Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie: Blog http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:41:00 GMT Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:41:00 GMT http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u330187713-o270452062-50.jpg Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie: Blog http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog 90 120 Kris + Katharine // Cromer Beach // Mariposa Photography http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/6/kris-katharine I've been beyond bad at blogging this past year, what with the flat renovation that seems to have gone on and on. But I have stirred myself to tell you about a wedding I shot at the start of June because it was a bit different and more than a bit special.

I've known Katharine for what must be about 15 years so when she and her lovely husband-to-be Kris got in touch and asked if I'd like to shoot their super small and at that point secret wedding at Cromer in Norfolk I jumped at the chance. Googling the place revealed a lovely seafront and a long pier. Photographic jackpot!

The morning of the big day dawned dark and forbidding. An insidious sea fret so thick that the pier was no more than a murky outline crept down my neck as I hunted for locations. However, the forecast promised bright sunshine and so I girded up my lenses and hoofed it over to North Lodge Park for the ceremony.

Your average wedding party tends to be between 70 and 100 people (more than that and I start wishing for a megaphone and/or lassie to round everyone up). Katharine and Kris' day was 12 all in - just family, including Kris' crazy funny twins Imogen and Zachary. No fuss (or very minimal). Everyone turned up together. Beautiful outfits, glasses of fizz, buttonholes on and... the sun came out.

The (very bright) ceremony was held in the garden (and skyped for everyone back home). Hugely emotional and just so full of joy. Poor Imogen was so absolutely overcome (with happiness I should point out) that she spent the proceedings howling like a banshee. A quick legal repeat indoors with just Katharine's brothers and sister and it was time for lots of family shots in the garden. Thank goodness for Dee who marshalled the order with sergeant-majorly precision. Who knew there could be so many combinations - I learn something every day :-)

After that I dragged K&K off for some shots along the seafront and a bit of a breather. It's always lovely to watch the public at these times - everyone is so damn pleased for the happy couple. We wandered from the beach huts at one end back to the pier to rejoin the family. The light got prettier and prettier. Everything was very mellow.

I smiled all the way through that afternoon. I smiled all the way through editing. I hope you like the results x

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) cromer herts london mariposa photography wedding http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/6/kris-katharine Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:12:19 GMT
Jenny + Michael // Suma Park, Victoria // Mariposa Photography - Part 2 http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/2/McVassie_wedding2 I won't burden you with more words for the 2nd part of this blog... if you've read the first part then you'll know that in December I shot my beautiful sister Jenny marrying the man of her dreams... here's the final instalment of the photos - a little fieldwork, some beautiful speeches and a kick-arse first dance :-)

 

 

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/2/McVassie_wedding2 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:50:40 GMT
Jenny + Michael // Suma Park, Victoria // Mariposa Photography - Part 1 http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/2/McVassie_wedding1 I don't think there can possibly be a prouder moment in a girl's life than to watch her little sister float down the aisle in acres of white lace to marry the best guy in the world. Except for if she gets to shoot it too. Then it's perfect.

Jenny and Michael got engaged in summer 2013 (the story and shots of which can be found here) in the UK on a visit from Melbourne, where Jen has made her home for the last decade. Very sensibly they opted to have an almost-Christmas wedding in 2014, which in Oz doesn't mean themes of red, green and white, fur stoles and decorative welly boots - it means sunshine, summer dresses and more fizz than you can shake a soggy stick at.

There was no way I could watch anyone else shoot the big day - when you get hitched the only person you see more than your wedding photographer is the person you're actually marrying. What I didn't bargain for is the amount that I'd cry. 

The day, after a week of horror thunderstorms, low temps and mild to severe panic attacks, dawned bright and clear and the temperature began to rise. The champagne flowed, the lovely hair and makeup girls worked wonders and the bride and her best mates were soon giggling away. Over the road Michael and his homies swilled beer and doubled checked they had the required footwear / readings / rings. And rehearsed shampoo commercials. Don't ask.

One vintage busride (bridal party) and old steam train ride (everyone else) later, everyone converged at Queenscliffe for the ceremony. Horribly bright light. Beautiful vows. Seriously, I sobbed so hard I could barely hold the camera still. Goodness knows what will become of the video as I was standing next to the cam and all that's going to be audible is the photographer blowing her nose. Classy.

A walk along the beach for shots and another train ride (a-mazing, people. This is deffo the way to travel) the whole party stopped at Suma Park vineyard and ... well... partied. Properly! It was a real DIY affair. Jenny had been working to make decorations and details for months, my darling mama and my new-kindof-mama-in-law Wendy sewed hundreds of metres of white bunting, Michael's sister Kate did the flowers, his muso papa set up the sound (respect!), my papa gave a speech that made everyone's mascara run and I... well, I ordered everyone around and drank a lot of fizz. Situation normal then. I reckon one of the best bits was when the B&G gave up their sappy Wet Wet Wet first dance half way through, grabbed the mic (Jen) and guitar (Michael) and gave it some serious funk with a cover of Eddie Bo and Inez Cheetham's 'A Lover and a Friend', before handing it over to the evening's band, the ridiculously talented Deep Street Soul.

I tell you the truth... I have never ever seen my sister look so beautiful. I have never seen her look so happy. I've never been to a wedding I've loved so much. I've never been so exhausted and hungover the next day (it's true, I showered in sunglasses). And I'm so happy to have a new brother in law - and a new extra family!

