So this week saw me head down to Hove to photograph the amazing Mary + Caroline of Skinirvana and spend a couple days creating their new brand portfolio. I LOVED every second AND working outside got a little bit of sunshine and the start of a tan, so excited and MORE than delighted to share these gorgeous pics....more to follow :-)
March 8th, 2018 - International Women's Day
The energy in the room at last nights event was exciting and inspired! At Lives Not Knives, Upper Mall, Centrale, Croydon we presented our ideas and advice. The vibe afterwards filled this amazing space with everyone mingling, laughing and chatting. This morning I've been wearing my 'Lives Not Knives' T-shirt with the broadest smile. It's great to have been part of such an amazing event!
ONE 2 ONE TUITION * PRIVATE WORKSHOPS
10am - 4pm * Spitalfields + Around London * Throughout 2018,
New Year and time to shake things up??
Did you get a new camera for Christmas or decide over the holidays to step things up + improve with your photography??? Brilliant!! Welcome to a new adventure, this is very exciting.
I have dates throughout 2018 + whether you are an absolute beginner or want to refresh your skills do get in touch!!! Email me or call me on 07754 757716 and we will make a plan!
And just like that....we begin a new year...full of eager anticipation and excitement for what's in-store!
A friend shared this content and I just loved it, I soaked it up and it really resonated with me, so much so that I've already re-read it more than a few times...so..I'm sharing it to make the start of the NEW YEAR, a time for us all to connect, reconnect, smile and reach out and help one another when we can.
“You can have flaws, be anxious, and even be angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world.
Only you can stop it from going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you. Remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments. To be happy is to find strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in the stage of fear, love in discord.
It is not only to enjoy the smile, but also to reflect on the sadness. It is not only to celebrate the successes, but to learn lessons from the failures. It is not only to feel happy with the applause, but to be happy in anonymity. Being happy is not a fatality of destiny, but an achievement for those who can travel within themselves. To be happy is to stop feeling like a victim and become your destiny's author. It is to cross deserts, yet to be able to find an oasis in the depths of our soul. It is to thank God for every morning, for the miracle of life. Being happy is not being afraid of your own feelings. It's to be able to talk about you. It is having the courage to hear a "no". It is confidence in the face of criticism, even when unjustified.
It is to kiss your children, pamper your parents, to live poetic moments with friends, even when they hurt us. To be happy is to let live the creature that lives in each of us, free, joyful and simple. It is to have maturity to be able to say: "I made mistakes". It is to have the courage to say "I am sorry". It is to have the sensitivity to say, "I need you". It is to have the ability to say "I love you".
May your life become a garden of opportunities for happiness ... That in spring may it be a lover of joy. In winter a lover of wisdom. And when you make a mistake, start all over again. For only then will you be in love with life. You will find that to be happy is not to have a perfect life.
But use the tears to irrigate tolerance. Use your losses to train patience. Use your mistakes to sculpture serenity. Use pain to plaster pleasure. Use obstacles to open windows of intelligence.
Never give up .... Never give up on people who love you. Never give up on happiness, for life is an incredible show.”
Have a GREAT Year everyone + See you soon! xx
As the studio shuts down for Christmas and a little break, my attention turns towards little jobs I've been meaning to do and haven't quite gotten around to!
This is one such mission (in a good way!) I've two rolls of 120 film from my Holga camera that have been developed and it's time to take a closer look at them and see what I've got.
West End Cameras in London did a fab job of developing and scanning them for me + now as ai rub my palms together in glee it's time over the next week or so to see exactly what's going on and I'll let you know my progress and what I find when we come back in January :-)
Have a brilliant break, enjoy + Happy 2018 xx
Excited to be a small business, making connections with my clients who become friends, watching families grow, businesses expand and new ventures develop. Here's to a super weekend and THANK YOU for choosing me xx
What an awesome year it's been for the OGC!
Organising so many fantastic events + bringing so much inspiration in to the field of Photography, Kate has created such a fabulous programme! Happy Birthday OGC xx It's been so fun to have been part of the action xx
For More info check out the OGC
We've been published!!!
SUPER EXCITED to share this amazing wonderful news!!!
Mark hired me through flytographer to capture his proposal to Molly on their weekend away in London in May.
Post proposal we captured some fun engagement pictures along the south bank and on Waterloo bridge enabling us to include some of our amazing London skyline
I hadn’t been back to London in 10 years, and he knew it was my favorite city in the world. He surprised me two weeks before for my 30th birthday with a trip back over Memorial Day Weekend. We took a redeye over so after exploring a bit, he took a 3 hour nap, completely eliminating any possible ideas from my mind. On a whim he decided that since it was so sunny (which as we all know can be rare for London), that we should go down to the South Bank for drinks before dinner.
Of course, what I thought was last minute, was all part of his master plan. He had been working with photographer to get me to the perfect spot, so Jackie our photographer could document the entire thing. After a failed attempt at a selfie with the sun behind us, a nice women asked if we wanted her to take our picture to capture the lighting.
