These are just some of the portraits taken on a recent shoot with Jeff Wilson, in a beautiful, historical outdoor location here in Oxfordshire.
There are so many things I want to say here, but my mind has gone blank from the overwhelm of different possibilities, so I’ll stick (briefly) to the here and the now: I write this with a green smoothie (of true pond sludge-esque proportions) to my left, with my hair hanging in wet strings post walk-and-shower, and with a desire to cultivate peace in myself today. On my walk I listened to the beginning of ‘The Ruthless Elimimation of Hurry: How to stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world’ by John Mark Comer and wonder if you might like it too.
The earrings are pressed, dried bluebells, a gift from Eva Gifted Hands. (I want all her jewellery!)
Shooting with Jeff is always a total antidote to the rush of multi-dimensional living, running a small business and balancing all else; it’s a slow move from tree to tree, or 15th century wall to door, with a flurry of different angles and plays with light and lens. (Then the quick, skillful-if-I-do-say-so-myself dash to get changed from head-to-toe in a public area, pausing behind the largest tree in my vicinity).
I’m including some smiles here, for fun… And because it was fun.
Never hesitate to send me a message if you’d like to practise your photography or art on a willing, creative-minded victim. 🙂
I’ve had a few more shoots with the wonderful person that is Jeremy Howitt, recently. There is a bit of a queue of images to share from what we’ve created together. For now, I’ll share some we did in exquisite Venice in March this year, followed by what is now our traditional escapade to my local Oxfordshire bluebell woods which bloom with breath-taking hues (of which I will never tire!) every April/May. This time we added an extra twist in the shape of Joy Draiki, a dutch model who was visiting the UK and who I contacted because of how certain I was that we would model together well. I think I was right… Our figures/looks are very similar/complementary and we hope to work together again at some point. I don’t often find models who work with me so well in terms of similarity in shape/mood/physique, and when I do (you’ll have spotted such occasions before on this blog) it’s really very lovely.
BUT BEFORE I GET TO THE IMAGES, did you know that I have a mailing list? Please sign yourself up – I’m about to send out the third-ever newsletter after I’ve written this blog post, and it will include all sorts of snippets of inside info (things like why you won’t see me much on social media, what I think about my body, when my next trip to Australia is, why junkyard golf makes a good date… etc…) as well as a list of my few remaining dates left for booking a shoot with me between now and the end of 2018. Importantly, there’s an option to include your nearest city when you sign up, so that I can directly email you when visiting your part of the world in future – many photographers find this really helpful. …And, the fact that this will only be my third newsletter in 7 months should reassure you that you won’t be inundated with spam if you sign up. 🙂 #spamisforlosers
Righty-ho then, onward with some images from that dreamy springtime jaunt to Venice I alluded to… I am so incredibly lucky that brilliant people choose to whisk me off to magical places such as these. Hope you like the results: