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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Treasured memories

Hi everyone,

It's Suzi here.  I'm looking forward to blogging more.  I've been busy working behind the scenes on a new look website and revamping the packages and products we offer.  But today I've been feeling very nostalgic.  I've just had a new fringe cut into my hair for the first time in 30 something years, and it's taken me right back to when I was a little girl.  This got me looking through some old photographs of my family and it's made me think how lovely and important it is to have these photographs to look back on.

My dad suffered some health problems with his heart recently, which came as quite a shock to us all as he had always previously been in good health.  Fortunately, he's recovering well, but it's certainly made us all sit up and enjoy every moment and to cherish the time we have together.  My Dad and my Grandad have always had cameras slung around their necks or a cine camera to hand, which I am so so grateful for.   Dad recently put all of Grandad's old cine films onto CD which is so nice to have - seeing generations of my family through the years!

Mum & Dad's wedding day 
I won't bore you with any films, but I thought I'd share a few photos with you.  We'd love to see some of your old photographs and hear about some of your memories.  Please feel free to add a link to a childhood photo you really cherish too on our Facebook page.

Friday, 11 April 2014

3 Photographers, 3 Countries, 3 Weeks - Week 3

So our phone project came to an end - and here are our final week's images.  It was lovely to spend time with Emma and Rachel again, albeit in the ether.  You can read about how the project started here, along with our first week's photos, and look at our second week here.

Our third week's words were long, joy, odd, fly, beyond, hide & discover.....

Thursday, 3 April 2014

3 Photographers, 3 Countries, 3 Weeks - Week 2.

Yesterday I wrote about the phone photo project I've just completed with 2 photographer friends Rachel Hein & Emma Godfrey, and shared our photographs from week one.  You can read about it here.  Looking at all our photos from the first couple of weeks, they definitely reflect the beginning of spring and the start of a new season.  I think if we were doing it this week, at least mine and Rachel's shots would be a bit misty and smoggy.

I've really enjoyed putting our different combinations of photos together.  Sometimes we interpreted the word very differently, other times we'd choose a very similar colour scheme, or use a lot of space in our images.  The week's words were:  New, Forever, Point, Almost, Green, Dream & Made.

We were obviously all feeling a bit hungry on the last day!  I'll post week 3 of our project early next week.  Have a great weekend x

3 Photographers, 3 Countries, 3 Weeks.

I like to find time for new projects.  Lately some of you will know I've been experimenting with time lapse photography and filming, which I'm really enjoying - you can see the latest experiment here.  A couple of years ago, I set myself a 365 challenge, which involved taking a photo everyday for a year.  Some days were definitely easier than others.  I know I'm often out and about taking pictures for other folk, but it became a challenge in itself taking one a day for myself.  I felt a massive sense of achievement when I finished!

I'd been thinking about ideas for another project, and I thought it would be good fun to do this with a couple of photographer friends.  I met Rachel & Emma 3 years ago on a fantastic A-Z of Photography & Business course run by Aspire.  Nestled in their Cumbrian retreat, these folk really know how to get you on track, and it came at exactly the right time for my re-brand.  So with the 3 of us meeting 3 years ago, and with us living in 3 different countries (Rachel is based in Edinburgh, and Emma in Chesières, Switzerland), the project idea came about.  I've been using my iPhone more and more when I'm out walking, and I'd noticed that Rachel & Emma were doing the same.  Instead of just randomly taking photos of anything, which could have been interesting too, I thought it might be a good idea to have words for each day, and then see how we interpreted them.  We did it for 3 weeks, each taking the lead on a week, and choosing the words of the day.  I'll do a couple more blog posts for week 2 & 3, but here are the photos from our first week.  The words were:  Light, Wild, Tree, Sky, Lines, Eat & Cosy.

I've also posted these photos on my Facebook Page with different layouts to see how the images could look together on the pages of a book.  Maybe this is another project!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Kate Bush - Before The Dawn

You've probably all heard by now, as the news seems to be everywhere, from national headlines to social media feeds.  I was having a bit of a lie in, thinking about breakfast before a Friday morning walk, when I looked at my Facebook feed.  There it was on the official Kate Bush Facebook page - playing live in August & September!  The first time playing live in 35 years.  I do apologise to any non Kate converts, but this is BIG news, and it found me leaping out of bed to grab my wallet to try and secure a ticket!  If I'd read the post in full I'd have seen that these are not on sale until Friday.

From the first time I saw her on Top Of The Pops performing Wuthering Heights, I was sold.  Smash Hits posters of Kate were blu-tacked between Blondie, Depeche Mode, and a few Athena numbers in my room. She's always been around.  Although favourite albums sometimes jostle for places in my top ten list, Hounds Of Love is always right up there.  There were lots of things going on in my life when this album was released, and it became a significant soundtrack to those times.  Listening to certain tracks from it can take me right back there.  I was the first one in my class to buy it, and everyone was handing me blank tapes to record it!

I have a dream list of people I'd like to photograph, and Kate is right at the top of it.  I can't see that this will ever happen, and I think I might be too excited, scared, flummoxed that I'd have stage shutter fright anyway. But maybe I might just get to see her play live..

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

A wedding stationery shoot with Julia Ogden

A little while ago, I had the pleasure of working with local artist Julia Ogden.  I've long been an admirer of her work and we have a couple of her prints in the house, so when she asked me to take images of her new wedding stationery, I immediately knew it would be a beautiful shoot.

Julia is a fellow nature lover, and she's really inspired by the changing seasons and woodland.  There's a real joy and serenity to her work as you can see from these beautiful birdies. I was really excited when she said she was about to start offering a bespoke wedding stationery service, as I knew how beautiful and unique it would be.  Her stationery is a combination of hand drawn illustrations and text.  Julia then hand silk screen prints the wedding stationery.  Save the date, invites, bunting, order of service, place names, thank you cards, you name it!

I'll shut up and let Julia's work do the talking - starting with that gorgeous bunting!

And here's just a small selection of Julia's other work....

I thought I'd just share this new piece of work too.  I commissioned Julia to make a sign for some upcoming wedding exhibitions, and she came up with this gorgeous design, printed onto wood...

If you'd like to see more of Julia's work or wedding stationery collections - here's her website.  She also teaches other people how to draw.  I'm going to be taking the plunge next week when Julia runs a painting and drawing workshop in our studio on the 19th March - really looking forward to hopefully finding my inner painter.  You can find out more information here.  Maybe see you there!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A Walk To Start The Week

Before I started work yesterday, I took a little trip up to Nutclough Woods.  However many times I go, there will always be new things to see.  It's the type of place you can sit and ponder for a while with a cup of tea.  All the birds were flitting around, and it was a good feeling to see so many buds on the trees, and green shoots finding their way through the undergrowth.

If anyone recognises the hat I found, it's waiting for you in the woods!