22 Apr 2014

England, Scotland and Wales

yes, Ive just visited all three but not in that order.

I have been busy erm, having fun??!!!  First a weekend in the Cotswold's with a bunch of friends, then a week in wales with family (and prosecco!) and then Bonnie Scotland for a top secret mission.

Ill share pictures starting with the last place I have visited - Inverness and Aberdeen.... in the space of 24 hours, I may add.  I flew up to visit a very dear friend of mine who collected me from Inverness to drive me onto Elgin.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven; the scenery was incredible.  Couple with blazing sunshine and, dare I say, heat?

I packed a massive coat and wintry clothes for the trip - how dumb was I????


Lossiemouth Bay - WOWSER!


 The highlands at 23,000 feet on a prop shaft aircraft (wobbly and noisy!)
 


Erm, this fell in my mouth.


We drank, ate and were merry before venturing down to Aberdeen (Glenbervie, to be precise) for a top secret mission for something AMAZING.  A life changing effort of gargantuan proportions.  I can reveal all pretty soon.

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10 Apr 2014

A weekend in the Cotswolds

Me, 7 girlfriends and crafty stash, prosecco and Jammie's.
We will not be disturbed.

7 Apr 2014

The lakes

Before long, I will live in the lakes.
Not in a lake, like a naked lady, bathing!!! I mean Cumbria.......... My god, it's bloody beautiful!

This Saturday I paid an overnight visit to Ambleside and Bowness.  Have you ever been?  It's a world away from anywhere if you haven't.  I actually think it's heaven.  On a stick!  

As usual, it was hoying it down although that didn't spoil the adventure.  Here I am, dripping wet but actually not giving a god from crap.  It's only water!



N'er mind the inclement weather because, peppered throughout these picturesque villages, are barista style coffee houses and pretty, fancy eateries.  


Aaaaaand this is a fancy apple, pork and cider pasty.  Probably divine to some but this tasted like horsemeat and poo to be honest.


So if fell walking falls by the wayside, there are mountain of tempting morsels to stick to your ribs; in preparation for when you are able to yomp it up a perpendicular crevice!

Can't wait for my next visit.  Which is coming up pretty soon. X

4 Apr 2014

Flower crowns

There are some huge changes being made with how I run my photography business.  I've learned so many had lessons about how clients try and screw you over images and how to deal with those who want everything on disc, edited, for £20.  It makes me wonder how they think I can afford rent, training, expensive equipment, props, insurance and hours editing images.

Sigh.

To kick start these changes, I've been making these.  They will be flower garlands/crowns once complete. They're still a working progress but I've had orders already from pro photogs wanting them as props too.


I share the finished results soon.

Exciting times.

3 Apr 2014

The dog that got the cream

This toe rag, here, is my one true hero boy.  Scares me half to death with the scrapes he gets into.  Annoys me with his yapping.  Zaps my soul with those melty eyes.  I'm obsessed with him.

Ellie made our dessert on Mother's Day and after whipping the cream, she offered my little prince a whisk laden with double cream.


Heaven.

Licked so clean that we didn't have yo wash it.  So I put it back in the drawer ;)

30 Mar 2014

The sweetest thing

This is Jam Tot - the pet name for Lisa and Pete's little bundle of pink.  Lisa runs a small but fascinating business selling posh home made jams and preserves over HERE - who doesnt love a bit of jam?

I had the honour of trialling a new set of props with Jam Tot and she proper stole my heart.  First rule of the day was that Momma would allow me as many cuddles as possible.  With her tiny 5lb 12oz body in my hands, my ovaries were reduced to mush.  I could cry when holding newborns; they are incredibly beautiful and so fragile.  I keep weeping since that episode on Thursday!

Without further ado - here is little Jam Tot in all her beautifulness! 

An additional side note - i will not and will always refuse to "over edit" babies.  Babies are perfectly perfect they way they are - no sun damage, no wrinkles, nothing but new skin and pinkiness.






I bought this antique dolls bed from ebay the other day and it arrived on the day of the shoot.  Its knocked about a bit but I'm keeping it that way - gorgeous, right?  


I wanted to share this image last because, well, i was FASCINATED with how Jam Tot is being fed.  the poor little love is tongue tied and can neither bottle or breast feed.  So Lisa is feeding her from a little cup - AMAZING.  She drinks beautifully from it and doesn't choke - I mean, come on???!!!  ITS INCREDIBLE how humans can adapt.  Im in awe!!!!


Im looking for more newborns between 5 and 8 days old if you know anyone who would like a test shoot in return for a fine art print.  Call or text 07788 994046 if you have a newborn that we can spoil and fuss over at our large, airy and comfortable studio x


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27 Mar 2014

Disturbance in the force

Today something really crap happened.

It resulted in this.


But in a short while, I'll get back to looking like this:


I think I need to reasses the way I've tried to live like this:


When, after a term of grief, I shall be replacing it with this:


From great sorrow do we appreciate the more simpler things in life.  Going through hardship and despair really does allow you to evaluate even the most minutest of detail that we often overlook.

Glad but not glad for this time, you know?