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sniffles & sunburn

  • Posted by hollie
  • 12 October 2010

I was out of the office yesterday, doing a little accessories photoshoot with Lydia and Rich.

So, a couple of weeks ago we had the Spring/Summer'11 shoot in the chilly pouring rain, and yesterday i was trying to shoot big lovely chunky knits  in the warm & sunny cloudless blue sky - it just doesn't make sense sometimes!

Oh, on a similar 'wintery' note...if anyone has any remedies i can use to get rid of this horrible sniffly cold i have then please let me know!

my first shoot

  • Posted by hollie
  • 7 October 2010

Last week i went on my first howies photoshoot.

- Shooting a spring/summer catalogue in the blustery welsh autumnal weather you say? hmm.

Sure there was rain,

..and showers

...and maybe a bit of drizzle

but there were plently of sunny times too. I had a blast.

Took a few photos here and there. Below is an example of what happens when you let Lydia loose in a beach shop.

Thanks for letting me jump in the van guys.

BMX dvd winner

  • Posted by hollie
  • 24 September 2010

Earlier this week Emma posted a competition to win a copy of Ashley Charles' new BMX dvd THISISUNITED

Thanks for all the BMX photo enteries...Ashley picked his favourite this morning, from Al Maconald -

Congratulations Al, we'll get this in the post to you today.

The Second Life notebook project

  • Posted by hollie
  • 24 September 2010

One wad of scrap paper +

One old Spring 2008 catalogue +

Two boxes of bull dog clips

= Sixteen new notebooks for the office.

Crafty Fridays reign supreme!

The Daily Shoot

  • Posted by hollie
  • 14 September 2010

I like photography.

One of the things i like most is when you manage to catch those little unexpected and spontaneous moments, the ones where you know it's actually been worth lugging your camera kit about in your bag all day...you know,' just incase'

But sometimes we all need a little inspiration..

I've only been following @thedailyshoot on twitter for about a week, but for those days when you really WANT to get out with your camera but aren't quite sure what to shoot, it's a godsend!

Every day they tweet a new challenge or idea and off you go! If you dont have twitter then don't worry, they update their site everyday too.

One of the most interesting things is to see how everybody else interprets the same idea - 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' and all that.

...now, get snappin'!'

..you want one?

  • Posted by hollie
  • 6 August 2010

I have a stack of these DVDs on my desk from the good people at Surfers Against Sewage.

"View from the green room" is the Uk's first environmental surf documentary - now, i'm not a very good salesman so i'll just copy what they've written about it:

" 'View from the greenroom' examines the pollution issues of today through the eyes of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) campaigners. Joined by Team Quicksilver, our international crew score barrel after barrel at some amazing new locations in Scotland, before breaking off to reflect on the dangers our coastline faces from poor shipping practises, the unregulated discharge of toxic chemicals, conveyor belts of litter travelling up on the Gulf stream and the threats to surfing from climate change. With a touch of humour we highlight these problems in true SAS style."

So there it is.

First 6 people to email me with their addresses will get one, but only if you answer the following question correctly mind!:

"Do you want a free dvd?"

a) Yes

b) no

send your answers to hollie(at)howies(dot)co(dot)uk.

(Ps - the answer is A)

Make yer own

  • Posted by hollie
  • 8 July 2010


A couple of weeks ago a few of these little notebooky-looking things started cropping up around the office, turns out that Ade had been making them from those bits of scrap paper that everyone has in their office....you know, the unloved ones that hang around by the printer feeling unwanted.

reduce, reuse, recycle and that.

(click on the picture a couple of times to make it bigger)

Tale of two counties

  • Posted by hollie
  • 1 June 2010

I managed to wangle a few days off work last week so went to visit my sister down in London.

Being such a country bumpkin & coming from a town as small and sleepy as Cardigan, I always find london so exciting and overwhelming.

It was a really good couple of days, but i suppose it's a bit like babysitting - it's fun and enjoyable at the time, but then it's nice to hand it back and go home!

After making the long journey back on Sunday, I went on a walk through the woods in Llangoedmor (not far from Cardigan) where i came across this little cottage, and  it struck me just how different the country and the big city are...

i kind of know where i'd prefer to be though....  :)


  • Posted by hollie
  • 31 March 2010

My friend Gavin popped this link up online earlier, it's pretty clever! (there's some 'colourful' language in it, so it might not be suitable for young ears - but it' mostly about the visuals anyway, so i guess it'll be just as good muted!)


Here's the desciption:

"This is a short film that was directed by the French animation collective H5, François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy + Ludovic Houplain. It was presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2009. It opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a 2010 academy award under the category of animated short."

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