My new look Magazine style newsletter

 

Have you signed up yet for my new look Magazine style newsletter?

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I’m all for unplugging to find some silence, room for inspiration and creativity to grow, but I took this to a whole new level recently and quite unintentionally! I was without internet for just over five weeks… I have now tidied up the chaos that followed in the wake of this.

During my downtime I very quickly decided that I would make this a beneficial time for me. I took to the old pencil and notebook. I wrote, wrote and wrote some more - germs of ideas, thoughts, inspirations and more.

One thing that rose from this was my new newsletter - it has now become more of a magazine style where you can look at the index and read the relevant articles. The ones that interest you most.


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My magazine style newsletter was born.

In keeping with my own visual style it is blocked out - divided into sections. Headline articles, sub headline articles and then a couple of feature articles. All with you, my lovely band of subscriber readers. I can now reach you all without bogging you down with lots of scrolling to find the pieces relevant to you.

If you aren’t yet a subscriber, then please do pop over to the bottom of this page and fill in the block.

In the future, there will be articles for everyone - from pieces on brand imaging for my creative entrepreneurs through to hints and tips and links for my students and guests who are on or planning to join one of my workshops or courses.

What I am hoping for is that each an every will offer something new and different and interesting.

Do please sign up and enjoy.

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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.



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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

Autumn Equinox and a bowl of soup.

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I’ve suddenly realised that today is the Autumn Equinox, so Autumn is well and truly with us (even though I adhere to the Meteorological calendar for my own work) there is a definite nip in the air today. Early morning mists and lovely sunsets are now happening.

I could say its all cleverly planned out, but it isn’t… over on instagram this week, I am chatting about balance and how we, as human beings need it.

And as Autumn really begins to do her thing and gracing us with the amazing colours, we naturally balance the cooler weather with heart warming foods.

I am showcasing images of some heartwarming Butternut squash. They’re from an old family recipe and a firm favourite in these parts. I’m suddenly inspired to share it with you as we have a distinct chill in the air and lots of leaves on the ground from the storms of the last couple of weeks.

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup - serves 4.

2 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil

small white onion, diced

a medium carrot, chopped

a medium sized butternut squash

a litre of home made chicken stock*

pink Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

half tsp ground cumin powder

half tsp mild curry powder

pumpkin seeds (the green ones to contrast) to garnish

Serve with crusty warm bread straight from the oven and lashings of butter.

First of all, thoroughly wash the butternut squash and take some of the peel to use later on. Use half the garlic infused oil and gently sweat the onions. Whilst they are doing, cut the butternut squash in slices across. Remove the seeds and skin and chop the flesh into chunks. Peel and chop the carrot. Pop all these into a pot along with the spices and some of the stock. Cook through slowly until the vegetables are soft. Blitz with a hand blender in the pot, adding the rest of the stock as needed.

When you are ready to serve your soup, put back on heat to bring to temperature and at the same time quickly pan fry or roast some of the butternut squash peel you saved for a garnish.

To serve in the same pot, sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds, drizzle the last of the garlic infused olive oil and top with the crisp roasted squash peel. Pop it on the table together with the salt,pepper and bread and butter and and let everybody serve themselves.

A perfect lunchtime snack for week ends if you are out in the garden or going on a long walk.

*my homemade stock is already seasoned so the soup may only need a little adjustment at the table.

I hope you enjoy it.

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Natural light photographer working across food, lifestyle and portraiture.

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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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REFRESH 2018

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There’s nothing wrong with things taking time.
James Dyson

During August, I retreat from the digital world into the world of analogue photography.  I need this time to refresh and relax. Apart from a couple of Portrait Days, leaving the world of pixels allows me to focus on my film photography - a time to explore fresh ideas and to experiment... 

I'll be found with my trusty Mamiya and I shall also be dusting of my beloved large format sheet film camera working on new, creative projects.  I need this time with film, just to be and breathe... I call it finding my true north, re calibrating, grounding myself.  On retreat.  On recharge.

