Life lately…

It’s been such a great week and it’s nice to get a chance to drop in here at last! I’m going to be celebrating with a new giveaway later next week so scroll down to hear about what has been happening :) 
I’ll start with telling you about last weekend when I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Norfolk coastline with my family. It’s been three years since we last went there and I couldn’t wait to get to the seaside and see my favourite beach huts again. The beach huts are at Wells-next-the-Sea on what I think is one of the most beautiful stretches of sandy beach in the country. There are about 200 of them in a row, each one a different shape, size and colour. I love that there are stairways to each of them – I could have spent ages wandering along trying to decide which one I’d choose to be mine :) 

Wells-next-the-Sea Beach Huts
Further along the coast is a beach at Holkham which is a huge expanse of golden sand and it’s just breathtaking when you first step out of the dunes and see all that space before you. To see it on such a beautiful day was a real treat, especially watching the sun set behind the trees in the distance. We also ventured a little further around the coast to Horsey to visit a colony of seals who spend each winter on the beach. I couldn’t believe we were able to walk right up to them without them being bothered by us at all :) 

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While I was enjoying all of this lovely scenery there was also something else very exciting happening. Second by second I began receiving notifications from Instagram and I noticed I had a direct message from the main Instagram account. It turned out that I have been put on the suggested users list which has led to receiving over 50,000 notifications in a week!! It’s hard to believe that in so little time my followers have gone up to 45k – it’s a little overwhelming really! I love the Instagram community and am lucky to have become friends with such creative and inspiring people on there, and so I just want to say thanks to Instagram and thanks to everyone who follows, likes and comments on my photos. It really has made my week :)

As I mentioned at the start of the post, I’ll be celebrating by holding a giveaway on my blog and Instagram account. One follower will receive a professionally framed print of one of my Instagrams and all the details will be revealed here in the next few days! I can’t wait!

So for now I’ll say cheerio and I’ll be back soon to share more of life lately, x

Wells-next-the-Sea Beach Huts

January Photography Goals :)

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It’s a cold winter’s afternoon so I think it’s time to get cosy and make some photography plans :) I don’t know about you but I often have long lists of things that I never quite get round to doing. This year I’m going to set myself a few little short term goals each month that will hopefully help to get the list whittled down. I’m keeping it simple, so here goes for January…

1. Take a new self portrait. I’m out of practice so it could take a while :/
2. Photograph the night sky. I had a quick go at this in the summer and vowed to try again under some clear winter skies. I’m going to hold out hope for some good weather when I head to the Norfolk countryside at the end of the month. 
3. Take 5 more photos for my 50@50mm project. 
4. Instagram regularly. Easier said than done, particularly once I’m back to work and while the days are so short, but therein lies the challenge :) 

So what are you January photography plans?


A few little gift ideas for the photographer in your life!

Gift Ideas for PhotographersI don’t know about you but I love choosing Christmas presents and stocking fillers. I’ve recently been keeping an eye out for gift ideas and, as usual, have found myself browsing photography goodies (probably more suitable for me than anyone else I know!). I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve found in case you feel like treating yourself or the photographer in your life :)

1. Viddy from The Pop Up Pinhole Company. I love this, not only because it’s an adorable design, but also because it started via a Kickstarter campaign. The camera is a screen printed design which you can build yourself, and it can accept medium format and 35mm film. I’d love to take one of these on a trip to London and see what I could shoot :) There is also the Videre design based on a twin lens reflex camera…beautiful.

2. Remember when you used to print photos and stick them in albums? I know…it’s been a long time hasn’t it. Paperchase always stock beautiful albums and this laser cut album would look just perfect on my coffee table. 

3. I stumbled across Kayleigh O’Mara‘s store a few days ago and spotted some sweet little camera brooches. This Brownie brooch made from Kayleigh’s pen drawn design is my favourite :)

4. I can’t resist a lovely set of notecards, although I’d like these so much I’d find it difficult to part with them :) They are available via PRINTforLOVEofWOOD on Etsy. 

5. Following my disposable camera challenge, Ioana directed me a Photojojo article and while there I also came across this Disposable Camera Hack Kit. I like that the kit includes a little project book, a fisheye lens and a filter, as well as the 27 exposure camera. Fun stuff :)

6. I’ve previously been a customer of Inkifi and loved their photo prints. I think this little mini photo book would be perfect for holiday photos. It would fit perfectly in my bag so that on cold winter days I can remind myself what summer feels like. 

7. How sweet are these little camera clips from Mustard! I have a set of little photo prints that would look great hanging from these on my home office wall. 

8. I spotted this fun little disposable camera in Urban Outfitters. There are a variety of cameras all with different effects, but this one is the best Christmassy one I think. Each shot contains a graphic, text or pattern which, if you’ve had a bit of disposable camera practice, could make some silly pictures. The back of the box indicates which pattern is featured on which number exposure so that you know what you’re shooting. 

9. I’m keeping my eye on shoulder camera bags at the moment and a few bags at Rigu have caught my eye including this Able Camera Bag. Don’t forget that the 10% discount code is still active – just add HOP10 at the checkout for the code to be applied.  

10. Finally a perfect stocking filler…you can never have enough mugs :) This little retro mug is available from the Science Museum.

Is there anything that catches your eye out of these? Leave a note in the comments and let me know what you think (feel free to share your present tips too!).

Happy shopping!

50mm Photography Project: 10/50

There’s something delightful about the Paris skyline with its light coloured buildings and higgledy-piggledy chimney tops. I just loved this view from Montmartre with all the lines and random bits of graffiti (can you spot the Pacman character?).

I’m not the only one who loves the rooftop views of the city; Michael Wolf has built a whole collection of photos of the city’s rooftops. I’d have loved to have visited his exhibition (if I lived anywhere near San Fransisco!). 

Two months down and only 10 shots into my 50mm photography project. I’m going to have to speed up a bit if I want to finish it this year :) 

Have a great weekend!


Paradise Place

Birmingham's Concrete Paradise

I’m always finding new little places I haven’t been to before, even in the areas I think are so familiar to me. In the city centre yesterday I had been trying to get a shot from the side of the old library looking towards Victoria Square and suddenly realised that some people were walking along behind a wall to the back of me…so I decided to go for a little explore to see what was there. Apparently, it’s a place called paradise. 

I’ve certainly never imagined paradise to consist of concrete brutalist architecture. For those of you not familiar with Birmingham, the inverted ziggurat building in the background is the city’s old library. It was once famously described by Prince Charles as ‘a place where books are incinerated, not kept’. I can’t say that I was ever very fond of it. 

I’ve walked past the front of the building hundreds of times but seeing it set amongst other concrete structures, and seeing the stark lines of the library against the curve of the stairway, I found myself actually appreciating the building for the first time. Luckily I got there in time because the site is soon to be demolished.

It just goes to show that it’s always worth looking around more at the places you think you know well because, more often than not, you’ll stumble across a new perspective that will surprise you :)