I See

Editing, holidays, crazy winter weather and a super comfy sofa has stopped me from running over the past 6 months (oh and the lack of motivation and pure laziness). So I'm writing this here to hold myself accountable, I'm taking myself out on a run, and I will enjoy this and not quit in the first mile.


“Hope” is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops - at all -


And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -

And sore must be the storm -

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm -


I’ve heard it in the chillest land -

And on the strangest Sea -

Yet - never - in Extremity,

It asked a crumb - of me.





Today I got my upper helix pierced and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet! Finaaalllyy, after YEARS of wanting it and not having the courage to do it, I did it! All with the help of Lena, who has taught me a lot about embracing things and just not giving a fuck. I once tried to pierce it when I was 13/14, with a needle, pressing my ear up next to a radiator (which is what a school friend told me to do hahahhhh… bad idea!). The pain wasn’t worth it so I stopped before it went through and my ear just swelled up and stayed red for the next few weeks (would NOT recommend!). Anyway, I came home all inspired and decided to create this image! I’m loving the notion of chance and experimentation today, taking a step back from pressures and limiting art ideals. I opened this image up into photoshop and although it isn’t as thorough as I’d usually edit, it was satisfying and easy, and that’s what I needed today. Something to take my mind off the fact I have to sleep on the opposite ear for the next 8 weeks 🙄😂 (which also happens to be my worse side to sleep on🙈) Any advice for looking after piercings as they heal?



Hey lovely people! Thank you for landing on this blog post, you are most likely here because you are curious as to how I edited my latest image ‘Attachment’. Well, you are in luck because I’m here to tell you the exact techniques that I used to merge all the images together in Photoshop to achieve the overall ‘realistic’ image, yey!

Here's a before and after of the original image and the final image:



Before we dive in to the edit, you might be interested to see the behind the scenes video showing how I shot the image. We took ourselves to Hargate Forest (which is aprox. a 4 minute drive from my house - it’s amazing having a wonderful location so close to me!). We shot the image in one of the open fields in the middle of the forest, I’m always drawn to this area! In the video, I explain my process from drawing out the idea, choosing the props, comparing locations, setting up the tripod, shooting the base image and finally, shooting the composite ‘ribbon’ images.

Here’s a link to that video so you don’t have to go anywhere (because I’m kind like that! lolol);


Let’s begin with what I like to call the ‘Base Image’. This is an image that usually consists of the best pose for the final shot. I select the image with the most suitable facial expression or poise. I like to start with the expression, because it’s always easier to add in hair, legs, arms, dresses if needs be.

The process of choosing the base image starts with narrowing down the images by a process of elimination. I use the program ‘Bridge’, which everyone always questions, because it’s the forgotten Adobe program that CC provides. I’ve used it since starting photography and my process of choosing the images hasn't really changed since the start of my journey. It seems to be the best way for me, but you can use whatever you like! (You don't need bridge but it makes it easier.) 

I’m quite the indecisive person so I always like to start by going through the images putting a '5 Star Rating' (shortcut - Cmd + 5 on Apple) on the images that I think will work in the final image. See below image for example: 


As you can see in the above screenshot, I managed to choose 102 images, and although this includes the composite images, I will need to narrow it down further. 

I then go through the images again and label the next round with a 'Red Label' (the correct term is 'Select' in Bridge - Cmd + 6). On this time round, I'm looking for images to use for the base image. 


Once I have a selection of images that is easier to manage, I then go through a third time and label the images with a 'Yellow Label' (the correct term is 'Second' in Bridge, but aint' no body got time for that!)


Finally, I open the last selection of images (in Yellow) into Photoshop and analyse these images to pick the best one for the base image. In this case, I was stuck between these two images:


In the end I decided to go with the left image because I felt the composition had more connection with the camera/viewer and reflected my original idea the best. 


I usually clean things up and do a light retouch/edit on the image before I start compositing, however in this case I decided to start with pasting in the composite images first. 

We took SO many images of the ribbon (as you saw from the behind the scenes video!), so I decided to open each of the selected composite images and paste them onto the image using the following technique:

Using the 'Lasso' tool with the 'Feather' set at 0 px, I drew a selection around the ribbon with about a 1-2cm gap around the edge of the selection, to allow for layer masking later. 


Once I made the selection, I copied and pasted the selected image onto the 'base' image. To do this I did the following:

 EDIT > COPY on the selected image.

