Blue Sky Thinking

It’s been so dreary and grey recently, that my soul seems to skip with the tiniest glimmer of blue sky amidst the frosty clouds!

So, as we have to wait for Mother Nature to bring spring in due course, until then, we’ll have to make do with some inspirational blue skies from these photographs. Enjoy – spring is almost here!

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Beautiful Prague, captured by Tomas Dratnal

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Sunny Southern Portugal, via me 🙂

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Brela, via http://www.dalmatia.hr

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Sunny San Fran, via kakabeautyblog

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Fuerteventura skies, via me 🙂

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Deck the Halls

With just over a week to go til the big day, I’m now properly in a Christmassy mood!

It’s called ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ for a reason 🙂 Twinkly fairy lights dotted around the house and sparkly baubles adorning chunky fir branches, all make your home feel somehow magical.

And I love the way we each all have favourite Christmas decorations – whether it’s an old & worn star we’ve had since childhood, a weathered wooden santa, or perhaps a sparkly turtle dove, there’s always at least one decoration that brings back a whole host of memories and smiles, just by looking at it 🙂

So, if you’re looking for a few last minute decoration ideas for the tree, or just love browsing Christmas ideas like I do, take a look at these seasonal treats….

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Photography credits (in order)

  • Exposureguide.com
  • Mostlylisa.com
  • LauraOrlando.co.uk
  • Murakamiphotography.blogspot
  • LauraOrlando.co.uk

If you’ve got a favourite decoration, or have just seen some gorgeous photos of them, please pop a comment below, I’d love to take a look 🙂

 

 

Sugar and Spice….

‘Tis the season for warm cinnamon buns & crunchy gingerbread. For piping hot chocolate & soft gooey toffee. For warm buttered toast & sweet sticky jams.

‘Tis the season to eat! And to be inspired by lots of yummy food photography – I imagine I’ll be posting quite a lot more of these images over the coming days! 🙂

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Gingerbread delights, via DancingThroughSunday.com.au

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Cinnamon buns, via culinarycoutureblog.com

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Nutella Hot Chocolate, via cafedelights.com

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Photo credit, unknown

My go-to photo backdrops

Having recently moved home, the new layout means I can no longer have a dedicated studio space, and I feared I’d be lost without my trusty backdrops. But in fact, something as simple as a roll of wallpaper has come to the rescue more than once.

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I picked up 2 rolls of Ella Bella photographic wallpaper – one in a whitewash wood and the other a vintage wood. These rolls are typically wider & longer than your standard roll of wallpaper, and measure about 1.2m x 7.5m, giving plenty of surface area to shoot against. I’ve also bought damask wallpaper, multi-coloured rolls, and tile-effect. There’s loads of choice out there, and once you get them home you’ll find there’s plenty of flexibility in their usage.

I tend to shoot any food-based and lifestyle photography against the whitewash wood. I lay a large piece on the floor, arrange my items, set my lighting, and then shoot downwards. It gives me far more space to work than on my dining table or kitchen worktops, plus it’s easier to clean (ie.throw away!) if things get messy!

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For portraits, any wallpaper will do, depending on the mood you’re trying to convey. I usually take little pieces of masking tape and attach the roll to any wall where the tape won’t stick/peel off underneath. Making sure it’s flush and without bubbles can take time, but it gives an effective and quick result.

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The lovely Yolisa, from YoYumTum

And for children’s shots you can go to town with brighter colours and patterns to make it more fun. The beauty of wallpaper is that you can pick it up from most department stores and because a roll is only small, it won’t cause huge storage issues for you either (unless you buy half the shop, that is!)

I’m on the lookout for a realistic brick-effect at the moment, so if anyone knows of a good one, please let me know where to find it – thanks 🙂

Down to a Tee

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas for a photo-loving friend? Well, fret no more!

I’ve been scouring for some photography-themed clothing for a while, and stumbled on this ‘Tourist’ t-shirt from Don’t Feed The Bears

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Am loving it, it’s perfect for those days when you’ve left your camera at home and your neck feels completely bare without a camera strap swinging from it 🙂

Wish they did a women’s fit style, but hey I’m not fussed, so consider it on my Christmas list !

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There’s also this camera tee, available at Threadless and it comes in both men’s and women’s fits, result!

Plus there’s this one from RedBubble too:

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And at just under £15, this evolution tee seems to have everything figured out pretty well…!

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There are loads of cool photography-based designs out there at the moment, so there’s plenty of choice for treating yourself, a photo friend, or popping onto the old Christmas gift list 🙂

Seen any original designs? Got a favourite yourself? Feel free to share, would love to see what else is out there 🙂

Selfie Sensations

Like them or loathe them, you can’t go 2 seconds on social media these days without seeing a ‘selfie’ photo.

For anyone out there who doesn’t know what a selfie is, I’m actually very envious and would dearly like to know your secret!

But let’s face it, most of us will have taken at least one in our smartphone-centric lives.

Personally, I’m not a massive selfie-taker. Occasionally, if my husband and I have scrubbed up particularly well for a night out (rare!), I’ll grab the phone, stick my arm out so my shoulder is on the verge of dislocation, make us both smile maniacally for the camera and hope for the best! But these shots often remain deep in my phone, never to be shared, except for the sporadic changing of a profile picture here & there.

But even though I’m not a big selfie shooter, I’ll happily explore the more spectacular photographic results they can wield.

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Photo copyright, Gordon Buchanan

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Photo copyright, IAF

And it’s not just a simple selfie anymore. I was initially completely flummoxed by the rise of the ‘selfie stick’! “Surely the reach of our arms can do it well enough?” I cried!

But, after seeing some truly amazing shots that otherwise would’ve been completely missed, I totally see their benefit and scope.

With my fear of heights, I feel quite queezy just looking at some of these shots, let alone having the guts to venture up this high with a camera *gulp*

I’m not saying one’s gonna be top of my list for Santa this Christmas, but I’m certainly impressed (and in awe) of some shots they can deliver…

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Photo copyright, Alexander Remnev

 

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Photo copyright, Mike Hopkins NASA

 

If you can point me towards any amazing selfie shots out there, please share below, I’d love to see 🙂

 

Snug & Warm

The days are getting colder and crisper, and the nights are now drawing in as early as 4 o’clock.

Winter has arrived. Whilst it might be cold outside, it’s the perfect excuse to live a little more indulgently inside! It’s a time for piping-hot bowls of homemade soup, wrapping ourselves in cosy layers of wool & fleece, and for settling down with big mugs of warm cocoa.

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Around this time every day, when twilight has started to make the house all shades of blue,  I light the fire in our living room and it just makes everything feel warm and homely again. There aren’t many better places to snuggle down than in front of a roaring fire, flames all ablaze with the sound  of crackling logs…..

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Photo copyright, Ryan Mahle

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Photo copyright, Tatiana Belova

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Photo copyright, Damon Hart-Davis