Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 in review


Nothing could possibly top what I became in 2011. Take a look back at my last new year’s post here and see why.
Yes, this year I have continued to enjoy being a wife, an eternal companion- me. This year, 2012, seems to have passed me by so quickly, it honestly feels like yesterday I was writing my 2011 round-up post.
So what have I been up to this year?
First of all, a look at my photography work over the year

Top photos from the Scottish Highlands 



Published work 

           Curve Theatre, Leicester



Royal visit to DeMontfort University, published on the BBC website 'week in pictures'

    

Top photos of each month of 2012


This year, I have
*Completed my second year of university and entered my third and final year
*Celebrated my first wedding anniversary
*Traveled to the Highlands of Scotland three times
*Spent two months of summer in Chester and surrounding areas
*Moved house three times
*Photographed two very different but equally beautiful weddings
*Taken bookings for three more weddings in 2013
*Photographed an engagement session, a pre-wedding session, graduation portraits, a toddler and a teen session
*Worked with the Curve Theatre in Leicester as part of a university module
*Had a number of my photographs published
*Created and opened a brand new site dedicated to my landscape photography- www.rachelsinclair-landscapes.blogspot.co.uk

All this has been great, (even though I have slowed down a lot with my personal photography work towards the end of this year), yet there is one other thing that has taken the top spot for this year, and is also the answer to my question from last year, ‘What will I be in 2012?’. Well, the answer is here:


In 2012, I am a mother-to-be! 

Yes, this year my husband and I found out we were to become parents for the first time and we are extremely excited and longing for the arrival of our little bundle of joy! 

I guess this answers the question I would ask at the end of this new year post too,
'What will I be in 2013?' 
The answer, still a wife and an eternal companion as this year, but now next year I will also be a mother! A whole new exciting chapter beginning, I can't wait!


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!

I will post my top photos of 2012 onto my facebook page too, with some added extras, so make sure to take a look!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Merry Christmas!




So my Christmas tree may not look very tree shaped in these pictures, but aren't the star shapes cool?!
Merry Christmas to you all, from Rachel C Photography!
Keep an eye out for my upcoming end of year post!

Monday, 10 December 2012

An alternative view


I love Christmas lights. Amazing what a little simple camera work can do!




Friday, 16 November 2012

Rachel Sinclair- Landscape Photographer

Announcing my brand new site:



After having travelled to many beautiful places around Britain in the last couple of years, I have decided to showcase my favourite images in a brand new blog dedicated to my landscape work, and offer them for purchase some time in the near future. If you have any enquiries about any images, feel free to contact me at rachelcphoto@gmail.com.
Please pop on over and take a look, leave me a comment and let me know what you think! Click on the link in this post or visit my new page located underneath my blog banner photograph. 

Thank you!

*UPDATE*
I have taken my landscape site offline for a short period of time for adjustments and updates that are needed.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Lazy Day

I'm having a lazy day today. Hibernating indoors from the cold misty weather outside.

Leggings, big jumper and fluffy socks.
Ebay.
Hot chocolate.
Pinterest.
Lots of thinking and planning. But only in my head.
Skyping little nieces in Malaysia.
Lionel Richie.

The shoes can stay in a big pile in the corner of the living room for one more day.

In fact, I feel a lot like this little guy today.


Happy Thursday!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Claire

I shot this session before summer this year. I managed to squeeze it in just before I left for a couple of months. My teenage friend Claire wanted some photos coinciding with school ending for summer, so this started her off on filling her summer holidays with doing the things she loves. Just mention Twilight, Katy Perry and Harry Potter to her and she's a happy girl!




 Beautiful eyes


Friday, 2 November 2012

Almost missed it


I almost missed the changing of the seasons this year. I've kind of put myself into hibernation mode for winter already but managed to drag myself out on this sunny autumnal day this week to capture what was left of the orange, red and golden hues. 









Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Leicester Skyline


Three flights of stairs morning and evening suddenly don't seem such a chore when you are greeted with this from your lounge window.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Dead or Alive?