I normally choose somewhere about 80 photos to tell the story of a wedding. You're going to have to indulge me on this one occasion - there are a few more than that... so many that my site host has made me split the blog! Folks, this was one of the best days of my whole life... am so happy to share these shots!

... and when you're done, head to http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/2/McVassie_wedding2 for the 2nd instalment!

 

 

Part 2: http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/2/McVassie_wedding2

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) herts london mariposa melbourne photography wedding http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/2/McVassie_wedding1 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:13:14 GMT
Walkman wedding! http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/1/walkman-wedding I met Chris and Lou a couple of years back at a big winter house party in the Highlands. It was predictably sub zero outside so we all equally predictably stayed inside, got drunk and fought over who got to sit next to the fire. The three of us hit it off like nobody's business - at my advanced age I have little time for those who aren't kind, funny, intelligent and thoughtful. Chris and Lou ticked all of my boxes with plenty to spare. They instantly became my new go-to hosts whenever I'm up in Edinburgh (oftener than you'd think).

We met up in London in 2013 at the tail end of their summer tour of France, and Lou was flashing some brand new sparkly bling on her finger - turns out Chris had got down on one knee in a pretty chateau and proposed. In French. "Oh la la!" you might say. However, one should always make sure that one's intended understands a language before using it to ask life-altering questions. Ergo the first response was "Huh???" Happily, the linguistic obstacles were overcome and the second response was a resounding yes.

The Walkmans tied the knot at big grey Melville Castle outside the Burgh at the end of November. The weather was pretty dubious but the atmosphere inside couldn't have been sunnier. The beautiful bride abandoned once and for all her habitual (and understandable) nerves at having my huge lens stuck in her face and floated down the aisle in a cloud of smiles and lace. The groom quite obviously couldn't believe his luck and had to take a moment out in order to scrape his jaw off the floor. A brilliantly funny ceremony followed (laughed so hard I nearly dropped the cam) with a touching lace and tartan handfasting and truly beautiful vows.

I need not say that the day - and the party that followed - were top notch. The shots speak for themselves. 

Sometimes as a wedding photographer you have to bust your arse to get the best out of people. Sometimes the best is right there in front of you and all you need to do is press the shutter. Here are some of my favourites - I hope you like them.

Oh PS: the pointy thing that keeps turning up... definitely not my fault :-)

 

 
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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) Castle Edinburgh Melville herts london mariposa photography wedding http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/1/walkman-wedding Fri, 02 Jan 2015 19:02:57 GMT
Autumn shoot with two awesome little buttons! http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/11/autumn-shoot Sometimes everything just comes together: the air is crisp but not too cold, the afternoon sunlight is just the right strength and colour, the leaves crackle underfoot and the location kicks arse. Add to all this a really lovely family at the top of their game. It's magic!

Ana, Kev and their two wee monkeys, Ethan and Rory, came to meet me at the beautiful ruins of Sopwell Nunnery in St Albans on Saturday. They'd arrived before me and the boys were throwing the new wooden airplanes their papa had made for them (come on, hands up who wants one - even now??). We started with hide and seek...

"OK... Mummy and Daddy will count. You guys hide and... er.... I'll take pictures of you hiding, ok?"  

"OK!"

(God love the under 5s)

I don't know what Ana and Kev had given their pair before the shoot but they were preternaturally cooperative, unfailingly happy and up for everything I suggested with no cajoling required. It was completely amazing! Endless opportunities and everyone looking in the same direction and laughing whenever required (btw this practically never happens, esp with young kids in the mix). I swear, if I could bottle Saturday I'd make a million by Christmas.

I always love shooting with these guys - they're an absolute blast. And so without further ado, here are some of my faves...

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/11/autumn-shoot Wed, 05 Nov 2014 21:49:55 GMT
Levitation photography and gratuitous balloons - a tutorial http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/8/levitation-photography-tutorial I confess to being slightly addicted to levitation photography lately. I had a bash in Southwold and ended up with my models looking like they could leap 10 feet from a standing start (pretty cool. Need to post those)... however I wanted to try my hand at something a bit more fun... and what could be more fun than 40 rainbow balloons, a pretty girl and yellowed late summer fields?

I persuaded a good friend (and wonderful model) Alicia and her fella Tony to come over and help me make the experiment... Here's one of the finished shots: 

Levitation photography tutorial

I just love the story it tells. When I posted it on Facebook last night I got enough messages saying 'how the hell do you do that??' that, on top of the Southwold session, I thought I'd demystify levitation shots and prove they doesn't take much in the way in the brains - just patience and basic ability with Photoshop layers. I don't propose to make an actual Photoshop  / Elements tutorial - there are enough around already... just thought I'd share the workflow for a levitation shoot! 

 

1) Work out what you want to achieve. This might sound basic and it is... make sketches (doesn't matter if they're crap - it's about working out what goes where). Think about the logistics. The shoot is going to easily take you an afternoon from start to finish. Think about location. Think about where the light's going to be coming from. Think about shadows.

