One of my most popular images of york has sold before it even made it to Etsy! But fear not, it will be back and I’ve just got card versions of it from moo.com. They’ll be added to the shop in the next couple of weeks. I will also be added framed prints but that’ll take a bit longer. If you’d like one sooner, drop me a message through Etsy.
I’ve been saying for a while now that after Christmas, I’ll add some non Christmassy/wintery cards and framed prints to my etsy shop. And I wanted to share a sneak preview of what I have in store. There will be a York card multipack (also available separately and as framed prints) and one of my favourite photos from my trip to Ireland this year.
In the meantime, don’t forget the Christmas cards will help children in care in York and are only £1.50 each or £6 for 5. The last posting date will be Saturday 19th December (or up till Wednesday 23rd if you want to pay for special delivery postage).
… or at least it was at 2am this morning. Here in York, nothing has stuck but the UK is in a bit of a flutter about the snow. If you live here, you know we don’t cope well with in!
But it does make things look pretty… and photogenic. Which is why, several years ago, early in the morning, before dawn, I was up and leaving my house with wellies and waterproof and hat and scarf and camera. And I was rewarded for my efforts by York in snow, mostly untouched by humans. It was such a great opportunity to take photos and I’m so pleased I dragged myself out of my warm bed that morning.
I couldn’t get into the Minster Gardens because it was too early but that meant all of the snow inside was fresh and crisp and I took photos through the railings. Museum Gardens, with it’s ruins, had one or two trails of footprints across it’s white blanket.
Returning home to a warm flat and a warm drink was incredibly wonderful and then looking through the photos, checking the white balance (snow doesn’t always look right in photos!) and picking out the good shots made for a great way to spend the day.
And these shots are the ones I’ve used on the Christmas cards I am selling in order to raise money for charity.
Half of the profit will be going to the Violet Chambers fund which helps young people in care in York have memorable and meaningful experiences. Having worked with some of the young people, I can tell you that the impact of these opportunities is amazing. The young people chose their own experience and have included spa days with siblings, going to a show or even just going out for a meal. These might not sound that much but for many children in care, these are opportunities that they wouldn’t get otherwise and in addition to the experience themselves it helps to build self esteem and confidence.
I know many people sell cards for charities at this time of year but so often only a tiny proportion of profits actually goes to the charity when you look into it – 10% seems to be quite common. Half of my profits are going to the fund as I wanted the money to actually make a real difference to real children and young people. This is a cause I believe very strongly in and would love your help to offer valuable experiences to children and young people in 2016.
This weekend I finally bought a new DSLR. My beloved Nikon D40 is past it’s best and was bottom of the market when I did get it all those years ago. Despite having shown an interest in photography since I was a little girl, the first time I was able to play with it was when I was 18 and got my first digital (point and shoot) camera. Prior to that, photos had to be of people or things because of the price of film. My interest quickly moved from photos of friends and photographs for memories into creative photography. A couple of years later, I got my D40 and its been with me ever since. But its showing it’s age. Its from a time where 5 megapixels was amazing and whilst it does take great photos still, I felt it was time to upgrade.
So I’ve got the Nikon D5500, mostly because of its articulated live view screen. I’m hoping this will allow me to keep taking the photos I want despite my reduced mobility and inability to sit on the floor any more. I took it out for an autumn roll around the park to test it out and I’m pretty pleased so far!
So the time has come to unveil the unlocking images shop…! At the moment, I’m focusing on Christmas cards but in the new year I’ll be opening it up to include more general photographic and art cards as well as prints and other surprises!
In the run up to Christmas, 50% of the profit from any purchase will go to the Violet Chambers fund. This amazing fund lets children and young people who are looked after in York apply for funding for a meaningful and memorable experience. Previous applications have included spa days, a trip to a show in London etc.