Creating 'Floral Storm'

Creating 'Floral Storm'

I forgot how wonderful it is to create out of the comfort zone. Pushing boundaries of self, and having no expectations only to blow past the ghosts of them.

Shooting in a controlled setting was never on my radar. While others learnt in classes, understanding the foundations of lighting and composition, my growth took place in my neighbours gardens, in the woods, in summer blue lakes, in bushes against the roadside. What can I say, the countryside offers a thousand options and the soft diffused light of English cloudy days was the only lighting I strove to master…

Creating 'Eden'

Creating 'Eden'

Living in England the beauty of unfurling life in March is a striking thing. Warm breezes carrying with it sweet scents of new life. With each image I want to share my love of life, spring, and nature with you.

As I was on a walk with P a few days ago, we passed a patch of wild flowers that I'd created in last year. How a year has past since then is beyond me! So much has happened, so much to catch up on... so, here's me making a small start…

Creating 'The Kiss'

Creating 'The Kiss'

As a new romantic love blossomed in my own personal life, I found myself growing as a person, as a girlfriend, as a business partner, as a best friend, and as of this year, a fiancee. 

Up until now all my pictures featured a solo feminine character blossoming into her own, from a lace clad sleeping young woman to a warrior queen. The growth of the characters mirroring my internal evolution into womanhood. 

It was time to add another dynamic...

Behind the scenes at my Melbourne Workshop!

Behind the scenes at my Melbourne Workshop!

Click through to watch some workshop behind the scenes!

On a cold spring day I held my first ever Australian workshop in beautiful Melbourne. I couldn't help but be reminded of the first workshop I hosted back in 2015. Although that was held in the UK, it too was in early springtime. What can I say, it's my favourite time of year to create and to be able to share that passion with others gives me great joy!

This workshop had been months in the works. It was my first time to Australia and I soon realised that pulling together and holding a workshop turned out to be a wonderful way to meet and connect with local creatives! 

Magic in the spring time...

Magic in the spring time...

Earlier that week I'd come across a location while on a drive. A small patch of woodland with moss covered ground caught my eye and I could immediately envision an enchanted scene within it. I decided to attach the flowers to a dress I'd sourced from eBay and create a character that to me symbolised the coming of spring, my favourite season....

Daughter of Spring...

Daughter of Spring...

I think it's a beautiful thing when creatives collaborate. I always feel that the work produced feels richer for the talented poured into it.

At the end of Autumn I was talking with the lovely Agnieszka from Agnieszka Osipa costumes as well as model, Maria Amanda. I was coming back to the UK after a few months of travelling in the US and was looking forward to channelling some creative energy into personal work...

Bella Kotak + transFORM Gallery NYC - Opening Night

Bella Kotak + transFORM Gallery NYC - Opening Night

It was the cold wind that hit me first as I walk out of JFK airport. An 8 hour flight flew by with 4 movies and a bag of popcorn. It wasn't my first time to the city, I'd been here a few months ago and the cold chill was a familiar one...

paradise romance...

paradise romance...

The day was cold and bright when Lydia, India, and I made our way to the location where we would spend the day. I'd seen it in pictures but the reality took my breath away; A fairy home tucked away in a city. Lydia found it through magic of her own keen spirit. She always seems to find the most beautiful spaces. Madeleine, the owner of the home, greeted us at the door with hugs and a bright energy. I knew immediately we were going to be great friends from our previous communication and from her warm energy that presented itself that morning.

storyteller workshop part ii - the final images!

storyteller workshop part ii - the final images!

It's been exactly 4 weeks since Pratik Naik and I got together and hosted our Storyteller Workshop in London. In my last post I shared behind the scenes photos, the format of the workshop and my experiences of the day that I hosted. It's my pleasure now to share with you guys the finished images from everyone who attended! It's so interesting to see how each person has interpreted the same scene in their own styles.

storyteller workshop

storyteller workshop

On the 14th and 15th of March, Pratik Naik, from Solstice Retouch, and I organised a two day workshop in London! We decided to split the days and allow room to focus on our individual strengths. I would have a day to create and share my knowledge and Pratik would have his to lead people through an intensive one day retouching seminar.