27 July 2014

HOW TO TAKE BACKLIT HEADSHOTS: THE BASICS

(click on the images if you want to see them enlarged)

If you're looking to get some simple portraits of yourself, and have a little time to spare, try this method and see if it works for you. (Having an SLR is pretty important for this!)

Camera settings: 
Focal length: Lowest for your lens; eg. I used 1.8 for my 50mm
ISO: Around 200-600
Shutter speed: Around 120-350 depending on how much light you have!
White balance: Tungsten or natural lighting, depending on how much natural light you're using

How to: 
For these photographs I used a combination of one studio lighting box, and natural lighting. If you don't have a studio light, that's fine - try using a bright lamp with a neutral (not tungsten) white light. What you'll need to do to achieve this backlit look is to sit in front of a white wall, around 1-2 meters, but point the lamp directly at the wall behind you - or slightly to the side. This way, the light will reflect off the wall and create a 'halo' effect. Yey! If you have a white wall that has a window in front of it, that's perfect, as you'll have a natural filler light for your shadows. For me, I used a 50mm lens on my SLR to achieve this quick faded look, however this can also be done in Photoshop, if you have the time (although I wouldn't recommend it)! If you have no one to take photographs of yourself, try using a self timer, or an infrared remote for SLR's that you can pick up for around $10-20, it's be a life saver in the long run. 

Photoshop tutorials?
I think I am going to be making more Photoshop tutorials, instead of photography tips on how to get similar photographs, as I really don't think I am that great at explaining. Hahaha!

All my images I also edited in Photoshop a little, so even out the skin tone and lighten and darken certain area, however this editing was minimal. 

What are your thoughts on the "backlit look"? 
All photographs taken by me

26 July 2014

19 DELISH LOOKING DESSERTS AND DINNERS

Here's a 19 (yeah, 19, I went there - odd numbers, eh) delish looking - LET ME EAT THEM - foods to help you out on a rainy Sunday.

Which looks most appetising to you? (I think I'd have to go with the burger!)

All images taken from my pinterest board - FOOD - find more foodspiration here!

23 July 2014

MOTEL ROCKS MY HEART

BABYDOLL DRESS MOTEL ROCKS
NECKLACE YESFOR
BAG YESFOR
SHOES H&M

I've always loved Motel, their quirky, adventurous 90's inspired looks just make me feel like there's something special there - a little bit of Spice Girl chic that's still cool. 

On hot summer's day the babydoll model is the dress to go for, at least I think so, short sleeves will make sure you don't burn your shoulders while the loose cut will allow the breeze to keep you cool - effortless style. Turn it into a night dress by sticking on a pair of black heels and a chunky necklace - keep it more daytime appropriate with a pair of flip flops and your favourite hair scrunchie. In other words - you're summer proof ready!

What's your favourite dress cut? (- also, what would you like to see more of from me?)

I am also thinking of doing several photoshop tutorials, would any of you be interested? Such as showing you how I created the photograph below, retouch and edit pics - all in the form of easy to follow, step by stel blog posts! Yay or nay?
In the left photograph I'm holding my best friend - my trusty remote control! 

xx

22 July 2014

A DAY AT HOME

Silly Rachel being silly

In the Netherlands, when it rains - it pours - all day.  (And as I am in a teeny village in the North, there's not much else to do than go to the bakery...)

This inside down time is awesome time to do noting, update Pinterest and lie in a star-shape on my bed - so comfy! I know it's funny, but I also have a guilty pleasure for dressing up and doing little photoshoots - so here we go, this one was accompanied by my favourite tunes on soundcloud that you can find here > SOUNDCLOUD

What do you do on days when going outside is just a no-go? 

19 July 2014

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY

SKORT 6KS
TOP 6KS
JEWELLERY MONICA VINADER
WATCH SWISS
SHOES H&M

Another OOTD for these sweltering hot summer's days. Today it was 34.0 degrees - so that calls for minimal, practical and comfortable clothing. All white (or at least semi-with a print- hello palm trees!) is definitely one of this seasons summers trends, and avoids soaking up the extra heat that black clothing would. Wearing a skort instead of a skirt or dress will let you comfily bike, walk and swirl without any worries whilst still giving you the cute look of a skirt - hello perfect summer item. 

What is your go to summer item? 


All photographs taken and edited by me.

18 July 2014

BREAKFAST INSPIRATION

Because YUM - who doesn't want to drool over one of these in the mornings? If you're looking to go all out for yourself, or to surprise your hubby with a little breakfast, here's some inspiration to help you out.
Which would you go for?  
All images via my Pinterest board - FOOD

16 July 2014

RAY OF SUNSHINE - NEW COCKTAIL RECIPE

RAY OF SUNSHINE
(or RAYITO)
the mango mojito 
When I was on holiday, my bo was so lovely and decided to surprise me by making a custom coctail with some of my favourite ingredients. What a cutie. So to spread the love he's kindly written out the recipe so fellow enthusiasts can give it a go. Best served with giggles, sunsets and beachy vibes - Enjoy!

