Body positivity and doing what you love – at the WI!

Back in October, I was invited to speak at the January meeting of the fabulous Cake and Revolution W.I. in Ipswich.

I’d heard loads about the W.I. (not least their crafting!) and a couple of my friends are members in other towns, but I’d never actually had the chance to go to a meeting. So I packed some photographs and a mermaid tail (obviously) and set off to talk about my journey.

Photos, talk notes and mermaid costume at the WI talk in Ipswich | car

I’m vociferous and loud about body positivity, but possibly even more so about being a geek – doing whatever it is you truly, secretly, honestly want to, without worrying what the world thinks of you. I firmly believe that the more enthusiastic you are about the things you love, the better your life will be.

And my secret weapons for both body and life positivity are enthusiasm, imagination and curiosity. All of which let us play – and we don’t play enough as adults!

I’ll post the full talk one of these days (I might even record it if I ever stop sneezing!) but here are a few of the photos I shared, documenting my journey to where I am now:

extreme ironing | carlawatkinsphotography.com

This is me, extreme ironing on the way to the ferry iin a £250 car on a rally in 2011. Which is exactly as stupid and wonderful as it sounds.

hogswatch burlesque by Tim van Holder | carlawatkinsphotography.com

Burlesque at a Terry Pratchett celebration event, to Postman Pat. Also as stupid and wonderful as it sounds (can you see a pattern here?!). Photograph by Tim van Holder.

body positive mermaids by Photography by Grace Hill | carlawatkinsphotography.com

Body positive mermaids on Clacton beach, by the lovely & talented Grace Hill.

rusty mclusty, atlantic booze cruisers | carlawatkinsphotography.com

Rusty McLusty, our rally car for the 2011 Romania trip. Yes, the rear bumper is decoupaged with what you think…

The evening was structured so I’d give the talk three times, to three groups of ladies – they’d be circulating between me, a yoga class and a pilates class.

I think most of them were utterly mystified when they first came over and saw the tail and bra on the table, but everyone reacted well, laughed in all the right places, and I had some utterly wonderful compliments afterwards – it feels so good to have made an impact on people by sharing my journey and my story.

With thanks to Cake & Revolution for having me <3

New year, new website!

books | carlawatkinsphotography.com

Well, sort of – it’s the same website, but it’s had a bit of a revamp so you lovely lot can see what it is I do, actually see my galleries, and, y’know, book me if you want a shoot. Because blog posts are brilliant, but photos are probably more what you’re expecting from a photographer.

It’s definitely best to know at this stage that I don’t do anything normally…!

However, it’s quite big and exciting to have it all out in the world in one place at last – after more than ten years of hiding my light under a bushel, I am finally ready to take on the world with my camera… one shoot at a time!

There are big plans afoot for this little business in 2017 – I have been plotting with a fellow photographer, a bridal designer, two authors and an illustrator… and I am very excited for the secret projects we’re hatching together. Watch this space for details.

Wishing you health, happiness, good books and good friends in 2017,

Carla x

 

Pet Portraits: Captain Floof and Princess

img_0432On a warm July evening this summer, I received a text from a friend, telling me she and her husband had found a tiny grey kitten on their evening walk, and that the kitten was close to death, and in a pitifully bad condition.

I cried, and then we all waited with bated breath through the days of antibiotics and cleaning and feeding him up. Twelve weeks and an amputated tail (and a quick neutering while they were at it) later, Janine asked if I would do a portrait session of him and his adopted sister Princess.

And I was only too happy to oblige…