Thursday, 21 June 2012

Page turner

I've read quite a few books recently so I thought I'd broadcast my opinions and faves! I was introduced to the I Heart books by one of my best friends at home so borrowed I Heart New York from her to read on the train en route to London before my day trip to Paris and fell in love with the storyline - especially as it's English so easier to relate!

It's just a young adult book about drama and romance - the usual girlie stuff! As I knew I was going to visit New York, I loved it even more by the way the city is described and how the main character, Angela, loves it so much she makes it her new home.
Obviously being addicted to the book (I read it in 3 days)I went out and bought the others in her collection!

What's better is that there was a Paris one too and I'd just been there! :) I admit that I want to be Angela... OH! And Lindsey Kelk, the author of the books, tweeted me!!! I don't care if this makes me super sad.. it made my day!!

The next 2 books (Hollywood and Paris) were bought solely to get me through my 8 hour flight on my own to America, but as good as they are, I couldn't wait so read them both even before I left home ha! This being the reason for my other book 'haul' and purchased:

The next book in the collection (obviously), Karl Pilkington's Idiot Abroad Travel Diaries for the giggles as that man is a legend through and through. I then opted for a book my friend suggested (the same one who introduced me to the world of Angela in I Heart..) so I trusted her judgement without a shadow of a doubt! 
I am now hooked on the Fifty Shades trilogy, and baring in mind that the book itself is over 500 pages long, I read that in 3 days... awkward. Any teen/woman who reads it will become hooked on Christian Grey. Ok so it's pretty graphic and explicit but at the same time it's a twisted love story. Plus the writer is a huge fan of Twilight so that gives it extra points in my book!
I can't wait to get the next, and I think last (boo) of the I Heart collection which is I Heart London and the other Fifty Shades!! :)

I also went to a vintage book store the other day whilst taking a tourist-y trip to visit Lake Anne and bought a book called Prisoner without a name, cell without a number which sounds pretty interesting about the imprisonment and torture to an Argentine Jew! 

The Hunger Games trilogy is next on my list! 

Book worm over & out x

Monday, 18 June 2012


Boooy I've been busy ever since I got here!
This is my weekly outline:

14/6 - All night grad party

Jenn has her own 'photo booth' and as her son Gabe already goes to this school, she likes to take part in helping out special events, such as lending her equipment to the grad party. It feels so alien to me how much these students' parents seriously help out at all events. From going to school in the UK my whole life, it's kind of opened my eyes at how um.. lazy we are with school activities (exception to a few) haha. It's always been students and teacher setting up things from school plays to art exhibitions. So it was actually really cute to see how hard these parents work in order to give these kids the best school related events.
The theme was nautical so the whole of the entrance was covered in a ship!! It was so cool! Made me miss summer ball! So as you're thinking - a grad party means all these 18 year olds are coming in dressed up and drunk. WRONG. Obviously the alcohol age here is 21 so everyone was sober and dressed in shorts and t shirts. I'm new to all this so clearly I stood out like a sore thumb in my dress :| guess I didn't get the memo...!
Anyway, Jenn and I were there to take some photos for the newspaper she works at called Patch so I tagged along and got the first hand experience of being in an American high school! :) I took photos on her cameras so I don't have any to upload BOO but I'll see if I can steal some later.

15/6 - Katy's leaving party

So the night after the all grad party, Katy had her 'leaving school' party where they leave their current and start 8th grade (I think) but anyway, she's moving buildings and going to high school! They had the photo booth but we didn't stay so we left them to it! We went back and so many kids were crying although they're gona see each other again in September haha. It was cute though.. made me feel old!
Here's me and Katy....

Ghostly, right? But she insists on editing these pics!

16/6 - Shopping and dinner with Emma

Yesterday Emma picked me up and we went to Reston town centre to have a little shop and dinner! The town was PACKED because it was this 'taste of Virginia' fest on with food and wine/beer tasting. Heart breaking that I couldn't try the alcohol haha but we made up for it but having dinner in a Chicago-styled restaurant called Uno and then had Ben and Jerrys!! Guilty pleasuuuure. There was also a mini concert going on where bands were doing classic covers. When we fit arrived a rock band was playing and they were singing covers of Black Sabbath. How lovely :)


I know, I know.

We thought we'd have a nice one...

This just cracks me up at how ugly it is hahahahahaha

This was my mini 'haul' of goodies I bought with Emma. YAY HEELS!! And I bought some scrap booking stuff :)

17/6 - Gabe's lacrosse tournament, IHOP, Snow white

Today I had to get up at 6am (EW) so that we could drive Gabe to his lacrosse tournament which was in Annapolis! It was so fun to watch, especially in comparison to girl's lacrosse cos they're actually allowed contact and it's pretty ruthless! It looks so fun to play!! During the break between games we drove to an IHOP!! My first experience :) yay pancakes! Then when we got home we all had naps haha and me Jenn and her best friend who's came to visit this weekend from Mississippi, Aimee, went to watch Snow White and the Huntsman. IT'S SO GOOD! Wow the man who plays the huntsman is beaaautiful and even has an Irish accent in the film. Double Wow. I also should be going to visit Aimee daaaan saaaath in October!! Can't wait!! :))

I'll keep ya posted! 

Bec x

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Running behind

Saturday 2nd - Sunday 10th July photoshoots:

Lauren & Tom's wedding
My laptop's being a huge turd atm so will have to update with these photos but for now here's one of Vita Images' sneak peak of it! (Hope you don't mind Jen!)

Family portrait
Credit to Jen @ Vita Images for the full family photo.

WPOW! Gallery/silent auction in Charlottesville:

Genuinely felt like I was in Italy. Such a cute restaurant in the middle of the town.

Peace, Love and Photography.


No flash- oops.

 Some of the shockingly truthful photographs. (I like the lampshade reflection)

Gatherings in Java Java

A member of WPOW!

Emma loving kids!

We even had WPOW tattoos ;)

Orange Skydiving. This wasn't a photoshoot, but rather a detour to meet Jen's eldest son Adam, who I've heard all about from my sister! It was a great opportunity for some snaps though :)
Just a few:

I watched my first girl's lacrosse game on Saturday because Katy (my American sister!) plays in her school team:

Quinceañera (a Spanish 15 year old's coming of age party)

I only took a few on my camera and used one of Jen's Nikons for the others so I'll try and steal them off her :) 

High school graduate:

Need to upload! Sorry I'm useless!!! But for now, here's a 'behind the scenes' shot hahahaha

here yee gooo

These photos aren't the best but you have to remember I'm a secondary photographer so am referred to as an assistant, intern or the Brit haha so I'm not supposed to have all the models attention! 

I'll update in a week or so ;) xx