Turns out the entire thing was a setup and safe to say the rest was magic!
Read the whole story here
So thrilled to have been nominated for a 'Muddy Stiletto' Award!!!
TODAY, Wednesday May 24th is the LAST day to vote!!! If you love what we do, please hit the link below and vote for us:-) Thank You! x Thank You! xx
Bells & Whistles
Deep in the gorgeous Hampshire countryside, intrepid adventures armed with their cameras and a great sense of humour last week explored their locale as we got to grips with our F-stops, shutter speed, ISO + the ingredients which go in to creating a photograph.
Cris + Nelly were super students as we spent the day improving skills and enjoying "Haleluya" moments :-) AND we got to work amongst a super beautiful setting with amazing details and plants!!
Sometimes it's reconnecting the dots + allowing ourselves some space + time to reconnect with the process + then the craft of using our cameras, our eyes + thinking in a different way. Sometimes it's concentrating on what's right in front of us without distraction + allowing our subconscious to feel - "I know this! I know this...Ahh I got it" OR "ahh thats how it works!!" (Even if that process can feel like walking throughtreacle)
Cris created this awesome video below of some of her footage and pictures from our day + I just love it, so please take a peek! She's very clever!
With Cris + Nelly we tailored the day specifically to their experience, level + aims for the day + all my photo workshops are tailored to each student and more often than not the handbook that accompanies a new camera or old camera that's being rediscovered, feels like it's written in gobbledygooke and until you get out there in the field/city/beach (delete as appropriate) the bits don't quite fit together.
Each location I teach in provides different gems and different challenges and is really exciting as we work our way through picture taking and the recipe involved in enabling us a greater understanding of our camera + pushing us out of our comfort zone + through boundaries.
I even managed to sneak a few pictures from our workshop below! :-) Enjoy xx
Friday turned out to be a whirl of visual inspiration and delight. Amongst the rain drops I whizzed between Bethnal Green, Tottenham Court Road, South Bank and finally over to the V&A for an "In Conversation with...." Saturday morning and I'm sitting here aglow, head slightly spinning and feeling like a sponge that just got dipped in a crazy colourful watercolour rainbow..........
I popped in to this exhibition on the South Bank en route last night to the V&A + whilst there are tough subjects to look at I was intensely moved by the diversity and inspired by the stories which visually unfolded in front of me. These are stories which are in all of our subconsciousness's (I may have just made a new word up! I apologies).
Farming and deforestation in Borneo is having a HUGE impact on our fragile eco system and the Orangutan's who live there - these images big and bold accompanied by the text was really humbling and the whole wildlife section was really beautiful but tinged with an edge of sadness yet after viewing all the other incredible, humbling and moving stories I returned to this area to soak in the colours of the amphibians and peacefulness of the whale swimming with it's cub.
All of the stories are harrowing, don't get me wrong I don't live in a bubble oblivious to suffering or what's happening in the world but there are times when it feels like we are only seeing bad situations and awful acts of human brutality but this is a relatively small, concise exhibit (it's split in two + spaced either side of the auditorium). The winners stories here depict our every day lives over the course of the last 365 days. It's current and beautifully, beautifully put together. The size of some of the pieces - bold and large stop you in your tracks, whilst the smaller pieces encourage that intimate connection with the photograph. As you would expect, the consistency in layout and descriptions ensure maximum information delivered quickly.
There were two projects in the area displaying the refuge crisis projects which have stayed with me too. I found the images really powerful and stood shaking my head to myself thinking.."what year are we in - we're not in the dark ages yet sadly it feels in many ways we are".
*****Go see this exhibit!! It's FREE
Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road, London, United Kingdom
Breathtaking and mesmerising.........firstly I'd never been to the V&A Lecture theatre before and was in awe of the design and space, secondly it was fantastic to listen to Cathleen's life story and how her work evolved and unfolded. From travelling to Mongolia and capturing tribal portraits to Brazil and then to Paris and the Haute Couture scene.....obviously my description is extremely brief!!! Using only Polaroid since 2003 Cathleen has created exquisite works of art and I loved hearing of her persistence and connections and workings of a fellow photographer. It was really enjoyable, refreshing and stunning to look at the slides projected behind her. (my camera phone doesn't do it justice + for me they are reference but I'm sharing here :-)).
This Friday Photofrenzy was just what I needed..I've been asked a lot recently what personal work I'm working on and in truth...just ideas...I'm searching, I have a list of projects I'd like to do, a book idea which I'd LOVE to bring to fruition but I just need to focus. The dust is settling on a whirlwind of a year and with winter approaching it would be great to have a hibernation project to work on! :-) I'm off to get a fresh sketch book and begin....the hardest part is starting...I'm off to do just that!
Have a great weekend everyone xx
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19th - 6.30pm - St.Margarets House, Bethnal Green
We are all mega excited for this event tomorrow night, Luke Dodd discusses Jane Bown's work and panel guests discuss who has inspired them!
