Another wooly story…

Following close behind the book ‘500 Crochet blocks’ (Quintet Publishing, Autumn 2012)
I also was commissioned to photograph ‘HandKnitted Letters’ published earlier this year worldwide. In my photograph above I liked the twist on the old craft of hand knitting a cover but for the modern day Kindle.

Next stop was having fun and games trying to capture kids in whimsical brightly coloured hand knitted hats that took on various shapes and sizes…

The project was started back in October, and thereafter we battled with keeping toddlers and babies from frost bite on various very cold UK winter days – come March still little improvement. You know what they say about working with kids and dogs, well, add freezing temperatures and bitter winds… However, hurrah! Come April we completed it, and the result for us I must say is a very good looking book. ‘Fun Hats’, Search Press (UK) and ‘Whimsical Hats’, Barrons (USA) will be published Autumn 2013. Below, is a small selection of my favorite shots.

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A road trip to Suffolk and beyond…

It was great to be invited by Country Living magazine to photograph one of their first ‘Dream Business’ features. I could not have asked for a better visually beautiful business to shoot than ‘The Pump Street Bakery’ in Orford, Suffolk, (Issue February 2013). They are the winners of BBC Food Awards – Best Food Producer 2012. I was blessed to have a bright Autumn day for my shoot and thought I would share some of the images I like to wet your appetite…

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I arrived at 6am after a VERY early start driving out of North West London. These guys though had been there from about 2.30am! They held back some of the product for my arrival but very rapid photographing was required as rising dough needed to be put in and out ovens with specific timings. I dashed between floors in the bakery photographing pastries on the ground level and breads on the first floor. I grabbed sips of a freshly made coffee and did not say no to a freshly cooked doughnut straight out of the machine whilst at the same time re-setting up my tripod in different spots around the busy workers. There was just so much that caught my eye to shoot.

Once Cedric Citroen, (the mobile bread shop) was loaded up, we took a short trip down a country lane into Orford itself to the shop and cafe. The staff were so friendly and very patient as I had to pick my way around customers and cake stands fully of wonderful crafted eccles and a variety of pastries to get my shots.

THANK YOU! to all there that day. For my wonderful homemade soup, the interesting conversation exchanged with locals and accommodating my efforts to do a good job. Cheers!

Country Living Feature Feb 2013

http://pumpstreetbakery.com

@pumpstreetbakery

To spin another yarn…

What I love about this job is one minute I am shooting a portrait in a pub in Hackney, or ferrying up the Bosphorus towards the black sea, then a summer knee-deep in boxes of 500 crochet blocks and a different sea of colorful knitting yarn…

I had a great commission to shoot a new book ‘500 Crochet blocks’ by Quintet Publishing. As anyone who has photographed a whole book before knows, once you hit the first scheduled day’s shoot it is full on. But working hard at it I loved the opportunity to draw on my professional past experience as an Art Editor along with being a photographer. I propped, pruned and tweaked my way through over 80 main shots. I dreamt of wool and it stuck to me whereever I went in this summer of 2012, but very happy with the results, (nothing to do with the fact I was off to Istanbul for two weeks afterwards : – ) honest!). Thank you to the team for inviting me to work with you. Everyone worked so hard.

‘Highly professional and endlessly creative, Lydia has produced just the right images for our projects. The books have truly benefitted from her involvement – the photos are eye-catching and perfectly arranged.’ – Margaret Swinson, Production Editor, Quintet Publications.

‘500 Crochet blocks’ search Press Publishing 31/01/2013 UK release date.

A taste of Istanbul…

Last month I had the great commission from Rough Guides to shoot their new Pocket guide to Istanbul. I was very excited to be going to photograph a city I had never been before. Arrived at my five star bunk bed in my very own hostel room, and off I went for 13 days traversing the different neighborhoods by antique red tram, the tunnel, electric T1 and ferries of various shapes, sizes and quality. Here are a handful of images to share the wonderful delights and food! of Istanbul: Click on thumbnails to view larger size.

