I was so excited to be asked back in March if I was free to go to Hampton Court Palace and photograph Lucy Worsley, the Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and historical author for a feature in WI Life.

Luckily I was free, and on a glorious Spring morning I headed down to London. And is always the way when you want to make sure you get through Oxford without hitting the hideous rush hour traffic, I arrived super early!! Though it did mean I had time for a wee wander around the beautiful grounds and get a feel for this fabulous Palace (and to try and calm my nerves!).

We tried a few locations for the portrait images - as you can imagine Lucy knows the Palace like the back of her hand - whereas I just got completely disorientated - it's enormous with lots of twisty turny corridors!! And then it was up to her fabulously eclectic office for a cup of tea and the interview with Hattie, the editorial assistant from WI Life.

And then I had to keep quiet about it all until now! Not an easy task!

Like the other shoot which appears in this issue too, I've been playing the guessing game about which images will make the final edition. I so hoped the pouring tea shot would make the cut - as soon as I took it I thought how perfect it was for WI Life - and so you can imagine I had a big smile on my face when I opened the article and saw it there in print!


Cover girl!

I was thrilled when this month's WI Life came through my letterbox last week to see my portrait of the fabulous Laura had made the cover - particularly as Tamara from earlier on this year had been knocked off the top spot by Gary Barlow!

It was a couple of months ago that I meet Laura and the rest of her WW2 re-enactors at Frogmill Paper Mill in Hemel Hempstead. It was a glorious day and their 1938 Dennis Ace Fire Engine, which they take to steam rallies and 1940's weekends, was positively beaming in the bright sun - as was Laura! A complete natural in front of the camera, we had such fun capturing a variety of different portraits across the different locations that the Mill had to offer. 

And it's wonderful to see the pictures and the words come together in the final article. I always like to play the guessing game about which images are used and love the ones WI Life chose - though the ones against the green peeling paint wall are still a personal fav!

Pipped to the post ...

We didn't quite make the cover of the April edition of WI Life Magazine - Gary Barlow somehow managed to pip us to the post! - but we did get four pages!

A great collaboration between Tamara of Barking Hen Jewellery with her wonderful creations made in her Chippenham studio, words from the fabulous Rin Hamburgh and images by me!

Loving seeing the images from a couple of months ago now in print - such a thrill!