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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Feature in Pretty Nostalgic Magazine

Finally, I can blog about this lovely shoot that we've been keeping under our hats, as the magazine is now out!  It was great to collaborate with Hannah again on a magazine feature.  A couple of months ago, Pretty Nostalgic Magazine commissioned Hannah to write an article about contemporary lighting designers in the UK, and commissioned me to take the images to complement the feature.  It made my heart sing when the magazine's vision was to have the lights outside in the trees!  We started our search for a magical woodland setting, and with the help of Emily from The Tinderwood Trust Forest School, we found the perfect place.  Old oak boughs, mossy stones, and the woodland floor covered in mini mushroom forests - what a find!  We went up to the woods a few evenings, set up the locations (with lots of helping hands!), and waited for the perfect ambient light to give the shoot a real twilight feel.  

 photos by Ffion Atkinson

It felt like we had created our own festival with the sound track of the wind in the trees and every little creature living under those canopies.  The woods came alive at night, every cracking twig was slightly more heightened as it became darker.  We heard owls, foxes and other unidentified things!  I kept expecting a deer to walk into our magical scenes.  

photo by Ffion Atkinson

We set up different locations for each of the designers.  Jennifer Collier's shades looked so graceful, each little breath of wind catching the wisps of stitching.  Hannah's candle covers were the perfect companion, lighting the way to the forest beyond.

 We loved the glow of Amy Cooper's lamps, looking almost other worldly in their mushroom woodland.   

Tom Raffield's and Jane Blease's pendants looked at home on the oak bough.  

photo by Suzi Garlick

The BeauVamp & Deryn Relph's gave a soft coloured light through their shades, spilling onto the trees and woodland floor.  

We set up a mossy stage for the Sarah Lock lamps.  

And the Colin Chetwood lights looked like they were growing from the woodland floor.

Now it's all here to see in print.  

I think I admitted in a previous post that I am a bit of a serial magazine sniffer!  I love the smell of the pages as I flick through some magazines and books. Pretty Nostaligic is not only a beautiful magazine, it smells mighty fine too!  A blast to the senses.

It was nice to meet the Editor of this lovely magazine, Jo Keeling, at the End of the Road Festival this weekend, to talk about the shoot and to meet her in person.  

I'm so happy to be a contributor in this issue.  Look out for a copy!


  1. Stunning photography as always Sarah and Hannah's lamps look right at home in the woodland setting - truly magical, Alison x

  2. Gorgeous photos, I love the lamps in this setting. Will be getting a copy of the magazine.