the summer of love

As my summer has been filled with wonderful weddings I thought it might be an idea to share some photos I've taken with you, too. Being part of a wedding is such a joy and privilege and for a hopeless romantic like me it's really just blissful. So, without further ado here are some of my favourite photos from this summer:

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What a wonderful summer it has been, and still there are many beautiful weddings lined up for me to assist Marianne Taylor Photography during some magical days of love, joy and happiness. I really can't wait to share more with you! ;)

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Cornwall and a sad departure of a friend

In June I spent a week in Cornwall, which is at South West of England by the Atlantic ocean. It was the final part of UK I hadn't visited and it really felt like I had saved the best for last. We had a beautiful, relaxing holiday enjoying the most amazing beaches, food and sunsets. My heart craves to go back so badly soon.

The sad news is, as you can see from the photos in this post, that my Pen-EE half frame camera is broken. It's not focusing properly and it was such a disappointment to have these pictures developed after the holiday and realise the departure of my favourite camera. From three rolls I had about four perfectly exposed sharp photos. :(

However some of the photos somehow manage to capture a somewhat dreamlike quality of the beauty that is Cornwall. Visiting the place really was like a beautiful dream indeed, so I thought I'd share some of them with you, too. And anyone who hasn't had a chance to see that part of UK I urge you to go, now! :)

Apart from the gorgeous week by the sea it has been a busy summer. There have been so many beautiful weddings I've been privileged to be part of with Marianne Taylor Photography. When I've had a free weekend from the weddings I've scrappled to catch up with housework, laundry and most importantly friends. The weather in England has been glorious which has helped in making this a lovely summer this far. :)

And to end with a little British salutation to the US readers; Happy Independence Day tomorrow! ;) Hope you're well and enjoying the summer as much as I am! ♥

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Carnaby Street

Last week London's Carnaby Street celebrated it's 50th anniversary. I popped over after work as there was a big street party and most of all -20% in almost every store in the area. It was a lovely spring evening filled with annoying tourists, huge queues in shops and not so many bargains. In the above picture you can see London's Spring/Summer 2010 trends in a glance: microshorts, satchel bags, Breton stripes, jersey blazers and brogues. I stood in this particular queue for half an hour before I gave up as it was not moving. Instead of shopping that night I decided to focus on photography and I caught couple of really lovely moments on my mobile hence a little update to you my dears. :)

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This little man was showing the adults how it's done. A really nice little moment I'm glad I managed to capture and save before my N900 gave up on the idea of charging and had to be sent off to warranty repairs. For the past week I've had a social media detox and have taken no photos apart for work. :( I can't wait for the mobile to come back! I'm so reliant on it these days for everything: internet, e-mail, camera, skype, you name it… Terrible thing this modern life! ;)

But before the detox there were moments like this I was so glad to document. Right place, right time – a perfect London moment for me. These little elephants have taken over the streets of London by the way. There are 258 in total and you can read more about their parade here. :) So, although my shopping bags were slim coming home I managed to grab some ace photos and a fabulous goodie bag from the Carnaby Street party. Not a bag night after all, don't you think? :)

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Spring Update

Right, I've been a bad bad blogger! Not so much a bad photographer, but yes, I put my hands up and say: a bad blogger. :( Since having the camera in hand almost every week work-wise there just hasn't been enough time nor strength for me to roam around the streets of London taking photos like I used to. When I do get a chance to break free and run amok though the Nokia N900 is doing a marvellous job helping me capture it all around me. So, it's time for a little mobile-phone-photo-post-update again my dear friends!

London, as you know, remains my greatest love and just trying to capture it's life and energy continues to be my dear dear mission in life. I've been very fortunate to visit and see places in this fantastic city this year I never thought I'd be able to. The thirst to see and experience more has never died down for me and it's pretty amazing, since in February I celebrated my 11th anniversary of moving to the UK. Time really has flown by!

There are still corners of this city I have not seen or documented and these little surprises just keep me deliciously on my toes. Nothing beats turning a corner from a familiar street to something amazing that you just  never saw before, like this sculpture nuzzled next to St Paul's Cathedral. It's moments like these that make living in London such an adventure.

The moments I experience alone and more so the experiences I share with other people in this city just multiply the intensity of my love for London. Yes, this is becoming a gushy love letter I should probably keep in my desk drawer and not post… but I just can't help it!

