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A Morning in the Woods

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A Morning in the Woods

It's taken a little while but I'm so pleased to finally put together some images from this photo shoot where I met with my most favourite teacher for the first time in well over 30 years. We met her wonderful family on a cool autumn morning in the woods, while my children and her grandchildren played and foraged in the forest.  It was so good to catchup with this special teacher from my childhood that I was very lucky to have.  She has the rare ability to make everyone in her class feel special and valued. For me the year spent in her class was a refuge from what was a dreary, dull and mostly unhappy school career.  It is no surprise that she has kept in contact with so many of her past students.  Meeting her now as a mother I am amazed at how she appeared to effortlessly raise 3 boys and teach us all at the same time.  It's funny how your perspective on life changes through your experience of it.

My children came along that morning.  As one of her grandchildren is very camera shy, the plan was to distract them and it worked.  They didn't bat an eyelid at the crazy lady with the big camera.  I was secretly very proud of my daughter, as she played with the two younger children.  Almost without asking she knew where the best patches of light were and directed their games towards them.  It was a wonderful feeling to have my firstborn with me on a shoot as a secret ally.  I couldn't help but feel immensely proud of my little photographer’s daughter.  I should bring her along to my shoots more often.  The only difficulty came later when I needed to edit my two children out of the family portraits!

 

I am part of a photographers blog circle which keeps me inspired and motivated to post at least once a month.  When you have finished here be sure to have a look at the amazing contribution by Anna-Liisa Nixon, South Florida Documentary Family Photographer. http://annaliisanixon.com/blog/february-local-outings-blog-circle-hollywood-beach-fl/

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Lavender Fields

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Lavender Fields

A sister

is a little bit of childhood

that can never be lost.

- Marion C. Garret

It was a privilege to photograph these two beautiful sisters in the Lavender fields early in July. There is something quite special about running down the aisles of lavender.   Your face feels waves of hot summer air mixed with pockets of lavender scent that brushes past your cheeks as you run.  It is quite is exhilarating.   Usually I am running after my toddler here, but in this case I was lucky enough to be photographing these delightful girls.

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Flower Princess

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Flower Princess

We played flower princesses yesterday in the garden, and this is the result.  I’m not sure who had more fun but I have a sneaky suspicion it was me.  I was pleased to finally get one half of my final backdrop assignment for the CLG Advanced Course completed with these.  All the stars were finally in alignment with the toddler asleep, the rain had just stopped, the 6 year old was feeling co-operative, and willing to be my flower princess for a few seconds. I had been wanting a shot of her lying in a field of daises that have been flowering recently, and are just SO amazing.  But she was having none of it, finding the grass was too scratchy, and too many bugs etc, etc.  But I managed to get these yesterday, using flowers from the garden.  Not the original idea, but not too far off.  A bit of a cliche perhaps, but what girl doesn't secretly hide an inner flower princess.

 

 

 

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Watching the Light

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Watching the Light

Earlier this week I completed Summer Murdock’s Magic of Light Workshop.  I was so excited to get a seat as they are quite hard to come by.  The past 3 weeks have been a complete whirlwind, and I loved every second of it.  Here are a few light studies that I worked on for the course.  I can’t wait to see how these new tools that I have learnt will impact my work in the coming months.  I have so many new techniques to master, and I feel like I’m just at the very beginning!

 

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