 

2a) Set up a trial for the posing. Number one objective - keep your model safe. We took a regular stepladder and clamped a couple of pieces of wood to it - and to stakes we hammered in the ground. Two triangles are suddenly a lot safer and Alicia had absolutely no problem standing on one leg right on the top (if your model doesn't have a cracking sense of balance either cover the ground in crash mats or rethink your plans and consider 5 inch levitation rather than two feet! We had fun trying to sort out where tension would sit in the body if Alicia was trying to fly away and Tony was trying to bring her down. Lots of play-acting and a certain amount of whooping :-)

Levitation photography tutorial

 

2b) Blow up a shed load of balloons. Find something heavy that you can tie them to so that they don't make an instant break for freedom in the fresh air. Much hilarity.

Levitation photography tutorial

 

3) Get out to your location (ours was deliciously nearby as they had obligingly not cut the hay on Harpenden common) and work out which way the wind is blowing. You're going to need:

Camera

Tripod

Shutter release cable (I bought one for a couple of quid off Amazon)

Stepladder, wood supports, clamps and a mallet

 

4) Put up stepladder (leave off the supports for the moment unless v wobbly - you only need it there a second) and mark where the legs sit. Get someone to stand on the ladder where you'll need to focus on them. Set focus then switch to manual focus and leave it the hell alone. The only work you're going to do with the camera from now on is press the shutter release button. For the record I shot this on a Canon f2.8 24-70mm IS lens on a 5D mk3 at ISO 160, 24mm, f3.2 1/400 sec.

 

5) Take away ladder and shoot the scene with nothing there at all (actually there's a very small dogwalker, they don't matter. They're not going to appear in final image). This is going to be your background layer in Photoshop.

6) Put up ladder, make it safe this time. Model climbs the ladder and finds a pose that are going to work for the ultimate image. Think about the lines of the arms and legs and the balloon string. Despair that the balloons have somehow plaited themselves together in the wind. Swear loudly as the wind changes direction.

 

7) Make your shots. Yes you've just taken a lovely photo of a ladder. It's going to go away.

Levitation photography tutorial

 

8) Pack up, come home (via the pub) load up your images and decide on your favourites. To make each image you need one background (the same each time unless you were a plonker and moved the camera) and one balloon shot.

 

9) Put your two images into Photoshop / Photoshop Elements. Layer the balloon shot on top of the background. And here's the sneaky bit: you put a 'mask' on the top layer (the balloons) and basically rub out the stepladder. The layer goes transparent and you see the nice clear background shot that's behind. You can see that's what I'm doing here:

 

And so you get your image of floating girl, minus DIY paraphenalia...

Levitation photography tutorial

 

Finally, I added a few colour filters over the top of the combined image, to make it more Mariposa.

You can see it's not perfect - she's still fairly obviously standing. If I'd planned further I'd have had her stand on the other foot, point the first, and then photoshop that in. The light catches the bottom of her feet slightly bizarrely. And If I could have got her above the treeline (it was too high and we were too low) and into the sky I could have done what the heck I wanted with her... had her fly 20 metres above the land. But we get what we get. Next time I'll know more and will plan more. So there you go... It's great fun and is merely a bit fiddly and time-consuming rather than impossibly hard... and looks rather snazzy. Hope it inspires you to have a bash sometime!!

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) balloons harpenden herts levitation pre-wedding tutorial http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/8/levitation-photography-tutorial Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:25:35 GMT
Kate and Liam's wedding in Kimpton http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/8/kate-and-liams-wedding Kate met Liam in a bar almost exactly two years ago. It became obvious within a few weeks that here was someone pretty special - the big, handsome manly guy we all dream of - who sees us for who we are, flaws and all, and adores us anyway. So they hung out a bit. Then a lot. Then they moved in together (nice place!)... then one day a few months later Liam overcame a most gigantic hangover (he can tell that story) and whisked his lovely lady off for a posh minibreak... and put some BLING on her finger!

When they asked me if I'd shoot their wedding I jumped up and down and squealed a lot. I've known Kate since I was ridiculously small.... distinctly remember several play dates involving My Little Pony. Enough said. We rediscovered each other only a couple of years ago - she owns a kick-ass marketing company http://www.kewmarketing.com/ and needed some head shots. The rest is, as they say, fizz-soaked history.

Arrived at Kate's papa's lovely, light-filled house on the morning of the big day to find everyone chilling with bubbles and getting dolled up. Fell completely in love with Kate's little nieces (you'll see shots). I do love getting ready time... calm / frantic / insane. It's always different. It's always fun.

Gorgeous and super-touching ceremony (they got told off for snogging before it had even started) at St Albans Registry Office. Lots of smiles and tears. It's hard as a photographer when you're welling up too and can't spare a hand to dry your eyes (happens often). Worse though when you're crying with laughter and nearly drop the camera (also happens often - which is why I love my job!)... Registrars always (and it must be said, very sweetly) give a similar spiel when they hand over the marriage certificate... it goes to the person in charge (the bride) - then she hands it over to the 'most responsible' (or somesuch variation) man in her life... which is normally the groom. Except that this time the bride didn't even pause to think, and handed it straight to her papa. How sweet??? Cue total collapse and hysteria of entire room. You'll see the shots where it happened.

After dodging the raindrops we all zoomed over to Kimpton Memorial Hall. Group photos when it keeps raining ain't easy.

Sun shines.

"Everybody out!"

Drizzle starts

"Argh! Everyone in!"

Repeat ad infinitum...

The happy couple had outdone themselves with tons of beautiful handmade decorations. And... wow... a cake table. Not content with one cake, Kate had baked her own, they'd invited a round dozen of bakers to present their wares for the guests' delectation. Dessert time was treat time is all I can say.

