What a Wonderful Year! Presenting: 2014

It’s New Years Eve tomorrow and I have a feeling I might not be able to get on the computer much in between seeing friends and celebrating (not that NYE is that big a deal to me; I’m one of those people who comes up with resolutions almost every week, so what’s a few more to add to the list?!), so I thought I’d get this blog post in early!

I was originally going to publish my travel schedule for the next 12 months and talk about a few things I’m doing next year, but first, I want to look back!

So… Without further delay, here’s a post I’ve come to very much enjoy compiling at the end of each year: my run down of highlights from this blog over the last twelve months. (2013 highlights here & 2012 highlights here.)

Get your remaining Christmas chocolates to hand (I highly favour ferrero rochers, personally), and any leftover mulled wine, and get comfy…

Presenting 2014:

From ‘The Far Flinging Ocean‘ – image by Zoe Wiseman, taken in Australia
From ‘Iceland‘ – image by Alex Ingram, taken at the incredible Geysir there:
From ‘Smoke and Mesh‘ – image by Bjorn Hansen, taken in Sydney:
From ‘Baby it’s cold outside‘ – image by Chris Lloyd, taken at Eye For An Image Studio, Oxfordshire:
From ‘Gilded Mirrors and Stuffed Moose: Chanticleer Brides 25th Anniversary Collection‘ – image by Chris Hanley, taken in Somerset:

From ‘Mellifluous Monochrome‘ – image by Malvin Jan Dyb, taken in Norway:
From ‘Rainforest Revisited‘ – image by Dave Aharonian, taken in Canada:
From ‘Curved Skies Down Under‘ – image by Jim Furness, taken in Australia (with Ivory Flame & Anoush Anou):
From ‘The Moon‘ – image by ManCave, taken in West Berkshire:
From ‘Birthdays – Soft Dances in a Room of Grey‘ – image by Mark Bigelow, taken at Studio Blanco:
From ‘An Italian Garden‘ – image by Herb Nestler, taken in Tuscany (with Valentina Feula):
From ‘Pearls, Fleurs & Luminance‘ – image by Bjorn Hansen, taken in Sydney:
From ‘White, Yellow, Red & Blue‘ – image by Kev Bretts, taken in my (now famous) Oxfordshire bluebell patch:
From ‘Closure; unfinished business‘ – image by Nigel Barklie, taken at Studio Blanco:
From ‘; also, weather‘ – image by Brian Connor, taken in Australia:
From ‘Traveller‘ – image by Phil Chaplin, taken in Australia:
From ‘Glimpses‘ – image by Alan Horten, taken at Paul’s Studio, Reading:
From ‘Sculpture‘ – bronze sculpture by Andrew Freidin:
From ‘Black Feet & Metal‘ – image by Barend Jan de Jong, taken in Rotterdam, Netherlands:
From ‘Tryst‘ – image by Malvin Jan Dyb, taken in Norway:
From ‘Sunswept Sisters‘ – image by Mel Brackstone, taken in Australia (with Anoush Anou):
From ‘Into the Deep‘ – image by Clayton Bastiani, taken on the Isle of Wight:
From ‘Electric Blue, rain, shapes; Workshop and London Exhibition‘ – image by Eric Kellerman, taken in Holland:
From ‘Catchlight in Belfast‘ – image by Ross McKelvey, taken in Belfast:
From ‘A Rainbow‘ – image by Jeremy Howitt, taken in Oxford:
From ‘Pink Venus‘ – image by Samuel Somers, taken in Belgium:
From ‘Marian‘ – image by Jeff Wilson, taken in Oxfordshire:
From ‘Norway Part 1 – Arctic Winds, Rainbows & Midnight Sun‘ – image by Hakon Gronning, taken in Norway:
From ‘I must be a mermaid‘ – image by Hakon Gronning, taken in NOrway:
From ‘Fruit, Fog & Romantic Pleasure‘ – image by ManCave (with Joel Hicks), taken in West Berkshire:
From ‘Les Coquelicots dans La Pluie‘ – image by Don McCrae, taken in France:
From ‘Den Haag‘ – image by Hans Miller, taken in the Netherlands:
From ‘Paride‘ – image by Paride Ostierna, taken in Luton:
From ‘Romantische‘ – image by Jeff Wilson, taken in Oxfordshire:
From ‘Life from Ash‘ – image by Martin Krans, taken in Holland:
From ‘Wheat, White & Apples‘ – image by Karen Jones, taken in Oxfordshire:
From ‘She wore Blue…‘ – image by Luc Bollen, taken in Belgium:
From ‘Pedal Boats & Bikinis‘ – image by Gary Sandy, taken in Southampton:
From ‘Leonides the Lion Head‘ – image by David Ferris, taken in Australia:
From ‘Europe‘ – image by Thomas Bichler, taken in Germany:
From ‘Tags‘ – image by Stephen Bassett, taken in Belfast:
(Also, my dog… Sorry):
From ‘The Wool Company‘ – image by Sarah @ The Wool Company, taken in Cornwall:
From ‘Arbroath – Tayport‘ – image by Jim Furness, taken in Scotland:
From ‘Sunday Medley‘ – image by Ken Pegg, taken in Dorset:
From ‘Scandinavia‘ – image by Mads Erik Husdal, taken in Norway:
From ‘A Certain Darkness is Needed to See The Stars‘ – image by Luc Bollen, taken in Brussels:
From ‘A Blush of Wildlife‘ – image by Hugh Alison, taken in Wales:
From ‘How to….‘ – image by Karen Jones, taken in France:
From ‘Foreign Sands‘ – image by Martin Krans, taken in Holland:
From ‘Oblique Strategies‘ – image by Matt McCosh, taken in the Midlands:
From ‘Portents with Paride‘ – image by Paride Ostierna, taken in Oxford:
From ‘Sunshine & Water‘ – image by Tom McArthur, taken in Portugal:
From ‘Sunshine & Water‘ – image by Carl Grim, taken in Portugal:
From ‘Fires Beneath her Feet‘ – image by Adrian Spencer, taken in Oxfordshire (wearing Clessidra designs):
From ‘Primary Love‘ – image by CocTales Photography, taken in London:
And, finally, as a little preview of what comes next (as I did sort of promise it in the last post), here’s one by Jeremy Howitt from our recent jaunt to Venice!
More on that soon…!

