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Back in 2015 we photographed for Forest Gin when it was in its infancy. We went along foraging in the Macclesfield forest with their family and heard of how they starting this at home in their conservatory. Stemming mostly from a love for locally sourced ingredients and something they could do together. Forest Gin quickly became a household name.
Moving on 3 years and Karl asked if we would pop around to see and photograph their new distillery. It’s pretty special to see two people so passionate about an idea and watch it grow and evolve so much!
So here are a few of the photographs we took in and around the distillery, still based in the macclesfield forest.
oh and here’s Teddy. He’s the best for meet and greets at the door!
Ever dreamt about running away for awhile and sleeping in a tree house?
Think we might have found the perfect place!
Rufus’s roost with Canopy and stars is remote, beautifully situated and the thing of dreams.
Here’s a little look!
For a few years now both James and I have taken it in turns every other year to choose a new pair of glasses. It became a bit of a long standing argument/joke at the start of this year as to who’s turn it was.. I know, kind of ridiculous but it kept us entertained! We were steadfast and convinced that it was each, our turn.
Eventually we were called by the optician to have our eyes tested and the game was over.. seemed James was the last to pick up a new pair, YES, my turn!
I guess if you’re a glasses wearer you can understand how important it can be to get the right pair, they can be expensive and kind of have to go with everything for a few years. Often i’ll fall out with them after a year and spend the last year not really liking them much.
In the spring someone recommended us to Ollie Quinn, and we were excited to be able to go along to one of their stores in leeds. Not only are they handcrafted but they house locally cut lenses and feature thoughtfully sourced materials. They were also around £105 including standard lenses and with coatings! Perfect.
Honestly, the whole experience was great! A calm, well thought out space with lots to try on and great light to really see what you were looking at. There are a range of great colour ways along with some up to date and more classic styles of frames. The staff are also cool, calm and knowledgeable without being pushy sales types. Neither of us are great with those!
I think I found my frames in around 5 minutes and after having measurements taken, my new glasses were ordered for around half the price I was used to paying with designer glasses, with a much more comfortable experience. Just to make things even better I was told that I would receive a message to say they were ready within two weeks and 3 days later they were in the store ready!
The extra bonus of course was that James could get his too.. at the same time. The long standing argument has had a stop put to it!
We’re now both very proud and happy owners of some Ollie Quinn frames.
*This isn’t an affiliated or paid post… we just had to share them with you!
So if I told you this is what I said to my 10 year old this morning on the way to school, I might seem like a parent who pushes their kids. Makes them feel like they need to strive to stand out.
It wasn’t my intention. When we sat in the car together as we have done many times before, he asked me if he should go to university? He said other people did, so he should. He was worried he wouldn’t be able to cope with it. I mean, bare in mind he’s only 10 and about to start High school in September, he still avoids tying his own shoe laces but he’s already aware of what he thinks is expected of him. I suppose it’s worth saying that he already has a different way of seeing the world and manages it as well as he can with a processing disorder.
I thought about it for a bit while he chattered on and then a feeling came over me. It wasn’t duty or expectation that I thought of, but him as a person. His life ahead of him and how important this conversation could be.
A few seconds later I found myself quietly telling him to listen carefully to his own thoughts. To really understand the things he loves and follow those. That whatever he chooses, do it with strength and meaning and help people along the way if you can. Make a difference in the ways you know how. Smile, bring joy, don’t let other people’s journeys form your own. Go with your heart and your mind will follow. Be kind, be yourself and most of all, whatever it is you find yourself doing, make it remarkable. I told him that everyone was unique and that he was special.
His little 10 year old legs skipped down the lane to school full of joy and relief and for just a few minutes I thought, this parenting thing is pretty incredible. I might have cried a bit.
I so hope some of it will stay with him, even though I know that by now something else shiny will have taken his interest! We can only do our best too.. I’m just very grateful that I have the freedom and opportunity to teach him a different way.
4 years ago we shot this little film of Logan. Be you my boy. Always be you.
Creating a space online where our work can really showcase what we are all about and how we work, has been quite a work in progress since last year. Before instagram, most of our work was uploaded to our website in blog form or added to our galleries. We often used facebook to share wedding and family photographs too but there was something quite special about the instagram community that drew us in a few years ago.
But it’s not as easy as it looks…Instagram requires a little more continuity and format. It doesn’t mean that you can’t shoot more varied images, but these are usually best kept for your wider portfolio.
I’m sure there’s many of you out there who still just don’t know how to create the kind of feed that show your work off to it’s best and tell a little of your story as you go along. So we figured we’d share how we do it step by step so that you can try it for yourself.
Planoly has been our go-to for around 2 years and really helps us put sets of images that work well together. Of course we don’t shoot everything all in one go and often images are taken in different seasons, different lighting and this can really make it tricky to create a feed for instagram that draws your audience in.
Here’s some ideas to help you create images that will work together and how we use planoly to put them together.
1- When taking photographs, try to think of which colours most represent the ‘feel’ you want for you and your work. It really helps to stick to a base colour palette or tone, perhaps using the same background for every 6th photo and work along with that colour when you’re shooting other things.
2- Choose 6-8 images that you like to take regularly. It may be a scene in your window, or of a doorway, table, food, a product in the same place, use a pattern of the type of images you like to take and make a note of them. Practice taking these photographs in different ways and keeping them in a folder on your phone.
4- It may not look right to begin with and the more you practice putting them together, the more it will start to become natural to you. Adding the images you have taken into an app such as these will allow you to move them around until you feel they are right. Practice practice. It’s all about they way your eyes run over the images, if you have a group of light images together and then a set of dark following, maybe try to mix them in a little and see how they look. If you have a range of colours that just don’t sit right together, try moving those to the top of your planoly grid until there’s a time for them to fit in.
5- Try not to forget instagram is a way to build up a community, it’s ok to be individual and not follow the trends! Be yourself and create images that have a flow to them, your flow. Enjoy the process! People want to see you and what you have to say in your own unique way. Using these tools just helps to bring a bit of order to the things you want to share with people.
Here’s a look at how we arrange some of our work into Planoly
Working with a planning grid isn’t about making your work like everyone else’s, it’s more about creating a format that people are used to seeing things in. Our brains are naturally drawn to things that make sense and this way of working really helps in those few seconds while people are scrolling away. You may only have a short space of time for someone to know what it is you do, it’s always worth trying to show them the best version you can!
We just want to take pictures for you. There’s no more to it than that.
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Just look at those toes! I don’t know one person who can resist tiny baby toes, they are the best!
We’ve known Hannah for quite awhile now so was such a pleasure to visit their little family and take these photographs. It really doesn’t matter if you have done the parent thing before and you are kind of ready for a new baby, or are on a brand new journey of parenting. Holding your own tiny one is blooming magical.
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