Together in Tuscany

We rented a wonderful villa in Tuscany for a week, 12 Baileys and Bains's, a relatively small family gathering for us. It was perfect (apart from all the mosquitos). The average temperature was 28 degrees with plenty of shade and cool water when it got too hot and some wonderful Tuscan food and wine.... Heaven.

Although my intention was to relax and recharge my batteries after what has been a pretty busy work period, I also really wanted to make use of the location, the beautiful light and my Nikon D750 to take some photographs. Italy was also an opportunity to shoot lots of the kids for Silkie and my hashtag project, #thesestoriestold. They were all perfect models. 

Firstly there was the pool........

Secondly there was the beautiful house, which I haven't shot per se; but I have made use of the stunning light streaming into the dark cool rooms.

And thirdly we did get out and about a bit. We visited Pisa, the beautiful hill top town of San Gimignano, the superb Usiglian Del Vescovo vineyard (with the obligatory wine tasting) and finally and more locally, the hill top town of San Miniato.

There was so much more we wanted to do so next time we'll have to book for longer than a week.


JUST START...... that's what I promised I'd do after Blogtacular. So here goes!!

Since meeting at Blogtaular in June, Silkie Lloyd (@rosehippaper on Instagram) and I have been hatching a plan to get us both taking more photographs. We have come up with a project which will have us taking photographs on a chosen theme which will change monthly.

#thesestoriestold is our new baby and we'll be populating our instagram feeds as well as regular blog posts with our best images.

Starting in August our theme will be CHILDHOOD. The summer holidays are now well under way and we will all be spending more time with our kids. So no hanging about any more, NOW is the best time to shoot some great images and create some wonderful memories.

We'd love it if lots of you joined us. To take part hashtag your images on Instagram #thesestoriestold.

We'll post our new theme at the beginning of September. Have a lovely summer and get shooting!