I just loved meeting the talented Joanne Cope the other day. New Zealander Joanne often heads off into the fields around Bath to photograph cows, and has learnt to read the signs from aggressive bulls! I had such a lovely morning at her studio in Bath and this is my favourite portrait from the shoot:

Joanne Cope in her studio

Thank you Joanne! Joanne will be having an open studio soon so keep an eye on her website for details.

Mary Kilvert photoshoot

It was lovely to head to Frome the other week, where I met up with Mary Kilvert, who moved there from London. Mary is an illustrator who has now designed her own product range and set up a cute shop in Frome. She was also selling at the Bath Christmas Market this year. Here is the BathLife spread:

Double page spread for BathLife Magazine

There seems to be a huge rise in designer-makers and crafters at the moment, with shoppers preferring hand-made items. Long let it continue!

The Simpler Life

Simon White aboard his lifeboat

It was a misty morning when I met with Simon White to learn about his off-grid life, for BathLife Magazine.  There was no fabulous sunset or late summer rays, but instead, with a head-cold and not feeling myself, I went early in the morning to meet him at the river's edge. However, there a surprising calm in the Autumnal fog - with the steam rising from the water mingling with the smoke from the boats' chimneys. It had a magical, peaceful feel and I totally understood what attracted Simon to this carefree life.  As we sat drinking our herbal teas and watched other boats drift by, I felt like I was on holiday, forgetting about the stresses and strains of daily toil. 

I love this portrait of him and was pleased that he seemed to like it too


Solsbury Honey

Solsbury Apiary honey and Somerset Heather honey

Yesterday I went to photograph an apiary of bees for BathLife magazine. Pete Davis owns about 60 bee colonies in the hills surrounding bath. I had to wear protective clothing which I'm so glad about as the bees were pretty aggressive! One even got in between my eye and the eye-piece of my camera!  The things I do for work! I learnt that bee personalities can vary a lot between hives, and the queen bees can also have different temperaments!

Pete Davis looking after his bees

I love this shot of all the bees going crazy!  Oh something else I learnt, was that beeswax candles not only burn for longer, but they clean the air and dust as they do so! They are completely non-toxic, non-allergenic and non-carcinogenic!


BathLife Magazine

Article in BathLife Magazine 

Here are the first two articles which have been published for BathLife magazine, as part of an ongoing series I'm doing for them about trades, crafts and workers in Bath. Sometimes centuries old techniques are used (such as the George Bayntun interview below) and sometimes more contemporary processes are applied (such as Speckled Wood and their etching machine above). 

Article in BathLife magazine

Thank you Catherine Authers (Editor at BathLife) - these stories are proving to be fun to photograph and also really interesting to research. Thank you Alessandro Ruocco too for photo assisting on the Bayntun shoot. The series will be published in every other issue of BathLife, so keep an eye open for it!

The Marmalade House

Vanessa @ The Marmalade House, Lansdown Rd, Bath, UK

The Marmalade House in Bath sells a bespoke furniture chalk painting service and runs courses teaching the chalk painting techniques. They stock Annie Sloan paints and have branched out into selling their own products, each within the homely, rustic and muted colours of their brand.

Annie Sloan chalk painting @ The Marmalade House

The store was founded by Vanessa Sayce, and it was a real pleasure to shoot product for her website last week.  Trained in interior design, Vanessa is also a natural at styling and was at hand to art direct as we made our way around the products within the shop. She sells (among other things) picture frames, lights, cushions, tea towels, candles, bread boards, bowls and of course, paint.

Products available @ The Marmalade House

To see more about the courses, services or products available at the shop, visit:

Thanks Vanessa for a fun day and thanks for the yummy cheese scones!


Zoe working the Heidelberg letterpress @ Meticulous Ink

I popped into Meticulous Ink today to do a photo story for BathLife Magazine about the fine stationers and letterpress technique.  Athena Cauley-Yu and Charlie Cumming set up the business together where they create bespoke personal and business stationary and invitations. Zoe was also there to help work the huge Heidelberg letter press machines. 

Athena & Zoe @ Meticulous Ink

Athena also offers the service of hand-written calligraphy for the envelopes. In todays world of computers and email, there's nothing quite like receiving a hand-written letter, especially when it's so beautifully written!  If you're passing along Walcott St, Bath, pop in and see their own brand of designed cards and stationary. 

Thank you to Gen for photography assisting on the day.  Keep an eye open for the photo story coming up soon in BathLife magazine


Speckled-wood designs

Today I photographed product for Speckled-Wood designs. Anna and Matt, founders of Speckled-wood, create beautiful brooches, tree decorations and wall art, out of wood. Anna and Matt etch their designs onto the wood to produce intricate pieces of art. Each item needed to be photographed for their new website. Their studio is out in Claverton, surrounded by stunning countryside and nature where the duo often get their inspiration. Their product often feature things like dragonflies, moths, birds, butterflies and trees

tree decorations by Speckled-wood

Speckled-Wood won best chalet at this years Bath market and it's no surprise. Their delicate designs are truly stunning. 

Moth brooch by Speckled-Wood

Anna and Matt @ Speckled-wood

Product shoot for Lucy Simon Designs

Lucy Simon Designs: handmade candles

It was a treat to shoot for Lucy Simon today. Lucy owns a homewares store on Bartlett St in Bath, called "Article" where she sells locally produced artisan work and produce. In addition, Lucy also designs and makes her own scented and beeswax candles. The store changes seasonally so keep checking back to see new items on offer, many of which are hand-made.

Lucy Simon @ Article, Bartlett St, Bath (and her friend's dog, she was looking after for the day!)

Lucy will also be running candle-making workshops shortly. I might join up! It's so great to see the rise of designer-makers in Bath. It seems there's an endless realm of creativity here. 

"Article", Bath, UK

I'm so glad to have photographed the beautiful items in Lucy's shop. I've suggested we shoot four times a year to keep her website updated with seasonal changes.  Thanks Lucy for the lovely homemade pate sandwiches for lunch too!