Take a seat, there’s room for everyone. I mean everyone!

We all need to stop and take a load off from time to time.

We all need to stop a while and take a load off our feet, knees and our mind! I love nothing more than a stroll in the countryside with my family. I know I’m blessed to be able to do so. Not all of us can. Not all of us have the opportunity to do so. Most of us feel that we are far too busy to take time out for ourselves.

I am well aware that we are all living separate busy lives on this forever spinning planet. I live in England, Liverpool England. The home of The Beatles! You may live in the USA or Germany. Some may live in a prison cell or war zone. Some may live in a wheelchair or hospital bed. Some may be trapped inside our own heads. My point is that we need to take time out for each and everyone of of us. Ok. What do I recommend? Well that’s the difficult part. We are all unique and therefore we all have a unique solution to this issue.

I would love to know how you solve this issue? What you do to take time out? Please feedback in the comments. Repost even. Hit the like button. Make yourself a coffee! I am intrigued to know how you keep your head straight.

Until the next one, stay safe.

The leaves are falling. So are people…

Autumn changes lives for so many, with the onset of the darker nights can being on darker moods for many.

Autumn is time of cosy jumpers, log fires and hot chocolate. However for those suffering with mental health issues, it is the lead up to most stressful time of the year. Christmas! We are bombarded with commercials wanting our money, celebrities telling us it’s all about family time. People’s stress level skyrocket driven by materialism and perception of that we have got to be happy and thankful!

DON’T listen!! Create your own stress free and mindful Christmas. Don’t visit those relatives that are negative and bring you down. Call them instead, that way you’re still safe at home. Visit people who want to be with you and love you. Don’t overindulge in alcohol as it’s a game changed for your mental health, in a bad way.

Love yourself first as that is the only way others will love you back. Buy yourself a present, wrap it up and put it under the tree and give it to yourself at Christmas. Write on the tag, ‘To me, from me, love me!’ Reflect on the year and how you’re dealt with your issues. Always remember that there is a guy in Liverpool, UK who wrote this at the end of October, wishing you love, happiness and a wonderful Christmas.

Creative cold turkey!!!

Going on a family holiday is fab. There is nothing like a break from your daily rut to get the creative juices flowing. So we’ve been back nearly a week and I am suffering from ‘creative cold turkey’. If you really want to know, me and the family went to Norway, which is an absolutely stunning country. Being a photographer and film maker, Norway has inspired me no end. As I am writing this I can feel the anxiety flowing away from me, it is has become a ‘fix’ for me. I need my ‘creative fix’.

My wife Claire shot the above photograph on my iPhone XR, using the fantastic Moment app coupled with their anamorphic lens. You can see the outer edges of the photograph are a little stretched and bendy, but I really like this effect. However the centre is fine. I did shoot a shed load of images and I’m so excited to share them as they will be used as ammunition for my upcoming blogs. Hope you like the images that I post as they are all shot and edited by yours truly.

Just a little footnote: my site is called ‘selfie esteem media’ the reason being is that I want to tackle the issues that social media can have on a person’s self esteem and self confidence. I didn’t realise that I would have to deal with my own self esteem issues before I can progress and do justice to the vision that I want to share with the world…

Child free days…

Cub scouts rule!

My son, Joshua, has escaped to camp with the Cub Scouts for 5 days. This is first adventure without mum and dad since forever. So my wife and I have loads of time to kill. Claire went clothes shopping, while I tried out some dodgy long exposure shots outside. I used the moment app. Which is so good, I doubt I’ll ever use my DSLR’s again! I used Snapseed app to edit, which I find so easy and intuitive to use. I’m into grainy, vignettes at the moment as I’m always up for trying new things creatively. No matter how rubbish the weather is, get out there a shoot stuff. Have play with those ideas that have been spinning around your head.

So it’s train home, kettle on and settle down to watch ‘killing Eve’ on catch up. Rock & Roll baby!

The summer standstill!

The eggy photograph above was taken yesterday as I had a rare midweek breakfast with my wife. We headed into Liverpool city centre, whilst our son enjoyed his last day in school before the start of his summer hols.

I rather enjoyed my wild mushroom on toast with the standard poached egg on top. Anyway enough food porn! I’m getting rather addicted to blog posting. After months of inactivity, I’m finding myself searching for daft things to blog about.

I’m not looking to change the world, just looking to share daft thoughts in between being creative. Enjoy.

Hurry up and wait!

It’s a strange time of the year for me, as I hurry up and wait for the summer to be over! What? Why? Am I mad? NOPE! It’s all about being a dad. My 8 year old son is about to break for the summer and he is looking forward to lots of adventures with his dad, whilst mum is still at work.

I know that it is a total role reversal with me being at home and my wife at work. You see, since I returned to work in at the start of term in sept 2016, after my cancer treatment, I returned worked part time. This is because my priorities changed from career to family, also my wife is amazing and I wants to support her career. I have had an amazing career working in television and education, but having a shit time getting through stage 4 cancer I decided that my wife and son come first.

I’m all better at the moment, reference my previous post about having to go back in august, I think that I’ll be ok.

So the summer is a time that my creatively is put on hold, to be replaced with ice creams, rainy days out and Lego!

When you feel the need…

To spill your thoughts and coffee on social media!

Yesterday I shared my iced latte on instagram. Why did I do this? I did it to show how crazy social media is and how people can judge you by your posts. When I was younger, growing up in probably the toughest northern city in the UK, I would have received a punch on the nose for taking a photograph of an iced latte. Come to think of it I would have also received a punch on the nose for even ordering an iced latte!

That said social media has allowed countless millions across the world to have a voice. Our mobile phones have enabled the human race to rant, troll, buy, sell and make their cat a superstar. Sit and take a minute to think about this. People are dying in Syria, Yemen, Sudan and every other planet on the earth, but hey look at the cute cat doing some daft shit!

Anyway you crazy guys please enjoy your day and spread some happiness out there, god knows we need it.