How to describe me?

Photographer, creative-type, marketer and mother just about covers it.

I'm based in the rolling countryside of West Oxfordshire and living the rural dream baby!

Instagram’s new profile pages

Have you seen the new Instagram profile pages? They are being rolled out this week and look great; I’m particularly enjoying the revolving mosaic banners and the simple, intuitive interface.

I really enjoy using Instagram. I also use Hipstamatic but have to confess that Instagram, coupled with Snapseed for a bit of post-capture manipulation, does win out most times. Hipsta is great for experimenting with filters, effects, flash and ‘film’ type prior to shooting (so is closer to the mental checklist you’d go through shooting on film) but the Instagram community is what keeps me going back.

I don’t have many followers - haven’t quite worked out how to find new people to follow or how to develop my own entourage - so if you have any tips let me know. And if you’d like to follow me, please do and I’ll follow you right back!

A photo a day for October - the final 10

As October drew to a close yesterday so too did the October photo a day challenge and I have to say, I’m quite relieved - my motivation certainly waned in the last couple of weeks. And dare I say it, I think the quality of my instagram shots has really dipped in the last month so sorry to anyone who follows me!

Not sure why, but perhaps the rebel in me dislikes being ‘told’ what to photograph each day - or maybe it is just that my iPhone camera lens is so scratched and battered, all my shots look a bit rubbish.

I’m not saying I won’t take part again - I have enjoyed looking at lots of other people’s interpretations of each day’s theme and I have gained some new followers and followed some new people too so overall, the month’s work will be recorded as a net gain - it just might be a few months before I do it again.

Anyway, here are a handful of my better shots from the last ten days. You can see the full month’s shots over on Pinterest.

October 25th ~ people (sshhhh, this is a cheat, it’s a shot from Wilderness in August but it is one of my favourite people watching shots)

October 26th ~ Listening to (his pumpkin carving commentary)

October 29 ~ Moon (it was a full moon but very cloudy so this was the best I could come up with!)

October 31st - Whatever you please

So there you have it - don’t forget you can see all 31 shots on my Pinterest board.

Four things…

We’re having a quiet weekend, a bit of hunkering down after a busy and tough week. Today we went for lunch at our favourite place and this evening has been all about Stricty (first season of watching and we’re hooked). Tomorrow we’re making fondant fancies….

Anyway, this week’s four things all mean comfort to me, which is just what we need right now:

Clockwise from top left:

1. I adore the colour of the leaves at this time of year. 

2. Friday night. A roaring fire and a tumbler of red. Can’t beat it.

3. My mum’s old china jug and plate - so nice to have hand-me-downs like this!

4. My hydrangea is just about over but even though the colour has faded, it still looks beautiful.

Do you have things, sights, sounds or places that just mean comfort to you?

Four things…

We’re having a quiet weekend, a bit of hunkering down after a busy and tough week. Today we went for lunch at our favourite place and this evening has been all about Stricty (first season of watching and we’re hooked). Tomorrow we’re making fondant fancies….

Anyway, this week’s four things all mean comfort to me, which is just what we need right now:

Clockwise from top left:

1. I adore the colour of the leaves at this time of year.

2. Friday night. A roaring fire and a tumbler of red. Can’t beat it.

3. My mum’s old china jug and plate - so nice to have hand-me-downs like this!

4. My hydrangea is just about over but even though the colour has faded, it still looks beautiful.

Do you have things, sights, sounds or places that just mean comfort to you?

A photo a day for October - week 2

Week two of the challenge is done so here are my photographs. I’ve been crazy busy this week so have had to sneak one archive shot in there, but all the rest were taken on the appropriate day using my iPhone and instagram. You can see my full set of shots building up on my Pinterest board.

Everyone participating in the challenge uploads their daily shots using #fmsphotoaday - there are over 300,000 photographs tagged with this hashtag - and whilst you only glimpse a fraction of the shots that have been uploaded at any one time, I’m really enjoying seeing how other people have interpreted the brief for that day.

October 8 ~ angle (I’m particularly pleased with this one. It was taken in quite low light which has lent it quite a grainy quality, which I think works nicely).

October 9 ~ red (isn’t this old Morris ace?)

October 10 ~ emotion (silly I know, but there you go…)

October 11 ~ something close-up

October 12 ~ on the table (a big green microphone on the table at BBC Radio Oxford, for my slot on the Kat Orman show on Friday - told you it was a busy week!)

October 13 ~ landscape (this is a shot I took last month, so it’s a bit of a cheat. I did see about 15 beautiful shots I could have taken for this one on Saturday and the sky was just as blue, but I was whizzing through the landscape in Dennis so unable to compose the perfect shot and already late for our lunch date, hence why this one is my submission for the 13th!)

October 14 ~ makes you laugh (yep, they sure do…)

On to week 3 now, goodness, how October is flying by.

Four things…
This week’s four things have a bit of a neutral palette thing going on and are united by two themes - 1) my eternal love of typography and 2) a recently-discovered fascination with snapseed.
Clockwise from top left:
1. My beloved Wedgwood Cuckoo cups given a bit of a dramatic/vintage treatment in snapseed.
2. I bought the bird from here. The card is part of an alphabet set that I’m slowly using up as birthday present tags and the like. I would love to buy more but can’t track them down.
3. A glass paperweight falls prey to the snapseed treatment.
4. I’ve been experimenting with fonts for posters for these people using this app.
What are the two themes influencing your life this week?

Four things…

This week’s four things have a bit of a neutral palette thing going on and are united by two themes - 1) my eternal love of typography and 2) a recently-discovered fascination with snapseed.

Clockwise from top left:

1. My beloved Wedgwood Cuckoo cups given a bit of a dramatic/vintage treatment in snapseed.

2. I bought the bird from here. The card is part of an alphabet set that I’m slowly using up as birthday present tags and the like. I would love to buy more but can’t track them down.

