In May I was lucky enough to get over to The Netherlands to shoot Grahame and Yulia’s wedding, and I jumped at the chance to stay an extra day and a half and go exploring a bit. With a busy family life it’s rare that I get a few full days to myself and I even worried that I would’t know what to do in just my own company, but it was wonderful to go wandering with my camera and explore. Here are some personal pics I took on both film and digital. The wedding was in Brielle, and I also pottered around Rotterdam before spending a night and the next morning in Amsterdam. Here are a few favourites..
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So.. it’s March already. This year has had a much welcomed quieter start for me and my little family. There’s been catching up with friends, catching up with each other, hibernating under blankets on the couch, lots of cooking, and generally relishing the simpler things. It’s going to be another chaotic year (for reasons which you’ll read about below!) and I’ve been consciously trying not to overdo everything so far this year, and have loved having a few days doing absolutely nothing at all.I’m going to try and put this without sounding like one of ‘those’ people.. but on top of enjoying a few simpler pleasures, my husband and I decided to try and actually look after ourselves a bit more this year and set a better example for our girl. Health kicks in the past for us have often been short-lived.. we are probably the worst people I know for snacking on the couch with beers and wine.. but we are hoping to make some decent long-term changes and feel the benefits this year. I’ve a long way to go but I’m hoping to be nice and strong by the time wedding season kicks in!
Right.. the big thing this year is moving house. Anyone who knows me will be thinking “Again?!” as we’ve been house-hopping for quite a while now.. But this time we’re hoping it’s for good as we’re buying for the first time. We are leaving much-loved Leeds back to North Yorkshire at the beginning of next month, and will be moving in with my (very kind and very patient!) in-laws for a few months in between. In a sort of sad farewell we’ve been trying to make the most of what this wonderful city has to offer while we’re still here in between packing everything up for storage.
AND.. in other news.. I’ve been lucky enough to have a few exciting photography commissions this year.. pushing me out of my comfort zone. I’ve really, really loved it. Here are little previews from the Chilli Cake Deli..
North East band Cattle and Cane..And shooting for the Greco Brothers..And I have something else to announce very soon.. WATCH THIS SPACE. I hope you’ve all had a lovely and slow start to the year, bring on Springtime!All rights reserved. Copyright Sally T Photography.
In October this year my husband and I decided to take a little break and nip off to gorgeous Paris for a few days. We stayed in Monmarte and loved the brasseries, bars and gorgeous scenes across the city.To make it a real break I didn’t take my ‘big’ camera, and just used a little film point-and-shoot all weekend.. here are my favourites from a long lazy weekend..
Backing up my iPhone pictures yesterday I realised I haven’t done any sort of ‘life lately’ type post for a while that hasn’t just been a picture dump from travelling somewhere or other.. So here is a little catch up post with what I’ve been up to when I haven’t been at weddings or editing and left my desk. I have about 25 films to develop but I really can’t face sorting them out yet.. so for now this is all iPhone snaps. The best camera is the one you have on you, right?
Somewhat shamelessly, this post will have more than it’s fair share of pictures of my girl. I vowed to try and spend more quality time out of the house with her and embrace even a spare hour here and there. She’s come on so much this year and has grown from a gorgeously stocky little thing into a lanky long-limbed girl. She’s a joy, even if she spends half her time keeping me in check, like the little granny she can be. This year has seen her ride her bike without stabilisers, attempt to swim unaided underwater, have her first ever haircut and start a new school…
…and she turned five. There was a hot day in Mum and Dad’s garden for the growing number of kids in the family to enjoy the pool and garden, and a week after we moved house (ridiculously ambitious) we had a party for her at the house.That lovely Camera Hannah invited me along to Tuscany to second shoot, where we enjoyed taking in the scenery, ate amazing food and came up with theories about what Filipo Berio was like.
This year has been a bit of a tough one along the way with David working away during the week, but finally it seems like everything is starting to settle into more of a routine as the months have gone on, and we even squeezed in a few couple-y things amidst the chaos.. Third anniversary dinner, a few days out in Marrakech while I was shooting a wedding, Snoop Dogg and a day at Leeds Festival.We had our first ‘loading up the car, getting the ferry and driving down’ holiday to the Dordogne. I mucked about with a GoPro, we ate a ridiculous amount of bread, pate and cheese with wine, I burnt my back, Viv swam and made friends, we played cards and we actually had time to think, read and just ‘be’. I came back with an extra few pounds but I’ve decided to see it shows I did the holiday right..Admittedly, I was pretty shit at organising enough social stuff for myself, but I did try, even if it took ages to actually get around to seeing some people properly. Over the last month I’ve actually had time to cook again, which I love, and hopefully will find more time to spend with the gorgeous people I have in my life over the next few months too. Below is just the best of the rest, really: good food, good people, little trips here and there and a few treats along the way. Hope you’ve all had a wonderful Summer.. For me though, Autumn is bliss and I’m so excited to embrace the little things and taking everything at a better pace until the end of the year.
Happy October all; the best month of the year.
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Because it’s Monday, and because it’s grey and raining and cold outside, I’ve decided to look back and relive the hot, chaotic and magical few days I spent in Marrakech for Nay and Dan’s wedding back in June.
I love to explore new places, and don’t often get opportunity to with life, budgeting and the school run getting in the way. Marrakech really is a place to throw yourself head first into.. You can see my film photography from Marrakech here. I think it’s time to plan another trip..
Just what it says on the tin.. Some of my film pics from our trip to Marrakech for Nay and Dan’s wedding last month. Go with the grain..
I’ve started taking more and more personal work on film this year.. it’s been a promise to myself for a long time to experiment more and keep pushing to try new things and new ways to work. I’m trying not to be precious about it and also trying to accept my personal work for what it is.. a bit more raw, shooting from my heart and shooting purely for myself. Here is some film work from Italy back in May.. with some digital work at the end too. Grab a cuppa and have a browse..
I’ve wanted to embark upon some sort of personal project for a while.. I attempted a 365 Project at the beginning of the year, but during busy periods I found myself forgetting and not really giving it enough time or thought to make it worthwhile.. I’ve also wanted to get into portrait photography more and experimented a little with one-on-one photography last year when I shot my lovely friend Elizabeth. I love Q&As.. and love the Guardian Magazine Q&A each Saturday.. so thought I’d put a little portrait and question project together which I can shoot and blog as regularly or sporadically as I wish/have time for.
I decided to begin with my nearest and dearest.. and even wondered if I’d learn a few things about those I love most along the way. My favourite number is seven (I’m a bit of a number geek..) so there are going to be seven questions and seven frames per ‘portrait’. And who better to kick off the project than my own little girl, Vivienne.
What would be your perfect day?
Evelyn would come round to my house, we would go to the park with my bike and my scooter and my roller-skates then go swimming. Then we’d come home and paint something and then go to the cinema and then make a robot. We’d have fish finger sandwiches for tea.
What is your earliest memory?
Baby food all over my face.
What is your greatest fear?
Spooky cats and spooky dogs.
What is your most treasured possession?
My books, the big books with lots of stories in the same book. They are really special.
What is your pet peeve?
People who drop rubbish.
What, if anything, worries you about the future?
What single thing would improve your life?
Going to the cinema.