The Mind of the Magnolia...

...I work so hard to attempt to perceive the world through my clients eyes, to give all my clients, the people who I thank for giving me the opportunity to work for them and share their fantastic moments, sentimental moments and share their memories, the images I feel they desire...

...This is my chance to show you the world through my eyes... the lady behind the lens.. the work and images that mean the most to me.

Now don't be expecting the same styled images as you see in magazines here, as I have had work published in magazines and been there and done that, I want to show you my art.

As an artist using a camera as my tool, my tool to show you how I feel, what I like, simply my world. In my world, anything goes, from professional appearing images to pixelated, out of focus and dramatic.

This is my art, my world, my rules.

I hope you enjoy.



Magnolia Photography UK

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Family and winter images I love...

We recently sent a card to my husbands grandma, who is Brandon's Great. Grandma now. All the Christmas poems were not very good so I wrote the following:
To a very special grandma

who has now become a great,
but in our hearts you already were
the greatest of the great
as you are so loving
and you are so kind
Robert, Sarah and Brandon,
in our hearts you shine.

With love this Christmas.

Some of the following images, when clicked may be huge, as I will have uploaded the full size version(s).

I know this image has a washing line and a lampost in, but it so beautiful to me.
It is all about man vs. Nature.
Our creations and signs of life,
and the plants, trees and beautiful snow,
falling amongst them.

I thought it was applicable as it was taken last year at Christmas and the blogging above is about a Christmas card to a lady very important to us.

Other images that I love, that some others may wish to reject. Just because an image is RAW and unedited, imperfect, does not mean it is worthy of rejection. As an artist and a photographer I accept the beauty that is displayed in areas of images that maybe others would not perceive as beautiful, I love various images, life images, memories, and real.

This blurry, image of a sweeping brush, and plant pots, amongst other things, captured as it is snowing in the orange streetlight is another one of my favourites.

I love the colour and whispy detail that the snow creates, the many lines.

This street shot I snapped last year, always takes my breath away, I just seem to love the warm glow the lampost distributes accross the street. And there is nothing more appealing to me than the look and glistening of untouched snow. No sign of tampering, no footprints... completely untouched. A huge white blanket. like they say. Sparkling and beautiful. This image has additional meaning to me as it is where we lived last, and this was the view from our bedroom window... a view that I used before to capture some lovely images of birds and trees which I will publish now:

I love the birds, and I emphasise them and the sky by adding a shadow, dark, vignette to the edges of this image, and saturating the sky to bring out the colours. 

There is beauty everywhere, you just need to be lucky enough to have the opportunity to capture it, good photographers sometimes need to be in the right place at the right time, sometimes, to be lucky enough to capture the most precious images in their portfolio's.

I love the sky and the warmth in this, and how it is opening at the top left. I added an artistic filter to this image to make it appear more bold.

All these images were taken from the same window as I shot the images above.

This is my favourite shot of a tree from that window, in which the sky was beautifully coloured and I enhanced the colour by saturating it again using Photoshop.

I find this image breathtaking, it is not because I took it, it is the scene in which I captured, I am so happy I had the opportunity to capture this.

I would love to have this image printed on Canvas for one of the rooms in my house. It is important to me.

Some images such as this are available to buy at:

*Magnolia Photography Online Proofing and Shop* in which may be down when our business is closed. 

You click view pictures/order prints and select the album 'Prints for your home'. 
This is an unlocked album and has some unusual and some traditional shots that I like and perhaps some others would enjoy also. Hope you like my work and as always, feel free to comment, I look forward to hearing from you.

Newton Aycliffe. Proud to be a newtonion.

The life we create and the life we choose to lead.

I thank our lucky stars everyday that I wake up next to my husband and to our first son, our miracle baby, the one we were told for years I would never be able to conceive, lying in his Moses Basket next to us.
  Picture, Left, Above, our son sucking his thumb in the womb.
Mothers everywhere will relate to how it feels when they are pregnant. 
Although I have SPD that started at 16 weeks pregnant, I would go through it over and over again just for him. Our little 'squish face' who is absolutely beautiful.

All through my pregnancy I was in agony and in a wheelchair, in which I am still to this day, a month after birth, but whenever I felt down, or was sobbing, or in pain, I would feel this little life inside me, move, kick, wriggle, hiccup and prod; and he would make me feel on top of the world. 

He was named and very much wanted way before we even conceived and we needed some little help from a pill called 'Clomid'. This forced my ovaries to release one of my eggs, one that later became our son Brandon. The son we have waited all our lives to have. 

There were many problems and complications through the pregnancy and birth and some still occuring now, but lady luck has shone on us, as we got through it to be able to have him here, in our arms.

Picture, Above, I am in a wheelchair holding my bump.
Picture, Left, My third trimester, I am in agony as I attempt to kneel with my husbands help to show off our son, as he is the womb.

Many people take pregnancy and children for granted but you never know how important something is until you have experienced severe and traumatic problems.

He was born 8lbs 11oz on November 20th 2009 at 18:52hrs.
I tried to give birth normally but the SPD was too much and the baby was stuck. 

I was offered an intervention or a C-Section and thankfully I chose the emergency section as we later found out, as it was written on our discharge paper, that our son had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and head and if I had opted for intervention, he may have never been here at all.

Life will always throw obstacles at you, but it's overcoming these obstacles that make you the person you are today and you find yourself aware and appreciative of moments, things, situations that to your dismay, others take for granted.

