser at and follow on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for the latest news.

Hope to see you there! :)

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Life lately…

It’s been such a great week and it’s nice to get a chance to drop in here at last! I’m going to be celebrating with a new giveaway later next week so scroll down to hear about what has been happening :)

I’ll start with telling you about last weekend when I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Norfolk coastline with my family. It’s been three years since we last went there and I couldn’t wait to get to the seaside and see my favourite beach huts again. The beach huts are at Wells-next-the-Sea on what I think is one of the most beautiful stretches of sandy beach in the country. There are about 200 of them in a row, each one a different shape, size and colour. I love that there are stairways to each of them – I could have spent ages wandering along trying to decide which one I’d choose to be mine :)

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Further along the coast is a beach at Holkham which is a huge expanse of golden sand and it’s just breathtaking when you first step out of the dunes and see all that space before you. To see it on such a beautiful day was a real treat, especially watching the sun set behind the trees in the distance. We also ventured a little further around the coast to Horsey to visit a colony of seals who spend each winter on the beach. I couldn’t believe we were able to walk right up to them without them being bothered by us at all :)

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While I was enjoying all of this lovely scenery there was also something else very exciting happening. Second by second I began receiving notifications from Instagram and I noticed I had a direct message from the main Instagram account. It turned out that I have been put on the suggested users list which has led to receiving over 50,000 notifications in a week!! It’s hard to believe that in so little time my followers have gone up to 45k – it’s a little overwhelming really! I love the Instagram community and am lucky to have become friends with such creative and inspiring people on there, and so I just want to say thanks to Instagram and thanks to everyone who follows, likes and comments on my photos. It really has made my week :)

As I mentioned at the start of the post, I’ll be celebrating by holding a giveaway on my blog and Instagram account. One follower will receive a professionally framed print of one of my Instagrams and all the details will be revealed here in the next few days! I can’t wait!

So for now I’ll say cheerio and I’ll be back soon to share more of life lately, x

Wells-next-the-Sea Beach Huts

January Photography Goals :)

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It’s a cold winter’s afternoon so I think it’s time to get cosy and make some photography plans :) I don’t know about you but I often have long lists of things that I never quite get round to doing. This year I’m going to set myself a few little short term goals each month that will hopefully help to get the list whittled down. I’m keeping it simple, so here goes for January…

1. Take a new self portrait. I’m out of practice so it could take a while :/
2. Photograph the night sky. I had a quick go at this in the summer and vowed to try again under some clear winter skies. I’m going to hold out hope for some good weather when I head to the Norfolk countryside at the end of the month.
3. Take 5 more photos for my 50@50mm project.
4. Instagram regularly. Easier said than done, particularly once I’m back to work and while the days are so short, but therein lies the challenge :)

So what are you January photography plans?