Where have you been?

What a wonderful, wonderful year. So much exploration and discovery. Heart and soul. Laughter, tears, and everything in between.

My training has come to an end - but really, this is just the beginning. I may have a certificate that says that I have qualified. But my learning will never stop, with a curiosity and desire to unearth so much more.

So now, five things.
+ New: Yoga Teacher.
+ Always: Mother
+ Promising: Photographer
+ Stable: Copywriter and social media guru
+ Rekindle: Music

My daughter starts school in September. And it hurts, but also it opens new possibilities. It gives new time and promises to be interesting. I will cry big tears when she goes in for her first day. I remember only yesterday those big blue eyes looking up at me when I fed her. She’ll only be four. We won’t add to the population by having any more. So it’s kittens from here on out - speaking of which, we adopted another one! I’ll include a photo of him (Colin) in this set of recent images.

Until next time - and it won’t be as long this time!

Ethical Hour

I went into my first Zero Waste Shopping store the other day, to buy a bar of shampoo - to not only cut out the plastic I use, but also reduce chemicals. I've been using natural skin care for yonks, but have recently stepped up my effort in lessening my carbon footprint, single use plastics, thoughtless purchases, and other things that cause a negative impact on the world - sometimes even unknowingly.

A quick click of the mouse to buy something from Amazon (click here to find out about their black marks), or a sweep down the supermarket aisle to take home a trolley full of throw-away plastic packaging. Or buying eggs that say Free Range, but actually that means that the chicken has to happen upon the tiny tunnel at the far end of the barn, that leads to outdoors... 

So when Sian Conway of Ethical Hour contacted me to do a shoot with her, I was really bloomin' thrilled! Ethical Hour is super, lovely business - it helps people to live and work more ethically every day. (Check out the portfolio of clients here). Living more ethically is such a hot topic at the moment - it has been for a while, but it seems to be really ploughing forward and it's making me feel hopeful. 

Sian wanted a collection of natural, candid photos of herself, to use on her website and for branding at events she attends. Her brief was foliage, organic and natural... so we headed out to Ashton Court to chat about her business, Hippo's laying eggs, and my witty comments to put people at ease (sweaty bananas, silly sausages, and other very dorky things that I blurt out - always gets a laugh though!).