Picture, Right, the picture I dreaded to be captured.
All through my pregnancy I avoided images being taken of me in my wheelchair, but why? I am still in it now, it has been replaced with a self-propelling one, one I can move myself at times. 

But the question is why do we not accept things around us at times. There was and is a positive to me having a wheelchair. It prevented me from being stuck indoors, being alone and isolated. I could and can go places. Still do certain things I did when I could walk.

So when you are having a hard time you should stop and look at the situation in a different light, you may be perceiving something positive, negatively, I have many times. As negative as it is, it is life and there is nothing I can do to change things.

So at the end of suffering, there is usually something positive and our positive, our light at the end of the tunnel is our son. Who has transformed our lives.

No other life event we will experience, can ever come close to the birth of Brandon, our Brandon, our Son.

Just holding him brings me to tears, relief, happiness and love. Many other feelings that are so strong and important it is impossible for me to put into words.

I am enjoying being a mam. Something I never thought I would be and the husband and I are very much looking forward to growing old together and sharing our son as we grow together. 

Experiencing him and his life and his growing up together.

Things that you cannot put a price on.

Think twice the next time you moan about something and ask yourself, is it worth it? Really worth all the stress? When there are more serious things happening and you are so lucky to be where you are today.

Christmas Tree Wonders...

So there is another side to Professional, Business woman Magnolia...

... a one that is somewhat childlike...
...welcome to my inner 'princess' child...

When it came to putting up our tree, it had not been long before we had moved and it looked likely we had possibly thrown out our decorations, so we had a naked tree.

Due to me being very girly in which I like to have dolls, hello kitty, Tenshi Neko, Glittery and more items of girly nature, my husband dug out my box of dolls and accessories. I thought these would be a fantastic idea to de-nakify (yes that is a word now, I said my rules!) our tree.

So we started and I created some paper wings for the doll we used as the fairy on top of the tree, Snow White from the Disney Dolls collection. I gave her a white and gold beaded dress, tiara and wand.

And we had a tree fit for a Princess just like me. 


..and an idea that can work every Christmas with those that have young children, who could even change the toy themes to whatever they wished. Something else to look forward to at Christmas...

...and here is our evidence; enjoy.

A piece of Magnolia... (Intro to blog).

To start I would like to share a piece of me, not the name I chose. It would be predictable to match this title with photography I could have done of the Magnolia flower itself, but that is already established under the name Magnolia. 

When you name a person, what do you name them from, and do you expect them to resemble what you named them from forever?

I don't, I believe it is the personality that defines the name and although Magnolia is not my name, it was not given to me, it was chosen in 2001 as a name to put to my photography, it has blossomed and developed, to mean many things.

And one thing that I associate with the name I have given my work, is me. 

So here are some pieces of me, I would like to express and share. Of course your interpretations will be different, meanings will be different and perceptions will be different to mine...

...but that's exactly what makes things interesting.

Image information: 
Top: A self portrait 'Jump' using Tripod and Timer. Left: Unedited, straight from camera, full sized image of myself, my husband snapped this. Right: A snapshot I created of a headshot my husband took, to show the world the lady behind Magnolia Photography UK.

I have been behind the lens quite a few times and even found myself published in magazines and modelling for merchandise companies, bands and shops but this is not what I wish to do, although I didn't mind helping a few people out and enjoyed the feeling you get when someone compliments you, I knew deep inside that modelling is really not for me.
I have too big of a heart and care too much about my appearance to be strong enough to model, and I won't kid you, I have stretch marks, more so now, my war wounds I call them from having our miracle baby, and I am not the required size for modelling. I was surprised to find myself in those situations in the first place, but I am proud. Proud of what I have achieved and proud to have been brave enough at the time to allow myself to experience such opportunities.

What I am proud of the most, is the people I inspired, I personally do not see myself as any inspiration at all, but modelling and other women witnessing this, I inspired others to persue their dreams and model themselves, as I proved that you do not have to be the 'required size' to model as there are areas out there that require various women to model.

This is why I help, support, advise and provide contacts to women who approach me for such purposes. Promoting natural and 'normal' beauty, getting various women who could be your next door neighbour, or a girl you went to school with into doing what they have always dreamed. There is an area for everyone, despite how you feel. I myself have photoshopped women for magazines who are top models, and yes they have stretch marks too, I remove them, they have spots and blemishes and I make them into what the magazine wants, the 'required size' and model.

You need to be brave though, and be able to wash remarks and criticism away, and I as an individual find it more appealing and more 'me' to be behind a camera, capturing the world. This is merely what I prefer and I enjoy it.

I enjoy bringing the best out of people, capturing the moments that matter and I have dabbled in Make Up Artistry, Styling and thought up creative settings and positions, which I have advised on posture and have many credentials in these areas. I have a drama background as well, acting and performing in which helps me to create such appealing/artistic/creative concepts for images, in which unlike my dabbling in Make Up Artistry I have qualifications in. I do have backstage styling and make up experience but no qualifications as of yet, not that I have not tried though.

Starting my Art and Photography as a business was very hard, but I did it. I offer Design, Photography and Image editing through my business, but there is nothing I wish to do more than to put the concepts I have in my mind into images.

Now you know some of why I do what I do, and what I have done, I would like to continue this blog focusing more on images of meaning to me.

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