Jobs For The Girls: Photographer

***At the end of this post, we have some more gorgeousness for you to win! Because this week is PEACHY (and grey, with navy blue accents)****

Good morning readers! And welcome to our very first edition of Jobs For The Girls.

In this series we want to get behind the reasons why women work. We’ve discussed money and career issues before, from doing what you love even when that is diametrically opposed to what everyone else is doing to being “only” a wife and the pre-conceptions that go hand-in-hand with that.

Jobs For The Girls is something different. This series will feature women with unusual, fascinating jobs, and get to the bottom of why they do it, to find something of the passion and the drive behind what they do, with the aim of inspiring readers who want to make a career change, or who just want to find out more. This isn’t about people filling out a form and telling us prepared lines, nor are these sponsored posts. This is about asking the difficult questions, about trying to uncover exactly why someone chooses to do what they do, what they do on a daily basis and how they came to be doing it. We want to feature women from all walks of life, in a whole range of work, representing the huge variety of work that they do.

I decided to start by digging deeper with Lucy Stendall, Nottinghamshire-based portrait and wedding photographer extraordinaire. Lucy had a high-flying career as a divorce lawyer and made the change last year to wedding photographer. Anyone who has ever met Lucy or been lucky enough to be photographed by her knows that she was born to do what she does. But what I wanted to know is how it felt to make that transition. How do you get the courage to make the leap from what you’ve been trained to do into doing what you love? How do you know when it’s the right time?

I asked Lucy about making the leap, and she said being a professional photographer had been her dream job for years but she thought it was just as much a fantasy as finding £500,000 to buy a country farmhouse where she could run a B&B (her dream job version 2.0). Lucy chose a career as a solicitor and there was no room for anything else, it took years to qualify and the further she got with that, the less likely it seemed that she’d give it all up and pursue any other career. She thought about it, lots, but it seemed so risky and foolish to give everything up, so she kept talking herself out of it.

Here’s the key bit, readers, from Lucy herself: “I just told myself that dream jobs were what happened to other people.” I think we’ve all been there, no?

Eventually it was Lucy’s husband, Tom, who encouraged her to go for it, who believed she could do it and didn’t want her to regret it. “He told me the worst case scenario would be that we’d have an amazing camera to take holiday photos with, and somehow that made things easier. I am convinced that without him I would still be a lawyer so really I don’t think I ever had the guts, Tom did”.

Lucy doesn’t regret the change at all. She doesn’t regret that she didn’t start earlier, nor that she spent tens of thousands of pounds on her education. Having a great education and a legal background has given her a solid foundation for building her own business. Her time as a lawyer gave her key transferable skills that made the transition easy, including teaching her a lot about business, accounting, tax and customer service. Someone who hasn’t been trained in that would struggle to make a business out of photography, without taking the relevant courses.

Lucy the gorgeous lawyer…

Lucy is primarily self-taught, learning through doing. She has been on one formal training course and has picked up a good technical understanding from lots of books. “I have always seen the potential for pictures, even when I had no camera on me. As a child, I would happily direct family photographs and critique holiday snaps given half the chance. That’s something you can’t learn, it’s just there or it isn’t.”

Of course, there’s the added bonus of having a story on which she can dine out for years. “Yes I went from divorce law to wedding photography, the irony is not lost on me.”

Lucy had the support network she needed to make that jump, and granted, that’s not something all of us have. It’s easy to see the side of photography that makes Lucy’s eyes light up, “actually taking the photographs, playing with light and seeing the shots on the back of your camera that you know your clients will treasure”, or “the feedback from my couples after they have seen their images, or going around to their house after the wedding and seeing your work all over their walls.

But I wanted to know about the other side of her dream job that became a reality. The bad parts. The bits that make her want to poke her eyes out – every job has them. “Photographing a wedding takes its toll, 12 hour days on your feet is bloomin’ hard work and there is often a few hours driving as well. It’s both a physical job, with heavy equipment and a mentally and emotionally demanding one. You are constantly on the go, observing, anticipating, judging the light, adjusting the camera settings at little to no notice. It’s full on. But also very rewarding.