Panel members include Dan Gaba, David McCoy, Jackie King Photographer, PhotoVoice, Shutter Hub, Photomonth will share who have influenced them and their careers! Free to attend & all welcome! #GirlTown
Come along, please RSVP, free entry!! Be there!! x
For the WHOLE MONTH OF JULY!! (mega exciting) I'm part of the @SHOPEN16 an extravaganza of Photography in Cambridge - my image (here) is part of the Shutter Hub OPEN Private View at Stir - Friday 24/06 + I'll be giving a talk Novi, Cambridge July 5th with Kate O'Neil from Metro!!
Come along!! My Talk (appropriately) is in a super cool Cocktail Bar...I'll be testing them AFTER I've talked lol xx
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!!!!!!
DECEMBER 2nd!! 5pm-9pm AT Victoria Market, 42 Francis St, London SW1P 1QW (Map Attached xx) I'll be exhibiting at this awesome XMAS MARKET + possibly freezing my touche off lol xx
This is super close to Victoria Station - so pop in on your way home!! The market is full of amazing artist makers with TONS of gorgeous presents for xmas! Some of us are QEST Scholars who specialise in traditional crafts and were fortunate in being awarded scholarships to pursue training in our fields (the quality is super high!!)
I'll be displaying my gorgeous photo packages, selling vouchers for sessions next year, running a competition and promoting #SmallBusinessSaturday#thiscan'tbemissed!! please share with friends and family and DEFINITELY come say "HI" grin emoticon
OH! + it's outside so please bring warm hugs and hot water bottles lol grin emoticon
One - 2 - One Photo Workshop
Have I mentioned HOW much I LOVE working outside?? Wearing a pair of wellies and exploring?? Well, it makes my heart sing when I get the chance to teach outside, especially first thing in the morning, with beautiful soft light, with students who have a passion for wild flowers :-) The images above are ones I captured whilst my student set about her photo challenges x
I do love this time of year, that nip in the air of inspiration and hope for the year ahead and a list of considered aspirations and achievements that are firmly on the 'To - Do' list.
My list has all sorts of things on it and as the end of January approaches I feel a small panic that if I don't complete my list then well, it's not set in the stone and the other things on that list won't happen - silly I know! But it's almost like it's become a little superstitious....and as I don't want to hamper my year ahead and the things I'd like to smile about in 12 months time, I am putting it out there through my blog
- Take a Paddle board lesson
- Buy a wet suit and USE IT! Preferably in Open Water!! (I know, bit mental considering the water temp in the UK)
- Do more yoga
- Take an Alt Pro class - IMPORTANT **MUST do!!
- Run a long weekend workshop in Devon
So the list goes on, a wonderful mix of photography and fun and life and incorporated in to all of this is teaching, my students range from wanting to 'get to grips with their cameras' through to 'Adobe Lightroom' and 'Mentoring' and I'm super delighted to have started this year with students who were given workshop or One2One vouchers as Christmas presents.
If you've been given a new camera or treated yourself and the accompanying guide book feels like it's in Russian, or if you've hit a 'plateau' - (it happens to all of us!) then have a think about shifting out of that pickle and booking yourself in to a workshop or course with me. Fun is guaranteed!!! :-) + if you come down to Devon, wine is definitely included!! :-) xx
A couple of weekends ago I was in Devon for a couple of family occasions and made the trip up into Dartmoor. When I was small, mum, dad and I spent holidays in Widecombe. They knew the landlady of the Rugglestone pub and had friends in the area. It was divine and has always had a special spot in my heart.....so......it was with huge smiles that I drove merrily around Dartmoor recently and was just ridiculously excited by the light and all the fantastic colours.
The images above were taken on my phone just to capture the essence and give me a brain jog when I returned home! It's worked! I haven't stopped thinking about it and one of my students in particular (mention no names :-) ) has been teasing me about my workshop plans for next year...so, here it is...I'm planning 2, yep TWO.
DEVON - LATE OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2015 date TBA
IRELAND - MAY 2015
Get in touch if you'd like to be added to my workshop mailing list and want to be kept in the loop as details are firmed up x
I've been working with a student organizing her workflow and introducing her to 'Adobe Lightroom' to streamline her time and image management. She's a fantastic wildlife photographer and getting out and about with her to hold our workshop in the field recently was the perfect start to a September morning!
There were no spectacular sunrises, no streaks of colour illuminating the horizon or slow moody mists BUT there we were, hiking up a Hampshire hill and I was introduced to a rare british butterfly, the first sniffs of Autumn and the first colors of a new season. What a joy! There is nothing this country girl loves than donning her wellies and getting out in the fresh air. Whilst Donna set about fulfilling her challenge (I like to set a challenge or two) I came across wonderful colours and berries, cobwebs and unusual looking plants - my macro lens was in heaven! :-)
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