EDIT > COPY on the selected image.




The ribbon selection has now been pasted into place onto the 'base' image, and the next step is to match the images using the adjustment tools. 

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As you can see, although this image was taken on the same day, the light changed as we were shooting. So before I start the layer masking, I need to make sure the images match in tones and colours. To do this I select the layer that contains the ribbon selection;

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I then go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS and start with > Brightness/Contrast. 

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I upped the brightness and contrast to match the background.


After I matched the brightness of the selection, I then began to erase out some of the background of the selection using LAYER MASKS.

To add a simple layer mask, select your layer and click on the button at the bottom of the layer panel that has a black circle in the middle. See below; 


The next thing I did was select the brush tool, making sure to change the brush colour to black. 


Using the brush tool I went around the ribbon selection and erased away any unwanted areas. This blends in the layered image and makes it more realistic. 


I then repeated this process to all the other layered ribbons. 



After I had added in the final ribbons, I decided that the image looked much better as a square image. I spoke about this in my behind the scenes video. I felt it didn't balance as well being a landscape image. So I  cropped it square and evened out the ribbon so that it flowed better in the image. 



Finally I opened up the image into Lightroom and added my presets. I usually start with LXC and build upon the colours in Photoshop after the preset has been applied. 

Here's a little process of change that the image went through as I edited the colours. 


Annnnd that's it! 

Hope you enjoyed this littler tutorial, I've uploaded a speed edit over on my YouTube too so you can go check out the quick version of this tutorial. Let me know what you thought to this and if you think I should do more of these. Leave a comment below!!



Thanks for reading guys! 

Holly x 


Today I ventured out to my Grandads coop to spend some time shooting with the chickens!
They were amazing in front of the camera (with the bribery of corn, of course). Apart from when I bent down too fast and as I startled them, one of the chickens flapped it's wings, only for me to get a chicken wing in the eye and a slap across the face! OUCH. Other than that, it was fab! hahah! 🐔
Video coming soon!


I've been re-evaluating my need to keep things this month by moving on and challenging the definition of sentiment and nostalgia. I've been learning my attachment to certain aspects of my life and why I find it difficult to cut loose. I'd say I'm only a little closer to discovering the reason, but within this internal promenade, like a ribbon in the wind, an image idea floated into my head.


I've listened to the greatest showman sound track on repeat this week. I know the film depicts a skewed version of the truth (in terms of the actual story of P.T Barnum), but as a visual and performance it's absolutely incredible!! I balled my eyes out at the 'This Is Me' performance. So this weekend I took it upon myself to go half naked on camber sands beach in the middle of winter and embrace my body with no apologies! It was freezing but I've never felt more alive (and sick from shivering so much after pahah) It was extremely freeing!



Tuck in🍴- I'm more than ready to devour 2018 & whatever it chooses to throw in my path. I'm excited and I'm ready for you!

I filmed this day on the moors last week, it was the coldest I've ever been! I set my camera to record and when Jack & I jumped back in the car (because my hands had locked up from the bitter wind) the camera had only been recording for 8 minutes...8 MINUTES!! hahah. Quickest photoshoot ever! 



I mostly took time off from shooting conceptual self portraits whilst I was travelling this month. Mainly because I wanted to be present and soak in the surroundings, without the added pressure of shooting (too much, anyway). During the trip I became distracted and felt myself falling back into a fearful default mode, almost as though I had regressed into a past self. The confidence that I had in my work started to fade and I began questioning why I do what I do - a far too familiar feeling. 

There’s a few experiences that opened my mind whilst travelling the Philippines, I believe these particular moments were a catalyst that sent me into auto pilot mode. (I’ll be creating a series of images and talking about these experiences in the future.)

Anyway, whilst feeling this way I decided to pick up my camera again. Myself and Jack hopped on our moped and ventured down to the beach in Siargao to catch the sunset. We went with no agenda, no concept in mind, and it was super refreshing to push the reset button and regain focus on where my priorities lie. I felt the pang of excitement that I had always felt before, and it reminded me to never stop. It was a beautifully peaceful experience.



DAY 1/7

“Never make the mistake of thinking you are alone — or inconsequential. Ignorance is voluntary and confusion is temporary. You see the world as-is, which is more than can be said for the vast populace.” RM

I’m not the best at writing stories, but I wanted to explain the inspiration behind this image, and the only way I can, is if I tell the story of the two, four leaf clovers.

