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.
It's been a busy two or three months leading to a very delayed 'Best of 2017'. I almost considered leaving it until 2018 but there were so many lovely moments in the last year that I thought it was worth popping them up even if they are a little late. Thank you to all those who have appeared through the lens of the de la Mare camera this year!
Starting with a stunning Couple's shoot for Simon and Bethany in January, following their London wedding, this year's weddings have been a joy! There's a couple in here too of Tom and Hannah's stunning Graphistudio album that arrived this year. Congratulations one and all.
Floral and Fauna...
It's hard categorising photos - a few in here could fit into the lovely people section, just they aren't people! Getting out and about or shooting pets in the studio were some of the highlights of 2017, with another successful Pet Week in Angel Square and lots of opportunities for capturing nature.
Businesses and Organisations...
It's been such a pleasure to work with lots of different local businesses and organisations again this year including the beautiful work of mj cabinetmakers, a stunning fashion collection, work for the wonderful Ullswater Community College (including a little bit of Joey Essex) and Eden Boutique and a project for Hospice at Home's 20th anniversary including a visit from The Duchess of Gloucester. If you don't know about Hospice at Home, please check out their website - it's a wonderful charity.
Sessions with some lovely people...
Really, it's all about people. Thank you to all of these people who spent a little portion of their 2017 with me as we preserved a few memories together.
For those of you who don't know, one of my favourite things is the heart and brain of C.S.Lewis. Like many I grew up with his books and the seminal BBC programme (I won't start a long paragraph on my preference for the real fake animals in the TV version over the fake fake CGI in the films)! I also studied his critical essays and theories for my dissertation. John Piper recently labelled him a 'romantic rationalist' and I love that mix. My reason for starting with a little Lewis love is that a lot of what I love about the heart and brain of Lewis is encapsulated in the music and lyrics of The Gray Havens. There's an engagement with the mix of joy and pain that is part of the human condition, but also a huge sense of hope and redemption all told with a creative flair and narrative-themed lyrics.
There is a quote on their website that reads:
"Good, beautiful, stories plunge the reader into a fictional world in such a way that when they come out again, they perceive the real world more clearly and with more joy than before. In much the same way, song lyrics—when married to the right melody—can penetrate the heart. Story plays such a huge part in our songs because powerful narratives have been so transforming for us personally.”
As a fan of theirs, when the opportunity came along to submit designs for their next t-shirt I grabbed my sketchbook and had a whirl. Below are three ideas and the one that has made it to the shortlist. If you fancy voting for it you can hope on to the survey here and give it a click. There are some lovely ones on their so you can vote for them too (though I think you have only one chance to vote for the one you like).
I would thoroughly recommend their music for a listen and their website for a look.
And these were a few other ideas:
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