I forgot how I found out about Woodthorpe Tropical House, but I can remember how excited I got! The park is about 15 minutes drive away. So last weekend, despite the rain there was a window of few hours’ sunshine and I grabbed the opportunity to head over and give it a good exploring…
I am very lucky to live pretty close to Wollaton Deer Park. When we got our first car, I was in hurry to visit with film camera in my hands…
On our last day, we visited Chatsworth House and took our time looking around the house. There were so many beautiful art and sculptures to admire. We continued our visit by exploring the gardens, that had fountains, maze (where we excitedly joined but failed miserably!) and greenhouse.
Last month, Aneurin and I made an impromptu visit to Peak District. We were camping in a lovely campsite near Buxton, and Bakewell just 15 minutes drive away. We spent the first day visiting Bakewell for late breakfast, setting up our temporary home, and searching to buy camping hook up plug so that we could have coffee in the mornings!
Couple of weeks ago, I turned 27 years old and decided to give myself a day off, away from all those stressful Christmas market preparations and visited to Horniman Museum in Forest Hill.
Nikon F4, Kodak Colour Plus 200
Visiting everything apart from aquarium, my favourite parts are the Natural History section and Collected & Possessed exhibition (which will be open until 24th Jan if you want to visit too). I love the taxidermy animals, which were beautiful and creepy in equal measure. The exhibition is about the artist, Mark Fairnington and his paintings “depicting natural history specimens exactly as they are stored behind the scenes in the Horniman’s and other collections.” His paintings were big, beautiful and realistic – right up my street!
I brought my film camera and realised after I left the house that I probably should have brought digital one because I wanted to take photographs of these taxidermy animals and I knew it’d be quite dark inside. I took pictures anyway and as expected, the photos didn’t come out well but I kinda like them – I guess it helps that I knew that there would be imperfections.
It was cold but pretty out. The landscaped gardens outside the museum were looking a bit sad with lack of plants, flowers and herbs. I imagine it would be better to visit in spring. But I was still appreciating few plants that were still around and some colourful pumpkins lying around. I have also made friends with a squirrel!
I was recently asked to photograph a beautiful christening in Surrey (if you don’t know already, I photograph events and special occasions on the side). It was my first time photographing a christening so I was a bit nervous (the fact that I have never been to one didn’t help!) but I managed to do well. I loved what I took that I couldn’t choose about 50 photos – imagine the parents’ delight when I gave them just over 200 photos! They loved their new photos and said that they will love to hire me again for their child’s 1st birthday next year. Yay!
- Have a chat with vicar in advance about the church photography restrictions
- Arrive a little early and scout the venue
- Research how christening works (if you are clueless like I was)
- Be patient
- Take note who are godparents and family so they are focused in the photographs
- Capture a good photo of baby right after the baptism
WHAT I’VE LEARNT
- Make sure people are paying attention in the group photos, especially children
- Since the church rules can be really strict, I might need to buy myself a zoom lens for future events
- Photographing people in direct sunlight is mostly unflattering
- Uncle Bob do exist (bye bye beautiful photos)
Photographing a christening was a beautiful challenge. I was so honoured to be a part of this special day and I hope to have that opportunity again in the future. Have you been to or photograph a christening before?