It goes without saying that 2020 has been an unusual year. It’s also been a time of change here as, after 15 years, I’ve gone full-time as a photographer and creative. For many years, I’ve had the pleasure of working for a few days each as a graphic designer for Ullswater Community College and have counted celebrating the students of that school as one of the joys of my life. As 2020 began, it felt right to transition my role out and give my time fully to my business after eleven years at UCC. From this summer we’ve had a name change, from de la Mare Photography to de la Mare Creative, and whilst this isn’t necessarily the easiest year to do it in, I’m excited for the changes and opportunities ahead!
Over the next few months there will be updates on our website and social media pages - we have exciting new collaborations happening, some seasonal shoots and a new photographic venture coming too. So follow us and come along for the ride!
You can find us on facebook: www.facebook.com/delamarecreative and on Instagram @delamarecreative
For many years, March meant my annual visit to Eden Boutique at Newton Rigg for a fantastic couple of days shooting the end of year Creative image work from the hairdressers and beauty therapists there. Sadly, due to Coronavirus, this year's shoot had to be cancelled so here's a couple of my favourites from the class of 2019 instead!
A year ago today... Unscripted, a novel by Claire Handscombe, had it's book launch. We had the privilege of giving the book it's own little shoot ahead of the launch. A good book recommendation can go a long way in times like these and if you are looking for a little bit of romance, optimism and escapism then check it out.
A couple of months ago I had the great pleasure of shooting with the Lost Art Theatre Company. The play, Number 8, is based around the life of the Carlisle-born suffragette Maud Mary Brindley. What a performance it was! The subject matter was stirring and, putting the particulars of the politics aside, the story of human endurance and singularity of purpose was interesting in the light of the current climate on freedom, and on freedom fighters. It was wonderful to work with director Jane Reardon again and alongside Jordan Summers from 1Five Events for the performance at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle. If you missed the performances in August, Number 8 will be making a return at the Borderlines Festival in October.
Once again it was an absolute pleasure to photograph the final projects of the students at Newton Rigg's Eden Boutique. As ever there was great evidence of creative ideas and skilful execution. Here are a few of my favourites from the two days...
I know 'Photos of the Year' type posts are meant to be limited to a small amount of shots (I have a great deal of respect for photographers who can choose 10!) but I've gone for a smaller amount of shots in a variety of categories! 2015 has been a fun and varied year with lots of exciting and beautiful things to capture. Spring and summer seemed particularly long this year and so there were more opportunities for outdoor photos. I also had the great joy of becoming an Aunt too (my new nephew Eli makes an appearance below).
To all who I've had the privilege of working with this last year, thank you!
Some lovely locations locally and further down the country (a beautifully sunny Bristol!). Congratulations to all this years couples x
Flora and Fauna...
As ever, its a real pleasure to live in Cumbria with easy access to the Lakes. There were also some new (furry) additions to the residents at Dalemain Mill that will probably mean that next year's 'fav photos' will feature less birds!
Local Businesses and Organisations...
Thanks to Creations Hair and Beauty Salon, MJ Cabinetmakers, Eden Boutique, and The Rendezvous Restaurant for some fantastic sessions this year. As always, it's been great to work with Ullswater Community College again this year and join in with all the wonderful things they do.
Sessions with some lovely people...
Thanks to all the lovely people I've spent time with this year - I look forward to seeing some of you again soon! And of course, welcome to Eli!
Hospice at Home...
Lastly... a little splash of colour at two Hospice at Home Colour Runs. If you weren't involved this last year and live in Cumbria I'd definitely recommend signing up for the Carlisle or Penrith event. As you can see, it's amazingly fun!
There may or may not be a film show reel of the year too but just in case - a belated Happy New Year! Here's to an equally wonderful 2016
Between one thing and another I've managed to get very behind on blog updates for the last 6 months or so. As a lover of lists, I have lots of them! However no amount of lists can actually blog for you! With my work at UCC quietening down for the summer, I'm hoping to catch up. It's been a busy period with a lot of fun things. One such thing has been continuing working with the lovely team at MJ Cabinetmakers. I can't commend them or their work enough and it was a pleasure to photograph many of their items - small and large - over the last few months. They've recently opened a new showroom at their premises near Bassenthwaite and it's well worth the visit. Here are a couple from their beautiful winter exhibition:
More recently I popped to an amazingly stunning location in the Lakes to shoot one of MJ's dining tables. The design and production of the table was created to fit the shape and feel of the room. Simply gorgeous.
Check out their website at www.mjcabinetmakers.co.uk.
A very quick round up of a wonderful year - thanks to all those involved!
Time with some lovely people...
Great opportunities working with local businesses...
Great times at UCC again this year...
Some beautiful flora and fauna...
And lastly, a great weekend away with the family in Fort William...
Thanks for a great 2014!
A quick blog - check out the footage we took at MJ Cabinetmakers' Christmas Exhibition. Very festive and gorgeous stuff!
Just a quick blog to upload a few photos from the weekend... the walnut thief was back and more or less alluded my camera but a few resident birds and flora were happier to oblige. Such a lovely touch of sunshine on an autumn Sunday morning.
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