Wednesday, 30 September 2015


'Never let a bad situation bring out the worst in you. Be strong and choose to be positive.'

At some point everyone ends up going through a hard time. It's been a very long time since I last went through a tough time, but I've never experienced it quite like this before. I started university nearly a week ago and it's been a very tough and hard going experience. Now my decision is to withdraw from the university, it's the right thing to do. It's not a failure, it's a sensible and positive thing to do. It took me a while to decide what the right thing to do was and after many talks with my mum I decided that this was my only best option for me.

I won't go into too much detail but it all comes down to doing what is best for me. The financial side of things have been hard going and after looking more into the course I realised that the course isn't suited to my style. I would advise anyone who is looking to go to university to study any type of photography to really look into the course. On your open day or interview ask more about the module content because I didn't ask anything about the course content, I just assumed that it would be the right route for me to take. Do lots of research about the course and look at the style of your own photography, also think about what sort of photography you are wanting to do as this will give you an idea as to what course would be beneficial to your career aspirations.

I was always unsure as to what photography course to take, sometimes to become a professional photographer you don't even need a degree. But in my case where I live I am very limited to pursuing a career into photography straight away. Always look at your options, I have a few options at the moment where I might be able to transfer to a new university with a different course. Or I can even decide to re apply to a university another time. It was a tough experience but I have managed to learn from my mistakes and always make sure that I do more intense research before hand. Always ask questions, it's an important thing to do as it's another way of researching and if something isn't right for you there is no shame in walking away from it and finding other possibilities.

While I was in Cheltenham I managed to take some photos, I love photography too much to give that aspect up. The Cheltenham town was great for photography, lots of beautiful architecture, small monuments and shops.

Always stay positive and collate as many options as possible, ask as many questions as you can and always ask for help, whether it be family, university or careers advisers. I always follow a quote from Marvel's Agent Carter "I know my value, anyone else's opinion doesn't really matter."


Sunday, 13 September 2015

Magic is real

2 weeks back the family and I went down to Watford to the Harry Potter Studio Tour and oh wow, it was fantastic! I have always loved Harry Potter, I have grown up watching the films and reading the books so this was super exciting for me and the family. It was a long 2 hour drive as we were stuck in traffic a few times but it was worth it as the whole experience was truly magical.

For anyone who hasn't been to the studio tour and loves Harry Potter, I would totally recommend that you book your tickets online and travel down to Watford as it is just fantastic. I knew some of what to expect as I had seen a few YouTube clips and my mum and brother had been before so they had shown us some photos but what I didn't expect truly amazed me. Originally I was going to write a walk through but the studio tour is full of surprises, I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone.

But what you can expect to see is lots and lots of props from the films. Walking around the studio you'll find Hagrid's Hut, Dumbledore's office, the Gryffindor Common room, smaller items such as the golden egg, each of the Horcruxes, a remembrall, the Triwizard cup and so many more! I would have loved to snap as many photos of the smaller objects but that would have taken a very long time especially as my camera kept playing up. If you take a digital camera just make sure you find the right settings because my camera started strobing. The lighting in the studios isn't the greatest, there's so much going on so they have different lightings for different parts of the studio. I ended up taking photos of the bigger set designs, it was my first time visiting so I didn't want to spend all my time looking at everything through my camera. I did get over 100 photos, some turning out to be quite good than expected. We did have quite a lot of people on our day so I managed to keep most heads out of my good shots!

If you plan on visiting around lunch time I would definitely advise bringing a packed lunch. When you've finished walking around the first section of the studio and have finished looking around the Hogwarts Express (which was so brilliant, It felt like I was on platform 9 3/4) there is a café with lots of seating. Our time slot was for 10:00 so by the time we had got to the café it was around lunch time and we were absolutely starving seeing as we left the house at around 7:45 and didn't really have much to eat for breakfast. But we should have bought a packed lunch seeing as there were 5 of us and the food can be quite pricey, as you can expect when you go out on a day trip, but we ended up sharing a few sandwiches. My youngest brother tried a Butterbeer, however he wouldn't recommend trying one, he couldn't even describe the taste. Everyone has their different taste buds so if you want to, go for it! The café is nice way to relax for a bit if you're planning on staying for a longer time, so you can spend as long as you want.

My highlight of the day had to be seeing the huge model of Hogwarts, it was so beautiful, I was spellbound when I saw it and I didn't want to leave the room. The music playing in the background make it even more magical and I admit that I actually had a few tears in my eyes. I think it was because, growing up watching and reading Harry Potter just made it that extra special visiting the place where the films were created. It just hit me how much I really do love these stories, I had a sense of euphoria visiting the studio tour. I highly recommend visiting.

Next on my travel bucket list is Hobbiton.

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