3. A glass paperweight falls prey to the snapseed treatment.

4. I’ve been experimenting with fonts for posters for these people using this app.

What are the two themes influencing your life this week?

A photo a day for October - week 1

I’m doing this photo a day challenge again this month. I last did one in May and quite enjoyed the discipline of having to think creatively about how to interpret the word or phrase for each day in an Instagram photograph.

I’ve created a Pinterest board for this month’s shots but without further ado, here are my photographs for week 1. All of them are taken with my iPhone Instagram app and I’ve played about with some of them using snapseed.

October 1 ~ where you stood

October 2 ~ lunchtime

October 3 ~ this happened today (I went to an Oxford Brookes Uni English Lit lecture with comedian Stewart Lee)

October 4 ~ what you read (Issue 02 of The Simple Things magazine - perfection in a beautifully-bound matte cover)

October 5 ~ shadow (I confess I delved into the archive for this one as I didn’t get round to thinking about the shot until 6pm, by which point I was contending with a flat, low cloud, virtually no sunlight and very little inspiration…)

October 6 ~ I’m thankful for… (unexpected reminders of treasured childhood memories)

October 7 ~ light

Four things….

A decidedly autumnal feel is the link for this week’s four things - well it is October after all. I’ve been feeling very sorry for myself over the last few days with a stinking head cold and haven’t been photographing as much as usual so a couple of these are from the archive, but you’ll forgive me right *sniffle, sigh*?

Clockwise from top left: 

1. I love this faded record sleeve’s sepia and plum colours in the butler’s quarters from our visit to Castle Drogo in August.

2. Saturday morning survival - couldn’t taste it mind you…

3. I’m taking part in this photo a day challenge again this month. I last took part back in May. Should be fun. Today’s theme was ‘where you stood’.

4. Our local plant emporium has an ace playground (genius - the boys love going there). They’ll love it even more soon as they are installing an outdoor ice rink for the autumn and winter months. Can’t wait!

What’s got you in the swing of autumn this week?

Four things….

A decidedly autumnal feel is the link for this week’s four things - well it is October after all. I’ve been feeling very sorry for myself over the last few days with a stinking head cold and haven’t been photographing as much as usual so a couple of these are from the archive, but you’ll forgive me right *sniffle, sigh*?

Clockwise from top left:

1. I love this faded record sleeve’s sepia and plum colours in the butler’s quarters from our visit to Castle Drogo in August.

2. Saturday morning survival - couldn’t taste it mind you…

3. I’m taking part in this photo a day challenge again this month. I last took part back in May. Should be fun. Today’s theme was ‘where you stood’.

4. Our local plant emporium has an ace playground (genius - the boys love going there). They’ll love it even more soon as they are installing an outdoor ice rink for the autumn and winter months. Can’t wait!

What’s got you in the swing of autumn this week?

Four things…
So the dry start to Autumn is over (well, it is here anyway). Rainy, dark mornings always make me feel a bit miserable and we’ve got a few hurdles to overcome this week, so to cheer things up and to remind me that there is sometimes a silver lining, today’s montage from my iPhone is all about the good things in life - enjoy!
1. Freshly sharpened back-to-school pencils.
2. A sunny day and the zip-wire all to himself in the park.
3. Louis received a thank you letter from The Phoenix for a drawing he sent in. The envelope was addressed to ‘The Amazing Louis Williams’ - brilliant!
4. Marshmallow Fluff. Oh my goodness…
What are your good things in life?

Four things…

So the dry start to Autumn is over (well, it is here anyway). Rainy, dark mornings always make me feel a bit miserable and we’ve got a few hurdles to overcome this week, so to cheer things up and to remind me that there is sometimes a silver lining, today’s montage from my iPhone is all about the good things in life - enjoy!

1. Freshly sharpened back-to-school pencils.

2. A sunny day and the zip-wire all to himself in the park.

3. Louis received a thank you letter from The Phoenix for a drawing he sent in. The envelope was addressed to ‘The Amazing Louis Williams’ - brilliant!

4. Marshmallow Fluff. Oh my goodness…

What are your good things in life?

Four things…

It’s been an action-packed few days in our neck of the woods so this weekend’s montage courtesy of my iPhone is all about new experiences.

1. Our little town looked so pretty on Friday, getting ready for its annual Street Fair and Egg Throwing competition - a first for us.

2. Is there anything prettier? I discovered the most amazing treasure trove of a shop on Friday. I will be going back…

3. Goldie and Tommy, won at the Street Fair - our first family pets. Miraculously they are still alive and we are growing quite fond of them.

4. Bunting and blue skies - bit of a first given the summer of rain we’ve had.

What did you do for the first time this weekend?

Mud under the fingernails
Xavi started after-school gardening club today and came out at 4 o’clock in a great state of excitement, clutching his first crop of grubby potatoes and tiny carrots that had been planted last term. We brought them home and he gave them a good old scrub….before deciding he wanted pizza for tea instead.
Anyway, they looked so ace in full-scrub mode, I took a little picture, then used this app to create a montage of our summer crop of homegrown, self-harvested and homemade produce. It’s only a very small start but looking at this picture makes me very happy!

Mud under the fingernails

Xavi started after-school gardening club today and came out at 4 o’clock in a great state of excitement, clutching his first crop of grubby potatoes and tiny carrots that had been planted last term. We brought them home and he gave them a good old scrub….before deciding he wanted pizza for tea instead.

Anyway, they looked so ace in full-scrub mode, I took a little picture, then used this app to create a montage of our summer crop of homegrown, self-harvested and homemade produce. It’s only a very small start but looking at this picture makes me very happy!

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