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Just one week of January left. Is it just me or does January feel like the longest month of them all? Roll on Spring and warmer weather! We’ve basically been hermits the last few weeks.

This week’s featured contributor is Fritha who blogs at Tigerlilly Quinn. She has a lovely online shop by the same name where she sells quirky little treasures and has the cutest little guy, Wilf. She shared the story behind her photo.

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This shot was taken in a spot in Bristol called the ‘Bear Pit’ it’s recently been done up and includes a green grocers and coffee stall inside two storage crates. I took Wilf there the other day to run around and pick up some fruit and veg. I love that Bristol sports so many unique places and I love the street art that covers the city. Wilf has a magnifying glass he likes to carry around to spot bugs and interesting things so he took it out with us that morning and is inspecting the graffiti in this ‘outake’
I took these shots with my Canon DSLR and edited it using the ‘Eleanor’ action purchased through AMB Fresh.
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 This is the second year of Living Arrows for you, what does the project mean to you?
I love capturing an image of my son once a week. This will be my third year of doing so and my second year with Living Arrows. What I love about L.A is the community, it’s been so special so see all these children grow up over the year!
Did you learn anything last year from it?
I feel like I’m constantly learning about photography and it’s been interesting to see what my pictures were like at the beginning of the year in comparison to the end.
What kind of subjects interest you the most?
I’m interested in people and expressions, I love staring at photographs and wondering what the subject was thinking about or getting a glimpse of that moment in their lives.
Do you plan your photos or have an idea in mind of what you want or do you take your camera out with you and see what you get?
I’m not a planner at all! I wish I were, I’m very much a capture the moment as it comes sort of person but I almost always have some sort of camera on me.
What or who inspires you?
My family, my city and the life we enjoy together!
Which posts did you really enjoy this week? – love this beautiful snow shot and the contrasting colours! the first day of pre-school, what a moment!

I’ve been in a bit of a funk this week due to hurting my foot while running (I thought exercise was meant to be good for you?!) and putting my back out. At the grand old age of 31, I am falling to bits. Honestly, it was awful, I even woke up in the night  crying because it hurt to breathe. True, I am known for being *slightly* dramatic but still. To cheer me up, my wonderful friend, Natalie left a care package for me on my son’s peg at school full of treats, magazines, pain relieving gel and Berocca! It was so thoughtful. There’s a few “pay it forward” things I’ve seen around and  I’m 100% going to take part, it seriously made my day!

Another wonderful friend and this week’s featured contributor is Emily, my partner in “Photo Clinic” crime and writer of the gorgeous blog, Life & Pictures. Over to Em!

