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Support Local Magazine: Celebrating Women In Business Feature.

My Story  Its not every day you are asked to be featured in a magazine like Support Local that champions small businesses and celebrates the brilliant and successful women that run them. I am going to use this opportunity to speak about my personal journey, the highs...

5 Benefits of a professional headshot with Cindy

Choosing the right photographer to take images of you and your business is by no means easy, especially when there are 100s of photographers with different styles and approaches and that's just Kent! A good photographer will take a clear picture that you will be happy...

Equine photography in Kent

Now offering a new photography service: Capturing the bond between horse and rider. My earliest memory of horses was going to the New Forest as a child, I thought it was a magical place and I fell under its spell. Growing up I did not have the opportunity to have...

Let’s collaborate!

Collaboration  Definition from The Oxford Dictionary: The act of working with another person or group of people to create or produce something WONDERFUL  (I added the wonderful!).   I think it’s safe to say 2020 was a difficult and testing year for many...

Black Creativity

I have grown up admiring creatives from all different backgrounds and ethnicities from Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Madonna to salt n pepper, Jimi Hendrix and Marilyn Monroe. I have danced to their music, studied their art and enjoyed watching them, they have shaped...

Beautiful one of a kind postcards for sale

The beauty of Kent and it's stunning flora and fauna lovingly captured on a postcard for you to enjoy or give as a special gift. These one of a kind images also look wonderful framed as they are printed on high quality, recycled paper.   Each picture Is...

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So I mentioned in my About Me page that I am practicing my street photography skills, this is an area of photography that takes me well out of my comfort zone. The fear of asking someone and them saying no, or even saying yes and then having to take a shot quickly...

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My house is filled with photography books and as I studied this wonderful art I came across a few thought provoking pictures. I love photos that make you feel a little uncomfortable, sad or just angry, pictures you can’t take your eyes off but you’re not sure why,...

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I have done a collection of mini garden photoshoots (social distancing of course) to raise money for Mind UK, a magnificent charity that means a lot to my family and I’m sure to many of you, especial now during these times of uncertainty.

This is what I discovered

People are finding solace and comfort in their gardens and family bonds have been strengthened. With all this extra time at home people’s gardens are looking spectacular! even with limited resources to hand, tending to the garden has been a welcome distraction. Gardens, window boxes and plant pots have all been given some extra tlc.

 

As I spoke to people a common theme of growing more vegetables was evident, reminding me of the wartime message of “Dig for Victory” and certainly now people are growing for Britain. I made notes of what people were growing and I can tell you it was vast, incredible varieties of fruit and vegetables that I won’t even attempt to spell, not to mention herbs with their therapeutic smells wafting in the breeze. Top of the list was Courgettes, a tasty and versatile vegetable but I’m not sure why so much attention, any ideas?

Also, lots of DIY being undertaken, mostly successful! People have been making use of what they can get their hands on and the results have been brilliant. I have found out what people like most about their gardens and chatted about future projects, all positive vibes and really encouraging.

 

I wanted to capture the smiling faces behind the closed front doors and how we have been finding our own ways to get through this unsettling time. With the help of modern technology, love and luckily good weather the majority of us are doing just fine. Everyone is growing, renewing and improving and I think this extends beyond garden fences and into the current situation now.

However, there are so many people finding this lockdown a real challenge, we hear the most heart-breaking stories every day of people struggling with their mental health and this is where charities like Mind UK step up and offer much needed support.

I want to thank my brave subjects for allowing me to capture a piece of their history for them and for making a kind and generous donation to Mind UK, we raised £300!

https://www.mind.org.uk/donate

And locally https://westkentmind.org.uk/give-time/give-money