Wednesday, 17 July 2013

there are few things more lovely than being there at the start of an adventure…

…and yesterday i was sidetracked from my important upholstery shed schedule by just such an occasion.

yesterday was the day that brand new craft workshop enterprise @theFarm had planned its first photoshoot. @theFarm is all set to launch this september because a certain energetic and intrepid good friend was looking for a business idea, and her upholstery teacher (me!) was looking for new avenues for teaching her lovely craft skills. throw in another irrepressibly crafty lady and the idea quickly gathered momentum…

of course before any splendid crafty enterprise can get off the ground, it’s important to tell your lovely customers about it. which means @theFarm required a photographer to create tempting images for its website (after all, we can’t just expect folks to imagine how fabulous it is).
after some mulling over the cost of proper professional photographers, and the wisdom of asking weighty favours from friends’ husbands who happen to be photographers, and the decision was made: we would shoot the @theFarm photos ourselves, thereby creating them for free whenever we wanted to and with no strings attached. perfect.

five ingredients for the @theFarm Big Day of Photography

• one digital camera and tripod (borrowed from a patient husband)
• three crafty ladies plus a most helpful friend who strikes an awesome pose (drama teacher, obviously)
• one splendid Georgian farmhouse with a huge farmyard, lots of appropriately charming stone walls, and a handful of goslings and hens
• some warm summer daylight
• some handcrafted goodness, huge piles of fabric and vintage loveliness

the day dawned beautiful and 30 degrees+. wearing our sunday best and cheery smiles we propped and posed and worked our woollen wellie socks off. i’m proud that we remained cheery and calm through the shifting and lifting, creative dilemmas (bunting, yes or no? how ‘bout gosling poo?) the animal antics, ever-changing light quality and tea-time for five kids with only a little perspiration and four sets of rosy glowing cheeks to show how hard we’d worked.

so here’s a sneak peek:

eirlys and emma doing a spot of darning…

me, looking a teeny bit hot and feeling quite silly…

emma, who triumphed with the day's most enormous smile…

oh, and if you want to find out more about @theFarm, contact Emma


  1. Golly! It was way too hot to darn. And to wear wellies. But you did wonders, Joanna. And you don't look at all silly. Do you think we need stunt hens next time...? :D

  2. ha! love the idea of stunt hens. did you see the fab Crafty Magazine ( photo of hens in knitted frocks? mine had better watch out...


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