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There are always plenty of images on the cutting room floor, but we thought you might like to see what our fake snow was made from!
I have Hayley to thank for these images (I swear I didn’t make Emily say that). She shared with me back in December the fact that instant mash potato looks like snow! Total Genius! And she’s right. We live on the coast, and despite the cold weather at the moment, it isn’t cold enough for snow! We decided to run with the idea and simply fake it!
I have started using my camera on aperture priority mode. I hoped that not fiddling so much with the settings would help me capture more of the action as my camera would be doing some of the hard work for me. I set my aperture really wide – f/1.6 to capture as much light as possible, the camera automatically set the shutter speed at 1/400 of a second god enough to capture the action!
I shoot in RAW and use photoshop for all of my editing. Because I shoot in RAW I have more flexibility with my images and I’m able to compensate for over and underexposure. My images were over exposed a little because I had used my camera in aperture priority and I’m not used to the effect on my images, so I was able to adjust this. I use florabella actions for photoshop and ran ‘Classic Colour’ which I reduced to 20% – and then added a little sharpening action on top of that. Unfortunately RAW images need sharpening to bring back the crispness.
What does the project mean to you?
I am so proud of being a part of the ‘Living Arrows’ team of contributors, this project is so much more to me then taking and sharing a photograph each week. I have been blogging for over 8 years. At first I blogged only for myself, my boys and my extended family. A few years ago I started to share my content and ‘Living Arrows’ was the first acknowledgement I had that people were reading. I was beyond thrilled to have my pictures featured along side those of other bloggers I admired so much. As the project has progressed I’m grateful for the friendships I’ve formed behind the scenes. 2014 was a really busy year for our family and I soon realised that without the challenge of a photography project I probably won’t have made time for recording it. I have ‘Living Arrows’ to thank for a whole year of pictures documenting the big and small moments of family life.
Did you learn anything last year from it?
Keep things simple. I started the year with grand ideas, but found inspiration in capturing and celebrating the simple moments. I noticed that my style of photography changed and improved as the year progressed.
What kinds of subjects interest you the most?
At the moment I am simply enjoying taking pictures of the boys. Last year I enjoyed taking pictures of food for my food photography posts. This year my focus is to look at the world prosaically – to see the beauty in the simple aspects of life.I hope this helps to stretch me creatively!
Do you plan your photos or have an idea in mind of what you want or do you take your camera out with you and see what you get?
It depends on the kind of week we have as a family. I must admit that at the moment life is very boring – travelling to school in the dark, spending the daylight hours at school, and then travelling home in the dark. I have been planning simple pictures to take at the weekend when I have more light. Last year I learned to be more spontaneous in the summer months when the light was good in the evenings and during the school holidays.
What or who inspires you? 
I love keeping my eyes open for anything that might inspire me – a book cover, an advert, a piece of stationary. I don’t have time to spend hours on Pinterest or looking through magazines so I have to find inspiration from the things around me. I do have favourite photographers though and my favourites all have similar a similar light, airy story telling style – Kara Layne, Jose Villa and Stacy Woods never cease to inspire me.
Which posts really stood out to you this week?
So many beautiful pictures and stories that have been linked up this week. It’s a joy to see so many people joining in with the project.
I loved seeing Amy’s pictures and experiences with Ella this week. Her pictures perfectly sum up what the ‘Living Arrows’ project is all about…
Little Button Diaries written by Brighton based mums Laura & Tia – what a gorgeous B&W image! Who can resist a new baby picture? And I’ve not visited their site before but it looks enchanting. I’m looking forward to many happy inspiring visits throughout the year!
Make sure you check out Emily’s most recent Photo Clinic post!

Wow, I don’t know where this week went! I’ve been making the most of the time the kids are at school and preschool to catch up with everything and before I knew it, it was the weekend! Our evenings have been all about bedtime changes and that’s taken over a little bit and I had over 50 Living Arrows posts to read! I can’t believe it! Thank you so much to everyone who linked up and joined in on Instagram. It’s such a lovely project and I’m SO excited to see people joining in!

This week, our featured contributor is Annie who writes Mammasaurus. I love her gorgeous frosty image!


Annie shared a little bit of the story behind the photo (and you can read more over on ANNIE’S BLOG)

My photo was taken on a freezing cold morning, Kitty badgered me to take them out straight after breakfast so we were out in the forest by 8.30am and it was -2 degrees!

Settings: ISO 200 55m lens f/4.0 – and for those who don’t do everything manually don’t be freaked out by all that  – I totally had to look at on Lightroom as I basically just shot it in auto mode as the light was perfect so there was no need to tweak manually!

Editing: VSCO filter in Lightroom


This is the second year of Living Arrows for you, what does the project mean to you? 

I’m appreciating it even more this year, there really is a lovely community feeling surrounding it which is nice to be a part of. I prods me to remember to document my children and is a nice time of the week to sit down and look through everyone’s photo and just smile at the innocence of childhood.

Did you learn anything last year from it?

I learnt that a photo of my children doesn’t have to be a photo of them looking at the camera smiling, it can be a foot, a hand, the back of the head. I was also amazed at how much emotion people managed to capture.

What kind of subjects interest you the most?

Anything outdoors / nature related. I’m lucky to live in the New Forest with beaches and woods around me so I think has a lot to do with it – oh and there’s always plenty of natural light outdoors – win!


Do you plan your photos or have an idea in mind of what you want or do you take your camera out with you and see what you get?

If my children are involved then I never plan photos anymore. I have done the ‘encouraging words’ and bribes of sweeties to get them to stand and smile in the past and ultimately it’s not as happy an experience as the end result would suggest! These days I try and take them out, have fun and just capture what happens along the way – at the moment I am finding letting Kitty, who is painfully shy, take photos with my iPhone for a bit often leads to her asking me to take her photo (which never happens normally!)

What or who inspires you?

Blogs & magazines that I read inspire me day to day, I often bookmark posts where I see a photo that has something ‘different’  to it, be it unusual lighting or editing.

Which posts really stood out to you this week? – Beautiful – Shows natural, simple photos can be stunning


If there’s anything you’d like to ask Annie, leave her a comment below! You can find her all over the Internets –

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