Self-portrait in blue, with mirrors and lenses. Conceptual portrait photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #portraitphotography #conceptualportrait

Reflections: Surreal photography

I've been really enjoying nature photography recently and it lends itself beautifully to the super vibrant colours and close-up impact that I love, but it's still based around finding a beautiful thing and capturing an image of it in situ. I don't think I'll ever lose my passion for creating photographs from the ground up … Continue reading Reflections: Surreal photography

Colour photograph of artist Laura Jeacock styled as a creative and contemporary representation of the Norse goddess, Hel. Portrait photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #hel #hela #norsemythology

Hel: Norse mythology and portrait photography

This is what happens when a goddess shows up in your garden... Amazing artist, most excellent witch and one of my best friends in the world, Laura Jeacock, embodying Norse goddess Hel for Drawing the Goddess, part of the Rites of Spring life drawing event run by Seasons of the Witch, an interactive art project. Hel, … Continue reading Hel: Norse mythology and portrait photography

Close-up colour photograph of purple flowers. Shot with a Polaroid maco lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography

Month in review: May 2018

This month has felt weirdly long and I'm not entirely sure why. I've done a lot of big thinking, so maybe that's part of it. As much as I adore writing and photography, I've felt like there's been a gap and I've been trying to figure out why. I knew there was something else I … Continue reading Month in review: May 2018

Close-up colour photograph of indigo flowers. Shot with a Polaroid maco lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography

Not exactly a problem: I cannot stop taking macro photos of flowers

I don't know whether it's the effect of having a garden after not having one for almost twenty years (we've lived in our current home for nearly two years and the novelty still hasn't worn off) or just a natural reaction to summer arriving after having snow right into April, but I seriously can't get … Continue reading Not exactly a problem: I cannot stop taking macro photos of flowers

Colour macro photograph of a pink and yellow hydrangea flower. Shot with a Polaroid macro lens on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography #macrophotography

Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures

This is such a wonderful time of year for taking pictures in the garden. I often think I would love a 'proper' macro lens but there's a special kind of joy in using my cheap (and I do mean cheap - just over a tenner!) Polaroid macro lens attachment to capture beautiful details. I found … Continue reading Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures

Colour photography of an empty beach and a cloudy blue sky. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography

Happiness is an empty beach

No people - just sand, sea and sky. Cold salt water runs in my veins and this is where I find peace. I've really needed some head space lately for a bunch of (now resolved, thankfully!) reasons and sitting by the water's edge, letting the ripples run over my hands, was the perfect catalyst for … Continue reading Happiness is an empty beach

ME and the truth: The reality of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. #chronicillness #spoonies #myalgicencephalomyelitis

ME and the truth: The reality of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

In July 2017, I wrote a post entitled ME and me: Living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, in which I talked about my experience of life with an often misunderstood and misrepresented chronic medical condition. Since then, I've had so much wonderful feedback resulting from that post, and one random person telling me that I can be … Continue reading ME and the truth: The reality of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Close-up colour photograph of a pink tulip flower, shot with a Polaroid macro lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography #macrophotography

My holiday photos are mostly flower macros

Everywhere I go, I look for pretty flowers and point cameras at them ❤

Digital planning apps or bullet journal: Why I refuse to choose. Click to read why the perfect planning system is the one that works for you and changes with you. #bulletjournal #digitalplanning #productivity

Digital planning apps or bullet journal? Why I refuse to choose.

When it comes to planning, I tend to go with one method for a few months, change to something else, stick with it for a while, change back, and so on. Until very recently, I honestly believed a perfect system for me existed and I just hadn't found it yet. And then I realised something. … Continue reading Digital planning apps or bullet journal? Why I refuse to choose.

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018 Winner graphic.

Month in review: April 2018

There's a bit of time travel going on here as I'm writing this a little early and scheduling it to post today. As this appears on my blog, my husband and I will be packing ourselves, out stuff and the cat (Silver's first holiday!) into the car and heading to Ireland to visit family for … Continue reading Month in review: April 2018