Wednesday, April 2, 2014

my almost 3 year old ...

I can't believe this little man is turning 3 this month ... & he really is a little "man" now! 
Love him ... that's all! 










& don't forget to head on around the sisterhood stories circle beginning with Jessica
Happy Wednesday! xx

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

London Kings Cross ...

So here's the ummm geek in me i guess ... I love railway stations. I mean i adore them. I love the mix of emotions that can be found in them, the sense of romance & the history that goes with. & then, then there is the architecture. Back when i was in 6th form i studied Station Architecture for my a-level art, travelled around stations taking pictures & read about their history. I really do love them ... did you know they were considered the "cathedrals" of the 19th century? Anyways every time i travel to London from Cambridge I am lucky enough to enjoy London King's Cross station with it's huge arches & historic clocks. 


Well now it has a much newer addition so i decided to have a little lensbaby fun. I am in love with the contrasting side to this station, now if only I could spend a whole day exploring it you know without Jacob! 



& yes that was an amazingly short post for me ... who knows what you will get 2 weeks from now! Don't forget to head on round the sisterhood stories circle for some inspirational words & beautiful pictures starting with Karrie

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

street photography ...

So something I have always admired is street photography, i mean who doesn't right? I can look at the work of Cartier Bresson for hours, drooling over the pages of his books, & i have incredible talented friends such as Rob Grimes & Sasha Holloway who can capture those instant moments, me well i don't think that fast. So i have been trying to step outside my little box, stop waiting for the people to get out of my shots (because seriously they are always in my way) & capture the moment as it's happening. But also I have been working on the "format" i shoot in. I naturally see everything in "landscape" & i feel this is something i need to work on so. 

So a couple of weeks back i ventured into Cambridge with just my Lensbaby composer pro & edge 80 lens for company, & a lot of rain! I have to say i love the results, i love the darker side of cambridge & that i actually captured people in my work! So enjoy some "pretties" here & then take a moment to work your way around the sisterhood stories circle starting with the blog of Karrie Drake. & you can of course check out more of my lensbaby work over in my etsy shop sweet dreams & honey. 












Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lake Isabella ...

I think we all have a place where we can find peace, a place that we can sit & watch & dream. I have a few of those spots but one of them is on the shores of Lake Isabella. Up in the Sierra Nevadas of California it's a huge man made lake, a damn protecting Isabella & Bakersfield from it. The Kern River flows into it, & it's rounded by dirt & mountains & rocks & everything England isn't. I first met the Lake in 2007 when my then boyfriend took me to see it, since then I have been back to see it 3 times & have simple grown to love it more. This time we were in for a shock as the drought that has hit the area means the Lake is drying up, all those trees you see in this pictures sticking out the water weren't there in 2011 when i saw it last. My favorite spot to go & stand is now dirt, the water hundreds of meters from it's edge. It makes me sad to see it disappear. But i set out to photography it, something i have never managed to do justice too, & i have to admit it took me about 4 tries before i got the images you see here. The problem (& yes it was a problem) were the blue blue skies, too much contrast. It's January, mid winter & barely a sign of a cloud in the sky (the opposite of winter in England) but finally the week before we left we had some hazy days, i jumped on this & found the peace I feel there in person in my work. 





Don't forget to check out the rest of the sisterhood stories ... follow the blog circle from start to finish beginning with the words & pictures of Karrie Drake

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

a little lensbaby love ...

Ok ok i know i am bad at blogging ... what can i say, i distract easily ... I keep having good intentions but then they fail. So it's been a few weeks, but i will allow for the fact i was on vacation. But now i'm back & it's time for a few pretties & you chance to enjoy the inspirations of the sisterhood stories. 

So i wanted to share some of my favorites from our month in California (& Vegas) ... & as it turns out they were all shot with my beloved Lensbaby. I admit i do have some favorites that weren't shot with said Lensbaby but i swear this lens was designed for California, it just suited the "vibe" of well everything. I love how it used the pretty light so well & the tones were beautiful, & then Vegas a city i have never been able to shoot well it captured it perfectly for me. So enough talk it's picture time ... & when you're done here be sure to head on round the rest of the sisterhood stories circle & check out their musing, words & inspirational pictures starting with Karrie

















If you want to purchase one of these or to view more of my lens baby work you can head on over to my etsy shop sweet dreams & honey ... Happy wednesday! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

be the inspiration you need in yourself ...