Primary Love

Just a quick update before Christmas… Hope you all have wonderful times! 🙂
These are by San at ‘CocTales Photography‘. He was lovely to work with and I look forward to more shoots! I love the rich, balanced primary(ish) colours in these, and the opulence and mood created from a simple hotel location. There was a narrative here of wistful dreams, thinking of being elsewhere, romantic memories…
…I think the next update will be shots from my trip to Venice!

Fires Beneath her Feet

I had a lovely day recently modelling for Adrian Spencer’s lens, wearing the corsetry and designs of the extremely talented Julia Bremble (Clessidra). We also had Shameem Kumar doing some maquillage, and Budd’s Flowers design for the hair pieces and a bouquet which is (still) adorning my bathroom. 🙂

We were so lucky to catch this incredible autumn scene with fiery light, just outside Julia’s studio – such a beautiful setting for a bridal theme! More soon…

Sunshine & Water

Today I’m publishing some results from a blissful ‘sunshine shoot’ in Portugal a couple of months ago. I was there along with the excellent Raphaella, being photographed by Tom McArthur and Carl Grim (with whom I’m working with again tomorrow in London).

Here’s a beachy-peachy pic of me and Raph, sneakily stolen from her facebook/instagram 😉

We all got on brilliantly and had a lovely time, and the two photographers were so different, it was hilarious – anyone who’s worked with Carl knows that he has an inhuman amount of energy and enthusiasm, frequently interrupting the camera clicks with screams of excitement and encouragement at full lung capacity – it’s a cause of a lot of giggles and lots of fun – whereas Tom and I are of the more laid back, mellow variety, repeatedly nodding ‘that’s quite nice’ quietly, when what we mean is ‘WOW!!!’ until it became a bit of a running joke.

‘That’s OK, I suppose – nice-ish…’ etc.

I suppose I’m a bit more restrained than some and have never got the hang of the ‘WWWWOOOOW I LOOK SO SUPER HOT & fabulous, darling, don’t I?’ thing whether in person or by email – but I’m exceedingly honest and if I say I like something, I really do; ‘quite nice’ is often my equivalent of ‘WOW, I love it!!’. I do get excited; just a bit more quietly! I’m British, don’t you know?

From Tom (quite nice):


🙂 🙂

Portents, with Paride

I had another really creative shoot recently with photographer Paride Ernesto Odierna, this time in the beautiful streets of my hometown, Oxford.

Shooting in the legendary city of Oxford is something I really don’t do enough, and I’m not sure why! These were taken over just one hour in the evening, as I strolled around in my wedding dress, and hint at some of the architecture and atmosphere of the place, which has many a ghost story hidden away in its colourful history. I hope, after seeing these, more photographers might be inspired to shoot there with me. It’s full of hidden gems and beauty spots – heaven for a photographer?

I think the first and last are favourites for me. Thanks Paride!