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The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Last year I got myself a new camera - and I absolutely love it but I haven't been very good recently at getting out of manual mode and experimenting with it. Improving my photography is definitely high up on my list of things to do in the coming months, both for personal use (photos of my family) - but also for my business and taking shots of products for the shop and blog. A few weeks ago I went for an outing to the National Botanic Garden of Wales, and it's such a beautiful place, I thought it would be ideal for having a play around and getting out of manual mode. 

The thing in particular that I want to play with was depth of field - you know the classic - thing in the foreground is crisp and everything in the background a beautiful blur. So I dialled down the number on the aperture and away I went. I am really happy with how some of these photos turned out. Especially the purple flowers below with the blurry feet in the background. 

I definitely still have A LOT of work to do and so much room to improve its ridiculous. One thing I have discovered though is that I really enjoy photographing flowers so wandering around the walled garden while the little monkey below played with his grandma was a treat. To be honest I really love a walled garden. I have visited a few recently and I enjoy seeing the work and creativity that goes into how they are arranged and laid out - and the different features that are used. 

What do you enjoy taking photos of and do you have any tips for improving your photography?

Family Shoot with Siobhan Calder

A couple of weeks before we left London for Cardiff we decided to get some family photos taken by Siobhan and I can't tell you how happy I am that we did it. I think I had always been put off from doing it in the past because in my head It always felt like quite a lot of money to spend and I didn't feel like I could really justify it. Siobhan and I actually did a skills swap for this photoshoot so although no money changed hands - having now done the photoshoot I have definitely come around to thinking that it is worth the money! 

Since Reuben was born we have taken absolutely hundreds and probably thousands of photographs - but so many of them are quickly snapped on a phone and not great quality and also as one of us is usually taking the photo of the other with Reuben or Reuben on his own, there are actually not many photos of the three of us. 

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We decided to do the session in Battersea Park, as it is a park that has a lot of memories for us, from before Reuben was born, but also I spent a lot of time there with him last summer when he was a newborn. It was also where we went for our first outing with Reuben after we got home from the hospital. It is totally one of my favourite parks in London. We did the shoot at 10am on a Monday morning and the sun was shining so brightly! It was actually not great light for a photographer but Siobhan did such a great job. I really love the photos with the dappled light streaming in through the tree and bushes. 

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To be totally honest neither Neil or I are naturals in front of the camera and I don't really love having my photo taken but Siobhan did such a great job of chatting to us and making us feel totally at ease - she gave us some directions to get in certain positions or look a certain way, but mostly we just hung out and played with Reuben and she just snapped away. 

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A few weeks after the shoot Siobhan sent us about 80 images that she had edited and it was seriously so hard to choose which ones to share in this blog post. But I got there eventually. These are definitely some of my favourites and they just make me so happy looking at them. Memories of a wonderful morning, but also my two favourite humans who I love living life with.

This last photo is my absolute favourite. I just love the look on both of their faces but particularly love how Reuben is looking over the Thames. I feel like now we have left London these photos from one of our last weeks there are even more precious and as soon as we have a new house sorted I will be getting this one, and some of the others printed to go on our wall for sure.

If you have ever thought about getting someone to take photos of your family, I can't recommended it enough, and obviously I think Siobhan is awesome so if you are in London you should totally hire her! She has just launched her new website which showcases more of her work and you can see some of the other beautiful family shoots that she has done. Also, something that Siobhan is now offering which sounds amazing, are various mentoring packages. There are a few different packages which would be ideal if you need someone you to help and support you with your photography or creative business. You could also go on one of her wildness tonic photo walks which sound so much fun! I am just gutted she didn't start them before I left! Anyway, I will leave you to go and explore her site and all the cool things she is offering. 

Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend and enjoy the 4 day week! x

Wedding photo album: Artifact Uprising
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I am a little bit embarrassed to say that I only got our wedding photos printed into an album just before Christmas. That is 3 and a half years after we got married! Whoops. I had started and tried to finish it lots of times but it just seemed like too big a task and life was always so busy I just kept putting it off. 

