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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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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Hello :) It’s been yonks!

Hello :) Sorry its been ages. I have always been rather sporadic when it comes to blogging anyway, let’s face it.

So what did I get up to in my time away?

1. I passed my driving test! Woahhhh major achievement right there!

2. I got a job!

3. I quit that job :/

4. I did our annual Autumn photos. Nothing major and posy this year, just a lovely walk in the park with my beautiful boys. And the freedom that objectivity can give you.

I hope you like them. I had rather missed my camera and it felt good to shoot again, I had been a bit rusty and frustrated last time I got her out.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful October and enjoying the changing of the seasons. Ekkkk! Christmas soon.  Actually shh, I didn’t mention that ;) xxx

We are family, I got all my sisters with me!

Yes, ahem. Introducing my fabulous sister, Genine Delahaye! This awesome little lady got her designs featured on the blog Print & Pattern, and I couldn’t be more excited, happy and proud for her. This is her vocation, she wanted to be a designer and I wanted to be a brain surgeon.  At least one of us got our dream ;)

You can keep track of her new work on Facebook or take a gander at her portfolio of work on her blog.

And yes, she kindly gave me permission to use her bear design on my blog, how lucky am I!

Thank you xxx

 

I noticed that I am still getting visits to our little blog even though I haven’t posted for a while now :) I wanted to say thank you to the people who have been checking back. I have been spending lots of time away from cyber land recently, it is good for me to do this every now and then. Normal service should be resumed shortly…even if I’m not really sure what that normal service is? :p x

This is a photo taken on a recent walk. I am a country mouse and I am getting sad being stuck in the town.