Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Run Away Moments by Frances B*


It had been a while since I'd sat and read a good book, but then Fran approached me and asked if I wanted to read a collection of mini adventures from her travels in her first eBook. This offer came at the right time, because my car has been suffering from god-knows-what and Run Away Moments seemed like the perfect getaway I could have asked for.

"I RAN AWAY (THREE TIMES) AND CAME BACK WITH SOME PRETTY GOOD STORIES" - Frances B


In Run Away Moments you're going to read all about Fran's travelling experiences, which range from a short trip to Paris, backpacking through various locations including Bangkok, Singapore and Cairns, to living and working in Melbourne, Australia.

Fran's travels begin at the age of twenty two, when she took a short trip to Paris with a friend. Right from the start I was hooked with the anticipation and excitement of what will come from the first adventure Fran was about to take, and something that I loved was that travelling to Paris wasn't all glitz and glamour as I would have usually expected, although the interesting characters more than made up for it. It was great to read about the reality of going to Paris, because as pretty as a place can look in the movies, that's not always true in real life.

Next up, we head across the world with Fran and another friend on some backpacking trips. There's plenty of emotion and even more first time experiences to be had, some of which were quite frightening at times! But all the more reason to read on because I had to see what happens next.


When Fran moves to Melbourne for a year I was able to find out about a different kind of life that people actually live compared to us British folk through Fran's own experiences and the life she'd built up there. I loved reading about this life so much, that I'm now left longing for a year out in Australia myself.

Fran's move to Melbourne is about the friendships she formed, including a friend she made before she even landed on the other side of the world, all thanks to blogging and the power of the internet. It was great to read all about life in Melbourne. The lifestyle, friendly people and weather all appealed to me. But something that I could relate to the most with Fran came near the end of the book. This was a dream of a better career, and even I got emotional when it was time to say goodbye and move back home, but thankfully it was on to better things for Fran, which I'm looking forward to reading in her next book!


I really enjoyed reading Run Away Moments because it's packed with so much emotion and first time experiences, ones that I felt like I was part of right til the end. Fran's writing is so easy to read, and the pace of the book, from one adventure to another, flows nicely.

If I've left you wanting to run away with Fran too then you can buy Run Away Moments on Amazon.
You can also find out more about Fran and discover more places she's travelled to on her blog.
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I want to end this review by saying a big thanks to Fran for letting me do this shoot with her for this post! I travelled up to Manchester to meet with her, and had a great few hours shooting, munching, and discovering the city!
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Introducing Erin Louise: Singer/Songwriter from Birmingham

Singer Erin Louise from Birmingham. Photos by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

Having a clear vision of our future career is something a lot of us can struggle with when at school, so maybe that's why I admire Erin Louise so much, who at the age of twelve is pursuing a singing and songwriting career. 


The first time I met Erin Louise was for a photo shoot in Birmingham. I was left blown away by her confidence during the shoot, which probably comes from the fact that she's been singing and dancing from a young age.

Singer Erin Louise from Birmingham. Photos by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

It was only last November when Erin discovered that she could sing so well during her cover of Adele's "Hello" at the Courageous Kids Awards by Tappy Twins. On this day she got up on stage in front of a huge crowd of people and sang for the first time to an audience so big. Watching the video back myself on her website, it's amazing to hear the clarity and confidence with which she sang that day. Since then, Erin has recorded and written her own songs, one of them being "Do It", a song all about chasing your dreams and not letting anyone get in the way of them - something many of us can very much relate to! 

Singer Erin Louise from Birmingham. Photos by Yasmin Qureshi Photography

So what's next for Erin Louise? She's got plenty of events coming up, some of which include the Escape Charity Launch, Courageous Kids Awards, and also the Tappy Twins Fundraiser Event coming up on the 21st of August in Birmingham. She also wants to continue to write original songs which will inspire people, and hopes to tour the UK and worldwide in the future too.

I'm sure that we're all going to hear a lot more of Erin Louise, and I think that she's got a promising musical career ahead of her. Make sure that you head over to Erin's website where you can listen to her songs and find out about any upcoming events.
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Friday, 12 August 2016

fourMAKERS@No.5: Alex Allday Ceramic & Surface Pattern Designer


In July I went to do a shoot with the ladies of FourMakers@no.5 who are based at Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent. The shoot was a branding shoot which consisted of capturing their making techniques, photographing their unique products and finally, at the end of the day I took some portraits of each maker too.
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Saturday, 6 August 2016

fourMAKERS@No.5 - Brydee Gillbard Contemporary Ceramic Designer

Brydee Gillbard working in her studio at Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

In July I went to do a shoot with the ladies at fourMAKERS@No.5 who are based at Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent. The shoot was a branding shoot which consisted of capturing their making techniques, photographing their unique products and finally, at the end of the day I took some portraits of each maker too.
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