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Julia Bostock Photography

April 20, 2012

I recently received a most lovely friend request on Facebook from London-based photographer Julia Bostock. Have you heard of her before? When I clicked over to her website to view her portfolio I was captivated by the things that I saw.

Julia Bostock Photography

Julia has an incredibly sensitive eye when she shoots, from the way she captures light so softly to how natural the children look that she shoots (never stiff or catalog-y), I am really keen on her work and wanted to point you over to this talented photographer today. Though her work is primarily based on children and lifestyle, I couldn’t help but think it fits decor8 nicely given the moods of those I’ve selected as some of my very favorites. I hope that you enjoy them too.

Julia Bostock Photography

Julia Bostock Photography

It’s nice to see how the pros are photographing children these days, isn’t it? There are so many variations, some approach it very naturally while others meticulously pose their subjects perfectly. I imagine those of you out there who are mothers have already found your photographic style when it comes to taking shots of your little ones. What is your style when shooting? Have you ever given it much thought? Are you children often posing or looking into the lens or do you tend to sneak up on them and catch moments as they occur, when the child is playing or dancing around – perhaps without even noticing that you are there capturing their very special magic?

I often wonder how I’ll photograph my future kids and I imagine most likely like I style interiors – with a very spontaneous, casual approach without a great deal of planning. I like to capture the moment as it is and not go through a lot to ‘create’ the moment. It’s interesting to think about though, isn’t it?

Have a lovely few hours, I’ll be back a bit later today with a few more posts before the weekend! xo, Holly

(images: julia bostock with permission)






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Happy Weekend To You!

March 30, 2012

It has been so nice to visit with you this week through these digital pages — I have enjoyed connecting with each of you so much! It is now time for the weekend and I must sign off and do all of those weekend-y things that need to be done but I wanted to wish you well and hope that you have a very happy weekend!

Happy Weekend To You!

Have a very nice & restful few days until we meet again and loads of love! xo, Holly.

(image: The Shop at Number 57 with permission.)






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Happy Weekend!

March 23, 2012

I really like this video called Lost Things that I stumbled upon recently. It’s been around forever, not sure where I HAVE BEEN (seriously?) but oh gee oh my it’s a delicious way to spend 2 minutes of your time today. Let’s call this, instead of Lost Things, the Happy Weekend song – shall we?

This video stars Fine Frenzy singer Alison Sudol and was written & directed by Angela Kohler and Ithyle Griffiths.

Enjoy and big hugs to you from me. xo






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Meeting Sweet Paul

March 15, 2012

I recently met Paul Lowe from Sweet Paul and he was so calm and well, yeah, sweet. I didn’t know what to expect really, but I thought that it would be nice to meet him while I was in NYC so I took a shot of courage and sent him a message and said that I’d like to meet him in person and would he be interested in popping by the light studio where I was teaching in Soho to say hello. It was a long shot since we aren’t really web friends and I’ve never really talked to him before, but I believe in just asking people for things because if you don’t ask, you have no right to complain when stuff doesn’t happen in your life. So I asked.

Meeting Sweet Paul

And I received. Paul Lowe walked in during our class and not only did I meet him, but he so nicely met lots of my students too who wanted to know more about my mystery guest – and for those who did know who he was, well they had a total “moment” — I could tell.

Meeting Sweet Paul

Most of us are inspired by and like to see those who find success primarily from blogging as Paul has, I have, and so many others who began their career mostly by sharing their passions online first and then wham-o! It resulted in amazing things for their life and careers. Paul is incredibly talented and deserves his success and from my brief chat with him, he was very warm and polite but also grounded. He seems like someone that I would get on well with if I had only had spent more time chatting him up. But of course, I had a class to teach and so the Sweet Paul visit was quick but still deeply inspiring to me personally and I wish to thank him so much for stopping by to say hello. I’ve met some incredible people throughout my own blogging journey over the years and Paul was a highlight. Thanks, Paul.

Meeting Sweet Paul

Meeting Sweet Paul

I love these two spreads (above) as it really reminds me of the work of my favorite stylist, Dietlind Wolf in Germany whom I wrote about in January – she did the same thing with watercolors and food. Dietlind is a known trendsetter in the world of food styling here in Germany. The two spreads above are by Alicia Buszczak.

Meeting Sweet Paul

Meeting Sweet Paul

Meeting Sweet Paul

Meeting Sweet Paul

Meeting Sweet Paul

Meeting Sweet Paul

And with that, I’ll shout out the recent issue of Sweet Paul magazine (Spring 2012) with some images from it, and you can watch for it at Anthropologie stores sold nationwide and in the UK as it will arrive in printed fashion there very soon for Antho customers. Yay to Paul for scoring that collaboration, a huge win!

(images: sweet paul magazine)






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