Monthly Archives: December 2014

If you’ve seen my wedding portfolio, Ria, aka the pink haired bride, might look familiar to you. After working as a nanny, Ria became a teacher and is mum to a very cool and adorable little girl. She loves to be creative and I joined her at one of her Christmas workshops at a local garden centre where she was making Christmas cards and tree decorations while dressed as a crafty fox. As you do.

Meet Ria!

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What is it you do?

I work in a variety of creative roles, this work is designing and delivering creative character workshops for a local garden centre to tie in with their Christmas events and branding.

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How did you end up doing what you’re doing? 

I’ve been delivering workshops for sometime now, since Uni ( 8 years ago I think!?!) I was teaching anyway and found opportunities to present my own ideas. I get to work with a range of people with a range of abilities which I really enjoy! People really love the chance to create.. It’s great to be able to provide the opportunity.

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What did you want to do when you were growing up?

Growing up I always knew I’d do something creative but was never specific, my path has just kind of lead me here, I’ve always built on my skills and done lots of post ed learning so its great to be able to pass on what I’ve learnt and offer a platform for creativity.

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I want to continue to plan and present workshops and working on large scale community pieces.

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The best advice… Know your worth, look for funding… Take every opportunity. Create! Enjoy!

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A huge huge thank you to Ria (and Arty Owl!) and the folks at Wyevale Northampton for letting me and my camera come along. If you’re local to Northampton, stay tuned to hear more about Ria’s upcoming  projects.

You might have heard me mention Living Arrows before, a weekly portrait project that ran this year over on the I Heart Snapping site. Today is the last week, can you believe it?! I have loved doing it so much and I’m very happy that I will be hosting the project on this site from next Monday, 5th January. The time has come for me to step away from I Heart Snapping to concentrate on other things but I’m sure Katie and Lucy have lots of exciting stuff planned and will do a fab job!Happy November Project-003



Along with a new host, there will be a few more changes next year. We will be including short videos and GIFs and I’m really excited that Natalie from Little Jam Pot Life and Maria from One Tiny Leap will be joining the group of featured contributors.

livingarrows_otl4garden days living arrowsEmily Beale Photography - Living Arrows Week 28Living Arrows is all about celebrating childhood. The project takes it’s name from the passage by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” and every Monday we each share a moment from our week and invite others to do the same. What I love about it is that there are no rules, anything goes, any medium. It’s a moment of parenthood that made you feel inspired to press the shutter.livingarrows6
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I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has joined in with Living Arrows and linked up to the project. There are some fantastically talented ladies out there and I have so enjoyed seeing all the gorgeous photographs this year. I’m really looking forward to another great year.

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Bring on 2015!

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I can’t believe that this is the last Siblings post! It’s been wonderful having an excuse to take even more photos of these two (as if I needed it!). I can’t believe that almost a year has passed since that first post of my little urchins. In honour of the occasion, I recreated or rather attempted to recreate the first lot of photos.

december siblings-001december siblings-002I put together a photo calendar for my nan for Christmas (it’s cool, she doesn’t even have the internet so she’ll still be surprised). It was really lovely to have a year’s worth of photos to choose from. I know that in a few years I will be so so happy to have all these pictures.

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It’s amazing how much the kids have changed this year. My little dude is more mature and I think he looks older than he did just a few months ago. And my girly! She was still such a baby at the beginning of the year and is such a little girl now. She has had a major language explosion and they hold proper conversations now! It’s so funny to me to hear them chattering away to one another.

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For the last time, I’m sending you to one of the other “Siblings” hosts. Keri-Anne is mum to two little girls and takes the most dreamy photos of them. If you like a bit of nostalgia (and fairies!) you will love her blog, Gingerlilly Tea