Anyway I want to share some pictures with you of how it turned out. After umming and ahhing about who to get it printed with I decided to go for Artifact Uprising. I had admired their albums for a while but had been put off because they were based in America and I figured the shipping would cost a lot. In then end I just decided to go for it - and it did end up being quite an expensive option, but when it arrived I was so pleased with my decision. This is going to be a book that I will treasure for ever so I am glad I spent the money.

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The quality of the book is really incredible.  The cloth hardboard cover is beautiful and I really loved the colour choices they had on offer. I actually decided to go for a nice grey as I wanted something subtle and not bright. The print and paper quality is also stunning (and trust me I am a print nerd so I really care about that sort of thing). There were different options in terms of the paper cover - and I decided to go for one that only partially covered the book because I really love the cloth binding and wanted that to be a visible feature of the book.

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I found the whole process of using the Artifact Uprising website really easy (it was the editing and choosing the photos that took all the time!). They had plenty of different page layouts to choose from and you could even customise them to a certain degree if you wanted something a bit different (I didn't really make use of that as I liked the really simple existing layouts but I know other places where you can get books printed are pretty limited on page layouts so I like that it was an option). 

Another good thing about the website is that you can save products and come back to them later so you don't have to complete the book in one sitting. This was vital for me because it took me so long and I kept changing my mind so it was nice to go back to it and not have to start from scratch again! 

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I think if you want to get one really special book printed I would definitely recommend Artifact Uprising. The only draw back is the fact that they are in the US and so it costs a lot. I recently found a good UK company doing photo books so I will be sharing a review of that in the next week or two! 

This year since having a baby, getting photos off my phone and camera is one of my goals! We have never been very good at having photos around the house of us or our family but that needs to change I think.

Hope you have a great week! 

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a collection of sunsets

So not only am I trying to de-clutter and sort out all my physical possessions but I also need to tackle my digital possessions. This is something I need to get on top of pronto or it is going to get even more overwhelming and out of control! In particular I need to come up with a good way of organising and storing my images (if anyone has any amazing systems they would like to share I am all ears!) Anyway enough of that, while going through lots of old images I discovered that I had accumulated quite a little collection of sunset images over the years (I think some of these are over 10 years old!). I really do love a good sunset. I think it is one of the most beautiful things in the world and the colours just blow me away. God seriously is an artist and I love that he creates things like sunsets that are so beautiful they take our breath away. 

This last photo was me and a friend - lying on the top of a mountain (hmm maybe hill) that we had climbed and we just lay in the grass and watched the sunset over us. It was pretty amazing. 

It is often frustrating photographing sunsets because they never come out as good as in real life (and some times I think its better to not even bother trying and just enjoy them - not everything has to be photographed right?).

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this little bit of sunset inspiration for a Friday and have lovely weekends planned. 

Today I am going to be selling my wares (from 10-5) at The Green Room Cafe in Stoke Newington. If that is your hood stop by and come and say hey! I have really enjoying selling my stuff at markets and meeting customers and making new friends. 

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My insta faves: teresacfreitas

Normally for these insta faves I do a round up of 8 different Instagram accounts to follow but today I decided to feature just one, as her account is so incredibly beautiful. Introducing teresacfreitas - most of the images in her feed are like works of art in their own right and not something that she has snapped while she is out and about (although there are a few of those two) - and I really enjoy the glimpse into how her creative mind works. After a bit of internet stalking I discovered that Teresa is from Portugal and is a photographer (duh! Well obviously!).

There are lots of surreal images in her feed and her work, she is inspired by the sea and you can see that in a lot of her photographs. 

I really do think that Instagram is my favourite form of social media, and although every now and then the green eyed monster rears its ugly head meaning occasionally I have to unfollow someone for my own sanity, most of the time I discover the most wonderfully creative people that inspire me in all sorts of ways. 

Who is your favourite person to follow on Instagram? 

