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Natasha Hirst Photography Natasha Hirst Photography Images of life Natasha Hirst Photography Page 1 of 8 Scroll to Top Profile Pages Twitter Find out more Photojournalism for weddings, family photoshoots, events and campaigns. A highly personalised, high quality service for people who value outstanding photography. Connect with me Twitter Instagram RSS Archive Pages: Contact me Corporate Weddings Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Portal Training teacher awards // Whether large or small events, there is something quite special and uplifting about awards giving. It is good to celebrate hard work and achievements. It was lovely to join Portal Training for their awards event for teachers who have graduated on one of their professional development training courses. Supportive relationships build up between people who have shared the hard slog of going through a demanding course together and it really showed at this event. There was much chatter and laughter over afternoon tea and a genuine feeling of pride in each other as the awards were given out. It was lovely to be there to document it all. Well done to all of the course graduates for their commitment for improving standards in teaching and education and their achievements in successfully completing the course. July 12, 2016 July 12, 2016 Share https://tmblr.co/ZNWHhx29AiEQj educationawardsphotographyteacherPortalTrainingWales Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Unison Cymru Health Awards 2016 // It’s been a non-stop couple of weeks but this event was a clear highlight. The Health Awards celebrate the achievements and dedication of union members who work across all areas of the NHS. The health sector receives a lot of criticism and yet it is staffed by people doing incredible work on a daily basis who rarely receive the recognition and praise that they really deserve. It was another example for me of how important photography can be. I covered the evening’s events, which included speeches, awards giving and a dinner that coincided with Wales playing Portugal in the Euros semi-final. I also set up a studio in an adjacent meeting room not really expecting many guests to wander in. During half time and after the football match, there were long queues of people eager to have their group photos taken. I was really stuck by the closeness and mutual support that the union branches have for each other. These are people who work hard in their teams, supporting their members and carrying out such vital roles in providing a hugely important public service, and this was their night. It was also lovely to welcome Dawn Bowden AM, previously Unison Cymru’s Head of Health, who played a pivotal role is setting the Wales Health Awards in motion. It was a real honour to work alongside such a fantastic group of people and a pleasure to have played a role in helping them to celebrate their achievements together. July 11, 2016 July 11, 2016 Share https://tmblr.co/ZNWHhx298bFVc unison cymruunionsawardshealth awardsnhspublic servicesphotographyevent Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Kenfig Hill & District Male Voice Choir // This choir’s annual summer concert in Porthcawl Pavilion is always a spectacular affair and packed to the rafters. As ever, it was a joy to work with the choir, covering the rehearsals and getting the group shots of the male voice choir; the youth choir, Crescendo; and the children’s choir, Da Capo. Special guests were the Affinity Ladies choir from Cardiff. It was a real privilege to watch everyone perform, well done for a brilliant night of entertainment. July 7, 2016 July 7, 2016 Share https://tmblr.co/ZNWHhx28zVJkU choirconcertporthcawlporthcawl pavilionkenfig hill and district male voice choirmale voice choirwales Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom IWA/Capital Law ‘Doing Business in Wales’ event An excellent and very timely conference organised by the Institute of Welsh Affairs with Capital Law explored the changing landscape for businesses in Wales. The speeches included a keynote address by Ken Skates AM, the recently appointed Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure. There were lively panel discussions, audience questions and workshops. The stunning backdrop of the Wales Millennium Centre also provided a super spot for some portraits - talk about good value! July 5, 2016 / 1 note July 5, 2016 1 note Share https://tmblr.co/ZNWHhx28tpXvc photographyeventIWAinstitute of welsh affairscapital lawwales Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Two vigils // It’s been such a desperately sad week. It’s incredibly hard to know what to say in the face of the dark and ugly side of politics and the absolutely awful impact that has unfolded in the last few days. When I taught Trade Union Equality Reps, I always spent time discussing Allport’s Scale of prejudice. The lower end of the scale starts with antilocution or ‘speaking against’. We spend a lot of time in the trade union movement trying to tackle this, especially in workplaces but it is widely derided as being ‘too politically correct’. So what if a joke or a bit of banter is a bit sexist, why can’t we criticise people from other cultures, why do people get offended if we say something is a bit ‘gay’? It’s important because language is the foundation upon which we express our attitudes, it’s how we frame the world and creative narratives about ourselves and each other. It’s important because we don’t just talk. We act, and we act according to what we believe in, or within the bounds of what we know is acceptable to express. What is or isn’t acceptable is rooted in the language we use. When language is