Around 10 years ago when I was 14-15, I was away on a school ski trip with all my friends having the best time. I love skiing, it’s my happy place so I was extremely excited and thrilled to be there. 

Rewind to a few weeks before the trip, and I was out walking with friends and I came across a four leaf clover. At the time it felt amazing to find one, we all know how hard it is and we’ve probably all sifted through endless three leaf clovers in hope to find a precious four leaf-er. Anyway, within seconds of finding the four leaf clover, I came across another one. I get WAY too over excited by little happenings like this, so I was probably squealing at the fact I had found them both. I decided to keep them and take them home with me, but as we were out on a walk, I had nowhere to put them so I pressed them into the back of my phone case. When I got home, I had completely forgotten about them (I’m not sure how, maybe my little brain was already on to the next excitement - probably food!). 

Fast forward back to the school trip! It was dinner time, and we were sat the dining tables talking to the teachers, just pleasantly enjoying our food and the company. After we had finished the food we carried on chin-wagging, and me and my friend ended up being the only two pupils left chatting with the teachers. I was fiddling with my phone case whilst we sat chatting and didn’t think anything of it at the time. When we got up to leave, almost out of the room, I realised that whilst I had been sat playing with my phone case, the two four leaf clovers had fallen out onto the floor, underneath the table. I stopped my friend to ask her to wait whilst I went back, innocently, to pick them up. I want to say now, at this point, that looking back on the story I was probably too sensitive and I’m known to take things too literal, but still. As I got back to the table, one of the teachers asked, in a rather confused way, what I was doing. I instantly thought, how on earth can I explain this story to her, in the quickest way possible, without sounding stupid. So I just said it straight to her, that I had found two four leaf clovers and they had dropped to the floor. She nodded at me with a little more confused ‘Ah, ok’. I reached down to the floor, picked them up and hopped out of the room to my friend. 

My friend then turned around to me and explained that as I had bent down to get the clovers, I was mocked by the teachers. The teacher that asked me what I was doing, had always had some rather odd beef with me, she was always sarcastic and questioned everything I did. We got on normally, but in the past we’d had some words. My friend explained that she had pulled a face, as if to say, ‘What the actual fuck is this crazy girl doing’ (how she explained it). I was absolutely mortified and devastated at their reaction. I was young, impressionable and feeling insecure as a teenage anyway, I did not need teachers that I looked up to, mocking something that I had felt a moment of happiness from. What kind of people do that? As well, we had been having some really funny conversations and deep chats about life and moving forward. So for her to mock me after all that, undid anything that had made me feel good that evening. 

For years I thought back to how embarrassed I was in that moment, how it effected and upset me. Why did responsible adults feel the need to ridicule a young girl in a quest to retrieve an object that gave her hope and positivity for the future. 

I’m now absolutely over it, and even writing this story makes me laugh out loud. But it taught me that everybody has their little ways, their quirks, the things that make them happy. I realised that we shouldn’t undermine people and make them feel small through of judgement of circumstance. There is absolutely no need to make a child/teenage feel like they are stupid. 

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings, they might not make sense, but it was a cathartic process nonetheless. 

(P.s sorry for all the grammar mistakes) 


A Connection

Day 2/7

Something a little different for me today! When I started this challenge I knew I had to push myself and create images/ideas that could potentially be difficult to execute. & BOY was this a bloody work out, my abs are now in bits from balancing on the stool 😂 I was sweating from places I didn't know existed but I *think* it was all worth it!


Wood Nymph

Day 3/7

This morning I frolicked through the forest with (gale force) wind in my hair and thorns in my feet. It always feels so liberating and freeing to strip back in the woods, there's no better feeling!

Thank you to Jack for helping me create this, and always supporting my visions!


For my wonderful Nan - Sylvia Rose 🌹

Day 4/7

I dreamt about my Nan & Grandad last night and knew, when I woke up from the dream, that today's image was going to represent them. Thank you for always encouraging me and listening to my whacky ideas without judgement, providing me with the wisdom and confidence to carry on! ♥️


The Wishing Star

Day 5/7

The 'Star' is one of my favourite symbols. I used to find myself drawing stars at school every lesson, trying to perfect the 'one line' star (..not taking your pen off the page), never quite making it equal on all sides.