If you want to see my other insta faves check out: one, two, three, four,

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My insta faves (part 5)

So I say this every time but I seriously do love putting these posts together. So now I am onto part 5 (you can check out one, two, three and four). As usual I have put together some of the people who I enjoy following and who inspire me on good old Instagram. 

@takecourageblog  - I only discovered this blog (and Instagram) recently and I love Cat's feed. She is a lawyer in London and full of creativity and fun. Lots of beautifully colourful shots and creative ideas. 

@takecourageblog - I only discovered this blog (and Instagram) recently and I love Cat's feed. She is a lawyer in London and full of creativity and fun. Lots of beautifully colourful shots and creative ideas. 

@ettrumtill  - Katrina is editor of Elle decoration in Sweden so it is no surprise that this feed is choc full of beautiful interiors. 

@ettrumtill - Katrina is editor of Elle decoration in Sweden so it is no surprise that this feed is choc full of beautiful interiors. 


@urbanxkoi  - I don't think I have ever seen a feed so coheasive when it comes to this one. I think I actually gasped when I saw it - the images are seriously beautiful and she is based in NY so I couldn't not follow along. 

@urbanxkoi - I don't think I have ever seen a feed so coheasive when it comes to this one. I think I actually gasped when I saw it - the images are seriously beautiful and she is based in NY so I couldn't not follow along. 

@samphireandseasalt  - Rebecca makes country life look seriously appealing and I am a full on city girl! Beautiful and thoughtful images. 

@samphireandseasalt - Rebecca makes country life look seriously appealing and I am a full on city girl! Beautiful and thoughtful images. 


@anabuho  - Beautiful scenery and quirkly little moments this feed is fun and refreshing. Makes me want to go on lots of adventures.

@anabuho - Beautiful scenery and quirkly little moments this feed is fun and refreshing. Makes me want to go on lots of adventures.

@thislittlelion  - If you scroll down the feed a bit you'll love the beautiful winter scenery! Lots of lovely images here.

@thislittlelion - If you scroll down the feed a bit you'll love the beautiful winter scenery! Lots of lovely images here.


@aprilmorns  - This feed is dreamy and broody all rolled into one! Scrolling through it looks like snippets from a film.

@aprilmorns - This feed is dreamy and broody all rolled into one! Scrolling through it looks like snippets from a film.

@emilievancamp  - Bright fresh shots that just make you long for wide open spaces! I would say that a word that sums up this feed is 'peaceful'.

@emilievancamp - Bright fresh shots that just make you long for wide open spaces! I would say that a word that sums up this feed is 'peaceful'.

Hope you enjoy all of these recommendations and have a lovely and inspired weekend. 

In other news if you could spare a few minutes to fill in my reader survey that is on the blog I would be forever grateful!

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My insta faves (part 4)

I have done a few of these posts now and I really enjoy putting them together and going through my Instagram feed, falling in love again and getting inspired by some of the people I follow. These are new people who I have followed recently and who I think all do a great job at noticing and documenting little details in life. I decided to go for a bit of a plant theme when choosing which images to share. Seriously go follow these guys. I love using Instagram to get a glimpse into the lives of people all over the world. 

@me_and_orla  - I discovered Sara's feed not that long ago and I am in love. A lot of thought goes into her images and I love the dark moody vibe. She is based in the north of England. 

@me_and_orla - I discovered Sara's feed not that long ago and I am in love. A lot of thought goes into her images and I love the dark moody vibe. She is based in the north of England. 

@mattscorte  - Lots of beautiful architectural shots of Paris and other travel destinations. I am in awe of Matt's aesthetic and how cohesive his feed feels. That is my long term aim with Instagram. Definitely check out this feed!

@mattscorte - Lots of beautiful architectural shots of Paris and other travel destinations. I am in awe of Matt's aesthetic and how cohesive his feed feels. That is my long term aim with Instagram. Definitely check out this feed!


@yas_in_amsterdam  - I am OBSESSED with Amsterdam (even though I have only spent one day there) and so was really happy to find this beautiful feed full of corners of this beautiful city! I love seeing glimpses of other parts of the world in my feed. 