What do you think, wanting to try it out?
Difficulty: Intermediate

INGREDIENTS
50ml (2 shots) of White Rum 100ml Homemade Mango Syrup 4 lime wedges (half a lime) A handful of torn mint leaves (plus a large mint sprig to serve) Top up with fiery ginger beer Lots of crushed Ice A tall glass A sprinkle of Demerara sugar (optional)
HOW TO
1. Add the rum, mint leaves, and 3 lime wedges to a tall glass and use a cocktail muddler to squeeze out the mint and lime juices.
2. Add the mango syrup and fill the glass with crushed ice. If you don’t have an ice crusher, wrap whole ice in a tea towel and bash it with a rolling pin.
3. Now your cocktail will look a little rubbish because the mint and lime are at the bottom so use a twisted mixing spoon (or any other long spoon) to pull the mint and lime up and distribute it among the ice.
4. Top the drink with fiery ginger beer and then add more crushed ice to form a nice dome of ice at the top (the secret to good cocktails is lots of ice). 
5. Place the mango and sugar with a small amount of water in a pan. Use a hand blender to puree the mix then let it simmer.
6. Serve with a large sprig of mint and wedge of lime next to the straws, and perhaps a sprinkle of Demerara sugar.

TO MAKE MANGO SYRUP: heat equal parts mango and sugar with a small amount of water in a pan. Use a hand blender to puree the mix then let it simmer a little longer.

Recipe is the brain-child (and written by) of Henry Garrett.

14 July 2014

FOR THE LOVE OF FLATFORMS

Right, so - I've a confession to make: I hate flats. 

Yep. At a mere (and teeny) 160cm I'm bound to dislike them - and so the flatform is the perfect - better (in my opinion) to a flat. With this seasons new trend of sticking cleated heels under white flatforms, I couldn't be happier! So if you're unsure, here's a little inspiration from Pinterest and tumblr that I've gathered - alongside a little wish-list to lengthen your legs with the comfort of a flat (or, well, a small heel!).

(All shoes in my wish list below are from  SPYLOVEBUY)

What do you think - yay or nay?
THE INSPIRATION

THE WISHLIST
All shoes below are from SPYLOVEBUY - because I'm in love with 99% of their shoes!


12 July 2014

MY NEW FAVOURITE BAG & A SUNFLOWER OOTD

TOP URBAN OUTFITTERS
SKIRT OASAP
BAG YESFOR
SHOES H&M
SUNGLASSES ZEROUV
BRACELET MONICA VINADER & INFINITY EIGHT

I've never been a fan of buying bags online, however Yesfor have defnitely changed my mind. Though quality does come at a price. I received this bag from Yesfor in return for a review, and as stated in my disclaimer policy I'll only give my honest opinion. 

Say hello to the canvas bag
Don't feel like wearing anything bling, shiny or too loud - the canvas bag is the perfect solution to your woes. With a military inspired feel, these bags are tough, cool and will make you look just that little bit edgier. 

On to this bag...
This bag is amazing (+my new work, travel and laptop bag).
The quality is everything I had hoped, and more. The brown areas are made of a thick, leather fabric, the stap is made up of a hard wearing canvas material and the brass buttons and buckles look like they're going to last (whew!). Also, typically the inside of bags is a bit of a let down, however this bag has a lovely soft inside with more pockets - hurrah! If you know me, you'll also know I loooove zips. And there are lots of zips, everywhere. YES. Zips and pockets make everything great, especially and for a slightly OCD gal - hello organised life!


What do you all think of this bag, and my outfit: yay or nay?
(All photos taken and edited by me, Rachel Ecclestone) 

05 July 2014

BLAZING SUN, WIND SWEPT BEACHES AND MY OBSESSION FOR BREAKING ROCKS

TOKYO SKYLINE

Hello - I'm back

How are you all? I've been on holiday - gosh was it great - here we have a MASS photographic post for you. Sometimes getting away for a bit, reading a book and just avoiding all things techy is one of the best things an internet obsessor can do. So switch off that laptop and book that vacay. ;) (ps. check out my previous post for a chance to win $100 to spend on Urban Decay!)

Working hard is a great thing, but sometimes you need to take a step back and realise that deserve a break. Here's a little shoot that I did on my holiday (no editing though!) to show you this super lovely, comfy and awesomely printed sweaters from BREAKING ROCKS. Stay tuned - a vacay post will be up soon too. 

What do you think about these photographs - I would love to hear your thoughts and constructive criticism! 

Get your very own TOKYO sweater here and your FLAME sweater here
sunglasses from ZEROUV

TOKYO MEETS FIRE



FLAMES

GLASSES SPECSAVERS
SKIRT H&M


To see another post about my BREAKING ROCKS obsession, check out my

All photographs are of me and are photographed by Henry Garrett (above photo), all other photographs are edited and taken by me.