Some of you may have been wondering if I am actually dead or alive due to a significant lack of posts in the past few months...For that I do apologise and I assure you that I am very much alive, if not now more than ever! I hope to resume shooting and posting as often as is now possible in between completing my final year of university (woo!) and everyday life.

Anyway, back to dead or alive- On Christmas day 2010, I planted a little Christmas tree from seed, which I naively thought. 'next year I will be decorating it with tiny little tree hangings and glitter sprinkles!' I was so excited and couldn't wait for it to grow into a big, strong tree that I could soon use as my own family Christmas tree in years to come.
Me planting my little Christmas tree seeds


I then posted it's (very sloooooow) progress on my blog here (the ninth photo), when testing out my beautiful new lens in May this year. As you can see, it is lagging behind in my expectations a little!

Now, since then, 'little seedy', as he is affectionately known, may have been left for a few days over summer in a very hot room without any water while I was away, thus causing his most recent portrait to look like this:


He is rather shrivelled and, well, dead looking, but I refuse to believe he has met his end already. I am remaining hopeful that he has just turned with the seasons and is now showing a more mature, autumnal look- his woody countenance as a little pine tree should...
So now the question I ask all of you-

 Is my little seedy Dead or Alive?

Sunday, 16 September 2012

For future reference

Just for personal future reference for me-

I would LOVE a front garden and door like THIS one day!


I shot this (more like shoved my camera in the air and released the shutter whilst walking quickly on to try and stay inconspicuous!) in a tiny little village called 'Saighton', just a couple of miles through country lanes from where I am currently staying in Chester. The lavender smelled divine!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Lately

I have been absent from blogging for a little while. I think my priorities changed slightly in the last month. Rather than photographing every slight detail and carrying my camera around with me everywhere, I have sat back a little and captured things with my eyes rather than my DSLR. I am not having to photograph for anyone other than myself during summer, so it is completely my choice what I photograph, when I photograph and how many images I take.

Just as way of explanation, my husband and I are enjoying our summer before we go back to University in October, so we have based ourselves in Chester for a couple of months and visited lots of different places from there. We have been very busy this first month and are now taking some time out to relax and take it slowly for our second month here.

Have a look at what we've been up to in the last month-

1. Reaching the summit of Snowdon (NOT by train!)


 
2. Photographing my father-in-law for his weekly radio show


3. Enjoying sunshine in the garden

4. Eating our way through a number of delicious barbeques

5. Reaching the summit of the highest of the Berwyn mountains


 6. Taking a leisurely stroll through Delamere Forest in the gorgeous evening light,


whilst grabbing a quick few photos of my youngest brother-in-law.

7. Walking 2 miles through the winding country lanes to reach a beautiful quaint little village called 'Saighton'




8. Taking our fourth trip to Scotland in 12 months- first to the Isle of Skye with this tranquil 'Coral Beach',

and impressive views of the Cuillin Range,

and secondly back to Gairloch where we visited during our trip in June this year, with this isolated beach boasting orangey coloured sands and rugged coastlines.


It has definitely been a fun-filled month for us!

Wishing all my readers a fantastic summer!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Moel Famau

This week I got to climb Moel Famau, a hill (almost classed as a 'mountain') about 25 minutes away from Chester, over the Welsh border. I would be lying if I said I thoroughly enjoyed this walk- a tonne of annoying flies swarming our heads on the ascent made it almost unbearable for me and I was adamant once I reached a bench 100m from the top that I was going no further! However, my curiosity for the view from the top, as well as some calming time for me sitting on that lone bench, was enough to take myself that last stretch and brace the flies one last time.

The view from the starting point





At the summit


Looking down to the winding path we climbed, surrounded by patchwork fields

Sublime colours

My husband and I are one week in to our extended trip to Chester, and having already climbed to two summits and seen many beautiful views, our trip is certainly proving to be filled with adventures!