January 23rd, 2013

Wanaka tree

A long-awaited honour

Well, I had a fantastic time with Julia, ilmera,  while she was here for her holiday in the UK. For me, it was the opportunity to put right the fact that we didn't get to spend enough time together during her previous visit last summer.

On 10 January I drove up to Heathrow terminal five to pick her up and get her back to Somerset. Her flight was early, so that gave us a great start for the homeward journey. In fact, we did so well that I was able to delay our meal stop until much closer to home. I made a little detour and we found ourselves walking into La Terre on Glastonbury High Street at about 8.30.

After our dinner we headed home, with predictable promises to return to Glastonbury before long.

I didn't take that many photos while she was here, for various reasons, but I think it's essential to post these first. I think I know how to take photos of landscapes and buildings, nature and gardens, but I have a huge hangup when it comes to taking photos of people. I'm not sure what it is; insecurity, not really knowing what's expected, not knowing how to make it work, and above all, a big lacking in confidence. Whatever it is, it has shied me away from portraits.

But, having a stunning model come to stay meant that I had a stunning model come to stay; someone who knew what they were doing and who could gently guide me through what works and what doesn't. So, last Tuesday morning, in glorious winter sunshine, we went to Burrow Mump for the interesting backgrounds and ruins and had a bit of a session. She was fantastic and these photos are the result. And, after years of anticipation, it was a true honour to be able to take them.

More of what my wonderful friend and I did later.


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