collect moments – gifts with meaning


I think there is a certain age where the giving of gifts for occasions requires more thought. This happens for several reasons. Perhaps we reach a point where we can afford to buy things as and when we need them, have acquired plenty of stuff already or the frivolous purchases – however lovely – don’t seem to carry the same meaning. I love to give presents with a little more thought, gifts that will be received and enjoyed rather than added to the category of ‘just more things’.

Several years ago now, we began gifting experiences to family members. To collect moments spent with them. From afternoon tea for two at a fancy hotel to a meal with us, via no end of days out or trips to favourite locations. And I have learned that these are the gifts that people love. Love to the point of my father-in-law actually feeling disappointed when we gave him a physical gift for his birthday rather than the meal out with his son that he really wanted. (Don’t worry, that was the plan for Father’s Day so all’s well that ends well.)

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the story of learning


For the past few years, some time in January, I have made a plan. In a way I suppose you could call it a business plan, though I have been reluctant to title it as such because that, somehow, makes it seem official. Like a commitment to achieve exactly what I set out to achieve without room for stepping sideways which is an option I like to keep open…

Now that sounds like I’m setting myself up for failure – which is inaccurate – instead I have learned that what I achieve will perhaps be slightly different from the original goal. But no less of an actual achievement.

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photography & instagram

On photography basics – an e-Book


I am just popping in to share the first of my new, free, eBook’s. I have been working hard on them for a few months now and will be releasing more over the coming weeks, you may have heard me mention my plans for eCourses later this year? Well this is a forerunner to them and a taster of what will be involved.

I’m starting at the beginning with ‘on the basics for photography’ and through this and those to be released soon, will be looking at many aspects of photography. Such as how to take photos for use across social media and websites including shops and blogs. I’m really excited to get started and share them with you!

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Behind the scenes with The Real Flower Company


There are a few companies for who, when an email lands in my inbox, I might give a little cheer. The Real Flower Company is one of them. I have always been on the lookout for my favourite kind of flowers out of season and that is how I first came across this lovely company. Garden roses are something I have in abundance at home for their relatively short season, but this is a matter of weeks rather than months at a time.

So last autumn I went on an internet mission to try and find a grower of roses who would perhaps extend the season for me a little – or maybe even a lot! This is when I first discovered The Real Flower Company, who have a paddock full of rose bushes not so very far from me in Hampshire.

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A podcast with Sara for Hashtag Authentic


I’m just popping in briefly to share with you a conversation I had with Sara of Me & Orla for her podcast series ‘Hashtag Authentic’. We chat about Instagram, changing user names, dealing with copying, what defines us as photographers and other things besides.

I’d love for you to come and have a listen. Perhaps I should say that my accent is indefinably north/south and I say ‘yeah, exactly’ far too much. But let’s put that down to nerves…

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