This week has been busy in the best way. I went to the Trump Protest and one of my pictures went (a little bit) viral, which provided hours of excitement refreshing Twitter and following the likes, retweets and replies. Lots of people really love Donald Trump, and lots of people really hate Donald Trump, and some of them decided to hash it out in the replies to my tweet, so that was fun. Really, though, I loved that a picture I took resonated with so many people. It’s so gratifying and cool that my picture was one of the most shared on Twitter from the protest, especially as I love photographing events like that. The guy in the photo also found me – his friends said that they’d seen him on Twitter and he looked the whole thing up – which was the cherry on top. I had asked his permission to take the photo (or rather, I got his permission after I’d taken the candid shot) but it was still good to get his thoughts on the whole thing and send him a high-res copy. For once, social media was actually social!
The first protest I photographed was the Brexit march from a few months ago and I definitely felt like I knew a lot more about what I was doing this time, which was a good feeling. I felt more confident approaching people and asking to photograph them and I was a lot more proactive about moving through the crowd to get the shots I wanted, which I think shows in the pictures I took. There was also a massive media presence at the protest, so photos felt generally welcome. I am so pleased with a few of these pictures, especially the woman in red and the viral photo of the boy with the ‘kids in cages have heartbeats too’ sign. They were also reposted on the betches_sup Instagram to their 183k followers!
After the excitement of the Twitter debacle, the rest of the week was spent preparing for my birthday, which is today! I have been so lucky to have a stream of friends around this weekend, for dinner last night, brunch today and many hours of laughing and baking. Imogen and Jake made an incredible chocolate cake and we used my new ice cream maker to make fresh strawberry ice cream for the first time! I typically get nervous hosting big gatherings, because I so want everyone to have a good time, but whenever I do host I am reminded of how fun and easy-going my friends are. Love you guys.
I also appreciate how easy-going they are about me whipping out the camera. Everyone was very accommodating of my desire to snap pictures all weekend and even took charge of the camera few times to get a few photos of me. Imogen requested a photoshoot on Sunday afternoon and I loved taking a proper set of pictures of her instead of trying to grab a couple of candids while everyone was chatting. I am loving taking portraits at the moment and I’m pleased to have added many to my collection this weekend!
We also walked along the river, past Tower Bridge, a number of times in order to walk between our house and the various restaurants. That means that, as per usual, I managed to get a few photos of my favourite landmark as well.
This was an exciting and fun week. I loved that a photo of mine got so much attention and I also loved spending a whole weekend with my nearest and dearest as I turned twenty-three. I have had a wonderful year of growing up, having fun and learning new things – thank you all for reading along these past nine months. I hope you like this week’s photos!