Playgroup Festival eFestivals review 2012

Another brilliant year at Playgroup Festival near Tunbridge Wells. It has it all. The food. The fun times. The friends. Even the weather didn’t bring it down. I did another review for eFestivals (but also check out last year’s review), and took some more Kodak moments, mostly of all the brilliant costumes from the fun lovin’ crowd. Read the eFestival review here and look at most of the picas some of the on the eFestival’s website and well as my personal favourite snaps on my own Flickr.

If you have never been… next year, just go 🙂

Playgroup Festival 2012 - Pippi Longstocking

Playgroup Festival 2012 - Purple Monsters

Playgroup Festival 2012 - Face painting a tiger

 

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Helsinki alternative travel guide for Hound magazine

More wordy goings on from  me. Back in May I went to Helsinki for a sight-seeing weekend away, and I loved the city so much that I wrote an alternative travel feature for Hound magazine. The mag is aimed at discerning young creative types, packed with musical interviews, reviews, fashion spreads, illustrations and features. The mag is free and distributed mostly in Brighton, but you can also read the publication online.

I provided some words and the photography, although there was also a lovely illustration by Ryan Humphrey. Time to pack your bags and go to Finland!

Helsinki Travel feature page 1 - Hound magazine

 

 

Helsinki Travel feature page 2 - Hound magazine

Spain: Hen, Sea & Sand (and photos)

I got back earlier this week from a long European weekend away in Spain; a girly hen weekend with some of my oldest friends. There was a lot relaxing on the beaches in Salou – just 2 hours south of Barcelona on the Costa Dorada – spent a very fun day at a water park, and I was a tour guide for my group around Barcelona for the last day. There is a fabulous market in the middle of Las Ramblas called Boqueria Market, I would urge anyone to go visit; firstly for the food and secondly for the photos. Check out my Flickr to see the rest of my snaps from the holiday

Marzipan Watermelon

Pink Flowers

Tray of Sweeties

I love Barcelona Lollipops

I had a new photo toy that I took out with me for the trip, an electronic photo clicker for use with my tripod. It meant that I could take extra sharp photos, particularly at night, which was really useful for when I found these beautiful multi-coloured night fountains in Salou, that made beautiful patterns in the water. These might be my favourite abstract snaps to date 🙂

Water in the light fountains - Salou Spain

Water in the light fountains - Salou Spain

Water in the light fountains - Salou Spain

Wedding Gif

Wedding Gif

It’s wedding season! I have attended two of four this year already (nobody die please!), which means I have been a) drinking far too much champagne, b) hanging out with lots of lovely people and c) trying to take lots of lovely photos. The above was crying out for an animated Gif, the Groom at wedding number 2 with the groom Paul, very excitedly hugging his guests after the beautiful wedding ceremony. Afterwards was a cute village fete reception with games, including a coconut shy, which I painfully fell into during a family tug or war. Ouch! But such a lovely day. Congratulations Paul and Lauren!

Groomsman's Orange Roses

Multi-coloured cigs

Dinosaur Biscuits

Check out a selection of the best on Flickr and the the entire album for Friends on Facebook.

A photo mini break in Helsinki

This time last week I was in Helsinki. Bosskite had a gig in the motherland of Skwee, so I went along to help carry the gear and have a mini break in Finland. Helsinki may be expensive, but a beautiful design mecca, oozing culture and character. Here are some of my best snaps from the weekend.

I Love you Ballons

Club Sandwich and then some

Helsinki Cathedral... Almost

Helsinki Market Stall - Reindeer Horns

Helsinki Market Pansies

Temppeliaukio Chruch - Outside Rocks

Helsinki Temppeliaukio Organ Pipes

As Cold as Ice - Live Performance

Just my Type of Post Office

Check out the rest of my snaps at my Flickr.