What do photographers do on a typical day between shoots and weddings? Lucy kicks off her day with her inbox, Facebook and Twitter. If she’s doing a blog post that day she’ll do some plugging online. The rest of the day is taken up either planning a shoot, editing photographs, writing blog posts, dealing with admin or with networking. Her workload varies a lot and she doesn’t keep strict hours. In winter she has fewer weddings and engagement shoots so she edits less and plan more, to make sure she’s on top of everything in time for the summer rush. In the summer she does more shooting, travelling, editing and album design.

Clearly, not everyone can do this job. I wanted to find out the characteristics of a good wedding photographer, and whether Lucy thinks she has them, and what she wants to do better. “Observant, dedicated, sensitive, responsive, patient and creative. You never know what you’re going to see on a wedding day and you have to ready for anything. I’m not ordinarily the most spontaneous of people (I’m naturally a planner and a list maker) but somehow with a camera in my hand and a job to do I am a different person and I just get stuck in.”

…to Lucy Stendall the gorgeous photographer

The job has huge rewards. Lucy has been able to take control of her life. What follows is my favourite Lucy quote, the most compelling reason for working for yourself I’ve ever heard: “When I go out on a weekday for a walk, or I’m driving in the middle of the day with the radio on, I remember that in my old life that would have been impossible and I feel this strange mix of guilt and rebellion (as if this is all some dream and really I’m terribly terribly late for work) and crazy, happy, freedom.”

But there’s always a flip side. For Lucy, the hours and the pay are the biggest compromise with starting her business (as it is any new business). She is also unable to switch off, because she has abandoned any chance of having the “9-5 attitude”, where she can shut down, leave the office, and leave work behind. Her work is always with her.

The thing is, working for myself sounds great. It really does. But I respond well to working for people. A boss. A big motivation for me is to perform for someone, and to get better, and to be recognised for that. So how does it work when you’ve only got yourself to rely on, to motivate you? Lucy disagrees. She thinks that having the freedom to do the work when she wants and to choose when she takes her free time is hugely motivating. “Yes I can have a lie in on a Monday morning but then I might have to work on a Saturday morning when other people sleep in ‘til lunch. Even though it’s my business, Tom and I are a partnership and being jointly responsible for our household income and our future means taking a back seat is not an option”.

I am a social animal. I need people around me to bounce ideas off, to develop with. Lucy’s similar, so I wondered how she manages this. Does she get lonely? Does she feel like a madwoman, at home all daty on her own? It seems not. She’s part of the Click Collective, which is a group of female photographers from all over the UK. They have a private Facebook page where she goes daily for advice, support, feedback and friendship. Lucy puts it best when she says “It’s like one big staff kitchen at work where you can go at any hour of the day knowing that the kettle’s always just boiled and they always have your favourite biscuits (FYI Fox’s Viennese melts). We are incredibly close knit, there are 25 of us, of all ages, specialising in different areas of photography and at different stages of our careers. That support really is a lifeline to those of us who work for ourselves. I’d recommend if you run your own business starting something similar.”

Thank you, Lucy.

What about you, readers? Do you like Jobs For The Girls? Do you have a job that would be perfect for this series, or do you know someone who does? Email us at submissions@anyotherwoman.com and let us know.

 

WIN: A beautiful print and a beautiful bespoke accessory!

We have a package of two lovely items up for grabs this morning, in true Jobs For The Girls style, from the lovely Amy of Field and Fallow, oh yes she of “bespoke creations for big occasions”, and the inimitable Bex, from The Olive Dragonfly. These girls are hugely talented and have businesses on the side of their (demanding) day jobs.

Amy is offering the luck winner one free bespoke creation, including email consultation. The holder can choose to receive either jewellery or a fascinator, headpiece or veil up to the value of £50. Um, yes please. See some of Amy’s genius handiwork – oh yes readers, one of these could be atop YOUR HEAD.  Soon.

All above images courtesy of Field and Fallow, and the second of the lovely lady herself sporting her own work!

The second part of the prize comes courtesy of Bex, who is a dab hand with a camera and is offering one of her beautiful prints, so you get to choose which one of these incredible prints you can have for your wall.  I sincerely recommend you spend some time browsing through these images.  They are, to put it bluntly, breathtaking.  Especially the Scottish Landscapes section – see my favourite, below.  And the Travel section.  And…oh you get the message.  Or you might decide you want a print pack from Bex’s Etsy shop.