6 years of making my life lighter, more airy. 🎈

Day 6/7

Ahhhhh a late one today because I've been spending my day with this guy. We had the most hilarious time trying to shoot this image, SO many funny misfired shots & ugly faces, but it was all worth it! 😂 I've not even started the edit for the video, but I'm determined to get it up before the end of the day as I have a super exciting day planned for my birthday tomorrow! (It may also involve a rather large balloon 😏)


25 - The year I stop putting unnecessary pressure on myself and take the time I need to express my ideas (without the worry of letting people down)! Balance is the priority 🕯

DAY 7/7


That’s it, I’ve finished!! 7 images and 7 videos in 7 days!! (Well almost, but my Birthday didn’t count 😜) I’ve just filmed the Q&A so it will be up in the final video later today! 

Thank you so much for all the support over the past week, it’s been amazing!! It was a real challenge, but the most rewarding project I’ve ever undertaken. I highly recommend you do this project if you are feeling like you need to express yourself and practise new techniques. (& tag me in it if you dooo, I’d love to see!) ⭐️


It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole. – Rupi Kaur

Model: Nora Moles
(The behind the scenes video of this shoot will be up on my YouTube in a few days – www.youtube.com/HollyRoseX)


A few weeks ago I had a horrendous night terror that took over my body for what felt like a lifetime. I woke up to my morning alarm, hit snooze and within those next 9 minutes of illusive sleep I felt an awful energy consume my body. There were three different scenes to the dream, and I remember each part so vividly.

I awoke, laid in bed, in a reality that I thought was consciousness. I try to reach out to pick up my phone from the bedside table (an addictive morning ritual of mine).
I can’t move my arms, they are pinned to my sides and I feel an instant anxiety ingest my body. I look up to the wall to check the windows, and I notice the prints on the wall are moving. They seem to be dancing, almost playfully. They begin to change quickly, back and forth from one image to another, as though switching between programmes on an old analogue tv. The images are illustrations of Disney characters… I’m so confused.

Suddenly tiny stalks sprouting from inside the picture frames. I see green, and lots of it. The vines begin to grow, absorbing the wall as they creep along, covering everything in sight. I turn my eyes to the TV, a black hole has formed. The vines protrude quicker, convulsing and expanding through the room.

I blink. I blink again… and that’s when I see her.

To be continued. 1/3


52 WEEK PROJECT 2016/17

1/52 Lost & Bound

‘We are bound by nothing except belief’ – Ernest Holmes

I’ve been feeling creatively out of touch recently, and I think it’s because I’ve missed constructing an image routinely each week like I did last year. I absolutely love all the work that I get, from all my clients to weddings etc, but I’ve missed the release that I get by producing different ideas and evolving throughout my personal work.

Out of this frustration sparked the idea for this image, I’ve been putting too much pressure on myself to conform, and I always feel insecure about what people may think of my weird mind/ideas. I just can’t cope to hide the visions that I have anymore so I am officially starting my second 52 week project!


2/52 – The light that remains

‘There is a light that never goes out, that never leaves when they leave. It remains and is adored through words written and memories told. It will not extinguish.’

I lost my grandad at the age of 8 years old and back then I didn’t understand the effect that cancer had on so many people’s lives. Only when I grew older I could truly understand the destruction it creates.

We remember those we have lost to cancer through the light they bring in our hearts and through actions we take to prevent others from feeling the pain.

On the 2nd July I took part in the 5k ‘Pretty Muddy’ Race for life with two of my friends. The race is to raise money for Cancer Research UK, who not only research to find ways to prevent the disease but also to help those in recovery to bring light in the dark times.

I have set up a Just Giving page and I would really appreciate if you could donate to this incredible charity (no matter how big or small of a contribution):


Thank you!


3/52 - Rosewater

Thank you to my Grandad and Nanna (Roy) for helping me with this shoot and letting me cut the heads of these beautiful flowers. All taken from their garden of a million rose bushes. I was testing artificial flowers and feeling a little bit deflated that my idea may not work, so my grandad suggested the rose heads and they worked so perfectly. I love my family for always understanding my visions, however weird they may be! – Also to Jack for shooting this whilst I floated around in the freezing cold pool!


4/52 - Solace

Jack came home from work and bounded straight upstairs to my office “Holly, bring your camera, quick get it, come on I’ve got something to show you!!”.

I’d been feeling so overwhelmed with my work and I was thinking over how much I’d done and how much I had left to do, but with no energy, all I wanted to do was nap. I wasn’t tired, I just didn’t want to think for a moment, I needed peace from my unsettled mind.

