Windscapes - A Personal Project

WINDSCAPES: A landscape in images and words

Windscapes is a collaboration between myself and poet Katharine Towers. Katharine also lives and works in the Peak District and in this project we are collaborating to respond to the unique rock formations on the Kinder plateau above Edale known as ‘The Woolpacks’.  

The Woolpacks are an outcrop of gritstone rocks which have been weathered over millions of years into extraordinary and dramatic shapes. 

Each image is accompanied by a poem.  We have a set of framed montages in the Penny Pot cafe in Edale and have a different set published in the Hope Valley Journal.

These are the photographs from my latest walk to the plateaux from which Katherine can choose which inspire her.

1950’s Style Council

Another successful renovation project by SJW Architects. Susi and I headed down to London to capture the transformation of this property.

I love the innovative staircase , the use of yellow  and the decorative external bricks at the rear of the property.   More photos to come of this house when the garden is a bit more established!!

Extended family shoot in Grindsbrook

My family often hires a large holiday home so that my children can have a lovely long holiday with their cousins and extended family.  It transpires that this is exactly what the families in my latest family photo shoot do as welI.  They found  Belmont House in Edale for their get-away and invited me along on a Welly Walk.  We had great fun exploring the paths leading up to Grindsbrook getting progressively wetter and dirtier!  It also happened to be a 70th Birthday celebration so this shoot made a wonderful present.

A calendar girls style calendar for a local Breast Cancer Group

I was honoured to be invited by the Breast Friends Group at Blythe House in Chapel en le Frith to be a contributing photographer for their 2020 Calendar.  It was enormous fun meeting up with these girls on a rather chilly October afternoon where their determination to “get their kit off” and do the shoot “properly”,  despite the cold, was awe inspiring!  Their motivation for the calendar is to raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of self examination together with raising money for what is such a fantastic, supportive hospice.

Beautiful Peak District cottage extension

SJW Architects produced the plans for this stunning extension with planning approved by the Peak District planning department after 3 failed attempts by a previous architect.  The windows frame the peak district landscape perfectly - I could move in tomorrow!

“I just wanted to say how much I love the photos you took of Top Croft. There’s a real warmth to them, and you’ve managed to highlight the setting beautifully. Thank you.”

Birthday celebrations

Celebrating 21 years of being a twin!

This shoot was given to the girls by their thoughtful mother for their 21st Birthday present.  

We had a special time walking up heather clad Grindsbrook chatting about art and science, I capturing their obvious love and closeness whilst they enjoyed the beautiful surroundings.  For the first time in their lives, they are embarking upon careers and higher education in different cities heightning the importance of savouring these moments for years to come.

Fun family shoot in Upper Booth

A walk around Upper Booth always provides surprises and tells a beautiful story. An unexpected sight, of which only the family here will tell you about, induced many funny faces.  However, I always remind my clients “Don’t be afraid of silly faces, they will differentiate your honest, messy and wonderful family photos from the stock pictures in catalogues - they are what makes you unique, they make you YOU!!”

Launch Event “MR ARKWRIGHTBY Jo Fairfax

Last week was the launch of “Mr Arkright” the water and cycle-powered automatic drawing machine created by artist Jo Fairfax at Cromford Mills. 

I was there to document the event for the coordinators Beam who “commission and deliver transformative arts programmes to inspire communities and support the development of great places.”

This is an amazing interactive installation inspired by Sir Richard Arkwright however, instead of spinning cotton threads, this machine draws pictures on postcards which the participant can take home as a memento. 

The installation is commissioned by Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

Family holiday @Fforest, Wales

Mark researched our holiday in Wales this year and I had full faith in him booking it without me even having to visit their website, he sold it to my like this….”it’s a geodesic dome, situated in 200 acres of farm land with an ancient oak forest. There are comfortable beds, cooking utensils etc are provided in our private outdoor kitchen and breakfast is included”.  Yes! breakfast is included!  It’s all the benefits of living outside but without having to take any of the clobber, now thats what I call camping! And to top it all, there is a Sauna and an external COLD shower - heaven.  We could have gone for a more expensive site with an onsen but for us, the sauna was suffice.  

The kids were so excited when the doors to the dome were first opened and we were greeted by a log burner, beautiful welsh wool blankets and a sheep skin, it was sooo cosy.

We thoroughly enjoyed wandering around the whole site, especially the kitchen gardens from where all their beautiful picked flowers came, oh and the bar was a highlight too of course - selling delicious local beers.

We wandered up to the garden……

And had a few days out….

Their recommendations of places to go were spot on too, we spent a day at Pen Bryn beach where the jelly fish had landed to show off their beauty, on another day we wound our way down to the Witches Cauldron and on our last day we meandered along the footpath from our dome to the Nature Reserve for a delicious lunch.

We had equally delicious suppers at The Ferry Inn at St Dogmaels, Pizzatipi - located on Cardigan quay side - their own outdoor pizza restaurant and brilliant bits and bobs for our BBQ from Dewi James Butchers also in Cardigan.

A magical evening at Holme Hall, Bakewell - A charitable event.

The students and staff at S. Anselms school in Bakewell collaborated with James Lewis of Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers to raise a staggering £200,000 for charities protecting the wild life of our world…The Born Free Foundation amongst others.  This World Record Breaking Event for the longest solo auction (24hrs) grabbed the imaginations of the children and took them to far off places this term as it was the basis and finale for their Project lessons.  

