The favorite things of photographer Katrina Stewart

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The favorite things of photographer Katrina Stewart

My favorite things with Katrina Stewart!

garden photo

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.

flower macro photo

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.

lensbaby edge 80

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.

blurb photo books

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!

cup of tea

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.

anthropologie bowls

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.

About the Author:

Katrina Stewart lives in the north-east of Scotland with her husband and son who was the initial motivation behind her learning photography. As a passionate hobbyist who loves natural light photography, her work is heavily influenced by the weather conditions in Scotland. Oftentimes, this means embracing low light and black and white photography. Outwith photography, she loves to travel, in particular to South East Asia which she says is a dream photography destination. Visit Katrina Stewart online.


  1. heidi Jul 31 2013 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    I love this blog series!!!! That Tiffany’s story is so romantic and sweet. <3 Love your water shot! I gotta get the 80!

  2. Sarah Wilkerson Jul 31 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Love this, Kat!! Such a wonderful array of favorites, and such a fabulous way to get to know you even better. Thanks for sharing all of this with us!! xoxo

  3. Allison McSorley Jul 31 2013 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Loved reading about your favorite things, Katrina! I, too, love Tiffany’s! You can never go wrong with something that sparkles!

  4. Kristin Dokoza Jul 31 2013 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Love your Tiffany story! thank you for sharing – we actually have quite a few favorite things in common 😉

  5. Lexie Aug 01 2013 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Ooh, love seeing all of your favorites!! And you and that Edge 80 are very suited for each other <3

  6. Katrina Stewart Aug 01 2013 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Aww thank-you. It was fun pulling this article together. I’m sure I’d have a lot more favourites if only that money tree would bloom. LOL.

  7. image masking Aug 01 2013 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Plenty awesome photos collection here. Looking so fantastic !!

  8. Megan Dill Aug 01 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Oh, we have so many favorites in common! Loved this, Kat! <3

  9. Kellie B. Aug 01 2013 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Loved reading this, Kat 🙂 I haven’t been to Nepal but I’ve been to the foothills of the Himalayas in India and its magnificent. Love the Tiffany’s story!

    • Katrina Stewart Aug 02 2013 at 5:11 am - Reply

      Isn’t it just? I can’t wait to get back. Will have to wait until the kiddos are a little bit older though!

  10. stacie Aug 01 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Loved this read! And you make me want to go to Tiffany’s. xo

  11. Pam Aug 01 2013 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Photo books are awesome!! I loved reading your article Kat.

  12. Katrina Stewart Aug 02 2013 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Thank-you everyone!

  13. Kristen Ryan Aug 02 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Love reading your favorite things, Kat! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Jessica Reischel Aug 03 2013 at 1:04 am - Reply

    I love blurb too! congrats for getting your images in books. Super great post! I’d love to share a cup of tea with you one day! (and want to take my son to scotland so who knows…… ;-))

    • Katrina Stewart Aug 03 2013 at 4:11 am - Reply

      Ooh a visit to Scotland. That would be amazing!
      I’ll get the caffeine free tea ready.

  15. Stacey Aug 05 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    So much fun to read about your favorite things! I loved that shot from your garden!! I should try YSL Touche Eclat – sounds like something I need! And what an absolute joy to see the cover of your photo book – looks fantastic! 😉

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