I’m so lucky that I have never lived without a garden. I grew up with my grandmother’s two-acre garden surrounded by endless countryside. I always think back on my childhood as the biggest and most important inspiration of what I now do for a living.
I’d like to think that my current garden is a cottage garden. It’s far from perfect and you’ll find the occasional ground elder and the fence is held together by ivy. I love being in this garden and
I love photographing. I also love teaching ..
So I thought it was time to combine all this into one to one photography courses.
The courses will start in May when there will be lots and lots of foxgloves in the garden. And cow parsley. And many other flowers and greenery and there’s a little pond too. I often use my shed as my studio and love using such natural props as old terracotta pots, old garden books or garden tools so we can play with these too.
So if you feel like you’d like to learn photography from me or if you know someone who might be interested, please
Follow this link for details of the course or message me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or any questions.
PS - Every image in this blog entry was taken in the garden this weekend. Except the first one that is from last year. Spring is a bit late this year with no lilac or snapdragon in sight, but not long now until those flower too.
It’s a very quiet Saturday afternoon in our little Oxfordshire village. It’s snowing. Several times I make my way to the dining room. Not to eat but to admire my floral arrangement and pinch myself! I still cannot believe I made it! How lucky I am to have been able to participate at the flower arranging class given by the super stylish Claire of Honeysuckle and Hilda. Claire organised the class in the ever-so beautiful village of Hambleden. A village I absolutely love and that is not short of cute cottages and rolling hills everywhere you look. It’s only a twenty-minute drive away from where I live and I often go there, especially when the cow parsley covers the churchyard. Now back to March ..
The class was held in the village hall and people came from all parts of England. After everyone introduced themselves, I got a bit intimidated as everyone was a florist with years and years of experience between them. There was a moment (or two) where I wanted to run away and cry but I had my camera with me and that calmed me down, as always. And then I returned to my arrangement and kept working on it. When I arrived at the village hall that morning, I spotted the fritillaria persica and I knew I wanted that flower to be the centre piece of my arrangement. Claire’s signature flower is amaryllis that she always arranges so wonderfully and I almost felt bad I didn’t use that flower but I’m sure she didn’t mind. So yes, fritillaria persica and with many other Spring flowers. The arrangements all turned out so beautifully, as expected, and I was fascinated by how we all made arrangements so different yet quite similar. Clearly the influence of the class and Claire’s style.
Enough of words, I let the photos speak for themselves. There are photos of the class too but I’ll share those with you once Claire has written her blog post about it too.
Also, here’s how all our arrangements looked like. Well, one thing is for sure. I love flowers even more but I’ll stay behind the camera and take photos of them rather than working with them every day.
And so there was snow. Beautiful snow. We didn’t get as much as Scotland did, but I was really happy with ours too. I enjoyed it a lot, enjoyed seeing the garden, the snowdrops and hellebores disappearing under the snow and I enjoyed taking long and cold walks with Henry. And I managed to go up to Turville, just before it all disappeared, to admire this quintessential little village under - a bit of a - snow.
And then the obligatory snowy robin shot. I went hiding in my garden shed and was waiting for this feisty little bird. And there he came.
The snow is now all gone and I’ve moved on from robin to foxgloves. But that’s another story..
I only had a few minutes to look around the gardens before I had a meeting there last Friday. Almost missed the last of the snowdrops but caught the first blossoms. Beautifully hidden behind its walls in Chelsea, this garden is a little piece of heaven in London.
I loved walking through the various glasshouses and when I go back, I’d like to spend more time admiring the individual plants.
Next time I’ll take my camera. This time, I only had my iPhone with me for taking pictures.
Swyncombe is a beautiful hamlet only six miles from where I live. I visit this place every year, sans faute, in early Spring. I call early Spring when snowdrops appear and that always happens in January here, at the churchyard of Swyncombe. St Botholph’s parish church dates back to Norman times and you sometimes have the feeling that time stopped there then. It’s the most quiet and peaceful place I know. Let me take you for a wee tour there ..
When the snowdrops appear, the snowdrop celebrations begin with snowdrop teas, see all details and dates here. This photo is not from this year so tea & cake prices might have changed since :)
Swyncombe is very popular with walkers who are exploring the hills and valleys of this beautiful part of the Chilterns.
Last year I managed to find there not only snowdrops but snow as well. But needless to say, the churchyard is also beautiful with cow parsley flowering all around it..
The old year. One not to forget about. One of the biggest years in my life with some big changes and 6 months on, I can finally say that I’ve moved on and it feels so good. But let’s start from the beginning. I won’t go into all the details but I’d like to give you a very nice flowery idea of how my year was.
The year started with snowdrops and daffodils and the instant urge of wanting to garden right away. Luckily, it started early as I signed up for a Propagation Class at Green & Gorgeous Flowers and oh my, it was one of the most useful and informative classes I’ve ever had. Not to mention the seeds and dahlias I came home with and that covered the garden that year. This class is on
Spring also brought my first printed images in House&Garden. The images I worked on the year before again, with Green and Gorgeous Flowers. It was such an excitement! And it went on until dahlias in September. Have a look how these articles looked like. Some of these 6 articles have recently been published by House & Garden South Africa as well, so happy!
In May, I travelled to Italy with House&Garden where I photographed a garden and you can see it in their April issue so check that one out soon! While in Italy, we stayed in Sermoneta, look how beautiful this little town is.
