Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy Holidays!
I have finally created the video with all of my photos from 2011... here it is!
I hope you all enjoy watching it, and hopefully next year there will be a whole lot more photos :)
Whilst I'm having way too much fun on this JibJab site where you can create your own Christmas Ecards I better wrap this post up here before I get carried away...I hope everyone has a lovely holiday!
Nicola. x

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

End of another awesome year...

Hey everyone,
Since it's near the end of December, I thought I'd write a post with an (almost) monthly re-cap of all the awesome things I experienced this year with my Photography. The main reason I decided to do this was actually because I saw another Photographer's blog post similar to this last year and I really enjoyed looking through the photos! Very inspiring to say the most!

Anyway, here goes...

In February I photographed My Fallen Idea, at Dexters in Dundee. I also recorded the first live music HD Video on my new camera at this gig, you can check it out on my Vimeo account, the name of the song is called 'Coast'.
As I had started recording HD Videos in February, I then took a live video of The Agitator at their Captain's Rest gig in Glasgow. This is one of my favourites!

In April, I photographed Dry The River, at King Tuts in Glasgow. The first gig I've ever shot at the famous legendary venue, it was awesome! I also compiled a live video of the band, with a couple of their songs.
In July, I photographed Sons & Daughters, at SWG3 in Glasgow. Another fun gig, and I managed to snap a couple of Promo pics with the band after the show aswell, which is always ace.
In August, I photographed the amazing Taking Back Sunday, at the ABC in Glasgow. It was definitely the best show I've taken photos at this year. I really enjoyed it, and the guys are such a great band to photograph. I also wrote my first live review of the show for Is This Music magazine, which you can read on their website.
In September, I photographed Howling Bells, at the Oran Mor in Glasgow, once again for Is This Music magazine. I went along to an interview with Juanita Stein, and photographed promo shots for the feature on the website.
Also, in September, I photographed Kai Fish (of Mystery Jets), at the Brel Bar in Glasgow, which was a very small and intimate gig. Loved the setting and Kai's solo work is truly sensational....and, at the end of September, I photographed and reviewed The Kooks, at Barrowlands in Glasgow, for Is This Music Magazine. This was such a huge experience for me, as I'd never had the opportunity previously to photograph a gig that size, it was lots of fun!Then in October, I photographed and reviewed The Maccabees, at the Liquid Room in Edinburgh, for Is This Music Magazine. This was another gig I really enjoyed photographing this year! Really loved it, the band were also amazing live.
...and there we go, I hope you all enjoyed looking through the photos!
I'll hopefully be writing some more news pretty soon, probably a video of all the pics from this year, and after that it will most likely be January 2012!
Nicola. x

Sunday, 11 December 2011

December Underground.

Yesterday was my birthday, my 20th, yeah I'm no longer a teenager now, which I'm not too happy about, haha. However on a happier note, I went to Edinburgh for a good bit of shopping, always an awesome thing to do. It wasn't snowing when we left Dundee but by the time we reached Edinburgh, it was looking much more Christmassy as it had very lightly snowed in the early morning, but it added a really nice touch to the already beautiful buildings...(a perfect opportunity for photos!).We started off by shopping in one of my favourite places, Harvey Nichols, the beauty counters there are the best, I spent a lot of money at MAC, as usual. Then we had a look around the other shops on Princes Street, and their little mall across from Topshop. The carnival was already set up and it looked really gorgeous with the backdrop of the Scot Monument.
We then moved our car to the Grassmarket area to check out some record shops, and then decided to walk through the park back on Princes Street, not the one with the ice rink, but the other one on the opposite side, where we made it through to the German Christmas Market, which was very busy, but so lovely. They had a stall full of Nutcrackers, you know the wooden little men with moustaches?...so adorable...obviously we bought one!
We then headed to the car after the long walk back, and had some much needed food.
Anyway, it was an awesome day, and now I'm off to put up my Christmas decorations in my house, along with the much talked about Nutcracker with the moustache :)
Hope you're all having a lovely December.
Nicola. x

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My name is Nicola Sharkey and I'm a Music Photographer, from Dundee, Scotland.
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