@yas_in_amsterdam - I am OBSESSED with Amsterdam (even though I have only spent one day there) and so was really happy to find this beautiful feed full of corners of this beautiful city! I love seeing glimpses of other parts of the world in my feed. 

@bonniemade  - This Instagram feed makes me feel calm and does such a great job of capturing the quiet little moments in life. Lots of little beautiful details. Bonnie, who is based in Adelaide, Australia has such a great eye.

@bonniemade - This Instagram feed makes me feel calm and does such a great job of capturing the quiet little moments in life. Lots of little beautiful details. Bonnie, who is based in Adelaide, Australia has such a great eye.


@smlalexander  - Lots of block colours and clean lines (this image doesn't really represent most of the feed). I really love the simple and artistic nature of the images.

@smlalexander - Lots of block colours and clean lines (this image doesn't really represent most of the feed). I really love the simple and artistic nature of the images.

@lenacorwin  - This feed feels really earthy and gives snippets of life and adventures with little kids. Beautiful creative shots and lots of inspiration

@lenacorwin - This feed feels really earthy and gives snippets of life and adventures with little kids. Beautiful creative shots and lots of inspiration


@josephowen  - Again I love the little details that Joseph shares. A lot of thought goes into colour and composition and the result is a stunning feed. I also love seeing bits of London through other people's eyes.

@josephowen - Again I love the little details that Joseph shares. A lot of thought goes into colour and composition and the result is a stunning feed. I also love seeing bits of London through other people's eyes.

@agirlnamedleney  - Leney has a knack for making the little moments in life look beautiful. Images are from where she lives and travels, this is another one that totally inspires me and makes me happy. 

@agirlnamedleney - Leney has a knack for making the little moments in life look beautiful. Images are from where she lives and travels, this is another one that totally inspires me and makes me happy. 


I hope you enjoy checking these guys out. If you are looking for more people to follow you can check out part one, two and three

Hope you all have a lovely inspired Wednesday!

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My insta faves (part 3)

You guys seem to be loving these insta faves posts (see the last two here and here) and so I figured while I still have people to share I would keep going. For this round up I decided to focus on hand letters as there are so many people who share beautiful work on Instagram but also have beautiful Instagram feeds to boot. Get stuck in and inspired with these beauties: 

@arbuzzy  - A calligrapher and printmaker, Ashley shares a mix of calligraphy and hand lettering interspersed with general life.

@arbuzzy - A calligrapher and printmaker, Ashley shares a mix of calligraphy and hand lettering interspersed with general life.

@andreasmhansen  - Based in Copenhagen, there is all sorts of lovely typography and hand lettering on this feed.

@andreasmhansen - Based in Copenhagen, there is all sorts of lovely typography and hand lettering on this feed.

@evablack_  - lots of lovely type and patterns on this feed with lovely photography - I also really like the close up details.

@evablack_ - lots of lovely type and patterns on this feed with lovely photography - I also really like the close up details.

@chelseapetaja  - If you like beautiful type and flowers this feed is for you - lots of inspiring treats and beautiful details. 

@chelseapetaja - If you like beautiful type and flowers this feed is for you - lots of inspiring treats and beautiful details. 

@sabinepick  - A custom calligraphy studio, this feed is full of calligraphy and I love the messy style and behind the scenes shots.

@sabinepick - A custom calligraphy studio, this feed is full of calligraphy and I love the messy style and behind the scenes shots.

@Biancacash  - I love this girl and her hand lettering is top notch. Her feed is a combo of lettering and dreamy photographs. 

@Biancacash - I love this girl and her hand lettering is top notch. Her feed is a combo of lettering and dreamy photographs. 

@juliesongink  - a mix of type and watercolour goodness. Lots of calligraphy for weddings and invitations. 

@juliesongink - a mix of type and watercolour goodness. Lots of calligraphy for weddings and invitations. 