Running down the stairs, he said “come look, look what I’ve found!”, I leaped outside, with no shoes on the gravel, hopping along to the car. There it was, a beautiful butterfly resting on the tire (Derek, as Jack called him). I carefully picked it up and examined it but it seemed to have broken its wing. The rain was torrential that day so it wasn’t a surprise that the butterfly couldn’t explore. It crawled over my hand and vibrated it’s wings as it tried to fly. Unsure as to how long it had left to live, we popped it onto the flowers to see if it would feed from the nectar, but with no luck there was nothing more we could do.

Moments like these remind me what it means to be alive. There I was struggling to stay awake, anxiety ridden, exhausted from all the work and along comes this beautiful creature to rescue the day. A friend text me, she told me that the symbol of the butterfly landing on you means that you have a peaceful spirit. I was far from peaceful on this particular day, but it had found me, rescued me, and provided me with the peace I was hoping for.

For it is up to you and me
to take solace
in nostalgia’s arms
and our ability
to create
the everlasting
from fleeting moments.”
― Sanober Khan, A touch, a tear, a tempest


The Unkown 5/52

This week has been such an emotional rollercoaster. It started off with a comment which caused a huge blow to my confidence, a doubting of my ability and the pride I had left had been well and truly dented.

I’ve had fun times with old friends, made some new friends and also photographed one of the most amazing weddings ever this weekend. I’ve photographed agency signed twins, finished off some commercial deadlines and manage to edit shit loads of pictures. (oh and update my accounts!!) All whilst feeling so over whelmed and run down.

And so this week I’ve been wading into the unknown with a flame on a candle that I relight each day, all in hope I make a good impression on the world. But in reality, not really knowing what the hell I’m doing.

I’m not wishing for a comfortable ride, but hopefully next week will present a clearer direction.

6/52 - Gravity

This week I went in the forest to film some videos and to generally just get away from the office. I was sat beneath the trees on a fresh stump when a dog starting barking at me, the owner apologised and continued to walk past me. He turned back and asked me what I was doing, so I explain about the videos and he became interested. He asked my name and he introduced himself as Wolff (with two F’s).

We sat for a while chatting, and he said he was into poetry. I asked to hear some and so he read from his little book. I sat and breathed in the air whilst listening to his work. The conversation progressed and he confided in me about relationships and his recent heartbreak. I told him about recent struggles and we chatted for a couple of hours.

He thanked me for the chat as he said it had given him a different perspective on it all, I said the same. Our conversation couldn’t have come at a better time and I felt fate was on both our sides that day. It felt like we were destined to cross paths.

Thank you Wolff, for stumbling across me that day. & Also Happy Birthday. You made my day a little brighter.


8/52 - Sunday Evening

Had a busy busy week of weddings, so not had chance to fully express creativeness in this weeks 52 week image. Instead this is just the reality of my Sunday, super chilled (well I don’t actually sit on my coffee table that often, but yeah). My aim this week is to do an epic all out image including lots of youtube videos and tutorials!


9/52 - Holding On


10/52 - Cultivate

Last week I took the time to water myself, stripping it right back to the things I need in life. Rest, self-love, family and friendship.

I’m back to editing, weddings and everything else this week, and I feel so fresh and rejuvenated. Hope everyone had a great bank holiday weekend, here in the UK!


11/52 - Blossoming

I’ve travelled over 1300 miles in the past two weeks for weddings and photoshoots. (…and a weekend away with my girls and a break up north with my family). I’m tired and need reseting, but I finally feel like the doubt has lifted and my creativity is oozing again.




Amy – the teddy that lives under the bed.

I few months ago I found the teddy bear that used to lay beside me from birth to… well I’m not quite sure when I gave her up. She brought back so many memories and emotions that I forgot had existed. One of those being the most intense sense of companionship. How amazing for an inanimate ball of fluff to have such an impact on the mind. 🐻

13/52 - REAP

I travelled north this past weekend to celebrate my Auntie’s birthday with a surprise party. On Saturday myself and Jack took ourselves on a 6km run with Rosie round the countryside where my parents live. We came across a corn field with a huge great tree in the middle and decided to go back after and venture in.

