My favorite things with Katrina Stewart!
1. My garden: We recently moved homes and with that, upgraded from a small, confined city garden to a large outdoor space that gets gorgeous golden light (when the sun makes an appearance). This garden got me back into regular shooting again after a bit of a hiatus away from my camera. l love that after l put my son to bed, l can just head outside for some camera practice.
2. This leads me onto macro. l love my Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro lens. We have been very good friends since we met 1.5 years ago. With a young child to look after, it’s not always easy for me to get out and practice with my camera but l can always find something to shoot with my macro, whether it be ordinary household objects, flowers and even portraits of my son (it doubles up as a great portrait lens). l find macro photography very therapeutic and can lose myself in it for hours.
3. YSL’s Touche Eclat: I’m not a big make-up person. Not because l don’t want to be, but because l don’t have the time. But in the last few months, l have found a basic routine that works for me: a very light foundation, some mascara, a bit of eyebrow pencil and finally YSL’s Touche Eclat. This comes everywhere with me. lt makes my eyes look brighter and more refreshed. It goes on smoothly and illuminates my skin. Tip – l found it useful to get one of the beauty consultants at the make-up counter to show me how best to use this to minimise imperfections on my face.
4. Tiffany’s New York: My husband took me here when l was pregnant with my first child and bought me an eternity ring. Looking at this ring brings back wonderful memories of such an exciting time of anticipation for us. What l really wanted to highlight here though was how lovely their customer service was. From the moment we stepped into the store in our tourist garb, we were made to feel very welcome. Our sales assistant made us feel like we were the only customers in the world and treated it like the once in a lifetime event it truly was for us. He even followed up with a handwritten note to us back in Scotland after the sale (l just want to add here that we only had a small budget, well small for Tiffany standards, so it definitely wasn’t anything to do with how much we were spending). Fantastic customer service that really added to our whole customer experience.
5. Lensbaby Edge 80 optic: Okay l admit, l struggled to get images that spoke to me with just my Lensbaby composer but then l tried a friend’s edge 80 optic (which attaches to the composer) and l was hooked. l have had this lens for just under a month and can’t begin to tell you how much l adore it. l find it adds a bit of whimsy and romance to my images, which can be somewhat amiss when shooting my main subject matter – my 2.5 year old rambunctious boy! l love the blur, the dreaminess and the sharp slice of focus it delivers. My new favourite lens, for sure.
6. Traveling: Pre-babies, my husband and l did a fair bit of travelling, mainly around South Asia. Our favourite country is Nepal which we have visited many times. We love to hike and climb there and feel rejuvenated after a trip into the mountains. Peace and solitude, no commerciality or modern conveniences (up in the hills that is), wonderful, hospitable hosts (the Nepalese are truly the most warm and generous people we have ever met) and the awe-inspiring scenery. To stand in the shadow of Mount Everest and its other high altitude neighbours literally takes your breath away.
7. Blurb books: l have taken so many pictures of my son since he was born and was at a loss for what to do with them all. But this year l committed to doing something about it. l came across Blurb which allows you to design your own photobook. With some help from this Intro to Photo Book Design course l managed to create a 2012 family annual book made up of all of my favourite images of my son and family and including some of his earliest ‘artwork’. We love the final result (and so to do the grandmas) and plan to do this every year.
8. Click magazine: I have found photography magazines in the UK to be distinctly lacking when it comes to what l am looking for in terms of photography inspiration and education. Then along came Click! l have loved every issue and devoured each one as soon as l have received it. My only wish is that it was published more often!
9. Cups of tea: How British, l know. Even worse, l have it caffeine free. Hardcore to the extreme! l don’t even drink that much but l love my cup of tea in the morning.
10. These bowls from Anthropologie. l got these for Christmas and just love them. It’s my first foray into shopping at Anthropologie and l think my bank account might be in for some trouble.