As a result of this little incident, I had to put my trainers in the wash - well they didn't survive, they sort of disintegrated so I'm wearing an old pair. Not a problem except that I had forgotten about the hole in the bottom until I walked to work this morning in the rain and rediscovered it! Stupid rain and stupid shoes!
Now I know this isn't really a big deal, my foot will dry out and there are worse things in the world so not really complaining, just saying!
To combat the perpetual drizzle we seem to be getting here some rays from a warm summer eve - wouldn't that be nice.
Its not long now until I can get my snowboard back on and zoom down the mountain - speed is your friend! (that might be a bit of an over exaggeration, its more like clumsily get down with every now and then a smidgen of style!). But either way its not long to go now!!!
So I decided to look back at my old photos to get even more excited and to pray to the snow gods to dump a massive amount of snow between now and when we go, I have heard that it is needed at the moment. Then while we are there I would like nothing but blue skis during the day and snow at night to top up the lovely powder. Thats not asking too much is it?
Strange title I know but I wanted to dedicate this post to the wonderful lady who made my day when she fell fast asleep at the end of yoga class this week. If you are by some majorly amazingly freakish coincidence reading this this then I just want you to know that I think you are brilliant!! For those who have never been to a yoga class before let me tell you a bit about it. At the end of the session - after all the stretching and press ups and stretching and lunges and stretching (its hard -don't be fooled by the look of it!) you then have to lie on the floor with the lights out and concentrate on your breathing, deep breaths - in and out - in and out - in and out - zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Every week I nearly drop off! So I salute you lady that did, and no you didn't snore but I love you for asking me if you did. Next week I propose that the breathing bit last for the whole hour and dropping off is mandatory!
To completely change the subject I really wanted to show you all some photos from a wedding I did last year, I don'r often show all the commercial stuff I do on my blog but I thought that I might start to show a bit more, starting with weddings. I am really keen to do lots more weddings this year as I really enjoyed the ones I did last year. It is such a happy day, everyone is smiling and looking gorgeous and I really feel privileged to be let in by people to document their special day. The wedding I want to show you today is Kim and Paul's special day, it was such a good day. The location was near to Dartmoor in Devon so there were fab views looking across the moor from the beautiful old venue - the weather was great (apart from a few spots of rain but that didn't stop the fun!) and the people couldn't of been lovelier!
I think this is the longest post I have ever written. I hope you made it all the way down here!!
I am a big big fan of Orangutans. I love their gangly long arms and legs and there little faces. I would love to visit the sanctuary in Borneo where they carry around baby orangutans in wheelbarrows and washing baskets all wrapped up in blankets! One look into these big beautiful eyes and thats it, I usually cry! (to be honest it doesn't take a lot to make me cry! I cry at old people, babies, anything small, when people are nice, or hurt, or mean, or happy, sometimes adverts and at most films!)
So thankyou Johny for my card with this little cutie on!
ps. sorry but I don't know who took the photo but the card is made by Camden Graphics
I have been wanting to do a new personal project for a while now but all the ideas I have had have never really come off. I am always full of good intentions for for one reason or another they never really get off the ground. I still have a few of these ideas sizzling away in the back of my mind currently cooking away but the other day a flash of inspiration hit. I had that thought - "why on earth did I not think of this before?!" and have since started a project which I can see running for a while. I have no deadline as it is just for me but it is started so its all shiny fresh new and exciting. By the way, I'm not telling you what it is about yet but here is a sneaky little peak.
It is important to do personal projects and to do something that you can really get your teeth into, otherwise it can become a formality and like you don't ever do things just for you. NOT THAT I AM COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS AT ALL, please don't misunderstand me! I love that I can actually work in photography and that I am lucky enough that people want me to take photos for them. That is not what I am getting at - I am not moaning or complaing about the fact that I am lucky to have work, that would be stupid! I just think that a personal little project on the side is a good thing and as no-one sees the world exactly how you do yourself, it is always going to be a unique view and keeps your mind focussed on something exciting.
The What is England project that I have been involved with is now all finished! I can't believe it has been a year since we started this. There are some really great photos on the website, this is my last image for the project. The theme was Rural, so this was taken in the fields near to my Mums house which is always a great place to go to take photos. There are loads of photo opportunities and overgrown-ness (which if you know me then you know I have a fondness for a wasteland or 2 - not saying you live in near a wasteland Mum!) Anyway, moving swiftly on. I think that the whole project was a success and I am feel really pleased and privilidged to be a part of it so thank you to Stuart Pilkington for organising it all.
As usual there are loads of great shots, some of my favourites this time are:
Derbyshire - Andy Greaves this one reminds me of going to the cattle market near my Nanas house when I was little and wanting to buy a lamb, it was only 50p but I wasn't aloud! I know, outrageous. I still havn't gotten over it!
At the moment I have an excellent little job that involves taking photographs in lots of pretty Cambridgeshire villages.
So, on Monday as the sun was shining, which in itself is pretty remarkable at the moment! I went off to shoot some photos in Granchester. A particularly pretty village south of Cambridge (the photos above were taken during a refreshment and refueling stop, the light was just so gorgeous that I couldn't resist taking a few snaps).
While I was there I decided to take some photos of the famous Cambridge Cows, now I am little nervous walking through fields of cows as they are so huge but I braved it and wondered into the field to get a shot. I only had my 50mm lens with me so I had to get quite close to them. After I had got as close as I dared (see photo below how close I got - not very as it turned out!) I walked off across the field towards the gate. This is when I had the bright idea of checking my emails on my phone. I was in the middle of reading my emails in my own little world, when I realised that the ground had gotten very very squishy and muddy. I looked down to see my feet sinking into the mud. I then had the choice to either go back the way I had come or push on through. I decided to carry on going to the path, which turned out to be the wrong decision as about 2 steps away from the path both my feet disappeared and got properly stuck. As I lifted my feet out of the mud both shoes were left behind. I had a split second of blind panic when I realised I had my expensive camera in one hand, phone in the other and no shoes anymore! Eventually brain kicked in, I put my camera on the relative safety of the path, phone back in pocket (why did I ever think it was a good idea to check my emails in a muddy field whilst wearing trainers I do not know) and fished around in the mud for my shoes. I got them back caked in mud and made my way back, sheepishly to the car to the amusement of passers by. Luckily I had a spare pair of shoes in my car so everything was OK in the end - but funny story no?!
Some out-takes from the shoot:
ps. It is now Thursday and the muddy shoes and socks are still in the back of my car, I ma kind of hoping that if leave them long enough the cleaning fairies will just magically get the mud out for me.