I am a runner ... i love being able to say that ... i am not the faster & i can't go the furthest but i am a runner. I love running, i love the feel of my muscles working, flying along the pavement, & i love how it clears my head. I find a sense of peace when i am out there & i do a lot of thinking. Not the bad kind of thinking just it's as if when running you can put all the pieces of the puzzle together with ease, push away the stuff that is irrelevant & find the answers to the mysteries of the world. Today's run was necessary except for the fact i had something to prove to myself, i have been gradually pushing my body a little more & seeing some great results & i love that. I had already gotten in back to back T25 before taking Jacob to nursery, & then my regular HIIT class but well its my birthday & i had something to prove to my "older" self. So i ran on tired legs & i can't lie the first mile kind of sucked but it felt good to be out there, a nice pace, not too cold ... & the rest!

So then i get thinking ... all kinds of things but i keep coming back to inspiration. As photographers the subject of inspiration comes up a lot. what inspires us? who inspires us? How do we find our way out of a rut? & the first thing that comes to mind is that i go out & shoot, a photo road trip or just 20 minutes at a favorite location. But today i moved away from photography & thought about all the incredible people in my life that inspire me. I wish i knew as a 23 year old that it wasn't the famous people who would be the ones who would have the biggest impact on my life. 

I feel bless in so many ways to have a wonderful husband, a beautiful son & a "job" that i love. But i also feel blessed by the friends who have come into my world & shown me so much. The come from every warp of life, though the majority are military or military spouses & the first thing i can say is they have this incredible strength, we're not talking physically but on another level. They are proof that you can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough at it. They inspire me to get up in the morning & put myself out there whether it's photographically or pushing myself at the gym. The people i love the most are spread across the world but they still inspire me with their own dreams, their own achievements & their drive. It doesn't matter if you are starting with nothing, it matters that you take the first step & having those people to help guide & show you the way makes a huge difference. & i have to say my running friends are often top of that list ... there is this no holds barred rule when out running, i can tell someone anything & i know they won't judge. Don't ask me why but it's better than therapy, it's the ultimate physical & mental release. 

But today i also realized something more important ... as much as you do need to surround yourself by inspirational people you need to inspire yourself. & i do ... i love at the person i am now, my body with all it's scars & well "curves" where i wish they wouldn't be & i am strong, i can run a half marathon, i can survive deployments & i can give birth. I could have said it out loud too as i pushed through that final quarter of a mile because i think we all need to. It's not about not needing to rely on others it's about finding the strength in yourself to move forward not alone but with being your own guide. 

I am sure many a person has said this & more cohesively but its something i wanted to share, something i wish my 23 year old self would have known that i am the inspiration i seek. 

& this is me ... all ... well sweaty after my run! 


Have a wonderful day everyone & look for inspiration in others & yourself. & don't forget to check out the sisterhood circle & their wonderful blogs, starting with that of Karrie

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

long exposures ...

I wish i could take workshops every week ... i love love love them! It's true ... i mean ...

1. i love learning 
2. i love being inspired 
3. any excuse to take photos

So in the depths of my August when i was feeling uninspired & stuck in the rut i signed myself up for a couple of very different workshops once of which was totally new to me. I have always admired landscape photographers & long exposures specifically but as hard as i try i can't get them right so this was my chance to learn ... & it was awesome. I spent a beautiful fall afternoon shooting on the Norfolk coast & understanding filters & getting the look I had been dreaming on (resulting in me buying said filters & waiting rather impatiently for everything to arrive so i can go practice what i have learnt). So here is something very new & a little different to keep you occupied. & don't forget to head on round the circle of Sisterhood Stories starting with something else very different on the blog of Karrie Drake. & have a wonderful wednesday!