By May, I used up almost all of my public holidays as I worked full time and I took holidays for my shoot days. I had worked for this company for 10 years and it was my second ever job and I loved it a lot, it was almost like a small family to me(before it really started to expand) and I travelled a lot thanks to work, so yes, on one hand it was a very very good job but on the other hand, my heart was in photography and the day came when I had to decide which one to choose. I cried all day on my last day and it took me months to let it go. But with the new year coming, I finally did!
Due to this fact, our only holiday last year was a quick trip of 5 days to Copenhagen. It officially became my favourite city (maybe only because I haven’t been to Stockholm yet?) so yes, have a look at some of my photos here and here. We also went to Sweden for a day where we visited a wonderful museum.
That Summer, I wrote a little article for 91 magazine, you can read it here. I also started a collaboration with Botanika Floral in Sussex . We’re working on something flowery and creative that you’ll be able to see at the end of this year. I’m also I’m coming around to Bea’s if you sign up to her classes and would like a photographer to take photos of your floral creations, here are more details.
During Summer and Autumn, I photographed a beautiful garden in Somerset. I can’t say much about it just yet but I’ll let you know as soon as I can. It was such amazing experience - and I really can’t describe it - being so close to nature and still in a garden designed by a wonderfully talented garden designer and the two being in perfect harmony. More on this, later this year!
Summer also brought a beautiful collaboration of Blue Tin Produce and The Mill at Cuxham. I loved photographing this very relaxed, so friendly, super super delicious and beautiful-countrysidey event.
I also did some styled shoots, including one in a beautiful country house. My super talented stylist neighbour was the stylist and it was again such a great experience, when you’re tired but still full of energy at the same time? We used a lot of ceramics from local artist Joanna Oliver’s ceramics for this shoot and also textiles from Jill Waite.
I was asked by The English Garden magazine to photograph an article of a wood-magician as I call him, this is in their current January 2018 issue.
Lucky me, I got to spend some time at Soho Farmhouse as a photographer. Just getting there from where I live, it’s always a magic trip itself, deep in the Cotswolds. Not something I can really share but you can see some images here. Well, just imagine a relaxed and stylish environment..
I started the year with a class and finished the year with a class. The finishing one was a Winter wreath class with Botanika Florals. I learnt so much and I’m very grateful for Bea for this class.
At the end of the year, when you get into the festive mood, I also created a gingerbread recipe book that you can still download here but also, you can read about it in the Chilterns Food Magazine. It’s only my photos but professional words of their editor.
There was so much more there, including the remarkable ladies at Pyrus botanicals in Scotland, the lots of private gardens I had the chance to visit and photograph, I’m forever grateful for those who let me in their private space. I photographed for local businesses too, that sometimes included freezing cold mornings but just loved every second of those shoots too.
To remember the year and keep flowers around us all year, I created this calendar. Thank you for everyone who ordered one.
So yes, and the new year is here already, there will be definitely flowers but not only those! I’ll certainly keep you posted. If you like seeing my work and what I do, do come and read the blog or if you’d like me to come and photograph for you, do get in touch!
Happy New Year!
Today we met up with my friend Justine and her wonderful dog, Stanley. I emphasize wonderful as not long after we started our walk, Henry decided he wanted to explore the deep, unknown woods and off he went. I got a bit worried and I knew the more you call him the deafer he becomes. But there was Stanley. He understood my worrying face and voice and he ran after Henry and found him and brought him back! Wee pals.
After the incident, we all enjoyed the rest of the walk and Henry wasn’t always on the leash, he had some good runs with Stanley and other dogs. Then back on the leash through big woods. And to the church for a cup of tea and mince pies. The church of Pishill couldn’t be more picturesque and tranquil. It overlooks the beautiful Stonor valley and you only hear the birds sing. And what’s more, you can enjoy a cup of tea (or coffee) there, just make sure you clean the mugs after you leave. Very British, isn’t it? So yes, it was another beautiful day..
I love Winter. I especially love very cold days when it’s dry and the sun is shining. This is how last Saturday was. And as our friend stayed, we went for a walk in Great Milton, a village near us. This pretty village is famous for Raymond Blanc’s Manoir. We didn’t go in for a nice cup of tea, no, but we decided to walk around the gardens. Even in the depth of Winter, the gardens were full of beauty and inspiration.
The village itself is quite quintessentially English, thatched roofs, cosy cottages and hollyhock still flowering. And because until just a week ago it was very mild, there were many signs of Spring with cow parsley, snowdrops and daffodils showing off their greens. When Spring is back, I’ll be back too.
All photos taken by my iPhone.
I always make a Christmas wreath for my door but it is never conscious wreath making, I usually just tie together a bunch of silver birch branches (love, love) then add something seasonal and that’s it. So when Bea from Botanika said she was doing a Christmas Wreath Class, I jumped at the occasion. I absolutely love every floral arrangement she does, so I had no doubts that this workshop would be very much to my liking.
There were all natural ingredients, lots of green, tea and coffee, hot spiced apple juice, mince pies and homemade cakes and a very friendly bunch of ladies. You could hear the sound of concentration in the room.
And the Northumberland moss slowly turned into a wreaths..
And voila some of the end results. That now all adorn our doors.
This is the one I made
I left with so much inspiration and knowledge, I can’t wait to create another one and another one and ..
I also left with a wonderful gift bag from Bea that she kindly put together for all the participants. This included detailed instructions on making a Christmas wreath, flower seeds from her own garden and her favourite Danish candles. Festive season, yes.