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The MTV EMAs 2014

13 Nov

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I was lucky enough to be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Glasgow at the weekend, for the annual MTV Europe Music Awards. Scotland has been host to the EMA’s (now in it’s 20th year) only once before, and this year promised to be the best yet.

With performances from Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, U2 and Slash, MTV were set to make it an International affair, featuring not only the latest pop acts to top the charts, but also some of the most successful Rock icons of the 20th Century.

An event like this was worth getting up at an unsociable time on a Sunday morning – I was up and out of the door just after 5am. After a swift security check and a smooth flight (got to love domestic flights), we arrived in Glasgow around 10am and headed straight to our hotel to check in. It was then time to collect our wristbands and tickets (for the main event and the pre-party) and get ready.

 

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The mail out to attendees stated that we would be standing on a raised platform close to the awards stage, so we should prepare to be on camera and dress to impress! My friend and I sensibly chose dresses that we’re both glamorous yet comfortable, and most importantly, weren’t completely weather inappropriate (it was around 4 degrees in Glasgow at the time).

 

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At 5pm we were transported to the Glasgow Science Centre, where the official pre-party was taking place. Drinks and food were provided, and there were several photo booths (with props) to make the most of – which, of course, we did.

 

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A short walk across the bridge and we were at the venue for the main event, the SSE Hydro – the Hydro is ranked in the top five busiest indoor entertainment arenas in the world alongside such iconic venues as Madison Square Garden in New York and The O2 in London.

Once inside – this was our view. We were in the VIP area right next to the awards stage, giving us prime location to spot and snap the host, Her Minajesty, and the other award presenters (including Jena Malone, David Hasselhoff and Jourdan Dunne).

 

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We were given wristbands to wear and were told that they would be lighting up at some point during the event. As Enrique Iglesias appeared on stage, it all became clear that the audience were going to be part of his stage performance, and the venue lit up in thousands of colourful dancing lights – all changing colour in sync with each other, and in time with the music!

 

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For those of you that missed the awards, here are the winners:

  • Best Video – Katy Perry ‘Dark Horse’
  • Best Female – Arianna Grande
  • Best Male – Justin Bieber
  • Best Pop – One Direction
  • Biggest Fans Award – One Direction
  • Best Look – Katy Perry
  • Global Icon Award – Ozzy Osbourne
  • Best Song – ‘Problem’ Arianna Grande
  • Best Rock – Linkin Park
  • Best Hip-Hop – Nicki Minaj
  • Best Worldwide Act – Zhou Bichang
  • Best Alternative – Thirty Seconds To Mars
  • Best New Act – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Best Electronic – Calvin Harris
  • Best World Stage Performance – Enrique Iglesias
  • Best Song with a Message – ‘Pretty Hurts’ Beyonce

 

We were so excited to be given the chance to attend the EMAs and thoroughly enjoyed the event. Fingers crossed I get to go next year – after all it will be hosted in Italy. Milan, here I come!

 

 

Weekly Viral Vaccine 08-10

8 Oct

Some more random musings from the tinterweb…

 

1) Jon Negroni’s ‘Pixar Theory’ has been made into a video

 

2) Inspirational, illustrated video of one designer’s thoughts on failure

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3) How to spam a spammer – possibly the best text response you’ll ever see!

 

4) 40 ways to stay creative

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5) Everyone can go home – this person just won the internet!

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6) Looking for a new adventure? Here are some fictional places you can actually visit!

 

 

7) Incredible series of double exposed photographs, mixing portraits with architecture

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Have You Tried Hyperlapse Yet?

1 Sep

Despite Instagram being only four years old, Instagram has just launched a new tool to allow its users even more ways to show their creativity and record special moments in their lives. Just 6 days ago Instagram announced the arrival of a new app, Hyperlapse, which has already one of the most popular free apps on the App Store. The app allows fans to capture high-quality time lapse videos on their phone.

 

 

There are countless time-lapse apps available to download at the moment, but what makes Hyperlapse different is its in-built stabilization technology resulting in smooth, moving time-lapse videos with a professional finish.

Hyperlapse is now available through iTunes and the App Store.

Check out these 13 amazing Hyperlapse videos for inspiration, then start shooting!

Photography & Modelling: A Glimpse

14 Dec

I did a brief stint as a model a few years back (including competing in the Miss England competition), but more recently my appearances in front of the camera tend to be for my sister Courtney, who is a Wedding and Portrait photographer (you can visit her website here). She is also a keen fashion and newborn photographer, so if you’re looking to get a portfolio done in any capacity, please get in touch.

I keep most of my photos on Facebook, but I thought I’d share some of my favourites on here. All photos are by Courtney Louise Photography unless otherwise stated.

Enjoy, and as always, comments welcome 🙂

Romantic themed shoot

"A Distant Dream"

Mimobot ad campaign

Mimobot ad campaign

Mimobot ad campaign

Outdoor shoot for photography contest

Most recent novel cover, My Soul To Save

Taken in Summer 2007 after winning Miss Lincolnshire

A rare self portrait of the Photographer, Courtney Louise

'60s themed night shoot

Coming soon…

21 Nov

Christmas and New Year are fast approaching, so I thought I’d let you know what I’ve got coming up for Girl On The Wing. First up, Friendly Fires are playing at the Engine Shed in Lincoln tomorrow so I’ll hopefully have some photos and a review up by the end of the week. In the meantime, here are a couple of my favourite Friendly Fires tunes – Enjoy!

Then in a couple of weeks, I’ll be enjoying lapping up the VIP treatment at The Clothes Show Live, and will be posting about all the trends, gossip and what to buy (including photos from the Live Catwalk Event). So make sure you come back on the 10th Dec to see the roundup from the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will also be posting my Top Christmas Horror Movies List over the next couple of days, so keep an eye out for that, and let me know if you have any suggestions of your own that didn’t make the list.

Family Portrait Photography Competition

1 Oct

I have some exciting news – My super-talented Photographer sister (Courtney Louise Photography) has been selected to be on the judging panel for an international photography competition, in association with Hotpoint and top photographer Steve McCurry (best known for his award-winning photograph ‘Afghan Girl’).

The competition is to find the best family portrait and is open for anyone to enter – the closing date is October 15th, so get snapping and submit your entries as soon as possible, for a chance to win a trip to New York and a photograph taken by Steve McCurry.

You can read all about the competition and how to enter here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow @courtneylphoto on Twitter for all the latest on the competition as well as other Photography news and events.