I'll be back all ready for Autumn and everything the season offers, but until then I hope you all have a wonderful late summer with exciting adventures, the stuff of lifelong memories.

Until then,

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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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The story behind the Cottage Garden Series.

As a teenager, I stumbled upon the history of the English cottage garden.  I was hooked by both the very sight of then and also their rich history and all that this brought, including Helen Allingham's chocolate-box views of tumbledown cottages with flower-filled front gardens.  Behind the romance that she portrayed in her art, there was poverty and hard work.

The earliest cottage gardens were practical out of necessity, provided nourishment for poor cottage dwellers.  With focus on vegetables and herbs and fruit trees, a beehive and possibly livestock could often be found.  Flowers were used to fill space and, gradually became more dominant. They also had a practical use - edible flowers used as a food and fragrant ones used to make pot pouring or were strewn on the floors to combat odours. The traditional cottage garden was usually enclosed, perhaps with a rose-bowered gateway.

Cottager’s plots were small and crammed with plants for maximum productivity.    Increased prosperity during the Elizabethan era meant that cottagers could afford to grow more flowers. Some still had functional uses -  violets which were strewn on cottage floors as their scent deterred vermin. Other flowers, hollyhocks for example were grown for their beauty and nothing more .

There is nothing pretentious about these cottage gardens.

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Cottage Garden Series

Limited Edition Prints

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph a traditional English cottage garden where fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers to decorate the house were grown cheek by jowl. I wanted to record the contents of this garden in line with my passion for the Florilegium. I felt it acknowledged the historical side beautifully. 

Each editioned image is carefully printed onto a Baryta/Fibre based silver gelatin photographic paper based upon traditional B&W silver halide technology which has beautiful panchromatic sensitivity.  Again this printing process and use of the particular nods gently at then historical base of this series.  The Series can be found here.

Back soon,

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Brand and Editorial Photography

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What your commercial shoot will look like...

Hi there and welcome,

I really do enjoy Brand and Editorial Photography - shoots for small businesses and personal branding.  They have become my guilty pleasure, allowing me to utilise my knowledge and passion gained from my studies in Design...

If you have arrived here from the page that gives a few words about a commercial shoot for your business or personal branding, you may be wondering what a commercial shoot will me actually looks like and what is involved.  I thought I would write a few words here to give you an insight as to what actually goes on...

Whether you are a new business just starting out or an established business needing a brand update, then I would love to work with you,  With shoots from 2 hours to a full day, I offer a pre shoot consultation including optional creative direction.  We will work to build you a brand image library, consisting of relaxed portraits, images of any processes and workspaces, products and additional images for marketing and editorial pieces.

Once you have booked your shoot and viewing, this is an overview of the stages:

PRE SHOOT CONSULTATION by Skype, photo or over coffee somewhere.  This is where we will chat about your shoot requirements - whether you need portrait, shots of your space, product, editorial.  Whether you will need optional Creative Direction or Hair and make up.  

We will find a relaxed environment for your portrait - indoors or out, your place or my studio.

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Maybe it is here we shall discuss any ambient media you may be needing from my existing portfolio or content creation for you in my studio - this may be a separate, stand alone shoot at my studio where you are not present.  This may be exactly what you are looking for and no more.

We shall go through questions such as what's your style, your story, locations, we shall create a shoot list and discuss any props and styling needed.

DELIVERY OF SHOOT SCHEDULE to help you on the day. This is a guide only, and not a minute by minute account

THE SHOOT will become less daunting, smoother because we have had a thorough Pre shoot consultation.  This will leave us to pack much more into your shoot. 

THE VIEWING of your images will generally be at my studio.  After I have processed and prepared your curated collection. your images will be presented to you in their end form - in print as a large format contact sheet or on screen as a slideshow.   It is here that we will work together to make the final selection.

