Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Pylos & Holiday Thinking...

Best thing about holiday is that far away feeling. That feeling like you can really see everything because you've actually stepped back, really far back. Sea breeze in your ears drowning out everything but your own thoughts... Icing on the cake. 

So I'm in Greece and I'm thinking. We try out dropping the kids at the Creche (first time we've done this on holiday but promised we would try and get some couple time) and we venture out of the resort to go to exploring some of the local Greek villages for some thinking. In terms of good times to think this is the cherry on the icing on the cake because nothing takes me out of Mummy-mode better than being able to go see something new and without a care for where it rates on the child-friendly-ometer.  

First holiday epiphany starts like this; I'm thinking about how I applied to join a Guild of elite child photographers a couple of months ago. It was an ambitious application. The guys that get through are world class, but my Auntie Irene tells me "shy bairns get nowt" and I'm nothing if not a tryer. I hear back just before holiday and whilst I score well, I don't get in. It shouldn't be a surprise but I don't mind admitting I spent a good few silently rationalising why it wasn't too far a reach. The instant I hear I look at the photos I submitted and got in to a bit of a downer on myself and that downer's followed me out to Greece. 

But now I've got sun and space. I'm feeling relaxed and lucky to be in a beautiful place with some time to myself and getting a little creative buzz from flitting around this beautiful town Pylos and snapping a ton of textures and colours that are totally novel for me. I feel good and I feel like giving myself a break and here's what I think... I've come a long way. This is good. And I have a long way to go. This is also good. Who wants to know there's a ceiling on what they do? The only thing that stops me seeing this as a good thing is pride. I think about how removing pride was the best thing I ever did early on, so why add it in now? No pride meant I was able to start a Facebook page with images that I now laugh at! The thing is, the best thing you can ever do is allow yourself to start somewhere. Be bad. Be a work in progress. It's all relative anyway. You can never be great at anything if you never let yourself be a beginner. 

So here's Pylos from where I'm at now... I might not be ready for a certain elite group yet... But I took these, I'm going to let myself be proud of them and excited that I have places to go... :D 

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Baby Aaron... Sitting Baby Portrait Session Colchester, Essex

This little guy doesn't need an intro... I mean... What else can I say apart from...

DON'T YOU WANT TO EAT HIS CHEEKS?!?!?!?! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Farlie Florals Week 9... Peonies on Black

I'm writing this in the crazy count down days to holiday... Washing, packing, clearing my editing pile and emails emails emails! So with very little introduction this is week 9 of my floral series. It's hard to try something you are pretty sure you won't like and that is what this was... Because I like white. Lots of it. Almost all of images are some form of over-exposure and I edit with a lot of white play. Light light light! I have literally 3 draws of white vests and tees at home. All our blinds are white. I like white. And I really don't like black. Very rare wear. Would never put it anywhere in my home. I had to wear black for two years when I did a full time performing arts course... I could blame that, but I'm not sure. 

So in the spirit of this creative project being about pushing some boundaries I'm playing with black! And I like it! 

If you've missed the last 8 weeks here's a little run down:

Lilies... Week 1

Blossom... Week 2

Butterflies... Week 3

More blossom... Week 4

Dandelion Fuzz... Week 5

Stocks... Week 6

Tulips... Week 7 

Roses... Week 8

Peonies on black...

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Friday, 3 July 2015

Baby Boy Harry... Colchester Newborn Session

It won't be a surprise to you that I love newborns. Obviously given what I do I must do right? And if you've seen me work it's like seeing me work is to of felt the slight pang of "is this woman going to give me my baby back?!" ;) The answer to that is... Yes, but a little resentfully. Who wouldn't want to cuddle a newborn all the live long day? I'm pretty sure I am that new baby visitor who, although aware you haven't slept, need a shower and wasting away waiting to start dinner, just won't leave.

I look at my big babies haring around playing monsters or rolling around in the sand pit and simultaneously newborn days feel like ten minutes and a million years ago. So maybe that's why this wee guy with his fair hair, blonde eyelashes, new big sister and sleeping so soundly he really did remind me of Bow and I must admit... This one... Beautiful baby Harry... Really really did have me smitten! :D 

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