Gold by BexPhoto

To enter to win both of these gorgeous prizes:

1. Drop us a comment in the box below telling us you want to enter. Easy, no?

2. (Of course, we’d like to know what you’d like from Amy and your favourite print from Bex, but that’s because we’re nosy.  This isn’t an OFFICIAL STEP)

3. The competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 14 March and prizes can only be sent within the UK.

And voilà…wall and headgear gorgeousness shall be yours.

You’re welcome.  Get commenting!  Anyone else want to don those purple butterflies and leap through the moors features in Bex’s spectacular photographs?

Come back at 1pm for another fabulous giveaway….yes we’re spoiling you, but that’s because you’re worth it!

Categories: Jobs For The Girls, Money and Career
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46 Comments

  1. Posted March 7, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    For goodness sakes people need to be more keen in the comments! I’m like a competition bunny boiler…. Anyyyyway.. That butterfly fascinator is beautiful. And gorgeous print.

    This series is a brilliant idea. Looking forward to seeing more ladies and their jobs. .. And hearing all the bad bits that don’t normally get blogged please.

    Lucy’s photos are beautiful, she certainly found her vocation.

  2. Posted March 7, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    It’s a good job Lucy is so bloody lovely otherwise I would have a serious attack of the green eyed monster that anyone could be quite so talented, wise, witty and photogenic. Nice new series AOW!

  3. Jen
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Ooh… what lovely prizes!

    It’s difficult to choose, but I’m looking for some sort of headpiece / fascinator / small hat-type thing for my wedding, so something like the birdcage veil with flower from Field and Fallow would be awesome! As for the print, I’d probably go for the Glencoe Lochan one – we might be leaving Scotland for Canada in the next couple of years and it would be nice to take something like this with us!

  4. Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Great idea for a series, and I actually think finding out what most people do at work on a day to day basis is pretty fascinating even if the job itself doesn’t sound it.

    Lucy, your pictures are beautiful. Fantastic decision to make a living from it but I also love Tom’s attitude about worst case scenario. I think sometimes it’s easy to see things as all or nothing when there’s usually a midway compromise that may not be perfect but it takes away some of the risk.

    If I won, I might gift the Field and Fallow prize to one of my engaged friends (or maybe get something fancy for my 30th!) and I really like ‘Gold’, ‘B&W Footprints’ or ‘Looming Sky’ from the prints.
    Fingers crossed xx

    • Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink

      Thanks Linsey, I’m not naturally a risk taker it’s just not in my nature (see list maker comment above) and having someone else put things in perspective is exactly what you need sometimes isn’t it?

      Good luck everyone for the giveaways, what wonderful prizes!

  5. Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I would love to win anything form these two talented ladies!! Count me well and truly in, what a great competition xx

  6. Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    I love the new series – nice to see something gritty and from the heart rather than it being a basic questionnaire about industry chums. You can really feel Lucy’s passion here. I can’t wait to watch the series evolve – a veritable smorgasbord of talented, passionate real women sharing their potential. I can’t wait to hear more about the careers of my fellow readers, too. Pretty inspiring.

    Definitely count me in to this super prize, please! Olive Dragonfly and Field and Fallow – impressive skills, ladies! I’d pick an image to star on my office wall (I need to decide what colour to paint the bloomin’ thing first!) and as for the bespoke head piece, well, I’d show Amy the dress I want to wear to a wedding this year and ask her to wield her magic!

    Thanks, AOW!

  7. Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I was going to hold back on commenting as I’m sure there are worthier (read:WEDDING) causes than mine, but actually, sod it -an insanely brilliant f&f headpiece to wear on stage would be AMAZING. And I love Bex’s pictures – particularly her underwater ones, which are just unbelievable and you should all go and check out RIGHT NOW.

    Lucy’s story is completely inspiring in every way. I love that Tom was so pivotal in her taking the leap -goes to show sometimes all it takes is having somebody believe in us. I don’t think I could have got as far as I have without the support I’ve had from my partner, even now he’s encouraging me to quit my horrible part-time job so I can be completely freelance.

    Can’t wait to see what’s next in the series!

    Px

  8. Steff
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Loving the new series (and planning how interesting I can make “Software Engineer” sound… also love that you teamed it with somewhat related prizes :)

    I’ve got a couple of big wedding this year for which I’m investing in a VoH circle dress and require a MAHOOOOSIVE daisy for my barnet to match it (or a ladybird, I’m open to suggestions!), winning this would set me up nicely!

    As for the pic – this one has to be my fave, absolutely stunning!

