Saturday, 7 June 2014

♥ Giveaway with Mishpish Boutique! (America and Canada only) ♥

 Today I have a little surprise for the Americans and Canadians amongst you - the fab Mishpish Boutique are very kindly giving away a few pieces from their website for one of you to win!

  Mishpish Boutique is a newly founded Toronto based, online women's clothing and accessory shop, selling to Canada and the US. Clothes are all individually picked out and quality checked, and the site even offers free same day delivery for shoppers in the Greater Toronto Area. Since opening in March the store has had excellent customer reviews, and I have high hopes for them achieving their aim of a store-front in Toronto! 

One of you will be winning this Multi-Colour Long Fashion Necklace and a Marilyn Monroe scarf, picked out be me, which together are worth $40! 

Mishpish Boutique have also very kindly provided me with a discount code to share with you for 20% off your order if you enter 'MATILDA20' at the checkout. Orders befoe June 20th will also recieve free shipping

 **This giveaway will only be open to those in Canada and America, and if the winner isn't from this area we'll have to redraw.**

To enter, please just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget! The giveaway will end on the 7th July.

Sadly I can't use the discount code as I'm not in America or Canada, but that didn't stop me from having a good browse of their website - I've picked out a few of my favourite pieces!

Good luck to all those of you who enter! I'll contact the winner on the 7th July. 

Lastly, I hope all of your exams have been going well if you've been doing them, and I promise next post will be back to it's normal format! It's been too long since I've sat down and wrote a rambling post so keep an eye out for it! 

Sunday, 1 June 2014

an introduction to: roseanna leach photography

 Today I thought I'd introduce you to the beautiful photography of one of my favourite people, the lovely Roseanna Leach. We met after being put into the same tutor group at school in year seven and five years later, I'm lucky enough to call her a best friend of mine. Over the past few years she's become an avid photographer, documenting everything from our school's sports day, to sleepovers, to country walks and even an album cover! Despite it meaning that some particularly aesthetically unpleasant moments of my teenage years have been documented in extremely good quality photos (not ideal for someone with skin/a face like mine...!), it's been lovely watching her hone her craft and I'm sure I'll be treasuring her pictures for years to come. Seeing Roseanna pursue her passion with such a beautiful outcome makes me feel like a very proud mumma, and I can't help but share her talent!

 Recently she set up a Tumblr blog, Roseanna Leach Photography, posting her photos and occasional stories behind them, so I thought now would be a good time to introduce y'all to her. The pictures on her blog are mostly nature focussed, but there are a few beautiful shots of her family thrown in there too. I've picked out some of my favourites!

I also managed to catch up with Roseanna and ask her some questions for you all too, so here you go!
Spring Blossoms
Spring Blossoms
M: Who or what inspires you and your work?
R:  Cheesey as, but Jesus - I try to find beauty in everything I see, and it reminds me of how awesome and beautiful he is. In terms of photographers I have so many favourites from different styles so here's a couple: (fine art photographers) Robby Cavanaugh, Brooke Shaden, (portrait photographers) Janelle Elise, Katie RutherStephanie Belton, (fashion/editorial photographers) Caitlin WorthingtonErica Coburn and Julie Trotti!

Forest in the Lakes

M: What do you find so appealing about photography - what do you get out of it?
R: I'm not a great artist but I love creativity, so photography allows me to channel that little spark in a way I find accessible and simple. It's also very freeing: one of my favourite things to do when I'm stressed is to go out on a walk in the fields near my house with my camera for a bit of solitude. Sometimes I come back with only a few good shots but it's mainly the fact that I can release myself through the photos that I enjoy.

M: What urged you to pick up a camera in the first place?
R:  It was my dad! He showed me his old film SLR and I loved it;  thought I'd be able to pick one up and be a master straight away, but unfortunately it's not as simple as it looks. I'm slowly learning more about how to manipulate light in order to capture things the way I want.

M: Do you have any advice for anyone keen to pick up a camera and try out photography for themselves? 

R: Yeah - I'd say just go for it! Look around on the internet for advice so you can get the hang of the basics (YouTube is perfect for tutorials) and then just take as many photos as you can, all the time. Also I'd say don't be ashamed of using auto mode: a lot of people say things like "that's not real photography" but I think a great picture is about the subject, the angle, the moment and the way you capture for it! So for a little while just use auto until you've built a relationship with your camera - you need to get to know it and love it. But when the time comes don't be afraid to shoot on manual - at first everything won't look to great but that's ok. As long you keep trying, you'll only get better!
Forest in the Lakes
Spring Walk

M: Where do you want to be with your work in ten years time? 
R: I'm not entirely sure to be honest. Photography is a very competitive field to work in so doing it as a job may not be a possibility, however wherever I am in ten years time I hope that I have a small collection of cameras to keep my passion satisfied and we'll see about the rest!
Spring Walk

Roseanna uses a Canon 1100D with either a Tamron 70-300mm lens or a Canon 18-55mm lens and edits her photos using a mixture of Photoshop Lightroom and Elements.

I imagine her tumblr is going to be choc-a-bloc with new photos this summer thanks to our end of school freedom, so it'd be fab if you followed her on twitter/tumblr to keep updated with her work!

Thank you for reading - I'm hoping to do a few more of these style interviews over the next few months if they go down well, so do let me know what you think!