Last week I took a trip west to Devon. On the invitation of Yvonne Coomber, I travelled to Pip Farm to spend time with an amazing group of women, and to be immersed a little in Yvonnes world of joyful paintings and beautiful Devon countryside.
The event was so much more than an open artists studio, more of a two day retreat if you would like a label. We began with lunch around the enormous kitchen table, a chance to greet friends both new and old. Then were treated to a visit to Yvonnes studio, a trip to Totnes and a look at Yvonnes gallery there. Totnes is lovely, so full of beautiful little shops! I haven’t explored much of Devon yet but it’s firmly on my list now.
I have been shopping small for several years now whenever possible. So when invited to Weekend:IN’s slow living retreat, with the opportunity to meet several small businesses, it seemed like the perfect fit for me. A chance to think about the notion of slow living some more at the very least and to meet some brands who embrace the principle of thoughtfulness. I want to share with you a little more about the small businesses involved and hope at least some of this may resonate with you too.
I don’t often attend press events. But what Olivia does with Weekend:IN is to connect small brands with people like me who have a voice to share the wonderful work they do. Looking not just at, but beyond the name and the aesthetic, into the brands stories and ethos. In simple terms why they are doing what they do. And how is that relevant?
February always flies by doesn’t it? Each month I mean to write this post, and each month I don’t quite have time. So I’m taking a moment to actually share it at last. Every month I create my calendar for Instagram and every month I have messages asking – amongst several other things – what font I use for them. Admittedly I find this a huge compliment because it is my handwriting, my not-so-amazing calligraphy, layered onto the wreath photos I take specifically for this project. So I thought it would be fun to film a behind the scenes look at March in the making and a tutorial for creating a handwritten overlay.
Winter. It isn’t my favourite. Aside from snowy days which I’ll take happily, it’s cold. Dark. Often grey. And also the busiest time of the year in my house. Stress runs high and sleep runs short. But we won’t be beaten!
One of my favourite ways to get through winter is to explore my creativity. In fact winter is the perfect time to create. This is a tale I’ve told many times. My love for making something out of nothing and a creative streak that is forever a part of me. If I can create, I feel at peace. Anything, from baking, to photography to my first love of sewing. I’ll try most crafts given the opportunity. Even knitting…
I think it’s about time I updated my quick guide to editing whites, or getting your white balance right, since my first post on this was more than two years ago. It is important to understand editing white balance if you would like your photographs to appear natural. Of course many people use filters which tint the image too. That’s great if it is your style, but you still need to understand the white’s you are beginning with to create a cohesive portfolio.
I want to keep this short because the how-to is really simple, yet it can completely change the look of your photos. So what is white balance? And how do we fix it?