@Belindalovelee  - Belinda has a really distinct style and there is a lot of type and illustration goodness interspersed with lovely photos

@Belindalovelee - Belinda has a really distinct style and there is a lot of type and illustration goodness interspersed with lovely photos

So there you have it. Hopefully there are some new ones here that you were not aware of and you can get stuck in enjoying them all. 

Happy Friday! Hope you all have a lovely weekend! 

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noticing the details
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The other day I was popping to the post office - now that is no great event, but as I was walking along a route that takes less than 5 minutes and I have taken thousands of times I was thinking about instagram and how my instagram only seems to get interesting when I go on foreign adventures. Although that might be true it got my thinking that I want to be better at spotting little moments of beauty in my every day. I am really aware of how when I am deeply entrenched in the familiar routine I forget to look and I stop seeing. 

So I set myself the challenge to try and take 6 photographs on that 10 minute walk (5 mins there and back). It was actually incredible. I ended up taking more than 6 photographs and although they weren't all amazing I was really happy with them - and I felt like I really had spotted corners of beauty on a very familiar walk on a very grey day! 

You can see some of my favourite ones above (and obviously I have put some on instagram too!) This is definitely something I am going to try more often, to get me looking, appreciating and finding joy in what is around me. I am going to be using the hashtag #noticingthedetails to keep track of the pictures on instagram so feel free to follow along with what I find or also add your own spots to the hashtag too! 

All of the photos were taken with my iphone and edited using VSCOCAM. 

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My insta faves (part 2)

Last month I shared a few of my favourite instagrammers to follow. I really enjoyed putting the post together and using it as an excuse to trawl through who I follow and get inspired, so I thought I would do another one! Here are another 8 of my favourite people to follow. Check them out for a good dose of inspiration. 

@kmsalvagedesign  - Lots of beautiful things arranged in super cool ways. This girl knows how to bring order out of chaos. Some seriously awesome styling skills going on. 

@kmsalvagedesign - Lots of beautiful things arranged in super cool ways. This girl knows how to bring order out of chaos. Some seriously awesome styling skills going on. 

@thiswildidea  - This guy documents his life on the road with his lovely dog maddie! His photos are just stunning and I love following along with their adventures. 

@thiswildidea - This guy documents his life on the road with his lovely dog maddie! His photos are just stunning and I love following along with their adventures. 

@tarapearce_  - A photographer living in Australia, there is a mix of all sorts in her feed but it is all held together with consistently lovely photography. 

@tarapearce_ - A photographer living in Australia, there is a mix of all sorts in her feed but it is all held together with consistently lovely photography. 

@emmadime  - A graphic designer from Oakland, her feed is beautiful and clean but also full of colour! A nice mixture of life and design - inspiration central.

@emmadime - A graphic designer from Oakland, her feed is beautiful and clean but also full of colour! A nice mixture of life and design - inspiration central.

@halfgirl  - Lots of earthy tones and wildlife shots from this natural history conservation student who lives in Copenhagen. Life looks serene and beautiful in this feed.

@halfgirl - Lots of earthy tones and wildlife shots from this natural history conservation student who lives in Copenhagen. Life looks serene and beautiful in this feed.

@samsette  - I love seeing the world through this girls eyes, especially London! I am lucky enough to call her a friend not only are her photos amazing but she is ACE!

@samsette - I love seeing the world through this girls eyes, especially London! I am lucky enough to call her a friend not only are her photos amazing but she is ACE!

@themelodyh  - This girl has serious style and an eye for capturing colour. Also pretty scenic shots from her travels. She is a designer and musician. 

@themelodyh - This girl has serious style and an eye for capturing colour. Also pretty scenic shots from her travels. She is a designer and musician. 

@minna_so  - a graphic designer, photographer and writer from Seattle - her handlettering is so cute and I love all the inspiring quotes. 

@minna_so - a graphic designer, photographer and writer from Seattle - her handlettering is so cute and I love all the inspiring quotes. 

So there we go - I really hope you enjoy checking all of these guys out! I still have more that I love so maybe I will have to do a part 3 too! 

