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No one is you

There is something to be said about slowing down. Whether that be for five minutes or your whole way of life. Still life photography helps me to slow down - I can spend hours creating these little displays and faffing around with seed placement, just to take a photo and move onto the next one. 

If you're following me on Instagram (click HERE, if you aren't already) then you would've seen a recent rise in still life photographs on my feed. I thought still life photography was too simple and boring for anyone to be interested, and tried so hard to think of exciting projects that other people on my course would create - but that just isn't me. I'm so happy creating a little still life and having just one photo at the end of the day, over having a billion photographs of Dartmoor. 

Mostly, this post is to remind me (and you, if you need it) to stay true to yourself, and stop trying to create (or have) what other people have in their lives.

'No one is you that is your power' 

It took me sitting down and thinking about what work I want to create after uni, for me to realise this is what I want to create. So just do you!

- Kayleigh Bickle

Buckland Abbey & Lanhydrock | National Trust

When the cold kills your camera battery - use your phone.

I'll give you three guesses as to who forgot to charge their spare camera battery and went out with only 34% charge. (And then killed their battery in the cold weather). These are my remaining photographs from my camera, the rest (which I'm yet to go through) was taken on my phone.

- Kayleigh Bickle

March 2018 | Bullet Journal

Well, February flew by.

I have slightly fallen out of love with bujo-ing. I think it's mostly laziness and falling out of love with projects - not so much physical bujo. However, I've changed things around and have cut my spreads down to just two spreads this month. 

Month on two pages

I need the monthly view, i'm a visual person and find it so much easier to balance my time when I can physically see what I'm doing each day. Instead of having Thursday squashed in the middle of the folds, i've split the week in half and have it neatly across two pages. There is some negative spaces beside Sunday, perhaps I'll leave it black (or, most likely, I'll use it for more list making). 

Weekly spread

Weekly spread is new-ish. I've attempted them before, but this time I've got rid of the day restrictions completely. This spread is actually inspired by this video on youtube. At the top, I have the days of the week - the dots underneath show that I have an event/appointment that day (I check my monthly spread daily and, also, have my phone calendar to check). The below I have two lists: university and personal. Because I'm juggling two projects, it makes sense that most of my to do list would be dedicated to university and won't mix up watering the plants with a hand in date. (You can add more boxes for dedicated areas of your life, I just felt two was the perfect amount for me). 

Then on the opposite page, I have an area to write my daily summary. And my habit tracker, I've carried on my habits from last month - out of laziness to think of something new. 

For any extra lists, that I'll need that month, I'll carry them over the spreads on post-it notes (i.e. blog ideas). 

That's it. I'm reaching the last 50 pages of this bujo, and am considering changing to an A6 bujo. Because I'm nearing the end of my uni course, I don't think I'll need my bujo to takes notes as much and an A5 might be less portable when I'm working and everything. I don't know though. Do you bullet journal? If so, what do you use?

- Kayleigh Bickle

Cotehele, Cornwall | National Trust

Kill your darlings.

Sometimes you have to get rid of the photographs/work you love for a project to work. And that's what I'm supposed to be using this blog for. Here are my recent darlings, now they're yours too.

- Kayleigh Bickle

Cruelty Free Beauty

I had always presumed that all products/brands sold in the UK were cruelty-free. However, that just isn't the case. 

Because, although UK law states that products sold in the UK cannot be tested on animals - many brands sell in China where it's illegal to sell products that are NOT tested on animals. Also, a brand might be owned by a 'mother-company' who test on animals in other countries - looking at you The Body Shop who up until recently was owned by L'Oreal who sell in China.

Almost a year ago, I decided to go exclusively cruelty-free with my makeup/skincare/haircare/etc. I am still using a few products that are sold by brands who test on animals - slowly replacing them though!

I thought I would make a collection of cruelty-free brands and products that I have discovered over the past year.

(All of the products I use are cheap and available in popular shops).

Brands: (I haven't used all of these brands myself, but over the past year when I find a cruelty-free brand I've been adding them to a list on my phone)
BarryM - VEGAN
Too Faced
Collection 2000
Freedom Makeup
Makeup Revolution 
Models Own
Tanya Burr Cosmetics 
LUSH - VEGAN (except products containing beeswax) 
Superdrug Own brand - VEGAN
Topshop Make-up
Collab Dry Shampoo
Simple Skin Care
Real Techniques 
Soaper Duper 
Soap and Glory
Bull Dog
B Pure Superdrug Brand
Smash box 
Marc Jacobs
Lottie London
Lidl - own brand
Tesco - own brand

Please let me know of any more brands, and I'll add them to my list!

Superdrug is my go-to for cruelty-free products. For toothpaste/mouthwash, it made the hunt really easy, and the products all work. I use their hair oils, shampoo, conditioners, coconut oil, hair masks, face masks, skincare.

- Kayleigh Bickle

Happy Hump Day!

Because sometimes you need a verbal 'pick me up'...

(Who doesn't love a pun?)
A small midweek post of a few quotes I've found this week. All on my Pinterest board here.

- Kayleigh Bickle

An apology to photography

I used to adore photography. I was constantly trying to recreate others work, trying to create something new, wanting to show it to everyone. Then I did a degree and started to feel too much pressure from projects and deadlines. Then I did another degree and struggled for 18 months to love photography. But then on Tuesday, someone said to me 'if you're a professional pianist, you don't stop practising. So why are you only taking photographs for projects?' and before this person told me to shoot as much as I could and keep practising. But ignored them. Since Tuesday I've shot over 10 shoots in three days. I'm constantly thinking about what I can take a photograph of next. And I don't doubt many, if not all, of the photographs, are sh!t. But I have that buzz from doing something you love.

I've done several digital shoots, one roll of 120 film (which I NEVER shoot - because I'm a wimp), and currently four rolls of 35mm. I find this amazing, for ages I was only doing a shoot after planning and getting confirmation from a lecturer that the idea was OK. 

Because I'm unlikely to put these photographs on my Instagram (@kayleighbicklephotography), I'm going to gather a few and chuck 'em into this post. 

(If you didn't guess I'm looking at flower for my project)

Here's to taking photographs (or creating your relevant creativity) for the sake of creating.

- Kayleigh Bickle