Trace… snip… fold… POP-UP!

When I am commissioned by Quintet to shoot a new craft ‘makes’ book I get to work in many lovely location houses with lots of opportunities for me to style my own shots. The very recent new Pop-Up card book I was commissioned to shoot I especially loved photographing against interesting backdrops, with an abundance of nice details/items for me to place in the frame in a supporting role to graphic cut-out cards themselves.

Here are a few I shot that day…

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I am sure my 10 year old son would especially like to make the last one!

Wishing all the best of luck to Quintet at this October’s Frankfurt book festival.

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The Decorative Ceramics of Karin Moye

When I have been commissioned to photograph Artist/designer’s profile features I have often found myself loving and wanting to take home with me a piece of the work by the artist. Karin Moye’s work I love not only for it’s decorative quality and gorgeous colour pallet and combinations, but because of the illustrative folk art feel of her motifs, (http://www.katrinmoye.com). I use to be a published illustrator, so they are very appealing to my taste. I really regret not picking up one or two pieces of her work. I am sure they would make me smile every time I should go to sip my morning tea.

If anyone was lucky enough to be at the Bovey Tracey contemporary craft fair in Devon this past weekend, 7-9 June (www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk) then you may well have been lucky enough to come across her stall. It truly enhances my experiences as a photographer, to have a small creative memento to my day’s shoot. Here below are a few images I shot at the time for the BBC Homes & Antiques magazine up in Karin’s Nottingham studio…

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Another wooly story…

Following close behind the book ‘500 Crochet blocks’ (Quintet Publishing, Autumn 2012)
I also was commissioned to photograph ‘HandKnitted Letters’ published earlier this year worldwide. In my photograph above I liked the twist on the old craft of hand knitting a cover but for the modern day Kindle.

Next stop was having fun and games trying to capture kids in whimsical brightly coloured hand knitted hats that took on various shapes and sizes…

The project was started back in October, and thereafter we battled with keeping toddlers and babies from frost bite on various very cold UK winter days – come March still little improvement. You know what they say about working with kids and dogs, well, add freezing temperatures and bitter winds… However, hurrah! Come April we completed it, and the result for us I must say is a very good looking book. ‘Fun Hats’, Search Press (UK) and ‘Whimsical Hats’, Barrons (USA) will be published Autumn 2013. Below, is a small selection of my favorite shots.

A road trip to Suffolk and beyond…

It was great to be invited by Country Living magazine to photograph one of their first ‘Dream Business’ features. I could not have asked for a better visually beautiful business to shoot than ‘The Pump Street Bakery’ in Orford, Suffolk, (Issue February 2013). They are the winners of BBC Food Awards – Best Food Producer 2012. I was blessed to have a bright Autumn day for my shoot and thought I would share some of the images I like to wet your appetite…

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I arrived at 6am after a VERY early start driving out of North West London. These guys though had been there from about 2.30am! They held back some of the product for my arrival but very rapid photographing was required as rising dough needed to be put in and out ovens with specific timings. I dashed between floors in the bakery photographing pastries on the ground level and breads on the first floor. I grabbed sips of a freshly made coffee and did not say no to a freshly cooked doughnut straight out of the machine whilst at the same time re-setting up my tripod in different spots around the busy workers. There was just so much that caught my eye to shoot.

Once Cedric Citroen, (the mobile bread shop) was loaded up, we took a short trip down a country lane into Orford itself to the shop and cafe. The staff were so friendly and very patient as I had to pick my way around customers and cake stands fully of wonderful crafted eccles and a variety of pastries to get my shots.

THANK YOU! to all there that day. For my wonderful homemade soup, the interesting conversation exchanged with locals and accommodating my efforts to do a good job. Cheers!

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To spin another yarn…

What I love about this job is one minute I am shooting a portrait in a pub in Hackney, or ferrying up the Bosphorus towards the black sea, then a summer knee-deep in boxes of 500 crochet blocks and a different sea of colorful knitting yarn…

I had a great commission to shoot a new book ‘500 Crochet blocks’ by Quintet Publishing. As anyone who has photographed a whole book before knows, once you hit the first scheduled day’s shoot it is full on. But working hard at it I loved the opportunity to draw on my professional past experience as an Art Editor along with being a photographer. I propped, pruned and tweaked my way through over 80 main shots. I dreamt of wool and it stuck to me whereever I went in this summer of 2012, but very happy with the results, (nothing to do with the fact I was off to Istanbul for two weeks afterwards : – ) honest!). Thank you to the team for inviting me to work with you. Everyone worked so hard.

‘Highly professional and endlessly creative, Lydia has produced just the right images for our projects. The books have truly benefitted from her involvement – the photos are eye-catching and perfectly arranged.’ – Margaret Swinson, Production Editor, Quintet Publications.

‘500 Crochet blocks’ search Press Publishing 31/01/2013 UK release date.

Mustard catering… a wonderful attack on the taste buds!

This is the part one of the most difficult parts of my job… trying not to eat too many of my props! At the time Mustard Catering invited me to photograph various wonderful food creations of theirs on-site, it was impossible to resist sampling more than one or two of these pieces of food artwork. I had to work very fast, using lovely natural light and was very lucky that they stocked so many great serving surfaces, from textured grey slabs of slate, distressed metal trays to the finest bone china. (http://www.mustardcatering.com).

Zoe Murphy – Liberty Print Furniture

The bespoke printed furniture and textiles designer Zoe Murphy is now re loving furniture with a little help from Liberty Print. www.zoemurphy.com

I remember very well my day trip to Margate to photograph Zoe at her studio for BBC Homes & Antiques magazine, www.homesandantiques.com. I really loved her designs and it was a privilege to see her at work at her studio. Thanks Zoe for directing me to the best local Fish & Chip shop after the shoot. I enjoyed every mouth full as I sat looking out to sea before my trip back around the M25. Also, big thanks to the Homes & Antiques team for such a nice commission. Here are a few shots I took on the day.