  9. Emily
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Yay Lucy! What a fantastic and inspiring story, and so good to know that having the courage to take the leap and leave behind the career that you’ve spent so long working for really is worthwhile if you have another amazing talent. I love the week day walk comment, I think I’d feel exactly the same. Emily xx

  10. Kate Harvey
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Count me in please!
    I would love the Monarch of the Glen stag print. I think it’s absolutely wonderful.
    And a beautiful piece from Field & Fallow would be lovely for a wedding we are attending when we return from honeymoon (it’s a bit late for something to wear for my wedding with it being less than 3 weeks away. Eek).
    Extremely jealous of the courage Lucy had to take that leap. Now, if only I could find that creative bone in my body…

  11. Fiona
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Both beautifully talented ladies, would love to own a piece of either of their creations!!

  12. Jade
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I am loving the new site, about time there was a place dedicated to all things woman!!

    I think the polka-dot bow headpiece is beeeeeauuutiful, I’ve been looking for something like that for ages but to no avail!!

    Also absolutely loving all of Bex’s pics, what a talented lady!! Though I have a massive love of everything stag-related, so the Monarch of the Glen print would really make me smile every time I saw it!xx

  13. Esme
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Go on then, I’ll enter ;o)

    I genuinely cannot choose between Amy and Bex’s prizes – they are both incredibly talented ladies.

    In other news, I LOVE this series! What a FANTASTIC idea! And this is a great start. Lucy, have you completely given up your day job now? I remember that at Any Other Party you were still working a bit. If so, congratulations. You’re an inspiration. Like Anna, I need people around me in the office but I’m in awe of the fact that you (and your husband) were brave enough to follow your dream.

    Can’t wait for more of these! Let me know if you want one about the world of Facilities Management Consultancy…

    xxx

    • Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Esme… The best thing is you don’t HAVE to choose! One winner gets both prizes!x

    • Posted March 7, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      In for a penny in for a pound I suppose! Now proudly a full time photographer wooot! x

  14. Sandra C
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I’m loving these great prizes, and the new website. I’m also loving the atmospheric prints-some of those would look stunning with the deer heads we have over the fireplace. Amazing talent. I would also love the hair accessory and e mail consultation. I have short hair and several weddings this year- nothing looks right! I’m a damsel in sartorial distress.

  15. Lauren Mcc
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I’d love to enter.

    Bex’s prints are amazing and as its my mums 50th birthday this year one of her British wildlife prints would be an a amazing gift for her.

    I am getting married in June and the bespoke jewelery is just beautiful. as I’m on a major budget everything has been done on the cheap & i would love to feel a little bit spoilt with some special jewellery just for me:)

    i’ve just got into this site & already i am addicted. love reading an honest womans blog :)

    cheers, have a great day x

  16. Alex D
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Wowzah! Great post, Lucy (and might I add, how ruddy photogenic are you?!) Pretty.

    As for the giveaway – I’m off to a wedding this year and hoping to wear a new VoH frock after I have lost some more weight (already lost 18lbs). A Field &Fallow facilitator (fascinators, to normal people) would look awesome with my dress. Amy – just had a butchers at your site, and oh my! So many pretties!

    As for Bex’s marvellous photography, I love the Heilan’ Coo! In fact, I’d be a very happy Alex if I was lucky enough to win any of the prints.

  17. Katie
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Oh Lucy, I love your story. It really is poetic.

    Well done on making such a success of your new career *big pat on the back from me*. I agree with you, re working on your own comments . I think of being self-employed, as making the choice to carve my own path, and it can be bloody hard work at times. I also need people around me, I would go so far as to say, I need a leader. I think this has been the biggest issue, and one that I still struggle with. I have recently started doing some joint projects, and this has helped me.

    Amy and Bex, you are both uber talented. I loves. I’d like to enter both competitions, to double my chance of winning.

    My cousin is getting married in Florence, in September, and I would love to win a flower fascinator. I promise to send photos of myself at the wedding, with said flower, and choose my outfit around flower. We’re travelling to Florence by train, stopping in Paris and Turin en route. I could have photos of flower at every stopover.

    The flower fascinator, in my head, is inspired by A Room with a View. It is peach with some lace (could be worn in an Edwardian film), and whimsical.

    Bex, my personal favourite photo is the Sri Lankan Sunset. It’s just so dreamy. Andy and I had our honeymoon in Sri Lanka.