I love London and I'm not ashamed to say it! :)

The fact that spring is in full bloom here might have something to do with all this emotional overflow at the moment as well… :) Maybe I am also over compensating for neglecting you for this long. I'm truly sorry that posting here has been so sparse and sporadic. I continue to make no promises, apart from guaranteeing that I will be a bad blogger for the foreseeable future as the silly wedding season now gets into the full swing.

But in the meanwhile as I continue to enjoy this gorgeous city be sure that I will have some sort of a camera in hand, be it just my trusty little Nokia, and when I do have a chance I will continue to share my London with you. It's just too much to keep all to myself. ;)

This really is the most beautiful and exciting season in this city and I really do recommend coming over to London in spring time if you ever have a chance. You might just start gushing uncontrollably like yours truly about the wonders the Big Smoke beholds. So, until next time, be well my fellow Voxers! ♥

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caught

I can't believe I forgot to add this photo to the previous post! It's one of those rare moments I'm not sure if to take a photo, as public transport is quite an intimate place to be snapping away however descreet I try to be. But really, I just couldn't resist as that sign about feet on the bench was perfectly placed. Or actually his feet were perfectly placed. ;) So yes, I got caught. I think I looked innocent/tired enough that night not to be told off, or then he just wasn't 100% sure if I did actually have the audacity to take a photo of him. :D Either way, I'm glad I captured this moment.

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mobile London

It's been a cold start to the year here in London and I have been busy with the weddings, so there aren't really so-called quality street photos to blog at the moment. However I upgraded my mobile end of last year to the Nokia N900, which is an amazing as well as possibly the most coolest mobile phone I've ever owned. :D The camera in it is superb and I have been busy snapping away with it in between the routine day-to-day things of my normal life, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite moments with you from these past couple months. :)

This was outside my dentist's office. It felt a bit ominous as I'm not a great fan of the dentists in the first place. Mine is a great lady though, and she takes good care of me so I had no need to worry. The camera in the N900 has this cool wide screen mode as well, which means I can fill in a great wide angle of things, like the photo at the start of the post from the South Bank. It really is The Coolest Phone. Honestly! ;)

The touch screen makes taking sneaky photos on the underground really easy as well. These two are my favourites this far. The couple above had such great symmetry with their coffee cups and books, but most of all were so wonderfully animated and engrossed in their books that they didn't notice anything going on around them. And this man with the mobile made me really nervous initially. I thought he was taking a photo of me! It would've been quite ironic, but it was really just a case of furious typing in the end. I couldn't resist capturing this moment though.

The old tube stations in London are great spots for some impromptu photos as well. The platforms are in the open and face each other giving me a great view of things unfolding on the other side. I love how that poster seems to make a moral comment of this love triangle by rolling his eyes. A great little scene unfolding I think. :)

The winter here has been incredibly cold and snowy. Usually there are one or two days of snow in the whole year, whereas this year we can count the snow days in weeks. After the cold snap in January this was a comforting sight for me, I can't wait for the spring to come now! :)

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safe as houses

Hello kids, happy 2010! :) It's been too long (again), but it's the same old story: busy-busy times for little old me. I managed to bring my camera out with me for a little stroll today however, so have some very safe and boring shots to show you to start the year off. There is something about these naked branches I really love this time of the year. They are so… graphic! :)

South Bank was cold and lonely today. The tide was low and not many people were around. This meant that there were not many interesting photo-opportunities either, which suited me well as my fingers were freezing and I felt a bit out of touch to be honest. It's been so long since I managed to roam around the streets of London for just the pure purpose of doing street photography I can hardly call myself a street photographer any more!

There we a few nice moments, like this couple walking together, I did manage to catch though. I suppose it's just the question of getting back on the horse and start doing these things more. Again. I know, we've been here before. I'm sorry. :D

It's just finding the time and energy. 2010 hasn't really started in the best way for me and at times like these stuff like personal photography gets pushed way back on the agenda. I'm glad I got out with the camera today though. Really, I should do this more often. ;)

In the whole process I managed to grab a backseat project photo, too. Something else I should do more of when out and about. The collection is shaping up nicely, yet very slowly. :)

I hope the New Year has started well for you and I hope to have some more photos to share with you soon! :)

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