Venice has always been on my list of places to visit, and this year I’ve made myself a birthday present and booked the three of us to go there for 3 days in April. We found a perfect little AirB&B apartment in a quiet area near the University of Economics (sounds counter-intuitive but it was indeed quiet and peaceful), and spent our time on the island without any plans but just basically walking around, soaking up the history, and enjoying the sights.
Back in September I spent 5 days in New York, part work (photographing my long-term clients after they’d moved back there from London) and part play. It was nice to get away and have time to explore the city by myself, without a little person in tow. It’s been a while since I could just walk the streets and absorb the sights and sounds of an unfamiliar world – something I haven’t really felt since I first came to live in London back in 2005.
A few weeks ago I treated myself and my little man who was about to turn 7 to a short two-night trip to Edinburgh. I love Scotland (and if it wasn’t for the weather would have moved there in a heartbeat), and even though we’d driven over to the Highlands for Christmas (you can see some photos here and here) almost every year for the last five, last time I’d seen Edinburgh was about 10 years ago (or, as Sasha pointed out, after a bit of mental math and asking how old was I when I last been, and how old I am now, 11 years).
A few weeks back my son and I have spent a wonderful couple of days exploring the old town of Tallinn in Estonia. Usually I carry my “big” camera with me whenever I travel, as I love capturing our adventures, but after a busy month the last thing I wanted to do was to be in work mode again (and I can’t help it, if I have my big camera I feel like I have to work really hard to create great photos). So instead this time I decided to go light: no camera, just a brand new Google Pixel – and it’s pretty impressive camera.
Last summer I visited by dear friend Dasha Caffrey (who is a truly multi-talented lady: an amazing international wedding photographer and a budding florist to boot!) in their brand new home in Co Cavan in Ireland. We spent the week hanging out, talking lots, and visiting some of the amazing sights that Ireland has to offer.
It’s no secret that I only got into photography when I moved to London. This city really inspired me right from the start and continues to inspire me every single day. But my favourite season in London is Spring. Everything blooms. Literally everything. Having grown up in fairly miserable concrete jungles of communist Russia this just blows my mind every time.