    Thanks AOW.

    xx

  18. Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Love Lucy’s story… you’re right, from divorce lawyer to wedding photographer is a good one (the stuff of rom-coms!) Love her husband Tom’s advice on the worst case scenario too… a wise man!

  19. Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Am so happy everyone likes this series! I agree with Sarah, think there is huge potential. Don’t be shy to put forward friends or family in great roles… The more diverse the better and I promise I’m a gentle interviewer!

    Lucy, I’m so glad we could tell your story.

    Loving the entries so far.. Keep them coming!

  20. Katielase
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Oh I love this series. I’m awash with admiration for Lucy, such an incredibly brave decision and it’s totally paid off. Definitely looking forward to learning more about people’s jobs, and how they chose their career path. I’m currently making a HUGE decision about which way to go next, so all information on how other people made their choices is welcome.

    Next, can I say tht I read this post at 10am. Since that time (it’s now 10.45) I have been lost in Bex’s website. Particularly I’ve been staring at the Abstract Falls image for around 15 minutes straight now. I adore waterfalls, am a little bit obsessed with them, and I don’t know exactly where I’d hang that print but I covet it greatly. I may hang it nowhere, and in fact just carry it with me everywhere.

    I have no idea what beautiful piece of Amy’s work I would want, I think I’d probably drive her mad with emails trying to make a decision, so Amy’s probably hoping I don’t win this :-p

    Right, after losing over an hour altogether to Bex and Amy’s sites and Lucy-Envy, I should REALLY do something productive.

    K x

  21. melissa hoptroff
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Wow,
    I would sooo love to win these prizes!! The pictures are fab! especially the loch entive pics. And i would love something similar to the butterfly headpiece for my wedding!!! I would look like a princess!!!! Fingers crossed
    Mel x

  22. Roz
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Lucy your story is very inspiring. It takes real guts and confidence in yourself (with the added bonus Tom’s confidence in you too, he’s a keeper!) to follow your dream, especially when you are leaving behind the saftey net of a high flying career that you have worked so hard to achieve. I wish I could be brave enough. Another rocking series AOW – I think you might need a short cut on the home page to Jobs for the Girls too!

    Loving the competition too :D I really like the peacock feather headpiece from Field and Fallow if I had to choose! And Bex’s photos are something else aren’t they? I wish I could take photos like these, maybe one day. Choosing a favourite is hard but I really like the Aberfoyle one and the Monifieth Beach Tree shot xx

  23. Posted March 7, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Very inspiring! I too am a lawyer working away in a soulless job dreaming of better things!

  24. Posted March 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Psssst! You know as the giveaways are actually nowt to do with me…umm can I enter prettypleasewithacherryontop? Or would that be a little ‘cat who got the cream and the bag of treats’ of me?

    Awkward.

    But I would so love to win and I’ve been umming and ahhing over this all morning! Tom and I honeymooned in Scotland and so any of Bex’s stunning landscapes would be perfect, and as for Amy’s masterpieces, well I often wear headgear when I’m at work photographing weddings…I’m always on the lookout for new barnet enhancers…

    Eek!

    • Posted March 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      Lucy – of course you can enter! x

  25. Posted March 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I would love to throw my hat in the ring for these prizes! Those beautiful butterflies are just mouth-watering. And the prints! I can’t even come near to choosing my favourite, they’re stunning. We’ve just moved house and we’ve got acres of empty wall to fill, so I would squeal my socks off if I won something so gorgeous.

    And Lucy/Anna – what a fascinating interview, I loved this new series. Huge admiration for Lucy’s courage in changing course and so glad it’s working out well!

  26. Posted March 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I have drooled over Bex’s pictures for ages, so I would like to enter with a big fat capital letters YES PLEASE

    Lucy – you are quite frankly, amazeballs, and I wish we could replicate you and have a second Lucy shaped tog in Scotland too :)

    xxx

    • Posted March 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      You lot should come with a blush warning, thank you for all your incredible comments. I hope that it helps someone who is maybe contemplating a change of direction. If anyone has any specific questions about becoming a photographer/ self employment or just wants someone to natter to about it, my door is always open – just get in touch through the contact form on my website.

      Ps. BabyWife, have camera, will travel!

