I’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.
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:
Images shot by me on location
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!)
My name is Abi and I am a Pinterest addict. But much as I love pinning photos of enviable living and workspaces I often feel a bit ashamed about my own space. Lack of time, money and loft apartments im Bristol mean that I have been guilty of not making the best of what I have.
A year ago, when I moved in to this flat I had a bed and some kitchen stuff. That was it. A friend lent me a spare TV and an airbed and for the first 6 weeks, I lived in an empty room until I found a suitable secondhand sofa on gumtree that barely fitted through the doorways but that I was so determined to have I made it. The sofa cost me £150 and still remains the most expensive thing in the room. The rug was passed on to me by a friend who was moving house and the two units £5 bargains from the junk shop down the road, who even delivered them for me. The coffee table I found in my local emmaus charity shop for £5 and my boyfriend helped me carry it back to the flat. My cheapest find was a great wicker basket I store magazines in which was left outside by a neighbour with “take me” written on a piece of paper- one of the best things about this Neighbourhood. Everything else, all those little bits that make a house a home were extremely cheap. Sourced from vintage stores ( like the wooden shoe lasts) Homesense/TK Maxx, ASDA, Matalan or Primark. Yes… you read that correctly. I am a big believer that a nice place to live need not cost the earth and I am proud of what I have achieved with so little.
My next project is a great workspace! If you have any ideas then let me know.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have sat down at my computer no less than 5 times to write this post. But I always stop, I am too busy, there are other things I could be doing! I’m a businesswoman Goddamnit! Client emails can’t wait! My best friend is getting married in a few weeks, I am up to my eyeballs in various projects and a large part of January was spent sorting my shit out. Not organizing for the sake of it, you understand.. actually attending to those piles of paperwork and setting those goals I promised myself I would. One of those goals was this blog, I started the year with the attitude that I would stop using the fact I was busy as an excuse for not putting more out there in this space. I realized that being busy wasn’t really an excuse, more that I should just be better organized. I am trying so hard to be that person.
Continue reading “The Cult of Busy.”