Around the tree, the corn became lower and gradient in heights. We snapped away and played around in our own little private world. It was amazing to feel so secluded yet free from the outside world. However on the way back out we got a little bit lost but took the decision to go in a straight line and hoped for the best! (We made it after getting hit in the face by multiple leaves and pulling bugs out of our hair in the shower after)

14/52 - Dragonfly Hotel

An unfamiliar place, with unfamiliar thoughts. The experiences that I’ve had during my hotel stays this year have brought me sleepless nights and lots of solo meals. But I’m happy with that because in a season that is oh so hectic, a night in a new place, in a new bed brings that familiar sense of growth.

(plus I’ve had a hilarious time documenting it all over on my snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/hollyrosestones)

I might not say it enough, but I bloody love my job.


16/52 - Soothe

A pretty late entry to the project but here’s my image for week 16.

I pretty much got over every fear and apprehension I had about travelling on this trip. A year ago I would never have hopped on a plane for 20 hours to travel across the world. It’s way too far, I’d always tell myself. I decided to abandon those emotions at the plane door and swallowed each day of doubt with a positive declaration. It was such a soothing experience. Something I can’t put into words. Just imagine yourself on a humid, heavy, unbreathable day and dropping into a tempting, cool (ish) swimming pool. That relief.

That’s how it felt.

This was taking in the most beautiful villa where myself, Jack and our friends stayed for three nights. It’s just outside Ubud in Bali and it’s called Villa Kayu Lama, perfect if you want to hire bikes to travel around on because Ubud centre is about a 15-20 minute car journey, all the reasons to get your helmet on and cruise!


17/52 - My human diary, greatest supporter, therapist and personal comedian. I’m pretty damn lucky to have you.


18/52 - Freedom

A time when I was feeling a moment of exemption from most true life responsibilities.


19/52 - Happy Halloween

Last weekend I went pumpkin picking at PYO Pumpkin with Jack and my friend Abbie. It was the hardest experience of my life trying to pick a pumpkin that spoke out to me out of about 10 thousand pumpkins. It was hilarious because I kept picking one up but then putting it down and replacing it with another, I’m just so indecisive! (Here’s the blog post I posted this past week from the PYO day!)

I then spent an evening last week carving the pumpkin which was also pretty hard because I didn’t have the right tools for the job and almost cut my finger about 50 times with the knife. 😂 It was fun though because I decided against carving a face or anything traditional and went for a starry scene instead. I was carving the pumpkin with the image below in mind and I aimed for a more ambient tone instead of it being ‘scary’!

I vlogged the whole process of creating the image, from setting up the scene and choosing the dress to shooting the image and editing it. If you’d like to see how I created it, then check out the video below. This video is the first in my aim to post two videos a week during the month of November. I’m then hoping to carry it on and see how I get on with the uploads. I have so many ideas for videos so if you’d like to keep up with them, then click here to subscribe to my channel. and wish me luck!!


20/52 - Sparks Fly

‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.’
Helen Keller

We had so much fun creating this image, I’ve only ever used sparklers at weddings for the ‘sparkler exit’ images, so it was great to use them and have a little bit more control. Below is a behind the scenes of how it was made, and of course a little vlog and speed edit as always. I almost set my hair on fire, and I’m sure you’ll be able to see my face of fear when it happens!


21/52 - Beneath the skin

I’ve had the most fulfilling day today! This morning I eagerly challenged myself to photographing 5 concept ideas within a day, which of course, is only about 6 hours in the November daylight. Pfft.

It was super stimulating and setting the challenge made me realise how much I’ve actually been afraid of failing this year. I always grew up with a quiet confidence that I knew what I was doing. However, this year, all that changed and I grew to hurt myself by doubting everything that I loved and was good at. (All the creatives out there, you feel me?!)

The best part about photography though, is that every experience/shoot is completely different to any other. I THRIVE off this now. I’m constantly being fed something new and I’m always learning.

So with that said, I’ll trade all those failures in and pick myself up some brain bricks and cement, and build my way to those fist pump moments.

This was my first concept of the day, it seems ages ago now. I vlogged it all so I’ll be posting it on my youtube channel very soon! (and then you can find out if I managed to photograph all 5!! 👀)



22/52 - Navigating the wilderness


23/52 - Bygone


27/52 -  Paint Your Thoughts

This image is a homage to all the artists I know who are utterly and passionately consumed by their ideas. Translating the concepts that follow us around day and night is such a brave and soulful experience. The feeling of euphoria I transcend when creating is unexplainable. I have no real understanding for the butterflies I experience whilst editing an image but I know that without putting the brush to the canvas, I could not cope.