  27. Posted March 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Blush warning indeed! I am blown away by all the amazing comments on here!! So glad people are liking my photos (thanks for wanting my prize donation AOW ladies and helping to inspire me to get out and take more photos again!), this (and Lucy’s amazing transformation into full time tog) has really spurred me on to start working more on my photography and maybe re-jig my website and facebook page a little (it’s here by the way http://www.facebook.com/bexphoto – shameless plug)! Not sure that selling my prints will ever be as profitable as wedding photography though and not sure I’m up to that challenge but I do want to spend more time on it again now I’m no longer in wedding planning mode!

    Good Luck to all those who’ve entered, can’t wait to see which one the winner chooses! (Little bit gutted I can’t enter to win one of Amy’s gorgeous head pieces though!) ;) x

  28. Vicky D
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Wow, amazing, amazing prints Bexphoto. The Scottish ones are my favoruite. If I were to win I would struggle to choose from Gold, Looming Sky and Green Reflections (though I would probably choose Green Reflections). The photos are stunning and I have favourited the page so I can re-visit when I need to buy a present for someone.

    Lucy, your hairpeices are stunning, I married last year and I wish had discovered you then! I love so many of your designs. I would either go for the small butterfly headpiece (perhaps replacing the butterflies with flowers) or for something along the lines of the Cute and Quaint headpeice.

  29. Posted March 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Love this post! I’m always interested to hear what choices other women have made and the paths their lives have taken :)

    I would also love to enter the competition – what fabulous prizes! I’ve got my wedding in July and my hair accessories are not sorted yet, so this would be perfect timing… Plus what can I say about Bex’s photography? Breathtaking! OH and I just bought our first house and it would be privilege to have one of her prints as our first picture for our new home – I’d love the bluebell triptych above the fireplace!

    *fingers crossed!*

  30. Kapowski
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Stunning. Just stunning.

    I would love to be considered as an entrant, the photo would adorn one of the many empty walls in my home and the jewellery would be the centrepiece of my many wedding outfits planned for this year!!

  31. Kate
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I would love to be entered into the competitions to enter the head piece or a print – but I don’t know how I’ll choose a favourite!

  32. Rach M
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    ‘crazy happy freedom’ – Lucy your story is brave, brilliant and inspiring. Your photos- and Bex’s – are beautiful. I love this series! Xx

  33. Jenny
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Love this series, think it’s my favourite new thing on AOW! I think it’s going to be really interesting, can’t wait to hear more. Lucy’s story is great and really inspirational (and hello, how gorgeous is that second picture?) I dream about being self-employed but I worry about needing a boss to lead me as well (ignoring the fact I don’t know what my business would be!)

    xXx

  34. Posted March 8, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    not only is her story rom com fabulous but she is as nice as she is pretty too x fab interview Lucy x well done on living the dream I knew you could do it x

  35. Alice
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Oooh, I would like to enter this competition please. I came on the website a couple of days ago and found it a very interesting read and a way to pass the time at work!
    What would I like? Hmmm, I used to be indecisive and now I’m not so sure. I *think* I would like a lovely veil for my wedding because I just cant decide what I want!
    I also love the Gold picture, it would look fantastic on my newly decorated wall!!

  36. Nicki
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I was away last week and only just catching up! The new layout is really really nice. I actually found AOW a few months ago through Lucy Stendall’s website. Her photography is great and it was really interesting to read her story. I’m excited by this new series.

    I would like to enter for the competition. (I’m just in time…) I love Amy’s butterflies and flower head pieces. If I won I would get something for my wedding next year. And Bex’ Scottish landscapes are fantastic!

  37. Gemma
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I am late to this party as have been away – but I think I will have to just have to order one of Bex’s prints. They are too lovely for words. As for Amy’s headpieces, I wish I’d seen them before my wedding. That’s all! x

  38. Mahj
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Phew! Just made the deadline – so of course I’m entering meself!
    Pretty please if I win, can I have a print of Loch Lomond I think it was. One with a purple sky. There were about 4 of them, but seriously, purple sky?! Awesome.
    And jewellery-wise I’m not big on hair pieces personally, so it would have to be jewellery for me all the way. Maybe something super chunky and dramatic?
    Eek, fingers crossed!

    xoxo

  39. Posted March 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    I’d absolutely love to win! A butterflies headpiece would be great as we have about 3 million weddings to go to this year. And an underwater pic would remind me of my snorkelling experience in Thailand! You are talented ladies. X

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