Last year I promised myself that I would have some good photos taken of my jewellery. I've made do, so far, with the snaps I take for my own records and, as I am not a very good photographer at the best of times, any that turn out well is more by happy accident than plan.
I know some excellent photographers through being involved in my local art and craft scene, and all of them have a different approach to their work, but the one I felt could create the atmosphere I wanted - of my jewellery as part of the local landscape - was artist photographer Heather Marlow Stephenson, who suggested photographing my jewellery as if it is wildlife.
What inspires me to create is living in an area of natural beauty where many people come to escape the noise and pressures of urban life. I wanted photos of my work that grasp the feel of blowing away mental cobwebs on a windy walk, or being able to just stop and listen to birdsong, or the excitement of peering into rock pools. I would like people to wear my jewellery for alloccasions in their lives, and take it on their own adventures, but each time they wear it to also still feel that breath of fresh coastal air attached to it.
So, after weather watching for several days, Heather gave the word and we set off on a blustery but sunny day to search the cliffs and beaches for suitable locations for our shoot. We chose limestone outcrops, gorse twigs, precarious wire fences, rivulets and rock pools for our photos.
Nonetheless, we appreciated each other's approaches and had a very thrilling day outdoors. This page shows some of our work, and I'm delighted with the outcome.