Sunlight in my Living Room
How are you all? It’s been a quiet few weeks here in Norfolk, and it’s been so nice to just appreciate the simple things life can bring. Although we’ve had gales and storms here (thinking of all the people who have suffered terrible flooding), we’ve also had some lovely sunshine pouring through the windows. The early morning sunshine that sparkles on the studio wall has gradually reappeared, which shows that spring is slowly tip-toing it’s way back into our scenery.
I have even dusted off my sewing machine for the first time in a long while. Instead of scrolling, I’ve been sewing, and getting back in touch with my crafty side! I see so many people apologising for not being around on social media – I used to do it myself! But why should we apologise for not being glued to our phones, chasing that high from likes and follows? Enough on that for now – I have another whole post up my sleeve for another time.
So what else have I been up to? A couple of weekends ago, I had the privilege of shooting for my friend, Katie Robbins, who makes the prettiest ceramics. We spent a Saturday getting creative in my little studio, which gave me the chance to road test my new (well, second hand!) 100mm macro lens. I’ll share my favourite photos from our day, plus a few tips for shooting ceramics, over the next couple of weeks.
I’ve also bitten the bullet and finally submitted some work for image library. (Image library, or stock image libraries are exactly that – online libraries of every sort of image you can imagine. A lot of picture editors and brands use them to get imagery for their brief or project.) This winter has been very quiet, and speaking to other creative freelancers, I know I’m not alone. So I’m needing to use my initiative to find other ways to keep the money coming in. And seeing as I have thousands of images that have never seen light of day, it seems sensible to get them earning for me (hopefully!). It’s all part of this huge learning curve of freelance life.
I’ve also agreed to do a live webinar (Live!! Bit scared!) with lots of practical photography tips for makers and crafters. And although the live element is a bit nerve wracking, I really love sharing the little nuggets of knowledge that I have stored up in my brain. I will let you know all the info when I have it, so you can join in if you fancy it!
In case you missed my last post about the beautiful Country Brocante, you can see it here.