Little gems of Portugal

So beautiful that it hurts…

To be continued…




Macro photography with the Reach Photography Group. Loved the place and throughly enjoyed the evening stroll with the lovely group members.


Saudade III

I am reopening an old project which I had no time to finish last year. Saudade still interests me for many reasons – linguistic, sociological, historical and not the least – personal. Saudade is so far the best word to explain the way I felt after I left my favourite place and my home for 7 years – I often think of my life there and sometimes secretly wish that I can go back and be this previous version of me again.

For those who don’t know what saudade is, here is possibly the nearest description by Aubry Bell (1912):

a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness

Even after 10 years living at a different place in a different part of the world, I am still giving into this ‘dreaming wistfulness’ and my new word falls apart for a moment and I stop being who I am.


Tulips II

Part two of the experiment with the tulips. I did not want to loose the flowers – tulips are my favourite and this bunch was my Valentine’s Day flowers…

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Off-camera flash 

In this impromptu photo session, I used an off-camera flash with a standard soft box. We took all pictures at home, just before dinner in a very small area, using a black pop up background.

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Behind the scenes – Elizabeth Dickens Veils photo shoot 

While shooting, I am usually so into the set up and the details that I often forget to do the behind the scenes shots and video. Yesterday was no different – it was only towards the end of the photo shoot that I remembered.

We were shooting again at the lovely Hockwold Hall on the border between Suffolk and Norwich. And the weather behaved beautifully for this time of the year! For the majority of photos I used the natural light coming from the big marquee windows.

This is Elizabeth Dickens Veils new collection of bridal veils and, oh my, are they beautiful! Nina from Elizabeth Dickens designs all Veils and they are all manufactured in Soham – just outside Cambridge and Newmarket.

We worked with two gorgeous models – Grace and Kathryn, had beautiful flower arrangements and bridal bouquet from Sally and hair and makeup by Julie. I will soon properly credit everyone as the team was absolutely brilliant.

Elizabeth Dickens Veils – behind the scenes
Elizabeth Dickens Veils – behind the scenes
Elizabeth Dickens Veils – behind the scenes


Elizabeth Dickens Veils – Behind the scenes
Elizabeth Dickens Veils – behind the scenes