Kate and Liam, you're the most amazing and together pair. You were obviously always destined for one another and I'm so happy to be part of your life - and I can't wait to see what crazy stuff you get up to next! 

Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day...

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) herts kimpton london mariposa photography pre-wedding http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/8/kate-and-liams-wedding Sat, 02 Aug 2014 20:09:16 GMT
Ella & Matt's Brighton Wedding (complete with aerobatics display) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/7/ella_matt-brighton It's not unusual for a papa to contribute generously to make his beloved daughter's big day a really special one, but this was the first time I've been given as a present brother to brother. When my friends Alison and Rich got in touch to tell me that they'd in effect be wrapping a big pink bow around me and my kit and posting me down to Brighton to capture Rich's brother Matt marrying his beautiful sweetheart Ella... well I was kind of excited.

My excitement, it turned out, was entirely justified.

Travelling down from London on the morning of the wedding amid endless threatening clouds and even darker prognostications of storms and flooding I wondered what in heaven's name I'd signed up for... Arrived at the seaside hotel to find a preternaturally relaxed bride to be and her mama and two lovely sisters sipping coffee and having their hair done 60s style. Their calm somehow transmitted itself to the forecast and the sun came out and stayed out... a LOT.

Ella travelled to Brighton Bandstand (honestly, could the day get any cooler?) in a lime green vintage VW campervan (the traffic was so bad thanks to the Lovebox festival I wondered if I'd be getting there after her... possibly even after the ceremony), floated up the steps and into Matt's arms. The pair of them grinned like mirror image Cheshire Cats all day. Gorgeous and touching ceremony then everyone headed down towards the beach for a few fun group shots. At which point the day got cooler. Ella is an air traffic controller (so is Matt actually... I leave you to guess how they met)... and she'd secretly arranged for a flying-instructor friend of hers to put on a natty display for us.

Oh, and then we played ping pong.

This pair are pretty damn amazing people. They overflow with love and happiness, and although it was only the second time I'd spent any serious length of time with them they drew me into their day and filled me with their happy energy.

One more cool thing, before I let you cast your eye further down to the shots... neither of them, they confessed, are much inclined to get down and boogie (at least sober and in public), and the idea of a stumbling first dance in front of 90-odd people filled them with the kind of dread normally associated with annual appraisals and prolonged dental surgery... so they'd decided (another surprise) to get up on stage (uh huh... WAY less scary people) and sing Johnny Cash and June Carter's amazing duet - Jackson.

I don't need to tell you that they rocked it, do I?

Anyway, here are some of my favourite shots from the day. Hope you like too!

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/7/ella_matt-brighton Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:21:32 GMT
Au revoir my dear friends!! http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/7/bye-bye-friends
My all-time favourite mini model Isabel (if you follow my shoots even a very little you'll have seen her) and her family (who I count among my dearest friends in the world) are disappearing off to Abu Dhabi this summer to start a new life.
 
I'm in complete denial. 
 
As of this weekend, David and Rhonda are going to have to endure a couple of ghastly months separated while one starts a new job and sets up said new life and the other winds down the old, so I lugged the old cam over when invited for a (droolsome) Sunday roast (Rhonda, maybe you could fedex me roasties when I get desperate) and did a very unofficial family shoot so they'd all have some current shots to enjoy during David's absence.
 
Gonna miss those guys. Although Rhonda and the kids aren't leaving for a couple of months (watch out for a final Isabel shoot) and I must tell you here that they've already bribed me into going to visit with tales of oases at dawn and Bedouin trips. Oh twist my arm. I'll book my ticket :-)
 
Anyway here are a few of my faves... I think they celebrate everything that's good about fun, family and love. Hope you like too x
 
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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/7/bye-bye-friends Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:19:53 GMT
Chris and Louise's Edinburgh Engagement Shoot http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/6/Walkman I met Chris and Lou a little over a year ago now, at a big house party up up up north in snowy Scotland. Instant, massive click. Hours of gasbagging... and by the time we broke camp I'd acquired two awesome new friends. They've become my go-to hosts whenever I'm up in Edinburgh, and I'll never (even if I try) forget attending their Christmas BBQ in a howling December gale.

Anyway, Chris got down on one knee last summer during a road trip around France... he apparently proposed in French, to the bemusement of his intended, who didn't have the foggiest what he was asking :-) Ah... these things are never simple. Anyway, they must have overcome the language barrier as the next time I saw her she had her bling on... and an enormous grin.

I'm super excited that they've asked me to both come to their wedding, and shoot it (I know some people prefer to do one or the other, but I personally love doing both as it means I get to talk to absolutely EVERYONE - and party after I'm done with the shoot) - they've going to be tying the knot in a castle in November. I am not ridiculously excited at all...

A couple of weekends ago I popped up north for a catch up and their engagement shoot. We took a stroll along the river and discovered that Lou does an excellent projection of serene beauty, while Chris got his smug on that he nailed posing pretty much first go.

Here are some of my faves.... Hope you like! x

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/6/Walkman Sun, 01 Jun 2014 12:40:09 GMT
Dawn at Southwold #2 http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/dawn-at-southwold-2 If you read www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/Southwolddawn then you'll know that I broke a habit of a lifetime and staggered out of bed at 4.30am on the Mayday bank holiday along with my two beautiful models, Alicia and Dee and my co-photographer Alan. We raced along to the dunes on Southwold beach and caught some lovely images as the sun came up. 

