Personal favourites of 2016

I’ve decided not to post a round-up of my business photography from last year because, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook or on here, you would have had a flavour of a good deal already. I did realise, though, that I hadn’t shared any of my personal photos in the way that I had done the previous year when I completed a 365 photo-a-day challenge. So there’ll be lots here that you haven’t seen; it’s mostly just us goofing around, climbing hills, getting a rescue cat, pictures of my friends, places we’ve visited. Sunbeams and sheep, too, seem to feature quite heavily: come to think of it, if ever I write an autobiography, there’s a ready-made title.

Some of these are just a record of how a day happened & what I saw; but a lot of the time I think I allow myself license to try out different things, until such point as I feel willing to risk them on a job that I’m being paid for. This personal stuff is where I feel most able to express myself; the picture itself isn’t enough, because for me it has to have something to say at another level. I look for the soul of a picture and how something felt. One of my favourite quotes is from ‘The Little Prince‘, and it might seem a strange thing for someone in the visual arts to hang onto, but for me it rings very true.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

view from helm crag towards coniston old manrspca rescue cat settled in new homesilhouette with rim light of couple walking in veniceexperimental portrait multi colouredroof ceiling detail in winchester cathedralview from hallin fell ullswaterradcliffe camera oxford with sunbeamsautumn portrait in petworth park sussexgarden with watering can at gilbert white's house hampshireportrait in a teapot at the home of earl grey, howick hall northumberland

sheep on beach at dunstanburgh castle northumberland

detail in oxford of bike next to no bicycles signangel of the north antony gormley gateshead tyne and wearreading corner barter books alnwick second hand bookshopportrait of children in a tree northumberland rock pool find on dunstaburgh beach northumberland crab

sheep with lamb in springfun portrait with photographerheadshot portrait in pine woods dorsetheadshot portrait in pine woods dorsetheadshot portrait in pine woods dorsetherdwick sheep on hallin fell ullswaterview towards helvellyn range from hallin fell ullswateryoung boy playing poolview towards ullswater and snowcapped helvellyn range from gowbarrow fell cumbriacumbrian floods humour roadsign chelsea flower show beauty of mathematics garden highclere castle photographyrspca rescue cat settled in new homecolourful headshots of womenbackstreet of venice urban photographybackstreet of venice street photographysquare in burano venice colourful

rspca rescue cat settled with children in new home

(She loves Call The Midwife and wanted to be Sister Bernadette!)

portrait of child at durham cathedral cloistersriver cruise in DurhamDurham cathedral folk music summer school folkworksbeamish open air museum barclays bankbeamish open air museum photography studiobeamish open air museum tram 1900s townbeamish sweet shop 1900s townbeamish policemanbeamish coal mining pit villagesteamroller at beamish pit villageschool at beamish open air museumschool playground traditional hoops at beamish open air museumschool playground hopscotch at beamish open air museum1940s land girl at beamish open air museumgiant pig at beamish open air museumblacksmith at beamish open air museumboy on tractor at beamish open air museumdurham cathedral monksboy jumping at whitby abbeywhitby abbey and stepsfamily picnic at rannerdale knots butter mere cumbriasheepdogs at buttermere villageedwardian portrait from photography studio beamish museumhelm crag lion and the lamb looking towards grasmereart room girl drawing at allan bank grasmerepiano playing at allan bank grasmere national trustopen top bus route along ullswaterchildren climbing the howitzer summit of helm crag grasmerebracken shadows along ullswater wayfamily playing chess at allan bank national trust house grasmerefun child portrait with party ring biscuitsrope swings at lowther castle penrith cumbriafriendly venetian cat in a plant pot

bee on herbs wisely gardens woking surrey photography

A couple on Mamiya medium format film…

family portrait on medium format film Mamiya FIND labwild swimming UK child portrait on film Eden river Cumbria photographyhouse in fettercairn laurencekirk aberdeenshire wedding photography drumtochty castle

autumn portrait and bracken at petworth park west sussexshafts of light venice photographyheadshot against colourful wall burano venicecolourful reflections of houses in burano venicestreet photography santa croce venicegondolier venice black and whitestreet photography venice ageing populationselection of violins in a makers workshopgirl playing violin in a makers workshop blackheath londonroasting marshmallows at Sarah Moore Christmas barn sale west sussex teenager designing and painting a christmas card

The picture below was commissioned by the redhead, she had a very definite idea of what she wanted for a school project and I kind of like how it turned out!

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  • Aga Tomaszek - What a brilliant idea and a wonderful set of photographs! A life outside weddings because yes there definitely is one! 😉 I truly wish I had a fraction of family photographs that you do, so very precious! xxxReplyCancel

  • Juliet Mckee - These are absolutely glorious Julie, so rich and full of life. You have such an amazing gift not just for capturing people, but for seeing the beauty in the world around you too.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Razzell - Wow wow wow!!! I love this post! Such gorgeous images!ReplyCancel

  • Hanna - Please can you adopt me! I wanna come climb mountains and goof about! What a beautiful family you have xxReplyCancel

  • Annamarie Stepney - Wow – I love this Julie…so much love and happy 🙂 Gorgeous…what a lucky family you have documenting their story in such a way. Beautiful. May 2017 be equally as special for you all too xReplyCancel

  • Angela Ward-Brown - These are beautiful Julie, ack, you have put me to shame. I must bring my camera to family things more, even if my kids hate it. These are beautiful & I loved looking through them.ReplyCancel

  • Jordanna Marston - I really enjoyed your very detailed wide shots, Julie and your street style shots that you have taken whilst travelling. They are really special and deserve to be framed. Your family work is really lovely too.

    You are a truly lovely lady and I wish you every success in 2017 xReplyCancel

  • Carrie Crouch - These photos inspire me to take more decent photos of my family! Love them!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Swann - Julie, your breathtaking landscape shots have totally inspired me! You’ve also highlighted the importance of taking the camera out to photograph family and friends, something I have totally stopped doing but will make it a resolution for 2017!!! Beautiful heartfelt images x xReplyCancel

  • Karen Flower - What an enriched, interesting year you’ve had. These images are gorgeous Julie and make me want to get outdoors more and certainly make bigger plans for 2017. Have another wonderful year ahead – you deserve it xxxReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Mavric - These are really lovely, Julie. Very delicate and clear and distinctive xReplyCancel

  • Sarah - What a great idea Julie, each one of these images are great, I feel like I know you a bit better now! I love that you went in your own creative direction, it works so wellReplyCancel

  • Maria Hooper - O Julie, these are just so wonderful. What an utterly gorgeous family you have. You’ve inspired me to take more photos of mine, why can’t I seem to do it?! These are so precious xxReplyCancel

  • Helen Lisk - Oh Julie, these are wonderful! It’s so refreshing to see a post full of personal photos, I loved looking through it. And such beautiful images 🙂 xxxReplyCancel

  • Camilla Parry - Lovely lovely lovely! How nice to see a round up which includes personal photos, looks like you have had a great year 🙂 Lots of love xReplyCancel

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