She spoke to the birds and they sang in return.


So here’s a shoot I’ve been meaning to blog for AGES. I was delighted when the phenomenal Kate in the Kettle got in touch about doing a little creative collaboration, especially when she turned up with what I can only describe as the props box of dreams. (It’s entirely possible that I squeaked and clapped like a seal when that appeared out of the car. Not even going to deny it.) This was a shoot with an awesome amount of creative freedom, featuring everything from fairy doors to giant origami to hair floristry and beyond, and my goodness it was fun!

As well as procuring a few props, Kate and I both decided to make a couple of things to feature in this photoshoot. Kate created these incredible critters:


And I decided to put together a tiny bird’s house for Kate to wear on her head. Because, well, why the heck not?


Hair and make-up was done by myself and the images were edited using a combination of Photoshop and Alien Skin Exposure for that extra film-like colour grade. The location was a lovely bit of woodland out towards Dungworth, Sheffield, and all of the images were shot using a 50mm prime lens on a Canon 5DmkIII.


If you haven’t heard Kate’s beautiful, otherwordly brand of music before, be sure to go treat your ears to her Bandcamp page.


Creative collaborations = good for the soul. It’s such a delight working with folk who dive into wild visual ideas with both feet and get as giddy about them as you do.


For more info and updates about Kate’s various projects, head on over to her Facebook page and the Songs of Separation website. If you like what you hear, you could even help Kate record her new album! She’ll be posting little bits of new exciting videos and songs over on Patreon and, for whatever you can manage to contribute, you’ll be able to access the posts and help her create the new album all at the same time. Magic stuff.

Until next time,

E x


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