 

However, we didn't stop there. The light was clear and bright and fresh and begging for more photography. What better time to pop on a sparkly frock and throw some shapes? To the astonishment of the occasional (well wrapped up) dogwalker... that's exactly what we did. Alan and Dee peeled off to shoot by the (argh! freezing!) waves while Alicia and I stayed well away and got in touch with our inner Herbal Essences. Enjoy!

 

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/dawn-at-southwold-2 Wed, 28 May 2014 09:59:09 GMT
Eliza's First Birthday shoot http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/elizas-first-birthday-shoot My little almost-niece Eliza (who is to me always and forever going to be Dribble due to her predilection for chewing on my shoulder while long strands of drool slide off my elbow... you get the picture. She's going to hate me for telling you that when she's older) turned one last month. And what with my commitments, my best mate (her mama JP)'s commitments and the general crapness of the so-called English Spring her birthday shoot got postponed and postponed ... until today.

The plan was to head out on to the Common, which is currently a heaven (except for hayfever sufferers) of long grass, dandelions and michelmas daisies, inflate a lot of rainbow balloons with helium (with a bit left over for ridiculous voiceovers), tie them to a big basket and generally use an UP sort of theme to give the shoot some shape.

And as it's bank holiday I think we all know what the weather did. 

Yup.

Downpour.

Cue rethink. No one-year-old is going to appreciate freezing her (bubblegum pink) socks off in the driving rain. Hence we engaged in a bit of furniture adjustment and shot in my dining room. It wasn't ideal but certainly better than the alternative.

I think you'll agree JP and Dribble are an absolute delight together - I could have only wished that Stevo had been free to make it a trio. Next time Boyo... next time!

Here are my faves from the afternoon... and btw I got to keep the red balloons :-)

 

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/elizas-first-birthday-shoot Mon, 26 May 2014 19:09:24 GMT
Roadtrip to Southwold and some shots in the freezing Spring dawn http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/Southwolddawn May every

Sunrise

Hold more

Promise

And every

Sunset

Hold more peace

 

With the hurly-burly of modern life and all its excitements and challenges, it's less often than you'd think, and less often than I'd like, that I get to shoot EXACTLY what I want. So back at the beginning of the year I decided to block out some weekends for my own photography and see who I could get to come along with my ideas and make it happen. Absolute score is all I can say... I sweet-talked a couple of epically beautiful girlfriends, Alicia and Dee, into modelling for me, inveigled my awesome friend Alan (who is a bloody good photographer btw) to come share in the fun and help me lug kit around (I'm a wimp) and persuaded my lovely neighbour to let me borrow his house by the sea in Southwold for the first May bank holiday weekend.

You have never seen anything like the tetris I played to get all of our stuff into the Ce'ed. I'd have taken a shot of it when it was done, except my camera bags were well and truly buried under endless suitcases, outfits, tripods, sleeping bags... you get the picture. Then it was up with the Dirty Dancing soundtrack at the girls' insistence and ho! for Southwold across green fields, flowering hedgerows and the English springtime in all its glorious first fanfare.

My plan was to shoot a very dreamy series of images - to move away from my usual style and into more romance. I'd talked through ideas with  my impossibly glam designer friend, Anna Jauncey www.annajauncey.co.uk who could probably not wash her hair for a month and turn up in a burlap sack and still knock your socks off (actually that goes for Alicia and Dee too. The standard of female beauty around me lately is frankly depressing). She lent us some pieces to experiment with and really talked the girls through their styling (damn woman was in Spain that weekend). Whether or not I succeeded in a dreamy look I'm not sure.

Saturday was spent scouting the area, eating too much and trying out lighting effects I wanted to put into practice the next day. 

The forecast changed at the last minute and heralded a corker of a dawn. We all fell into bed on Saturday night, full of fish & chips and plans. It seemed like no time at all until the alarm broke through my slumber. I opened the curtains and absolutely SCREAMED. Perfect light. The girls were staggering around in ballgowns, bleary eyed and applying fresh, dewy make-up. I think I speak for Alan when I say how happy I was to be required only to put on several layers of woollen clothing and double check my batteries were charged.

We piled outside. Argh! Thick layer of ice across the car.  Sunrise was only 15 minutes away although the sky was already a pale pink. Scrabbled for a cd case and frantically scraped windows clear. Zoomed along the clear quiet country roads until we got to the dunes. Race up the hill, get the girls up on the top, make them remove shoes and outer layers (remember, thick layer of frost)... and shoot some epic silhouettes. 

It was a truly special moment... we were all alone. The girls danced straight and slim in the dawn with the sea murmuring behind them. Someone had dropped a match in the sky and the world came alight. Moments like these you never forget and I hugged myself inside and felt alive.

I'm not going to bombard you all at once with shots from all the sessions we did in one go (tiresome for you) so here are my favourites from when the sun kissed the sky that cold Sunday morning... 

