My website is taking over my life and threatening to consume me.

websitescreenshotI’ve been making some changes over at abibansal.com. And as anyone who has had a personal website knows, one change leads to approximately 4000 more changes until before you know it you have a complete redesign and rebrand on your hands. I have changed my portfolio to reflect my editorial work and put in a wedding section for anyone who wants to view this stuff in a separate area.

I have spent about 5 days on this and I still have to put my about page up. Watch this space.

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My website is taking over my life and threatening to consume me.

A Day on Location

Come along with me on a work day as I shoot on location with an amazing team! Apologies for the poor sound quality- it was very windy! You will notice I ask everyone if they are cold constantly, this is because I feel awful and worry about people getting ill.

My team for today-
Hair Jodie Austen @peachystylist
Makeup Sophie Moore @SophieMooreMUa
Styling by Lisa Fifer @stylestarlet
Model Victoria Lindsay Coutts @Victorialcoutts

Some final shots:

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A Day on Location

Procrastination.

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Obviously, the week my website undergoes an enormous change (more on that later) and I am simultaneously working on 4 different projects with 3 different clients is an IDEAL time to stay up late and edit a bunch of images which didn’t make the cut. Isn’t it?

The top image of Donatella with the billowing skirt wasn’t initially what I had planned for this shoot- we actually grabbed the bit of fabric last minute off the back of the hair stylists door! I think it works though. I like the movement against the stillness and calm of the beach and far off horizon.

I am in the process of prepping for another location shoot happening this weekend and will attempt to vlog it, if I can! I will be back in this space soon with a mini fashion post (I hope!)

Procrastination.

What do you do all day?| Working from home series.

Happy Friday!  It is the end of the week and also the conclusion of my 3 part series I have put together about working from home. This video answers the burning question what I do all day when I am not at meetings or shoots and gives a bit of insight into my planning process so I stay organised. And yes, I do use a paper planner!

What do you do all day?| Working from home series.

Living Creatively | 5 Tips for running a Creative Business.

Part two of my series on working from home/ living creatively. I filmed a quick video about my top 5 things you need to be prepared for, or rather the things I have learnt along the way. I talk about being a Photographer, but really you can apply these to any business.

I am not pretending I have it all together, I am not pretending I am an expert, or that I know how things should go. But I do have experience of going it along, of being that person who does not fit into the traditional 9-5 and yes, I have also been that person who struggled with the self confidence required to begin. So just do it already.

Living Creatively | 5 Tips for running a Creative Business.

What have you been up to?

I have been doing a lot of client work this month. When I am not shooting Fashion or Weddings, the reality is that I could so often be shooting things I am less interested in. When I tell people I have been working with “A company” they envisage custody-style white backdrops and corporate- blazer wearing poses to be added to an impersonal website. And yeah, that’s fine. It’s just that I believe that behind every great company are great people and that ultimately, people like to deal with people.

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I have been working with a few (very different) companies recently. In addition to providing promo images, I also got to shoot the guys from the Daredevil Project in the run up to the launch of their new paired photo-messaging app Duel.  The team from Jane Clayton & Company is another example- (yes they have a company dog!). For me, the objective is always to capture the realities of a working environment (which provides its own challenges- limited light and distracting background elements!). The result is this documentary-style, placing people at the heart of the business, where they belong. I absolutely love the variety of this type of work. I get to meet some great people who usually provide tea and cake and it is a great challenge to be a fly-on-the-wall for the day!

If you have a business and are after something a bit different to communicate who you are and what you do- get in touch abi.bansal@gmail.com.

What have you been up to?

My Philosophy on (shooting) Weddings.

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Simon & Sam’s Wedding at the Hare & Hounds Hotel, Tetbury.

I have always considered myself a portrait and fashion photographer. I absorb fashion magazines, runway shows, behind the scenes Youtube videos and models Instagrams just as much as I follow street style blogs and obsessively subscribe to projects like Humans of New York. I aspire for my work to be in the magazines and in the style blogs I love so much. For me, there has always been a clear place for my work. Continue reading “My Philosophy on (shooting) Weddings.”

My Philosophy on (shooting) Weddings.