I’ve been sitting on this idea for a couple of months now, it’s been revisiting me over and over again. I’ve been practising a new mindset recently, one that includes telling myself out loud to stop all negative thoughts. It’s been working so far and by painting my thoughts, it’s allowed me the freedom to introduce new ideas. I’m so content that I’ve finally reached this place!


28/52 -  Lighter Than Air

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Van Gogh

I’ve done a few things lately that I thought I’d never be able to do, and today I flew (..even if it was only by the power of photoshop!). This image was inspired by Emma Bloom from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the girl that’s lighter than air.

Thank you so much to Cass for helping me create this image!!


29/52 - Burnt Out

At the weekend myself and Cass decided to go for a little explore to shoot some new concepts. I’d had these in my head for a little while and Cass volunteered to help me out with shooting them. Check out the behind the scenes video over on my YouTube (link below!)


30/52 - Stillness

'I’m flying low and I’m

not saying a word.

I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.


The world goes on as it must,

the bees in the garden rumbling a little,

the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.

And so forth.


But I’m taking the day off.

Quiet as a feather.

I hardly move though really I’m traveling

a terrific distance.


Stillness. One of the doors

into the temple.'

- Today by Mary Oliver

Today I've been in edit mode catching up with all the incredible shoots I've done over the past couple of weeks and editing all the videos.

I was drawn to this poem by Mary Oliver and I now feel a sense of permission. Sometimes you just need a day off, right? I think I'm ready for one of those mysteries very soon.  

As always, the video for this image will be up on my channel on Sunday. <3  


31/52 - Rescue

There’s a new behind the scenes video over on my YouTube today. It’s a very open, honest video on how and why I created this image! 🕊


32/52 - In Touch

I had so much fun creating this image, ‘Jack point with intent, pull harder, ok don’t strangle me!’ – I had a red rash on my face after though because the gloves were pretty much like sand paper. I’ve posted a behind the scenes of how I crater this image below too, go check it out!


33/52 - Phosphorescence

- A word I learnt whilst researching what to call this image. 

I've been surrounding myself with beautifully minded people recently, ones that I can absorb positivity and re-emit a new energy. It's been a breath of fresh air!! (apart from on this cliff when myself and Cass almost lost our breath in the treacherous winds!)  


34/52 - Emerald

I took a weekend off last week, the first in a very long while. Jack and I packed a picnic & supplies and journeyed over to Whitstable, a seaside town I’ve always wanted to visit. It was an overcast yet warm day, so I threw on my new emerald green dress and dove into the sea (although, I say dove, it was more of a hobble and wobble because of all the sharp stones).

I’ve been feeling a little uninspired to create from drowning in client work recently (not complaining, I just lost the ability to balance for a little while). So I made it my mission this day to force myself to create. I’ve realised recently that motivation comes in waves, but the real work is done when you force yourself. This took every ounce of my effort to produce, but I did it, and it’s worked.


35/52 - Golden Road

Myself and Sara ventured around the city yesterday, we went thrift shopping in Brooklyn and I bought a new prop dress. We jumped on so many other forms of transport (including the ferry where I almost lost my hat in the wind!) and ended up at Washington Street with the most amazing view of Manhattan Bridge.

After moving out the way of multiple cars, taking photos of a post man and getting called out for having great moves, we finally got this shot! Of course inspired by one of my favourite child hood films, the wizard of oz! 💛


36/52 - We Stand Tall

This image was taken at the abandoned 69th Street Transfer Bridge on the Hudson River. Built in 1911 it was used to transport rail cars from New York to New Jersey and stopped service in the 70s. I was lead to this incredible structure by Sara on my first day in NY and in Sara’s exact words she said ‘Holly you will love this!’, and I absolutely did!


37/52 - The Host

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it is over, I don’t want to wonder

if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,

or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

– Mary Oliver


38/52 - Off the Beaten Track - & taking a break from social media this weekend! 


39/52 - The Call

This image is dedicated to all the amazing people working as part of the emergency services around our country. These people have lives of there own with families surrounding them, yet they risk everything for public safety – complete strangers to them. They are courageous and heroic and to hear that they had dealt with the situation at London Bridge within 8 minutes is mind blowing.