 

 

 

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/Southwolddawn Sun, 25 May 2014 18:51:59 GMT
Jenny-Red, some literary adventures and a beautiful bump http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/4/jenny-red A couple of weekends ago I went to visit a very old and dear friend of mine who lives in the beautiful countryside in the surrounds of Newcastle. A couple of months ago, Red phoned me up to announce that a little surprise would be making an appearance this summer, which prompted me to go straight on to the internet and buy myself a train ticket. I arrived bearing all the usual photographic paraphernalia and some extra warm socks (I've visited the north of our fair isle enough to know that you embark on house visits with LAYERS in case the central heating decides to give up the fight, or there's a sudden blizzard, or you have unaccountably grown too long for the bed and your feet stick out the bottom of the blankets).

I digress. Knowing me very well, being book obsessed (she worked in publishing for years) and star location scout that she is, Red helped me deposit most of my impedimenta in the car and led me straight through the doors and up the wide, faded red carpeted staircase of the city's Literary and Philosophical society http://www.litandphil.org.uk/. My jaw clanged open. It probably hasn't changed in 50 years. Hell, it probably hasn't changed in a hundred. Two stories of books, shelves upon shelves. At rather rickety old tables, on rather uncomfortable looking chairs, folk sat reading, or playing chess. They drank strong-looking tea from disposable plastic cups and one got the impression that the place is truly important to the community. If it was in London it'd be full of uber trendy types, and would be nicely restored, and your tea would be served (at £4 a cup rather than 20p) in some whimsical vintage china. I fell in love. And then we took some photos.

Newcastle is just gorgeous. I need to go back there and shoot properly in town. So many arches. So many bridges. Old... New... The city is crying out to frame the people I long to shoot there!

The next day, a lovely lazy Sunday, I shook off the dazed feeling of somehow having drunk most of a bottle of rioja (when one's friend is pregnant suddenly one drinks alone) and we set off on an adventure to Barter Books http://www.barterbooks.co.uk/ - which was once a first class waiting room and is now the most amazing, photogenic and frankly massive secondhand bookshop. Poetry overhead. Random rooms where one can take tea or a hearty sandwich to the side. After we'd taken a few shots of madame lounging on a lovely sofa I found the photography section and settled down to read... 

We finished off with a trip to the beach. My first sight of the sea since I came back from Cuba at the end of January. Beautiful... Amazing... One heck of a backdrop! For the first time since I've known her Red got out of breath walking up the hill on the way back. I guess being 6 months' pregnant is just about an excuse.

Darling Red, I loved spending time with you. I've tried not to gush here in case you get all embarrassed. Thank you for being such a willing and amazing model. I can't wait to meet your little bambino when he puts in an appearance later this year. You can bet your arse I'll be taking his portrait too :-)

 

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/4/jenny-red Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:43:00 GMT
Photo-a-Day Challenge - March 2014 http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/3/Photo-a-day-Mar2014 A couple of years back I undertook a 365 challenge - one photo, every day, of something. Had a lot of fun... but felt quite exhausted with the effort of constantly thinking up something to shoot. I meant to go back to it... I really did. But life and injuries and more life got in the way and somehow the idea got lost in amongst the 'proper' shoots I was going.

However... lately inspiration has struck once more. A friend of mine, Rosie, has been doing a monthly challenge set up by an Aussie blogger who calls herself FatMumSlim (like it) and I've been watching fascinatedly for months. The FMS website, if you're interested is http://fatmumslim.com.au/ The idea is that she gives you word prompts and then you get creative within those parameters (and each person finds and grows their own parameters, I can tell you). She's been setting the challenges since January 2012, and somewhere along the line it went supernova. Over 20 million shots have been shared online.

 

Well... why not, I thought? I happened to see the shot list for March, challenged my best mates JP and Rhonda to come up with one too... and it's been a lot of fun! Folks have started to ask me what the word is, and sit around coming up with increasingly outlandish suggestions (I think 'Fresh' was the high point... or possibly the low point). The interesting thing about the project is the way that it causes you to slowly grow. Sometimes your shot is pretty humdrum, but just sometimes you capture something really good. And I encourage every one of you to think about trying a month yourselves. Really, it gets easier. And hey, if you miss a day, or post a week late - well, it's not like anyone's tapping their foot and looking at the watch (well, I'm almost sure). Have a go - and get your mates involved!

Anyway, without further ado, here are 31 phone shots from March. If you're interested in knowing about the apps I use to filter my photos, let me know and I'll make a mini tutorial or something :-)

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 1: YELLOW... No brainer.

 

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Day 2: BORROWED. Swiped my papa's shoeshine kit and gave my funky footwear some much-needed tlc

 

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Day 3: MY NAME IS Not strictly a photo... But I'm sticking with it as it made me smile on a Monday morning (no mean feat)

 

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Day 4: ON MY MIND... Entering new cities at dawn, not knowing what they'll hold or where I'll sleep or who I'll meet and even maybe fall in love with (yes yes, briefly!)... It's the most extraordinary experience, again and again. It's part of who I am. It never leaves me. Blessing and curse!

 

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Day 5: SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH I... I have ivy growing on one of my bookshelves and it trails down the bannisters in a prettily haphazard way :-)

 

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Day 5: CHAIR. These things are nailed into the ground at London Bridge but I kinda like them.

 

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Day 7: FLY... What better than a mariposa?? This year big changes are happening. They're exciting. They're downright frightening. I don't care!

 

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Day 8: CORNER... Specifically of the corner of Little Newport Street in Chinatown... On my way to drink improbable cocktails

 

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Day 9: 10AM. Can't beat lazy Sunday breakfast, doing the crossword, sipping your fave coffee and hatching plans for a sunny day :-)

 

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Day 10: FAR AWAY. Storm coming. Thailand.

