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Looking back as Autumn becomes Winter

 
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If you hear a voice within you say - you cannot paint - then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

Oh what a glorious Autumn we had here in the UK - after the long hot Summer, we had an equally amazing Autumn, but this time it was the colours that took centre stage. As you will know I started Autumn off in my beautiful Cotswolds and ended it in Cheshire - getting to know it. Country lanes and the flat plains where you can see for ever and oh, those big skies!

What has struck me most about my shift in geography is the difference in tones! The greens are so different - lush, saturated, bright - compared with the gentle greens of the Wolds. The reason? Simply, it’s the rain.

I have been creating and settling in to my new studio… I still have the peach coloured vertical blinds to swap for white voile curtains so that the whole place becomes one giant soft box… slowly, steadily that is happening. I have sent my camera kit off for a much needed service too in the studio down time.

New friends and contacts are in the making, just as finding new locations and venues for workshops and 1:1 Mentoring sessions… as you will know, location matters hugely - as does the food. I want my guests and students to make my offerings a destination as well as offer quality content.



AUTUMN, SEASONAL, PHOTOGRAPHY

I have been quietly shooting in little corners - finding little pools of quality Autumn light and making my seasonal colour wheel - part of an ongoing personal project for my research into Colour Psychology… No russet tones here this year - instead a wheel fuelled with brights and gorgeous bedfellows - bright oranges and fuchsia pinks go so well… Mother Nature - ow I love you - the ultimate colourist.

 
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Mentoring & Questiontime

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Mentoring.

Phew…

Now that I’m getting organised in my lovely new natural light studio, I thought I would chat about my Mentoring offerings

Only yesterday someone asked me about my genre of photography… my quick answer to that is that I don’t particularly restrict myself in this way, it’s more of a way of shooting, a signature style. I feel that this is because of my spending all my life with a camera in my hand - shooting film, digital, polaroid… the whole darn lot! Because of this I love to Mentor people and help them on their journey, wherever that is taking them.

I work with a broad range of people and situations - from those who simply want to become better in their hobby right through to people wanting to dip their toes into the professional world of photography - bloggers, editorial, fine art… or individual creative entrepreneurs who need to be spontaneous and take top quality images of their products, staff or other for their website, social media, blogs or for marketing purposes.

I see Mentoring as a creative trainer for creative entrepreneurs and those peeps who are simply keen to learn… just as you would have a personal trainer to get fit, then why not think about a Creative Mentor to hone your creative skills?

I would love to work with you…

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Questiontime.

I get quite a few people asking me questions about all sorts of diverse things within my Creative and Photography worlds… giving these questions the full attention that they deserve, they may now easily fit into a Mentoring framework. To fill this conundrum, I have now launched Questiontime. It is a one off virtual package consisting of one hour, dedicated just to you, where you get my undefined attention. It is your time and I want you to get the most from your session. Through being involved with photography all my life, I have a huge bank of knowledge that you can tap in to.

I’ve popped it up on my website under both the Learn and Work with me categories as I would love to reach out to both people who want to quiz me about their learning and also to those creative entrepreneurs that are thriving out there.

In other news…

I am working on a new format newsletter - I’m calling it New Shoots Magazine. I’m planning to send out every month or so - designed to inspire - it’s more of a read than a newsletter… full of thoughts to inspire, chatter about all sorts of things - processes, backstage thoughts for my workshops, books to read and more…

Sign up here if you want to join the list.

 




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The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. Dorothea Lange

Looking back as late Summer becomes early Autumn

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Wow! Please tell me where did the Summer go? It seems only yesterday that I was writing about Spring turning into Summer!  And what a Summer it was... Like no other weather wise with records for temperatures and no rain etc being broken time after time.  Personal branding projects, portraits and commissions all make for a busy life.  One overriding thing that I shall remember from this summer, apart from the temperatures is that of the stunning desaturated colours of the landscape and buildings, given from the lack of rain and the high temperatures... amazing. 

Then cometh August, my month to go absolutely know where and a time to seize the opportunity to refresh, recharge, recalibrate. Be slow. Simply breathe.  I take this time to send my digital kit to be recalibrated and cleaned too. Whilst it's away, I focus on my Fine Art work on film. Working with my old medium format cameras is my way to explore creative possibilities that have been sketched out during the year. 

This is the month that allows me to focus, to plot and plan for the coming year or season too... making and building on my texture library, Portrait Days, new workshops - both on and off line, planning Mentoring sessions, location scouting, sorting new photographs for my shop, website updates and more...

For the future, I am releasing dates for my Autumn Portrait Days and workshops very soon.  If you are interested in 1:1 mentoring or setting up a bespoke workshop or portrait please contact me.

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, with those incredible colours when leaves turn golden browns, oranges and reds. The smell of the bonfires and smoke in an evening from open fires and wood burning stoves that the cooler and darker evenings bring and that gorgeous, mellow light. The time to gather berries and more from our abundant hedgerows.

My Portrait Days are always open to businesses too offered during Autumn proper. Maybe your business hat and business branding shows traits of Autumn - may be organic, focussed, passionate and compassionate. You may be at home in the outdoors in your downtime or your business may be outdoors, in part or wholly and so tend to be very environmentally aware and have a strong connection with nature.

Whether you are wanting some portraits of your little ones in the Autumn light or you need business portraits of you and some of your team, then do get in touch, I would love to chat with you…

If you are a new business just starting out or an established business needing a brand update, or needing some of my content creation images, then I would love to work with you.  Simply get in touch to chat further.

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Now welcoming bookings for Autumn.

Photography for businesses | Bespoke Portraits | Portrait Days

 

Hi there,

Imagine rain, cooler days and log fires... as I'm writing this, the forecast includes no rain (still!) and temperatures over 30 degrees!!!


I'm just wrapping up on some of my current projects before my annual August retreat to recharge my batteries, to slow down, recalibrate my creative compass and giving my film projects the attention they deserve. They've been neglected of late, knowing that this time was coming.

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I'm welcoming

bookings for Autumn

I really can't believe that I'm saying this already, but, I'm now opening my diary for the Autumn, so, if you have new projects afoot and thinking you need some photographs for branding - either business or personal, if you have new products coming online or simply need imagery to refresh your website, then I'd love to work with you...

Through this last month of Summer, maybe you're thinking its time to commission portraits of your little, or not so little children. Maybe your thinking its time to update your children's ongoing folio? Now is the time to get in touch as I'm also accepting commissions for bespoke portraits.

If you are watching for my next phase of portrait days, I shall be launching these in September. 

Interested? Simply drop me an email, let's chat.  Other than that, enjoy the last of this remarkable Summer.

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