DELIVERY OF IMAGES  The final images will be delivered in whatever form is needed.  Digitally both high resolution for print and low resolution for screen and as framed prints if needed and chosen. 

Hope this helps...

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Looking back as late Spring becomes early Summer

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I love the way my the work has its own natural rhythm that reflects the seasons... I suppose it is inevitable really as it is loosely based around nature and I tend to use natural light to work with - even if that entails 30 second exposures.

Spring generally kicks off my photography year and this one has been no exception.  I am lucky that I get to work with artisan food producers, whose work also reflects the seasons.  I thought I would share some of my latest work - all food centred for such people together with some of my own content creation that I gather to support my lovely commercial clients who need further images to add clarity to their business or personal branding, editorial work and other projects.

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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Dahlia for Noah

As you know, Fine Art Photography is very much part of my work as a photographer.  You will probably have seen a body of work called Dahlia Days a collection of C type images in limited editions.  I generally give an artist's statement to give viewers an insight into the background of a body of work.  This is different and something very close to my heart, so I thought I would let Vicki write a few words instead.  A first for me.

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My husband, created my dahlia bed as a tribute to our beautiful son, Noah, who we lost when he was two days old. The dahlias are grown with love and a quiet dedication. 

And from May to October, we fill the house and Noah’s special place with beautiful dahlias. We also give them to friends, neighbours and strangers. 

Each year, the dahlia bed is extended because the love does not fade. It grows. 

A good friend told us that in the Victorian language of flowers, the dahlia is seen as a symbol of dignity, elegance and an everlasting bond. 

And we grow them as a way to celebrate our bond with Noah and for people to say his name. 

I feel privileged that Vicki and her husband have allowed me to  celebrate Noah’s short life through my art photography.  You will now know why I want to fill the world with this specially chosen C type print called Dahlia for Noah.  Do please repost on social media to spread the word.  All profits from this print will go to SANDS, a most worthy charity.

If you would like to see more of their world, then both Vicki and Keith are on instagram.  Do follow them...

Julie x

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more from the series of Limited Edition C type Fine Art prints from the Dahlia beds for Noah.

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On finding your true north...

Over time I’ve had lots of message and mentions about my style being calming, meditative, still, and so on. 

I didn’t set out to create this style.  It seems to have found me!  All I have ever done is shoot intuitively, following my instinct, my heart. I simply shoot what resonates with me.  Originally, there was no forethought – no grand (style) plan – no fancy hashtags or anything... I merely followed my heart, my instinct.  Just me, my camera and the subject before me.  Observing, noticing, watching...

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What I have always done is not to snap, but the opposite. To make time to be able to do justice to the subject or situation I’m in, whether shooting on commission or my Fine Art work. I feel this has come from my roots, my upbringing in film and darkroom practice, both of which I still do.

I have discovered through this that things have come to me. Sometimes without me noticing at first. At times, I just accept what I have captured and don’t overthink my results. Then the comments start to come in…

What I have always done is not to snap, but the opposite. To make time to be able to do justice to the subject or situation I’m in, whether shooting on commission or my Fine Art work.  I feel this has come from my roots, my upbringing in film and darkroom practice, both of which I still do.

I have discovered through this that things have come to me. Sometimes without me noticing at first. At times, I just accept what I have captured and don’t overthink my results. Then the comments start to come in…

Through working this way, I have come to realise that yes, my work is indeed meditative, quiet, calm… that I have opened my heart and yes, I truly feel that I have found my true north.

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PS In line with my love of sharing – if you look at my workshops list, you will see that there is a workshop called ‘Nurtured by Nature’which looks at exactly this. Any funnily enough, its creation came about as described here. I simply stood back and looked at what was before me, instead of trying to create some major fancy plan. (do contact me directly if there's a group of you that would like this workshop or sign up for me occasional newsletter for dates coming up.

Maybe I can point you in your true direction.

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