we lost you monica

We went to Cornwall to photograph a wedding once and stayed in this beautiful air bnb when Margot was only small. The light was soft and fell into the rooms, everything was in full bloom in the garden and we were still in the glow of being in full glow of being new parents.

The owner of the bnb was a beautiful soul called moinica who I asked to take some portraits off and she said yes but only if my sheep can be in them. I don't know what's happened till now but with life as busy as it is this is the first time seeing these images and I’m now going to try and send them onto monica. But have a look at your old hard drives? see what you saved, see what smiles you can bring back.

Winter hashtag project

It wasn’t such a long time since we (in the UK) were still trying to figure out how little clothes we could get away with wearing, whilst still going about our daily things. The British heatwave certainly made being outside a joy didn’t it?

Think, one layer of clothes maximum and some open shoes.. or no shoes, who needs shoes anyway? We’re definitely the family that prefer to feel free.

Anyway, it came as a bit of a shock after weeks on end of heat, to finally really feel the chill of September. It was on Sunday morning of the 9th to be exact. I stuck my leg out of bed and quickly recoiled it when I felt that familiar chill. Either that or I was about to be pulled out of bed with it by a 2 year old.

One of the things we notice most about winter, being outdoor photographers mostly, is that it can at times, limit our creativity. Years of rearranging shoots, harbouring big plans and being let down by the rain, or snow, or fog.. or it just being too blooming grim. Living in Yorkshire can really put the literal dampeners on when you step outside into sideways wind and rain. Regardless of how much enthusiasm you have, you can’t make Yorkshire look like it’s something you would like to prance around in with no coat on. Neither does it usually look like one of those far away places with all the warm sandy tones and hazy heat. It just ain’t happening.

BUT

What happens if we turn it on it’s head a little bit. What happens if we stop trying to create something that isn’t, and embrace the winter?

You know what, it is cold a lot, usually wet a lot, and the rain can still seep in through the seams of even the best waterproof if the wind has it’s way.

but how about we’re a bit more real about it all? I’m sure we all have a story to tell. A cosy scene that lights up when you think of your warm and happy place or something that takes advantage of those dark and sometimes dreary tones?

We want you to come along with us this winter and b*gger the weather, learn to live with it a bit more and see what we can make with it. Think Wuthering heights and layers of fabric, warm bright hats against dark grey skies and pots of hot tea steaming against a wooded backdrop. Feel the cold against your cheeks and the colour coming into them. Remember what it’s like to feel alive and outside.

Connecting with nature and getting as much vitamin D into our bodies is just one way to keep ourselves happy and healthy this winter.

If you’d like to join in and celebrate feeling alive this season, come along with us and post your creations to #gooutsidethiswinter

We’d love you to.

 

Be still my wild heart

 

“We are here to love hard and true. Here to give ourselves over to the rush and bliss of it all. Here to offer our patchwork hearts over and over again. Here to feel and fall and hurt and bleed. Here to say yes and to choose wholeness and to break anyway and to do it all again.” 
― Jeanette LeBlanc

Nancy - A child's lesson in now

 

- Breathe 

- Listen

- Notice

- Slow down

 

Being a parent of three children, I know all too well how days can pass by in a flash and before you know it, the moment has gone. 

I sometimes look back and wish I'd have treasured certain times more, paid more attention, lived IN the moment more rather than being distracted by so many many things. 

but we're only human.

and change is constant and inevitable. 

When we take some time out with the kids to slow down, go for a walk, to breathe in the air, listen to their voices as the wind carries it away, notice the changes since last time you stopped... it's a grounding experience.

All those hours and days you have nurtured them and watched on as they grow, somehow make more sense when you are back between the trees and the earth. They have a way of stripping you right back to the start, leaving you feeling refreshed and giving you the chance to acknowledge them now, in front of you. 

Here is Nancy, it was only a short walk and a chat, with a little bit of quiet filming in between. 

but it was worth every second. 

Thank you Nancy! 

 

 

 

Reaching out for an inspired life.

A few years ago now we found me_and_orla on instagram. It was one of those dull January evenings when we had tried really, really hard to dig deep and plan for the new year, we talked openly about the things we hoped and dreamed of for ourselves, our business and our family. I think at the time we were moving a little bit away from photographing weddings, as it just wasn't fully feeding our creative souls or giving us time for our family. 

It was one of those moments that I still love instagram for now. I found a picture and some words and connected fully with EVERYTHING I saw. As with lots of things James and I are inspired by, I showed him straight away with giddy shaking hands. THIS.. is the kind of life I want us to work towards. It felt more simple, more considered, less busy and most of all, connected with the outside and other likeminded people. You can see her wonderful insta feed here

Since then we've met up with Sara, Rory and of course Orla lots of times. Shared ideas and worked on projects together. The three of them are calm and thoughtful and always leave us feeling happy. The last three years have seen us all get married, have a baby (us) and build on our ideal lifestyles and businesses, and it's only recently that we've connected on a much less formal basis. Seems like it's the right time for all of us to sit and eat food together, catch up on the day to day funny anecdotes of life with kids and dogs and birds??!

Seeing Sara's feed that dark January evening opened our eyes up to a space we felt hugely inspired by and also comfortable in. It turned out there were more and more people with similar ideas about living a more grounded, wholesome life, while also running a business. 

As much as the internet drives us a little crazy at times, it's a pretty great place to make new friends and then hang out in real life.