Raleigh International Fundraiser (And a Gentle Reminder to Exist in Photographs)

In aid of the wonderful charity, Raleigh International, I have been offering to headshot sessions  in return for a donation of £25 via my JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kelechi-hafstad (any and all donation are always welcome!)

With some shoots done and dusted, and a few more in the pipeline, it's been a pleasure to meet and spend time with such a lovely bunch of people, and I'd like to thank everyone who has got in touch with me so far! Your donation is very gratefully received!

Generally, when people come looking for headshots it is with the intention of using it for something serious or professional; an job application, a LinkedIn profile etc. And these are all very legitimate reasons for having a photograph of yourself. But whilst I was sitting and editing these shoots, I found myself thinking a more about what the value of these photographs really is... it got a little deep.

Everyday, in some way, shape or form, we are reminded that our footprints on this earth are both light and fleeting. We don't need to look far to be reminded of that. (Hold your loved ones really, really tight.) But for as long as we are unable to make time stand still, photographs will perhaps be one of our most treasured possessions. Nothing could tempt me to sell the photographs that I have of my parents, grandparents, or anyone else that I love. Especially those who are no longer with us. This is obviously not based on the aesthetic quality of the photographs, or their exceptional composition, but because of their powerful ability to trigger memories.

These beautiful women generously donated £25 to Raleigh International in return for their portraits but I hope that, down the line, their personal value will exceed any price tag as they are loved and treasured for generations and generations to come.

 A few from my own little treasure chest

A few from my own little treasure chest

Pretty Knickers: Theatre with a Twist

It is my pleasure to introduce to you: Pretty Knickers

It was a joy to work with such a warm and talented team of women. Inspirational and beautiful on so many counts. Keep your eyes peeled for them,  they've got some exciting stuff on the horizon.

Here's what they have to say for themselves:

    Pretty Knickers Productions are an emerging Scottish, all-female company who create bold theatre making no apologies.   We were founded in 2016 by Sarah Dingwall, Claire Docherty, Niamh Kinane, Mhairi McCall, Becky Niven and Lana Pheutan whilst studying Acting for Stage and Screen: ever since then we have aspired to create playful but poignant work.   We are an incredibly close knit company, which, we feel, allows us to make our best and most honest work. We have shared passions in acting, writing and directing: we are a diverse group of young women with a lot to say.   Pretty Knickers have members who are fluent in British Sign language and Gàidhlig and we strive to make our work accessible to all.   We are currently developing our first production, titled ‘OUT’ written by Pretty Knickers’ very own Lana Pheutan, which will be performed at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, where we are over the moon to be making our debut as a company. It has been an ambition for us all to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe, as we value it as a wonderful festival in the city that brought us all together.   Don’t be scared, don’t be shamed, don’t be sorry. Pretty Knickers Productions x

 

Pretty Knickers Productions are an emerging Scottish, all-female company who create bold theatre making no apologies. 

We were founded in 2016 by Sarah Dingwall, Claire Docherty, Niamh Kinane, Mhairi McCall, Becky Niven and Lana Pheutan whilst studying Acting for Stage and Screen: ever since then we have aspired to create playful but poignant work. 

We are an incredibly close knit company, which, we feel, allows us to make our best and most honest work. We have shared passions in acting, writing and directing: we are a diverse group of young women with a lot to say. 

Pretty Knickers have members who are fluent in British Sign language and Gàidhlig and we strive to make our work accessible to all. 

We are currently developing our first production, titled ‘OUT’ written by Pretty Knickers’ very own Lana Pheutan, which will be performed at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, where we are over the moon to be making our debut as a company. It has been an ambition for us all to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe, as we value it as a wonderful festival in the city that brought us all together. 

Don’t be scared, don’t be shamed, don’t be sorry.
Pretty Knickers Productions x

Welcome to the studio!

I can't believe its taken me this long, but finally a little snap of my lovely studio!

Its a cosy little space right in the centre of Edinburgh and I must say I am very proud of it. What you can see in the picture is the waiting room, and the shooting space attaches on to the back of it. As my first studio space, it is obviously a *very* exciting time and I can't wait to see what becomes of it. Stay tuned. x

 

 

Debbie and Graeme

Congratulations to the lovely Debbie and Graeme who tied the knot on a crisp winter’s day at Glenskirlie Castle, just outside of Edinburgh.

It was a pleasure and an honour to be involved with this beautiful new family’s special day. They promised to love each other forever in an intimate and emotional ceremony which inspired both tears and laughter and it was a joy to capture the coming together of Debbie and Graeme’s family to wish them both well. 

Here are a selection of my favourites from the day.