consistently negative and biased, it perpetuates itself and it creates an environment where it becomes ok to target and attack with words, groups who we have framed as scapegoats. Who are the groups that are scapegoated? Invariably the least powerful in society. Disabled people, poor people, migrants. The bankers and tax avoiders haven’t suffered much. Antilocution moves onto avoidance and discrimination. People are treated as other, as somehow less than human, or as deviants. Then this escalates into physical attack and extermination. But it starts with words. Maybe as a union movement and as the broad left in the political spectrum we haven’t been very effective at answering the ‘why not’ questions. Yet still, the level of disrespect and hatred that has been building has astounded me. In 2011 we went to the polls twice in Wales. Elections and a referendum. I worked on the two campaigns; the positive and energetic Yes campaign for devolution of further powers to Wales and a fairly positive Welsh Assembly election campaign. Forward five years and the Welsh Assembly elections had an entirely different feel, it was certainly tougher. I wasn’t prepared for the ugliness of the exchanges in this referendum though. It is part of a wider pattern. We’ve seen far right parties rise in popularity across Europe, we’ve seen Trump gather the crowds with hateful rhetoric in the US. We are de-sensitised to seeing people kill others elsewhere in the world on the basis of not agreeing with their beliefs. We forget that we are hugely privileged to live in a country where we can disagree and still live alongside each other. Perhaps that is part of the shock that has hit so many of us following the murder of Jo Cox MP. A number of friends of mine knew her personally and their grief at the loss of a good friend and amazing colleague is palpable. Collectively, we’ve lost more than that. We’ve lost the assurance that we usually walk around with; that of our basic safety and the right to be alive no matter what opinions we hold and no matter who we are. The hate talk and the poisonous brand of politics that has been bubbling up has spilled beyond antilocution and has brutally taken lives. You can only dance on the edge of an abyss for so long before you fall in. People were murdered for just being themselves in Orlando and a shining star of a woman was killed right on our doorstep for challenging hatred and discrimination. Two vigils in one week is too much to take. We have to be better than this. June 18, 2016 June 18, 2016 Share https://tmblr.co/ZNWHhx285Hs2h orlandoJoCoxMPmurdervigilphotographypolitics Zoom Portraits, interviews and travel Further to an earlier post, the project on disability and employment has been absolutely fascinating. I’ve met a range of genuinely interesting and unique people who I’ve been privileged to learn a great deal from. Interviews have taken me from Cardiff to London, Edinburgh and Glasgow so far and I’m itching to share some of the portraits but it is all a work in progress. So for now, I’ll just share a portrait of an old friend of mine who very helpfully took part in the project. As well as making a superb contribution in the field of mental health, he’s a great photographer too. We turned our cameras on each other. Take a look at his blipfolio, you’ll spot his image of me on the 11th June. June 15, 2016 June 15, 2016 Share https://tmblr.co/ZNWHhx27y6nsD disabilityresearchphotographyportrait Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom NUJ Training Wales awards Wahaca in Cardiff was the perfect venue for this small gathering of recent ILM coaching and mentoring course graduates. A vibrant backdrop coupled with great food and atmosphere made for fun photos to celebrate everyone’s achievement in completing the course. With bookings like this, there are opportunities to do headshots (think LinkedIn), as well as producing more creative group shots that can be used to promote future courses. I’m a huge fan of the courses run by the National Union of Journalists here in Wales. With funding from the Wales Union Learning Fund, these subsidised courses have massively helped me to upskill, as well as presenting fantastic networking opportunities. Available to union and non-union members, the courses are high quality and amazing value for money and I can thoroughly recommend them. June 6, 2016 June 6, 2016 Share https://tmblr.co/ZNWHhx27WO-vS NUJTWNUJILMcoursesWahacaphotography Zoom Academia I spent quite some time in academia before escaping into the real world. I gained my PhD in Physical Chemistry (I didn’t make stuff, I measured it) and then switched disciplines to social sciences. Throughout, I’ve been a disability activist and trade unionist. As a photographer, I am all of these things; scientist, activist and artist. Opportunities to combine these passions of mine come in various forms but none more so than a current project with Cardiff Business School and the School of Social Sciences. As an recovered academic and Cardiff Alumni, there’s a feeling of coming home after a decade away. This project is fascinating me. I get to travel the UK talking to academics, policy influencers and disability activists about disability and employment, proactively seeking out the positive messages we need to spread and promoting the research that backs it up. From that, as well as producing copy for a website and report, I generate portraits and positive images about disability. The wide mix of personal and professional experiences that I’ve accumulated through life complement each other and provide a unique skill set that places me well for unusual projects like this one. Watch this space, there’s more to come! Portrait of Prof. Ralph Fevre, Cardiff