 

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Day 11: SOMETHING GOOD. Feel like crap this week. Stupid lurg. Good thing is my nice big comfy bed waiting for me :-)

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 12: #partial The sun might be shining but probably best not to go for a dip just yet :-)

 

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Day 13: FRESH. All together now... NOM NOM NOM

 

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Day 14: CARE Can't get much better than Guy's Hospital. Hats off to the NHS folks, without whom I would not actually be walking any more. It might have its problems, but look around the world and know how lucky we are to have access to free healthcare.

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 15: EVENING. My good mate Tonio came for jambalaya. I told him he's only invited for the wine he brings. No problem, he informed me, he only comes for the food.

 

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Day 16: #beautifullyordinary This catcher of good fortune is nailed into the tomato planter on the patio. Had completely forgotten about it... Could do with a little luck right now :-)

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 17: TODAY'S WEATHER Some blue sky. Cool, bordering on chilly. Temperature deffo not what it was yesterday!

 

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Day 18: FIVE YEARS AGO...I have to confess to no more than a hazy recollection of each passage of time during the year I wandered slowly up through South America, but I'm pretty sure that 5 years ago I was living in the beautiful sunny white-stone of Arequipa in southern Peru. Happy memories...

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 19: CROPPED. Pressed for time and ideas. Loved these pretty flowers that have suddenly appeared!

 

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Day 20: LETTER Was dashing around this morning (late as usual) whilst trying to think of something vaguely original for today's pic. Had forgotten to pull out the box where I keep my old love letters and was drawing a blank. At which point my mama reminded me that we have magnetic scrabble on the fridge. We hastily assembled one of my favourite quotes... Job done!

 

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Day 21: FULL...Tin full of felt rainbow raindrops still to sew for Dribble's nursery mobile (this thing is a labour of love, I can tell you). I actually quite like my commute Btw... I get an hour, seated, to catch up on (always lots of) correspondence, sew, read, think. It's not dead time.

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 22: MORNING Decided to treat myself to French toast with beautiful fruit and nut bread. NOM!

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 23: I'M LOVING... bestest time with JP and Dribble. Shopping followed by afternoon tea... And a cheeky chocolate shake :-)

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 24: ONE OF A KIND...Rule Britannia! We're one of a kind and proud of it :-) 

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 25: SOFT... Meet Charlie. I swapped him for my dummy on my 2nd birthday. He's been well loved and much repaired as you can see and now lives in happy retirement on a shelf surrounded by lots of books.

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 26: I AM HERE ...Can you guess??!

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 26: SOMETHING I MADE Easiest task of the month! Here are the components of the mobile I'm just about to put together to celebrate the 1st birthday of my almost niece, Dribble (yes yes I know she has another name). Just waiting for the hoop to be delivered. It's gonna be AWESOME!

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 28: NOSTALGIA.... I know I keep saying it but, especially at this time of year how I miss life on the road... Here's the stuff I considered essential... With it I could record my thoughts and new vocabulary (and hot boys' phone numbers), cross borders, make friends and gather in more strangers as the game progressed, fix stuff, see in the bright sunlight, sooth chapped lips and burnt skin... And maybe take a few snapshots along the way :-)

 

 

FMS Photo-a-Day by Sas

Day 29: STICKY you say? I think this counts as sticky don't you?

 

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Day 30: SPEED. This is Bluebell, my trusty steed. We like to go WHEEEEEEE!!!!

 

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Day 31: FAUX. With apologies to Elvis Presley, you can do anything but lay off of my faux suede shoes :-)

 

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) 365 engagement fms herts london mariposa photography pre-wedding wedding http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/3/Photo-a-day-Mar2014 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:37:19 GMT
London Lights 1 http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/3/london-lights-1 People ask me all the time what I shoot. I say people. They ask why. I say because I really really like people. I like the way I can use my own energy to wake up their energy and then, all of a sudden, we start getting something very special out of our shoot. It's a huge buzz and the reason I love my work so much.

But anyone will tell you that it's not always good to just shoot the thing you're good at (actually that applies to most things)... it makes you complacent. It makes you lazy. So, as I hate lugging around tripods and standing around, I figured the best thing to start with with were the lights of London. My friend and fellow geek Ben met me yesterday evening therefore and we started near Tower Bridge and meandered down to Blackfriars.

It was harder than I'd thought. Landscapes don't just position themselves nicely because you've applied charm and told them to raise their chin a fraction. And what looks beautiful as you stand there and scan it may not in fact fit into your lens. And if it does it might not look half as magical as you're desperately wishing it did.

The rain came down. It splattered on the ground (making some great reflections I'll admit) and up our legs and down our collars. We had to take turns shooting while the other one held a brolly (which kept trying to blow inside out) over the the camera. We huddled under the eaves of St Paul's and ate sandwiches like proper geeks and waited for it to pass (gave up). By the time we got to Blackfriars we were so soggy we decided to leave Waterloo and Westminster (not to mention the West End and Battersea Power Station) for the next time.

Here are a few of my faves. I'm not saying I'd want to necessarily frame these (although I might consider the cheesy Cathedral / bus combo) but everyone has to start somewhere... it's ridiculous expecting to be perfect the first time you really try something. Plus it's woken me up to possibilities. Keep your eyes peeled therefore folks... I'm not done yet!

