I sold a photo to the Guardian

My favourite photo of the week
I recently sold the above image to the Guardian/Observer through Alamy, one of the image libraries I’m a member of. It’s the first sale I’ve made through either Alamy or Getty and it provides a timely reminder to keep ploughing away adding pictures to them even when sales are quiet, as you never know what returns they might bring! The photo was taken last year on holiday in the Brecon Beacons and is now the third image from that trip I’ve sold.

Spring has sprung!

After a very long slow start to spring, the weather has at last perked up and we can start looking forward to getting out and enjoying the Sussex countryside – Hurray!

From now through till October I will also be taking a limited number of bookings for on-location family photo sessions. I know it seems a long way off, but a new set of family photos (digital copies provided as standard) will help make great Christmas presents for relatives at the end of the year and of course a fantastic family record. If you’d like to know more get in touch via the contact link above.

Theo in the studio

You may have noticed things have been a little quiet on this blog over the last few weeks. We moved into our new house in West Sussex last month, but despite booking the installation before we left Scotland, we still have another week to go until we get broadband installed! I’ve been limping along with a 3G dongle attached to my laptop which allows me to browse the internet at a snail’s pace, but absolutely refuses to allow me to upload photos. Can you imagine how frustrating that’s been?

Anyway, I’ve managed to grab half an hour on someone else’s internet connection to share with you some photos taken in a new studio set-up I’ve been playing around with. I’m hoping to be able to offer this facility in for family and baby shoots near Chichester later in the year.

Another first place!

Grandma and toddler in the Brecon Beacons

Earlier this week I was awarded first place in the people category of the “Out & About” competition at the Moray Camera Club. The photo which I entitled “Across The Generations” is of my son Theo and my mother Frances and was taken last summer in the Brecon Beacons. It’s a special photo to me for obvious reasons, but it is wonderful to have it recognised critically too. It does however make me hanker after warm summer evenings again, but they’ll be here before we know it!

Emma (My Little 3 and Me) - Congratulations on your win. It is a beautiful image, the Depth of Field and lighting levels are perfect. You’ve captured a special moment.

Diane - Congratulations on your win. Such a beautiful photo. I love seeing the wiser generation with the younger one it always makes me smile. Being a fairly new grandmother myself I am looking forward to days in the park and creating memories.

Light painting

I always enjoy experimenting with new ideas in photography and I’ve been lucky that through the Moray Camera Club I’ve met a few people who are as keen to be creative as I am. Light painting which involves using torches and led lights to draw shapes and highlight structures during a long exposure, is something I have hesitated to try before on my own because by its very nature it involves hanging around late at night in very dark isolated places, not brilliant for a girl on her own! However last Saturday a group of us got together and tried out a few ideas, I think the results are pretty stunning!

Now I’m looking forward to doing another shoot combing the light painting with portraiture.