University SocSci May 28, 2016 / 6 notes May 28, 2016 6 notes Share https://tmblr.co/ZNWHhx276FXfn cardiff universityacademiasocial sciencesbusiness schooldisabilityresearchactivismphotography Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Labour In Britain battlebus It’s the behind the scenes photography I love the most. Awkward spaces, bad lighting and a wide angle lens - I love the challenge of it all. Every news clip and each photo that makes it into a press column rides in on the back of a lot of organising, stress, waiting, rushing and frantic phone calls. T-shirts are thrown on, placards pulled out of boxes and balloons blown up as the plan changes en route. Our team is a dynamic one that absorbs new members on the move; staff, volunteers, MPs and AMs plus the super bus drivers. We talk politics, rehearse the arguments and discuss what we’d cook if we went on Come Dine With Me. All of that behind the scenes effort draws together as we jump off the bus to take up our stations in front of the media. Whether we’re waving placards, speaking or documenting the event, all of our roles add up and every individual is a crucial component. That’s the joy of working on campaigns, a diversity of people all striving towards the same goal and it is a genuine privilege to be in the middle of it all. May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016 Share https://tmblr.co/ZNWHhx26aoKRR europewaleslabourLabourInreferendumphotographypolitical photographyAlan johnson MP Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Wales Stronger In Europe - Cardiff It was a gorgeous day to be campaigning in Cardiff to encourage people to Vote Remain. A referendum will be held on 23rd June to vote whether or not the UK should stay in Europe. For us in Wales who are probably sick of going to the polls now, this last push to help people understand the issues and go and vote on it is actually more important than I know how to express. It was superb to have high profile supporters across different political parties as well as cross party support from volunteers. Lord Kinnock and Baroness Randerson joined the team of friendly supporters in Cardiff yesterday. There’s something of a dilemma as to whether or not to give any kind of platform or exposure to the Leave campaign (in an image above) but frankly they were aggressive and disrespectful. Although people might say “that’s politics” it isn’t how democracy should operate in my view and it continues to alienate the public who need to understand the issue of Europe in order to vote in the referendum. What does Europe do for Wales? Wales in particular is a massive beneficiary of EU membership. In the last few weeks of travelling around Wales it has been easy for me to see how much we have gained from European funding. We have new roads, railway lines and stations, schools, colleges and community centres that have received significant funding from Europe and probably wouldn’t have been built without it. Countless community projects have used European funding to bring about improvements for people in local areas, through provision of support, skills and training and by improving local facilities, infrastructure and the economy. European funding and trade agreements have helped to support our manufacturing industries. We need to stay in Europe to help save and protect our steel industry. We can’t be in a position where we can no longer manufacture steel and other key commodities - how would that impact on our national security, as well as on jobs? Universities would struggle to sustain themselves if we weren’t in the EU. Much research into conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons uses EU funding. Despite how anti-immigration many people are, we need freedom of movement to bring jobs, skills and money into the UK and Wales. Improve the skills, infrastructure and prosperity of a poorer country such as Wales, and it improves the prosperity of the UK overall. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much progress without support from Europe and we would lose this support if we left. What about the ‘burden’ of European legislation? We have a significant number of rights that result from being a member of the European Union. Rights at work such as guaranteed holiday leave and maternity leave, anti-discrimination legislation and protection for women in the workplace are a result of European directives. If we are out of Europe we don’t have to comply which means it is very easy for people to lose the rights that we now take for granted. The Leave campaign talk about regaining control but who will gain control? Not ordinary people, more power will go to those who already have too much and who seek to serve their own interests and not those of the general population. If anyone cares at all about the way that disabled people have been scapegoated and oppressed by the current UK Government, just consider how much easier it would be for the welfare ‘reforms’ to be driven through without any scrutiny from Europe. All it takes is an ideological agenda like this to strip people of rights and quality of life. It was quite depressing to hear so much racism coming from people who are swayed by emotive and biased arguments against Europe. Please take the time to look up the arguments for staying in the EU and speak to our campaigners if you see them out in your area. If you already know that support staying in, please encourage as many people as possible to understand why and help get the vote out! Britain Stronger In website. May 15, 2016 May 15, 2016 Share https://tmblr.co/ZNWHhx26UISuR Page 1 of 8 Theme by Pixel Union Load more posts Loading

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