I updated my website to represent the season, partly because I love photography too much to stick with the same photos and also because with #Squarespace it’s so easy to make changes! I love connecting with nature. I think it’s so important- It’s come to be such a big part of my life here in the New Forest. I recently attended a lovely yoga class where the instructor talked about autumn being the season to lay down roots for the future. Often we associate autumn with the end of summer which is sad (particularly if the weather was rubbish!) so this is a positive reaction to planning for the upcoming year. Motivated now to get really into marketing myself, I recently signed up with MailChimp- newsletters coming soon, hoping to make the inspirational and useful to future clients!
It's clear that I have a passion for nature, and I have been delighted to be asked to work on a project for the fantastic Minstead Study Centre. Many children from schools across the forest have very fond memories of residential trips to Minstead. Children are immersed into the nature of our beautiful Hampshire countryside here in the New Forest, whilst surrounded by gorgeous gardens the children learn about sustainability and how to be responsible towards our very special planet. The grounds at Minstead are really rather wonderful, with a very special feeling of magic and wonder. Here are some of my favourite shots from the day.
Beautiful gardens full of variety.
Fragrant Honeysuckle grows over an archway.
Pretty Poppies growing in the Greenhouse while the seedlings grow.
How wonderful for a child it must be, to sit under the branches of this grandfatherly Oak and listen to stories outside in the fresh air...
Beautiful sculptures by Michael Turner Studios of beasties are tucked delightfully into nooks and crannies waiting to discover children at play.
Clay sculptures made by the children.
Inside the mud hut there is a very serene and calm atmosphere. I can imagine the children feeling safe and cuckooned in here.
Minstead Study Centre is run by Hampshire County Council, but extra funding is provided by The Friends of Minstead. Website coming soon!
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Feeling fantastic that I have finally got some photography in a Stock Library. Having spent countless (and I mean COUNTLESS) hours grazing through gazillions of photos in stock libraries thinking 'I really should be uploading my own images', but being intimidated by the whole copyright issue, are they mine? are they now not mine?- I have finally decided that Picfair, named justly so as the photographer retains copyright and we price our own photos, is the place to offer up my images to the world of social media marketing.
I like the fact that so much of the power behind social media actually lies behind the power of an image. With the speed at which we finally acknowledged this, many a stolen photograph has caused a photographer much heartache. Often people think that if a photo is on the internet, its fair game. But this is not so. If marketing managers for large global companies, or small local businesses want to use any of my photos they can now pay the photographer honestly for it. The price for mine is very fair, starting at £10, if you are using instagram, and want to post a locally shot, recent image to get engagement for your brand, social media is a great medium, but don't forget you need a really good photo, and if your not a creative person who loves taking photos, that can be difficult. With Picfair you can select your image and use it as your own. Creatively restricted no more!