Hope you all have a lovely and inspired Monday!

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My insta faves

One of my main aims this year has been to be more consistent with blogging and instagram, and so far it is going pretty well. There are still a lot of areas that I need to work on and improve but things are going in a direction that I am happy with and excited about and I am just really enjoying myself. I am loving this space more than ever and am also really coming to love the instagram community that I am part of. 

Instagram is such a mine of inspiration and I have started following some amazing people recently with beautiful accounts and so I thought I would share some of my favourites so you can get inspired at the start of the week. 

@ryntor  - beautiful scenic shots mixed with cute illustrations. It is a collaboration between Illustrator Ryn Frank and Photographer Tor Harrison.

@ryntor - beautiful scenic shots mixed with cute illustrations. It is a collaboration between Illustrator Ryn Frank and Photographer Tor Harrison.

@sarahledonne  - I literally just discovered her today. She is a Graphic Designer living in Stuttgart, Germany. Lots of clean white and pinky hues. 

@sarahledonne - I literally just discovered her today. She is a Graphic Designer living in Stuttgart, Germany. Lots of clean white and pinky hues. 

@cedillee  - This French Designer/ illustrator's feed is what my dreams are made of. Lots of lovely colours, illustrations and details from out and about around her.  

@cedillee - This French Designer/ illustrator's feed is what my dreams are made of. Lots of lovely colours, illustrations and details from out and about around her.  

@sosally_  - I love seeing the world through Sally's eyes. She is a Graphic Designer based London and has lots of lovely travel photography. 

@sosally_ - I love seeing the world through Sally's eyes. She is a Graphic Designer based London and has lots of lovely travel photography. 

@wenevermet  - beautiful shots of strangers with cute stories about them. This has turned into one of my favourite accounts and always makes me smile. 

@wenevermet - beautiful shots of strangers with cute stories about them. This has turned into one of my favourite accounts and always makes me smile. 

@lovebex_  - lots of white and minimalism and frankly just beautiful. Consistently stunning, clean and fresh photographs. She also runs a cute little shop. 

@lovebex_ - lots of white and minimalism and frankly just beautiful. Consistently stunning, clean and fresh photographs. She also runs a cute little shop. 

@felingpoh  - lots of cute illustrations and lovely hand lettering. This girl has skills and her feed is chock full of inspiration and beauty!

@felingpoh - lots of cute illustrations and lovely hand lettering. This girl has skills and her feed is chock full of inspiration and beauty!

@mitchellkuga  - This feed is called 'Just the tip of things' - and it is so cool. Look at the whole feed and you will see the genius. The photographs are awesome!

@mitchellkuga - This feed is called 'Just the tip of things' - and it is so cool. Look at the whole feed and you will see the genius. The photographs are awesome!

To be honest this is just the tip of the iceberg of my favourite accounts - I might need to do some more 'insta faves' posts like this. Let me know if you would be interested. Hope these accounts give you some Monday inspiration!

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Print Swap

I follow lots of blogs by various creatives...illustrators, designers, photographers etc, and every now and then someone will post some work that make me think 'wow - I really want that on my wall'.  A little while ago I bought a print, of a collage by Laura, after seeing it on her blog and falling in love with it. 

Anyway, I have been a follower of Rhianne's lovely blog for a while now and a little while before Christmas she did a post and the photographs were just stunning...I am not really sure what it was (maybe the colours, the delicacy) but I knew that I wanted that third image on my wall somewhere. 

I got in touch with Rhianne and she said she would be happy to sort out getting a print done - the same day I posted a picture on Instagram of the prints that I had screen printed at Print Club London and Rhianne messaged me saying she loved it and how about doing a print swap! 

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What a great idea right?! I love having work by all different people over my walls and in particular work by creative people I have made friends with online or offline. 

Anyway Rhianne's photograph is framed and on my wall now and it makes me so happy. 

