Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve been to any sort of festival! But the River Cottage Festival this weekend has been amazing! I was photographing the event but also took along the kids and my brother Pete, as it’s such a great family event with loads for the kids to do.
The sun was shining – it could not have been more perfect festival weather and I really enjoyed getting some great shots for the River Cottage team.
I thought it would be fun to try and film some behind the scenes of a few shoots, so I hope you enjoy this little YouTube video – let me know what you think in the comments and maybe I’ll do some more! 😀
This morning my friend Jean kindly helped look after my kids and I was able to pop out and see one of my bffs Carol and her baby-almost-toddler Livvie. It’s so nice to get out and have a bit of time to do photography when the summer holidays have been so full on! I’ve missed it a lot! I wanted to capture some lovely shots of mum and baby together for a Mother’s Day concept that I had in mind. I did bring a tray of breakfast as a Mother’s Day prop for Carol, but Livvie had other ideas and the coffee nearly went flying, haha. However I was really pleased with these cute photos of the two of them.
Carol has a beautiful bright bedroom so I was able to use a nice low ISO of 125/s to give me plenty of sharpness and I also got a new lens recently – the Canon 50mm 1.2 which is so beautiful and lets in loads of light with gorgeous blurry backgrounds. For most of these shots I used the lens wide open (at f1.2) to throw the backgrounds out of focus. My shutter speed stayed around the 320/s mark.
If you’re interested in how to get the right camera settings but all those numbers feel a bit like gobbledegook to you right now, then do join me on my DSLR photography camera settings course! You can find out more about it over on Udemy. 🙂
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Thanks Carol and Livvie for being my gorgeous models today! Always extra happy to do photoshoots when there are chocolate croissants involved 😀 xx
Last week I went to photograph a group of friends’ children at their home. I wanted to capture every day childhood moments and we got some great shots of the kids being creative and doing art at the kitchen table, eating healthy snacks and playing in the garden. Aren’t these little ones so gorgeous!? Thank you to their mummies for allowing me to shoot these precious moments!
Argh, I know I am so bad at keeping my blog and newsletter on schedule! I’m so sorry – my life is totally insane and I’m now also trying to lose a heck of a lot of weight (5 stone ideally!!!) which has seen me join the local gym and get a cross trainer off ebay. So most evenings you will now find me red faced and puffed out in front of “Obese a Year to Save My Life” trying to keep the motivation going! I’m half a stone down so far – and no I am not telling you my starting weight!! So it is going well, but it is tough! I’ve had to throw out all the sugar in my house, even granulated sugar because whenever I get stressed that is my go to thing. I’ll even make raw cake mix if I don’t have anything else in the house!
Fortunately I now don’t have that option and I’ve found it really useful to have a cup of chai tea with Stevia sweetener whenever the sugar cravings pounce. Three weeks in and I’m still sugar free mainly due to that!!
Anyway I digress! I hope you are all enjoying the new term and the season starting to change! I am loving the beautiful colours and lovely autumnal walks in the crisp air with friends. My friend Cazz actually showed me a fantastic new walk from Branscombe beach in Devon that is buggy friendly and half a mile to a tearoom and back – isn’t that the best?! (No cake for me, obvs!). I took all the children back there with my mum today and it is so great to find a new place where they are safe to roam away from cars but also easy for the buggy!
One of my favourite places for an autumnal walk is Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire. It’s famous for being ranked as one of the top ten places to see Autumn in the UK. We went for the first time last year and thought there had been an accident because the queues were back to the dual carriageway. But nope – just lots of other people wanting to walk around the lake and admire the gorgeous scenery like us! So if you want to go then my top tip would be to definitely arrive early!!
I plan to take the children again once the leaves have turned a bit more, but as well as the gorgeous autumn colours, Stourhead has some gorgeous buildings. Ever since I saw the buildings (which are a stunning bath-stone type colour) I’ve thought it would be lovely to get the children in their best clobber and take some nice shots of them there. So a few weeks ago that is exactly what we did ????
It did start raining half way round and there was actually quite a lot of bribery involved in the form of gummy bears, but I think the kids did good! Hopefully they will love these when they are older! I do love natural shots but sometimes when you want to be sure of a great shot then a bit of thought and effort in terms of location and outfits goes a long way! ????
I told the girls to rub each other’s noses. I didn’t mean with their fingers! Sweet little moments like this are so lovely!!
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EEKING OUT THE LAST OF THE SUNSHINE AT THURLESTONE BEACH!
I am writing this while feeling very virtuous, sipping on my peppermint tea with sweetener. Oh yeah baby, four weeks of no sugar – feeling very pleased with myself! Along with exercising I have lost ten pounds so far, so I’m feeling very encouraged!! Really looking forward to getting back to my old healthy self and taking care of me more!
Hasn’t this year been amazing for weather?! We have had such a beautiful long summer – and every time I think it’s over and autumn has definitely arrived, it goes and surprises me with another balmy hot weekend!
To make the most of the sunshine, a couple of weekends ago I took the kids and my Mum to discover Thurlestone Beach in South Devon. A few friends had recommended it but we love Salcombe so much that if we are traveling that far (about 1.5 hours from our house) we usually just go there.
But wowzers, I am so glad we took the time to discover somewhere new! Although the sand is a bit more gritty than Sandy Bay at Salcombe the amazing warm and shallow rock pools more than made up for that! The children absolutely loved it! A definite must visit if you are ever down this way!