James Lewis bought the auction from the Auction House to Holme Hall for an evening of entertainment and more bidding.  The children re-enacted songs from their school play ‘The Lion King’, and further entertainment came from celebrated flautist Eliza Marshall and opera singer Phoebe Suzanne Eley.

My son Zach has been lion mad ever since this project started at he beginning of term and he has absolutely loved the bed time stories of Elsa and her cubs by Joy Adamson.  It was a pleasure to meet Virginia Mckenna who was so incredibly kind and enthusiastic to the pupils in receipt of a book which they had created.  

Indeed, a magical evening, and a magical project.  It really has ignited the appreciation of just how magical(!) this planet is and sparked a desire to preserve it.

All the images are in a pubic gallery here please feel free to view!

The Beautiful Hand-Crafted Fine Art Book

Folio Albums based in Barnsley have produced for me the most exquisite Fine Art Book.

My clients chose from an incredible range of personalisation options 

Mist Leather Cover and the Pebble Cotton Clam shell magnetic box.

It boasts…..(!)

Lay flat binding with an almost invisible crease

Designs across-the-crease and with full bleed

Archival-quality materials to last a lifetime

High quality fine art paper for a perfect matte finish

HD pigment printing with superior highlight & shadow detail

Using the finest suppliers is very important to me and this totally proves why it is so important.

“We’ve just got home and the album has arrived 
We are thrilled with it!
Thanks for all your hard work”
Richard & Margaret 

Young Farmers Wedding part 2

The Church

Just a short walk through the village lies the grade II listed church, a sacred place to go and worship since the 14th century.  Today, the bells were ringing for Alice and Matt as these blossoming young farmers made their vows.   Friends raised their decorated pitchforks to form a guard of honour as they left the church, this being a long lived tradition in the farming community.

Upper Booth Campsite

In the far corner of the Hope Valley lies a beautiful campsite where there are many ‘off the beaten track’ walks and exciting adventures can be had!

It is always my pleasure to take families to secret spots just minutes from their camping ground.

We walked, ran and jumped over rivers. We talked, laughed and listened to the curlews.  We, well they(!), climbed trees and looked closely at the natural world around them.  We escaped a busy weekend here in Edale and found peaceful solitude for a few hours, I documented the happiness of these precious moments.

London Property Photography

SJW Architects were instructed to design a whole house refurbishment and extension in Hammersmith. The brief was to create a generous, cohesive space from the muddle of rooms that had resulted from years of use as a student house. I had to capture the essence of the dramatics of this house with its rich interior, flooded with light and luxurious detailing - I’ve never seen such an array of beautiful knobs!

I just fell in love with the bathrooms in this property. 

Christmas Family Reunion

When the client is only in the country for a few days and there is no negotiation on the day they book their photoshoot for, you just have to get on with it what ever the weather!

I loved how this family embraced the moment, ignored the light drizzle and had a lot of fun larking around together.

Anyway, its refreshing to be reminded of the British rain when you live in Dubai! 

City of Sanctuary

It’s been a very busy couple of months for me but in-between dashing here there and everywhere I have been popping into the Sheffield office of City of Sanctuary to capture the day to day activities for their promotional use.  They provide asylum seekers and refugee’s a safe place where advice and support can be gained.  

On the days I met up with them skills were being shared in a sewing club, on the computers and job advice was being given.  I also met Rodrigo at Hallam University when he was giving a talk to the volunteering group and photographed the Refugee and Migrant Forum which is a monthly meeting for anyone working with asylum seekers, refugees & migrants.

The full extent of what they achieve week in week out is not completely represented here so I’ve many more days of discovery with them as I plot the important work they do in the upcoming weeks.

The family hikes to Chinley

We do love a hike where there is a pint of beer and delicious food at the end of it and the Old Hall in Chinley is exactly the ticket.  My husband and I usually do this walk to celebrate our wedding anniversary as its so easy to have have several beers and then catch the train home but this year we thought the boys aught to join us.  It’s a 4ish hour walk from our home in Edale depending on how much time is spent exploring away from the path which the boys did a lot of but it was not too long for our lot, they loved it!  

Interior Photography

Finishing off the gallery today for a family who would like their home to be featured in films and tv.  Film and Tv location agencies like to be taken on a visual tour of your home with photographs from all four corners of the rooms and details of interesting features.  

We had an enormous task with trying to condense the photographs I took into an gallery of just 80 photographs because this 17th century, grade 1 listed Hall is absolutely beautiful with sooo much interest.

Here are just a few of my favourite shots of the shoot not necessarily the ones suitable for the agencies!   

Holiday Photographs

Thorpeness - Suffolk is an old haunt of my Father’s as a young lad and for the past two years we have had our Daniels Holiday here having not done so in 30 years.  Reassuringly it hasn’t changed much so we find ourselves bringing the magic to having a holiday here for our children like our parents did for us.  

Ordinarily, Thorpness is all about the Meare, a fantastic boating lake with a Peter Pan theme, you dart about from island to island in small to large rowing boats, kayaks or if you’re really adventurous punts!  But this year, what with the weather being so incredible, we had several days on the beach.  

How to Pickle

Very simply, I was asked to “pickle” my client’s little girl on her last day of nursery school :)

If you have a glut of details you wish to put in a jar and save for eternity - the school dress, tired shoes, the perpetually growing faces, hands and hair, all can truly be pickled in a photograph.

They are really wonderful - you are such a huge talent.  I can’t thank you enough.  I love them all.  The one of Ava walking away brings a tear to my eye already and it was only yesterday?!?!
Thank you”

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