tutorials & recipes

summer fruit pavlova

21st July 2016

Earlier this week I had a little procrastibaking session. You see we had a few half eaten punnets of summer fruits in the fridge and some eggs that needed using soon, so I thought ‘summer fruit pavlova…’ Coinciding with beautiful summery weather it seems the perfect way to use those fruits before they are past their best, I have a use for those that are maybe slightly softer than others that is the work of moments and oh so tasty either served this way or with your breakfast (I will explain that one!)

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instagram tips & musings

visual storytelling – the wider picture

10th July 2016

Visual storytelling has been around for a very long time, you could argue as long as photography itself. Although the term may be popular now the idea is age old. A single image is all it takes, one picture can stir the emotions in oh so many ways, and that single image most definitely has it’s place. Though what I am looking at today is compiling a series of related images to create a photo story – whether for a website, blog or to print for your own memories.

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the story of June

3rd July 2016

What a mixed bag June was! In every single way. As always though, here I am focussing on the loveliness and what better start than a glorious sunset and my favourite wild flowers. I’ve been using my camera with a manual setting on focus more and more. I have to say I am really happy with the results for the most part. It feels like a small achievement worth celebrating!

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renovation tales

Renovation Tales | make an entrance

1st July 2016

part i

If you have been following my renovation tales over the last year, you will know that we have mostly been concentrating on interiors. As such the outside of our house has been somewhat neglected and over the 5 years we have been here it has started to look a little tired. Yes there are plants growing in the gutter and an awful lot of builder-y dust on the doorstep. We have had people on site for three weeks and I haven’t quite got round to tidying that up yet. The reality of renovation is a messy one.

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one year in portraits

one year in portraits | May & June

29th June 2016

Two for one this month as I did’t quite get around to posting May and I am already half way through my one year in portraits project! It has been a busy, stressful couple of months and if I’m completely honest, not entirely photogenic. And so all the images here were taken on a three days rather than one a week but since the camera has been hibernating this is what I have!

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Sophie Conran for Portmeirion

24th June 2016

Recenty I was invited to Sophie Conran for Portmeirion’s 10th anniversary celebration. Now I will confess to being a fan of the collection and have several items in my cupboards already. Being the curious sort I wanted to learn a little more. What I hadn’t realised was that each original piece is hand thrown on a potters wheel , shaped, and fired before any decision is taken on final designs. Once the design is right, the original pieces are used to make casts for the porcelain from which the finished collection is made. The result is a range that feels handmade yet has all the advantages of larger production.
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instagram tips & musings

Instagram for the fun of it

17th June 2016

When I first downloaded Instagram I used it as a photo editing app on a private account. I genuinely had no idea that it was a wide world full of amazing accounts as I had never seen anything like it before. I had always loved photography and having a newish smart phone I was simply playing with apps. That was almost five years ago and for a while Instagram just sat on my phone without much use at all, only being opened every now and again when I would use Instagram for the fun of it.

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Happiness in simple things

9th June 2016

I have a theory – not a complicated one – that happiness is found in simple things. Now don’t get me wrong, those things can be grand or small, but always at the centre of that happy feeling is something fairly simple. Maybe sparked by the joy of a child’s laughter, or taking time to appreciate the beauty of the little details in every day. Doing something you enjoy. Being with people who make you feel good about yourself. The sun shining. Oh and wearing stripy clothes because it’s such a happy pattern… So when Fat Face asked me to work with them styling some of the pieces from their Coastal Whites collection, which included this dress below, I didn’t hesitate for long.

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