I’ve found it hard this past couple of weeks to regain myself positively since the Manchester attack, and then to be in a place just hours before another attack happens makes me feel lifeless. But knowing how insanely brave our community and society is, is just incredible. Knowing that help is only a phone call away, how wonderful is that?

If we can take one thing from this incident, it would be that we KNOW we can trust them. Let’s always treat them with respect, honour and commend them & give them what they deserve – all the praise in the world.


40/52 - By The Boating Lake

From a voyage I took through central park on a day I discovered things about myself that I never thought I’d be able to do. (Like setting up this shot and getting changed into a dress in front of fellow lake goers and boat rowers, in the middle of the day in NYC!)

When I first began this journey of self expression through photography, I would often let fear override my ability to project the perfect shot. However, as recently as ever, I made a pact with myself to never EVER let that get in the way. Hence why I took myself off to New York a few weeks ago to challenge that notion.

& Here I am, shooting on the side of the lake without a care in the world. (Also, coincidentally bumping into Thomas Langley & Amy, who were casually rowing a boat past me – in which I jumped in for a little ride!)

What an incredibly delightful day!


41/52 - Moving On

Life's got pretty damn hectic recently which means I've been away from my beloved photoshop for too long. I'm making my way through mountains of wedding editing (which of course I love) but it means I haven't had much time to be creative. I sat down to edit this image last night from NYC, and I just couldn't make it work. I had so many ideas for the outcome and the way I wanted to see it, but everything I did just did. not. work. In the end I decided to keep it simple and use no photoshop for a change. 

So, Here's a pretty raw image from a shoot in New York that was meant to turn out differently... but it didn't and that's ok.  


42/52 - Escape

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” 
― Mary Oliver

This shoot was hilarious/scary/sweaty (NYC weather!) and exhilarating to fathom! I was pretty much unable to balance my tripod in the right position on the fire escape without the risk of it taking a huge tumble to the pavements below. So my beaut Sara helped me out with this!

I'll be posting the behind the scenes video from this day over on my YouTube in the next week or so! I'm also currently planning my next venture to take my YouTube videos to the next level! (all will be revealed soon!) 


43/52 - Alter

I spent some time at home recently with my family in Doncaster. It was therapeutic and soothing to feel secure in my surroundings, especially as the home I grew up in has the most amazing garden full of blooms. I came home, back to Kent with a new office/studio space to prepare and it's been so amazing to spread a little further and organise my props and dresses a little better. Beneath all the weddings and videos I've created, I've been settling myself into a change of atmosphere and head space. It's so refreshing and I can't wait to see what I can create from this new work space perspective.


44/52 - The House of Green

Solid you stand

as the vines creep,

nurture your growth

as the world sleeps.

The house of green

will always be seen,

to those that cultivate,

must wait.


44/52 - Prickle


45/52 - Passing Through

“Instructions for living a life. 
Pay attention. 
Be astonished. 
Tell about it.” 
― Mary Oliver

My job takes me to beautiful places. Ibiza blew me away! 


46/52 - Part 2


47/52 - Breathe me in


48/52 - Transpire

"I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living." - AN



A few weeks ago I shot with the awesome Nora on the riverbed of the Thames near the Tate in London. I’ve shot here before but because I was working with twins the shoot results were completely different to this. (I like both!)

Myself and Nora met on a commercial app shoot a few months ago and Nora’s presence in front of the camera was so inspiring, she knew exactly how to move her body and from that moment I knew that I would be working with her again and again. For this shoot I wanted to test out a new way of shooting, I wanted to keep moving without stopping stale in on place for longer than a few seconds. We only had an hour to shoot so every 15 minutes we changed outfits and put a timer on so that we knew when to change, it was a real challenge but so much fun to do! Of course I filmed everything so I will be popping it on my channel sometime soon! Go subscribe if you haven’t already:www.youtube.com/HollyRoseX


Myself and Sara ventured around the city yesterday, we went thrift shopping in Brooklyn and I bought a new prop dress. We jumped on so many other forms of transport (including the ferry where I almost lost my hat in the wind!) and ended up at Washington Street with the most amazing view of Manhattan Bridge.

After moving out the way of multiple cars, taking photos of a post man and getting called out for having great moves, we finally got this shot! Of course inspired by one of my favourite child hood films, the wizard of oz! 💛




Solid you stand

as the vines creep,

nurture your growth

as the world sleeps.

The house of green

will always be seen,

to those that cultivate,

must wait.