If any other creative types are ever interested in a print swap with me, I would love to hear from you. It is such a lovely idea! (I actually have 2 of the 'let's be adventurers prints left)

Underwater adventures

I have some pictures to share in the up coming weeks from our travels to Colombia in the summer but one of the highlights was snorkeling off the carribean coast while we were there. My little sister it seems was born to be in the water..she loves it. It was almost as fun watching her diving down to the sea bed as watching the beautiful fish. she had an underwater camera with her so we had lots of fun taking photos. I think she took most of these because she was just a total natural diving down and getting close up to the brightly coloured fish. 

My favourite thing about it all (apart from the amazing fish obvs) was the way the sun made patterns through the water. Nature is seriously inspiring and I want to let it inspire and influence my work more. I am going to see if I can recreate and incorporate this pattern in some way. 

Also see that coral in the second image. That maze sort of pattern is incredible!

Anyway I hope you enjoy some of these underwater photographs. 

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Inspired by Jordan Sullivan

This week I stumbled across (on Fubiz) the work of Jordan Sullivan and I fell in love with this series called 'Death Valley' - seriously! imagine having a whole series of these on your wall. I love the subtle colours, the compositions of the photographs and the simplicity of them. There is something seriously striking and dream like about these images. Especially when you see them all as a set. Sullivan has a really dreamy style to his photography and you can see more of his work here. (Be warned if you are looking at this at work - there are quite a lot of images of naked ladies!) 

a little wandering in the Gower

Quite a few months ago now (yeah yeah I am way behind on posting loads of stuff!) we took a little a trip to the Gower in Wales with some wonderful friends and it was pretty awesome. The weather wasn't amazing but we still managed to get out, sit on the beach and get burnt. Here are a couple of pics. Not all of these pics were taken by me...some were taken by Steve.  The Gower area on the south coast of Wales is seriously beautiful and a place that I really want to explore more. I think in the past I have always had major wanderlust for exploring foreign climbs but I think I am coming around to the idea that holidays in the UK are pretty cool too, I have quite a long list of places that I would like to explore.

Talking of foreign adventures though - I am looking forward to sharing some pics from Colombia soon too over the coming weeks - and next month we head to Venice. Am feeling super blessed that we have got to do go on some awesome trips since we got married. I really do love adventures with that guy. 



Bank Holiday Wanderings
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We had a lovely chilled bank holiday weekend...sadly not too much sunshine on offer but when there was some we rushed out to a local park and it couldn't have been more perfect. This park was full of life and colour and sitting in the sun on a bench by the little pond was idyllic. Even the petals that had fallen on the ground looked amazing and I love the ombre effect that is created. I find plants and nature so inspiring.

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Bolivia - 10 years later
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About 10 years ago I spent 4 months in Bolivia and totally fell in love with the country. I have been dreaming recently about going back. I have been having a bit of  a sort out of old photos recently and stumbled upon these from my trip. 10 years on and I thought I would share them. They are making me even more desperate to get back to this beautiful place. I would love to be able to take NM to some of the places that I visited. I met some incredible people while I was there who I have sadly lost touch with. At the time when I was travelling I didn't have a digital camera (that is shocking to me now...I can't imagine life without a camera constantly in my pocket) - and so I used a good old pretty cheap film camera. (I wanted something that I wouldn't mind if I lost or broke and would be easy to replace) - and looking at these photos makes me think I miss shooting with film a bit. The excitement of getting the pictures developed, it was all a bit unknown...what would come back? I also really love the look of them. There is something so beautifully grainy and imperfect about these shots. I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into my world of ten years ago. (I might have to do another post as these are a small portion of the images)

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Park Wandering
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I got my camera out on a grey drizzly sunday a few weekends ago and took some pics around Battersea park. (oh yeah and we stumbled upon a little fun fair!) Getting my camera out and having a play was long overdue and it was clear how rusty I have got. These are just a few of the shots that I didn't hate. I am determined to keep practicing. I am also currently dreaming about owning this camera. but ALOT of saving needs to happen first! Anyone need a logo or any design doing and willing to pay the big bucks? no seriously...I am very reasonable :)