Journal

conversations

Making a difference – Creating For Good

04.05.17

Following on from my last post I really wanted to share some of the wonderful things happening on Instagram. Reinforcing the theory that there’s much more to it than simply playing a chasing numbers game. The creative community is incredible and there are some brilliant things going on there if you just take the time to look.

Have you heard of Creating For Good? They are a London based collective of creatives with a passion for making a difference. I caught up with one of the founding members, Jo, to ask what it’s all about, how we can get ourselves involved and best support the amazing causes the Creating For Good team have chosen.

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photography & instagram

Instagram – how to keep momentum

04.01.17

This year I will mark my fourth anniversary on Instagram. 4 years. It’s fair to say I can’t actually imagine life without it now. The app is ever changing and evolving – it always has been and probably always will be – and some of the changes are completely brilliant. Who doesn’t love a disappearing story that doesn’t have to match your gallery?! A way you can post that silly post or the less than perfect without a care for how it will sit in a curated gallery (maybe that’s just me?). Though some of the current round of changes can be more difficult to manage. Like the posts that are invisible in other peoples feeds or hashtags (oh yes that happens too, I’ve seen  it for myself).

I thought it was time to ask some of my favourite Instagramming friends for their ideas on how to keep up the momentum through the changes. When the going may seem tough and the algorithm looks to favour certain accounts I know I always turn to others for inspiration. I hope these beautiful ladies inspire you too. I have known each of them through Instagram for the last 4 years and I have met all of them in life outside of the app.

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the story of March

03.30.17

In a couple of words, the story of March is of travel and spring. I mean there are magnolia, blossom, bulbs galore and all kinds of flowery goodness going on in the south east! Although I possibly ought to include a final fling with winter here as we visited the highlands of Scotland only to be greeted with a fresh fall of snow. There is such a marked difference between the signs of spring in the far north and south at the moment.

I began the month in Venice and have reached the end via Scotland. Even as I write this my husband is away in Cornwall for business. Travel is brilliant but oh my word, I’m tired! For the moment though we have little more planned before July so hopefully there’s time to catch up with ourselves…

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photography & instagram

Chasing light | 5 tips for photographing the sun

03.15.17

I have spent much of the last year (in photography) chasing light – photographing the sun. Whenever possible I love to photograph in soft sunlight as a hint of light brings a photograph to life. Golden hour – that time of day photographers enthuse about – is the very best time to photograph in sunlight. The shadows are softer and the light less harsh than it can be in the middle of the day (especially in summer). However I’ve taken photos in mid winter at midday when the sunlight is filtered through a hazy mist, photo’s like that of the deer further down this post, proving that if the conditions are right you can use the sunlight to your advantage at other times of day too.

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travel

Venice in 3 days

03.09.17

Venice has been on my bucket list for a long time. After arranging a trip last year then having to rearrange it, altering who was travelling and sorting out the childcare and home arrangements, twice, it is fair to say I had high hopes for the 3 day visit I finally took with my mum at the end of February.

Venice in 3 days is perfectly do-able from the UK, I wanted to put together a little travel guide of sorts as not all research told me the few things that would have been really handy to know! Like take a water bus to as close as you can to your hotel, don’t try and walk it. I would recommend doing your homework first too and having a loose plan for the sights you really want to see.

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