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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Coldstones Cut

On the way up to Durham for last weekend's wedding, we stopped off at my parents and had a trip out to The Coldstones Cut near Pateley Bridge.  Mum has been talking about it for the last year, so we thought we should go and check it out!  From the road, it doesn't look there's a lot to see.  There's a short walk up the hill, and you can hear the rumble of the trucks and the machinery, as this sculpture is built within a working quarry. This amazing public art work was built in 2010.  It sits on the hilltop looking out onto the quarry and the heather moors beyond.  It has been described as part art, part tribute to the quarrying industry.  It was constructed by Andrew Sabin and it won the PMSA - Marsh Award for the best public sculpture of the year.  You enter the site along a limestone tunnel, with steep cold walls, and to get to the viewing posts, you walk along and up a spiral corridor.  Although you're sheltered, there were little pockets of wind and the echoes of people's voices in front and behind that led to quite an eerie walk up to the viewing points.

After taking in the views and filling our lungs, we took a little detour down to one of the old lime kilns before heading back home.  If you're ever in the area, I'd highly recommend a little trip up that hill!

Monday, 18 August 2014

When the Moment Seizes Us

We went to see Boyhood at the weekend.  It's a remarkable film.  If you get the chance, I'd highly recommend it, it's full of life's moments.  There was a line in it that really resonated with me, and it kept popping up all weekend.  We don't seize the moment, it's the moment that seizes us.  

I was thinking about it in the shoots we did on Saturday and Sunday.  There was a time, when I started out with my photography, when I pretty much planned every image on a shoot.  Sometimes I'd draw little figures and hope that no-one would ever see those little scribbled stick people!  Then I'd get to a location and follow my little notes and figures and although I knew I had good shots, they somehow lacked something.  There are always spontaneous moments you can't plan for, those are the ones we crave, the magic shots.  We might look at a location one day, but when we go back the next, the light and the feel has completely changed.  And when those beautiful spontaneous moments and that light come together, it makes my heart sing.  It's what makes me tick as a photographer, it's pure adrenalin when I know everything is coming together.  So I'm going to keep looking and hope those moments keep seizing me.

Friday, 8 August 2014


In the midst of the summer weddings, I'm doing something a little bit different this weekend.  I'm one of the photographers at MODA, a trade fashion event showcasing brands' collections for SS2015.  For someone who sometimes leaves the house dressed top to toe in Seasalt, I will definitely be checking out their new range for next year!  Here are a few from the event I photographed earlier this year.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Bubble London

These last few weeks have been busy ones full of loveliness.  This time last week we had just got back from Bubble London, a trade fair for children's wear designers.  We love our children's portrait work and were delighted to be able to attend Bubble to see and photograph some of the wonderful children's brands that are out there.  The event was in the Islington Business Design Centre.  We arrived on Monday morning on a very sunny glorious London day.

The venue was very light and spacious, a lovely space to spend the day in. And what a beautiful array of products and stands.

Bubble London present Rising Star awards to the best new brands at the show.  Those shortlisted included ABC123me, a new boyswear brand of California cool clothing, Tails and Tales - fairytale inspired clothes for boys and girls, and handmade sandals by Pixie Toes, amongst others.  Plumeti Rain were the overall winners of the Rising Star Awards which was very well deserved - such beautiful girls dresses made with gorgeous soft and natural fabrics.  To be honest, the brands were all amazing.

Boyswear from ABC123me
Tails and Tales - contemporary fairy tale style clothing for boys and girls - gorgeous
Plumeti Rain - beautiful Spanish brand and overall winner of the Rising Star Awards
Beautifully designed gift items and baby tights by LuluZulu - loving those hats!
Pretty Blue Fox is a children's wear brand based in Stockholm 
Pixie Toes - gorgeous handmade sandals for little ones and adults too :)
I absolutely fell in love with these cotton dresses by Poppy - each dress tells a story of a little girl called Poppy and her dog Fred and comes with a story book - adorable! They also make dresses for big girls too which I was delighted to hear :)
Gorgeous dresses by Poppy
There was a Homegrown section for those brands that are designed and manufactured in the UK.  There were some gorgeous brands here including Maggie G, Raspberry Plum and Pixie Dixie to name but a few.
Maggie G - beautiful smocks for children
Pixie Dixie - PJ's and nightdresses for children
Raspberry Plum - a fresh, original kidswear brand based in London for little girls who are fashion conscious, stylish but still love to be carefree children
Star 51
We didn't have time to take pictures of them all, sadly, but hopefully these images will give you a feel for the wonderful array of products and talent that was there.
Chlo Chlo
Sticky Fudge
Adorable felt slippers by Sew Heart Felt
Adorable babywear from Bob & Blossom
This lovely brand, Darlo, make a promise that for every vest bought they pay for one child's meals in India for a week - how amazing.
Nature Zoo of Denmark
Frugi - gorgeous organic clothes
Olive and Moss
Baby & Toddler Moccasins by Amy & Ivor

There were some great seminars too, all in all a fab event.  Happy smiley faces all round.