A little hello

Well, it’s been 3 months since my last post and it feels nice to be here again and I hope you enjoy the update. Max arrived safely on the 15th January, and we have all been enjoying and getting used to the new family dynamics that a newborn brings. Rufus is such a sweet kind boy to his brother, he is very natural with him. I didn’t manage a ‘welcome to the world’ style birth announcement.  Unsurprisingly with my previous mental health record, I have got post natal depression. I seem to be coming out of the end of that though. One of the first things I wanted to do whilst feeling a little better  was too take a few pictures of the plants. Rufus joined us, and so I took a few shots of  him too. He is picking me flowers in some of them. That boy is such a beautiful angel.

Anyway, the main reason I got my camera out was to take some photographs of the spring flowers blooming here in Kent, for my dear friend Kathryn of Secrets of a Butterfly.    We had been talking about the healing energy in flower essences. In particular the healing properties of the beautiful little white clusters of Stitch wort, that often grow here alongside the bluebells.  I hope you like the photographs. I can’t edit from my laptop so these are straight out of camera. I need (want) a Mac, but don’t we all!

Love and Light

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Last chance!

Maybe a bit of a dramatic title there, but sweet little Max is now overdue. I am tired and grumpy and need my mobility back!!!! I also decided that it was now or never concerning the maternity photos even if it was freezing cold.

So we went to my favorite place and Matt took some photos of me, I would of been too embarrassed with anyone else! The ones of us together are courtesy of a self timer and fence posts. It’s a shame little Rufus didn’t want to join us but he was too snug in the warm at Nana’s house!

Love & Light x

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Winter light and evening walks.

Managed to get out with my camera again for the first time in ages and I was loving the winter sunlight. Not long to go before my due date now….8 weeks! Yikes.

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Clifftop trainspotting on a summer evening.

One of our favorite places to go on a summers evening is along the clifftops. We get to see the trains running below while we play football until the sun goes down.

I wanted to take my camera for the first time in a long while, just to experiment and shoot the flowers.  It just so happened that my family were more co-operative when my camera wasn’t firmly attached to my mug! And so I took these photos within a different mindset, chilled out and from a place of gratefulness for the moment.  I really do find practicing a ‘quick draw’ technique is especially helpful when photographing Rufus because I can talk to him and be in the moment…then bang! Just took your perfectly framed and in focus photo with my quick draw action. And he didn’t even have time to realise and inevitably run off! Well that’s what I am learning  since taking a break from photography.  So give it a try, practice the ninja shot!

Also, I have never really used actions or presets to edit so I may do a little tutorial as to how I do a basic tidy up with a picture. Actually I’ll just tell you now as it is darn easy. I duplicate the image and go into blending options and select ‘screen’. That’s about it. If I need to sharpen up a picture I duplicate the image and go to Filters>Other>highpass and have it at about 11-30%. I then go to blending options and select soft light or hard light. Sometimes I go over the whole of this layer with the eraser, just leaving the subject sharpened.

Hope that was helpful, do let me know! And I hope you enjoy this mini photo series.

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A trip to the daisy meadow.

On our usual walk I spotted that the daisies had made an appearance in abundance! When we next went back I brought my camera out for the first time in ages. I loved taking these pictures and it was nice to be back behind the lens of a camera again. And I also got to capture Rufus and his cheeky smiles! He is growing so fast!

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Vintage Treasures.

Hello, just a quick little post to let you know that I have re-opened my vintage store on Etsy.

More treasures will be added when I have got around to photographing the individual pieces. They are all real special little collectors items, straight from the 70’s and 80’s and specially sourced from unused shop stock. This means that all pieces have been unworn and are ‘brand new vintage’ in perfectly pristine condition.

If you would like to take a little look on what we have on offer over there please click on a picture and it will take you there :)

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Blue floral vintage toddler dress 1970's

Blue floral vintage toddler dress Circa 1970’s

Illustrated red riding hood jumper circa 1970's

Illustrated red riding hood jumper circa 1970’s

vintage toddler dress 1970's

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Muddy Puddles & rainbow wellies!

It’s been months and months since I picked up my camera. Winter does that too you don’t you think?  But on a family walk I decided to bring out my faithful camera and try to get some shots of how quickly Rufus has grown since the last time I photographed him. He is such a dude, and pulled lots of funny faces at me when ever I asked for a smile. So I had to be a ninja photographer and get the secret smiles of pure muddy puddle joy, that he just couldn’t hide! IMG_8588IMG_8610IMG_8587IMG_8597IMG_8617IMG_8536IMG_8531IMG_8595IMG_8569IMG_8557IMG_8545

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Ben Harper – With my own two hands

I love Ben Harper! So I thought I would share an uplifting song with a positive message. Every thing he writes about cuts straight to my heart. Try looking for ‘oppression’ and ‘excuse me mister’ if you like this. A true gem in this world is our Ben, my dream is to see him play in Amsterdam. Oh gosh, how special would that be!

Lyrics:

I can change the world
With my own two hands
Make a better place
With my own two hands
Make a kinder place
Oh- with my
Oh- with my own two hands
With my own
Oh- with my own two hands
With my own
With my own two hands

I can make peace on earth
With my own two hands
And I can clean up the earth
Oh- with my own two hands
And I can reach out to you
Oh- with my own two hands
With my own
With my own two hands
Oh- with my own
Oh- with my own two hands

I’m gonna make it a brighter place
(with my own)
I’m gonna make it a safer place
(with my own)
I’m gonna help the human race
(with my own)
(with my own two hands)