Travel photography is seen by some as a glamours job… but the days are long, carrying
a tripod for hours, passing tourists sipping tea in their best holiday clothes. Then at the end of the day downloading, captioning, and editing into the night. But heck! I can not complain – the highs are getting lost in the back streets, eating the food you photograph, and the interesting encounters with other travelers on ferry crossings, hearing their tales of where they have just arrived from and their hopes to where they plan their travels will take them; swapping tips on good places to check out. Another late afternoon after getting my final shot of the day, I got to watch the sun set over the mosques and the Maiden’s tower from the Asian shore of Istanbul, whilst sipping my own sweet tea. Getting on a VERY local bus that would wind its way up through the hills to drop me off with a 20 minute vertical walk to a view of where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea. As the sun was dropping fast zig zagging back down the Bosphorus missing and catching wrong ferries to eventually arrive back to my Hostel to edit with a nice cold bottle of beer… or two.

The best bit is once home home, working through all your images, smiling and appreciating the opportunity you where given, and sharing my pictures and stories with my son.

Chelsea Flower Show 2012

A great day had at the Chelsea Flower Show press day yesterday. The light may have been a bit flat and dull until late in the day but still the glowing plant and flower combinations were amazing. Also a great opportunity to catch up with lots of familiar faces that I have know from my time as a freelance Art Editor on Gardens’ World magazine and others very talented freelance writers. Many now doing some very interesting blogs.

I did spot the odd famous face but most of time I had my eye looking down the lens at a flower or two. Enjoyed a refreshing complimentary cocktail at The Caravan Clubs garden… very nice , very strong! Waited about an hour before sipping a champaign at the David Austin Stand. Could not go the whole day without a little indulgence.

Here are a few of my images taken on the day:

Chelsea Flower Show 2012… here I come!

Yippee! Another year I have the great honor to be going to the RHS Chelsea Flower show. Hopefully lots of good pictures to be taken for placing with my picture library client, GAP Photos. Last year was great weather, for a change. So let’s hope it will be a dry day this coming Monday.

Here are a few images I took last year

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Travel Photography course at Morley College

Check out my two travel photography workshop that starts in less than a week. Enroll by wednesday 21 March to be sure of a place:
http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/digital_design_film_photography/1466-travel_photography_weekend

This two-day workshop covers three important aspects to becoming a successful travel photographer: The planning, capturing and crafting of your images. This encompasses choosing equipment, getting to know your camera, composition, evaluating the light, and mastering your techniques. Know the importance of research to identify when is the best time to go etc. The first day is photographing out on location. We will meet at the main door of the Tate Modern. The tutor will set briefs that reflect commissioned travel picture requests. Whilst photographing the tutor will give students tips and guidance, and 1-to-1 support with camera skills. Day two is classroom based covering the points mentioned above plus demonstrations on editing skills and use of Adobe Lightroom to review and edit your images. The Tutor shares her Top 10 Tips about being a Travel Photographer.

What you will learn on this course.

You will:

  • explore and learn about the photographic techniques of Travel photography
  • gain insight and practise of how to capture a ‘sense of a place’.
  • learn photo editing skills; what makes the picture special.
  • be able to use Adobe Lightroom’s basic skills for editing and work flow.
  • learn how to plan and research travel photography trips.
  • learn how a travel photo library works, and identify what images sell.

With discussions on:

  • Compositional skills
  • 10 top tips for a travel photographer.

I look forward to meeting some great new enthusiastic Photographers!!!

One off pop up children’s studio event

Come and join me for my one-off, pop up children’s studio event on 19 February 2012. Less than 2 weeks to go. Just pop by on the day, or book in advance and receive one free 5×7 print from the shoot. No usual studio booking fee, only pay for the prints and files that you want after viewing the on-line gallery for the event. Beautiful Portraits lit with professional studio lights. I look forward to hearing from you.

Great gifts for Mother’s day. The images will be up online for you to order in time for Mother’s day. There will also be early bird discounts on print orders placed in first 10 days. Examples of prices are 5×7 £12, or £10 early bird. The venue is located very close to Kensal Green tube station, zone 2, London.

Pop up Children’s Studio Portrait Event

Come and join me for my one-off, pop up children’s studio event on 19 February 2012. Just pop by on the day, or book in advance and receive one free 5×7 print from the shoot. No usual studio booking fee, only pay for the prints and files that you want after viewing the on-line gallery for the event. Beautiful Portraits lit with professional studio lights. I look forward to hearing from you.