February 2014

March 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

February Red RoseRed RoseA beautiful red rose.

Wow February flew by! It was a pretty interesting month, and as you may have guessed from my last quick post I have some news... I'll start at the beginning though.

 

Fashion and Gardens at the Garden Museum

The month got off to a rather glam start when I was commissioned with Garden World Images to photograph the opening party for Fashion and Gardens at the Garden Museum. It was a high-profile event with quite a few models, designers and celebrities and was a lot of fun and I was very pleased to have my photographs featured in a gallery on the Vogue website. To see more images and read more about the event have a look at my previous blog.

Fashion & Gardens on the Vogue website.Fashion & Gardens on the Vogue website.Fashion & Gardens on the Vogue website.

The Business Women's Network

As I mentioned before, I am delighted to be working with the Business Women's Network as their photographer this year. This month I was delighted to attend two of their events - a daytime networking event with a masterclass on 'Getting Your Website Loved' with Clare Lauwerys, the IT Fairy at the Crowne Plaza Colchester Five Lakes Resort, and an evening event with business men too, on Social Media with Chris Bulman from Think Social Business at the Crafty Goat. I learnt a lot from both events, and met some fantastic business people. I highly recommend coming along if you can!

Business Women's Network, Colchester, 14 February 2014Business Women's Network, Colchester, 14 February 2014Get Your Website Loved - Business Women's Network event, 2014.

Business Women's Network, Colchester, 27 February 2014Business Women's Network, Colchester, 27 February 2014Loving Social Media For Business & Great Networking - Business Women's Network event at the Crafty Goat, Colchester, 2014.

A Romantic Getaway

I was completely surprised by being whisked away to Paris for the weekend! I knew we were going somewhere, but had no idea where, and it was an amazing surprise. We had a wonderful time, sight-seeing, eating delicious food and sipping lovely coffees watching the world go by.

Paris skylineParis skylineThe skyline of Paris from Gallerie Lafayette, featuring the Eiffel Tower as the sun sets.

Je t'aimeJe t'aimeDetail of the Pont des Artes

Saint-ChapelleSaint-Chapelletowards the alter. If you are going on holiday in Europe I highly recommend checking out Rick Steves' guidebooks - we used them when we went to Sorrento and Tim made sure we had one for Paris too. It has several walking tours which are fantastic, and we visited places we would never have known about otherwise. Saint-Chapelle (above) is a perfect example of this - I didn't know about it before, but it was probably the most beautiful room I have ever been in - completely breath-taking.

 

Now as you may have guessed from my previous blog, the surprises didn't end there - Tim proposed by the Eiffel Tower, to which of course I said yes! Of course I had to take a photo - particularly as the light show started straight after. He thought I would like to choose a ring together, but he got me this beautiful 'oui' ring - a perfect memento of a perfect weekend.

OuiOuiOui

 

Resolution Update

I'm not doing too badly on the resolution front. I've stuck to the minimum of one exhibition a month by going to The Photographer's Gallery where I enjoyed the David Lynch exhibition, particularly due to the sound installation that accompanies it.

I'm also sticking to the new recipe each week. One of my favourites was Ottolenghi's chargrilled broccoli with chilli and garlic from the Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, which my sister gave me for Christmas.

Ottolenghi's chargrilled broccoli with chilli and garlicOttolenghi's chargrilled broccoli with chilli and garlicOttolenghi's chargrilled broccoli with chilli and garlic

I'm still keeping up the learning, mainly through attending business workshops and researching articles online, though I may take some more workshops later in the year. I didn't enter quite so many competitions this month so that's something I'll aim to do more of in March! I did shoot lots for myself while I was in Paris, so I'll count that as making more art for now.

How was your February? Do get in touch with your news, I'd love to hear it!


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