Three Years of Go Ask Ellice
It's time for probably my favourite post of the year, the birthday of my blog Go Ask Ellice. The reason I enjoy these ones so much is because I get to take a look back over all of the shoots and posts I've written over the past 12 months, and share what I love the most about them. As always, it's my time to be all soppy and appreciative of everyone who has read even one of my blog posts - and grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way since my first post.
This year, I've worked with some amazing photographers and made some great friends in doing so. As well as fashion and lifestyle posts, I've also enjoyed sharing more and more posts about the books I'm reading and reviewing as many new releases as possible. I'm always trying to think of ways to diversify my content on here, for example, the Articles tab I have added which I plan to add to in the future. I wanted to dip my toe into writing more journalistic style posts, starting with my post about Poly Styrene following the doucmentary: I Am a Cliche. I'm really proud of how well this style of post was received, and I definitely intend on writing more journalistic style posts in the future.
Considering my last blog birthday was slap-bang in the middle of a global pandemic, by first photoshoot since then was of course over FaceTime with the lovely Holly, who I've worked with before: here. This post was all about answering your questions and assumptions about me; something I haven't done for a while so if that's something you'd like to see again, let me know. Shooting on FaceTime is definitely a strange experience, but one that was actually quite fun. I'm glad that we did it, as it pinpoints a time in the world where things were all a little crazy (including the face mask is a way of highlighting the times).
My first in-person shoot was with Alex Ivory, a friend of mine and talented film photographer who captured this shot of me, which has to be one of my favourites yet. I love the vintage tones created by the film, and how I have these shots as a memory of my baby pink buzzcut - which lasted about a week! Check out the rest of the photographs from this shoot here.
Of course, as we know, it has taken a lot of time for the world to resume back to some kind of normality. Because of this, in July I was still trying hard to come up with interesting and creative ways to still blog regularly, introducing the self-shoot trend! Most people who are active on social media gave this a go, hang up a bed sheet in your back garden, set up the tripod and you're pretty much good to go. I was surprised by how well these turned out, especially with the dramatic, punk-inspired makeup that I was experimenting with that day.
Finally (for a short amount of time) people were permitted to interact outside again, and I managed to book my first shoot with Doncaster-based photographer Kirsty. Although we hadn't met before, I felt so at ease and it felt great to be out shooting again, it's hard to choose a favourite from this shoot. I particularly enjoy the topic of the accompanying blog post too, the future of blogging, influencers and promoting sustainability are something I could talk about forever...
Another 'photographer first' was with my gorgeous friend (and amazing photographer) Brodie. I loved having the opportunity to travel down to London to meet Brodie, after a long while of chatting through social media, and having the honour of also being photographed. It's rare that I get the chance to shoot amongst the greenery of nature, so the way these photographs came out is such a refreshing difference to other content that I put out.
Next up is probably the most exciting shoot of my life so far, one I'll not stop talking about until the day I die! I was asked by Hades Wool (yes, my favourite knitwear brand!) to feature in their collaboration with the Cure, in the dreamiest baby pink beauty you've ever seen. Every single time I see the image on their Instagram, an email or on the website it's a huge 'pinch me' moment and I still can't quite believe it to be honest.
I'll end here with my most recent photo shoot, again with Kirsty (it seems that we have a thing for red tartan, and doorways!) This was another shoot where I felt completely at ease, and absolutely loved getting back into exploring the city and choosing our locations as we discover them. To me, that's the most fun and enjoyable part of shooting, being spontaneous and creative with the location always produces the best images.
I hope you've enjoyed this look back of the past 12 months as much as I have, I feel so proud of everything I've been a part of and the photographers I've had the opportunity to work with. Again, I can't say thank you enough to anyone who's taken the time to even glance at any of my posts (even if it's just to have a nosey at the photos!). As you know, I feel so passionate about writing and blogging, so the fact that anyone cares to read what I have to say about things is overwhelming to me. It's been such a fun 3 years so far, and seeing the improvement in my content and writing is definitely a big achievement to me.
Anyway, let me stop the rambling before you all fall asleep... Just know that if you're reading this: I appreciate you! Here's to a lot more exciting things to come.