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/3/london-lights-1 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:30:59 GMT
Andrew and Rachel's wedding in Bonny Scotland! http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/2/andrew-and-rachel When my old friend Toadfish (Andrew to anyone who didn't skull innumerable pints with him at the student's union) called me up and asked me to shoot his and Rachel's marriage in my old university town of Edinburgh in January 2014 I did a small jig of excitement around the living room. And then I wondered what on earth I'd done with my thermal unmentionables. Scottish winters can be a bit... brisk.

 

The light in Scotland is extraordinary. I can't ever quite put my finger on exactly what makes it so... it's like the air is clearer (actually, what am I saying? The air IS clearer). It has a different colour and texture. If it wasn't so bloody cold you'd never get me away from the place.

 

Anyway, less of my rambling. Let me tell you a smidgeon of the story of Rachel and Toad. It sounds like it's a bloomin miracle they ever got as far as a first date actually... They met as Venture Scouts way back in 1996 and whilst acquainted in that teenage sort of way, managed to not notice each other especially. In 2003 they managed to live one street away from each other in Gorgie, and despite Rachel inviting Toad for dinner a couple of times, it doesn't sound like he quite realised that the option of more might be on the cards (lesson here ladies: flashing neon lights are often construed as barely a gentle hint by those with a Y chromosome). I gather they even managed to share a tent... there may have been a small element of rescue even... on a Scout rafting tour in Tasmania some years after that. Not sure which one didn't notice that love might just possibly be in the air there.

 

By some amazing luck, they managed to get it together 5 years ago to the day of their wedding (aw!) at a friend's 40th. Thank goodness is all I can say! It only takes 10 seconds to see that they're an amazing team, and their smiles and love just shone out throughout the whole day.

 

The wedding was held at Howies Restaurant. Beautiful, elegant decor. Beautiful elegant dresses (special mention to Rachel's mama who made the bridesmaids' frocks from scratch. Wow is all I can say there). Rather dashing kilts. We battled the howling wind (and hordes of excited tourists) and nipped up Calton Hill for all of ten minutes until the rain threatened to unmake us. We ate the most marvellous Scottish food (did I mention it was Burns Night????!) and the speeches made me laugh so hard I nearly dropped the camera. Genius. A ska band came on after the cutting of the fab cake and then everyone proceded (your friendly neighbourhood photographer included here) to bop until they dropped.

 

I have had an absolute nightmare trying to decide which shots I liked best. Once I got under 100 I gave up whittling. Bear with the series, they're lovely memories of an amazing day. Tons of love to the happy couple - enjoy your fabulous Cuban honeymoon!! xx

 

 

 

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/2/andrew-and-rachel Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:55:21 GMT
Merry Christmas from Mariposa! http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/merry-christmas There's something about telling a kid they're going to be your special sparkly Christmas tree that makes them go all spiffy! Here are a few of my favourite little tinkers. Warmest festive greetings to you all :-)

 

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) christmas herts kids london mariposa photography http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/merry-christmas Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:02:34 GMT
Christina, Adrian and a very cute little monkey - Family Photography in London Town http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/11/Dyer When Christina and Adrian got in touch to ask me to join them and their wee boy Rhys in a stroll around Leadenhall Market and its environs I was pretty excited - they're a damn photogenic bunch! We'd already had to cancel once due to gale force winds and hail - this time, rain or shine we were going to make it happen...

I don't actually mind heavy grey skies for shooting. It's a common misconception that photographers want bright midday sun and no shade to shoot in. I can tell you now - it's our worst nightmare. Think about just what harsh overhead light does to the texture of your skin, and where it puts shadows (under your nose)... and the lens flare. Oh the lens flare. Anyway, so interesting clouds and the rich colours brought out by the humidity - I wasn't going to complain.

We had a lovely stroll, gossip and coffee (Rhys needed a break. It wasn't that we were feeling fatigued at all). Adrian and Christina are planning to jack in their London life and head to Canada in the new year, so I think it was a bit of a farewell shoot too. It's super brave of them and I applaud everyone who has the courage to step out of their comfort zone and see what curveballs life is going to throw at them. You don't half have some interesting experiences!

Here are a few of my fave pics. Guys - I loved meeting you, I'm absolutely rooting for you in your new life... all the very best xxx

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/11/Dyer Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:44:12 GMT
Shoot with Dee on Brick Lane http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/10/dee I met Dee a while back at a party (she's the sister of a friend of mine), and I think within 10 minutes (generous estimate) I'd begged her to model for me. We eventually managed to get our diaries to coincide a few weeks back and decided as a first location to see what Brick Lane had to offer in the way of interesting backdrops. I love the contrast of super elegant girl against vintage doorways and wildly coloured graffiti.

We had a cracking afternoon looking for fab spots to shoot, gossiping madly, chatting up batty old men (see below) and in Dee's case, fending off a couple of offers of marriage on the spot. For sure we'll be collaborating again in the near future - on something a bit more arty and interesting now that the mad wedding season has got quieter and there's time to think. In the meantime, here are some of my fave shots of a truly gorgeous girl. Hope you like!

 

 

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sas.mariposa@gmail.com (Mariposa Photography by Sas Vassie) fashion herts london mariposa photography portrait http://www.mariposaphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/10/dee Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:04:49 GMT