Summers in England are beautiful. People have this notion that the UK is a drizzly, foggy place with dismal weather. Not so! When Darren and I traveled there in July (him for work, me to shoot a few destination engagement sessions/wander out after a strenuous week of work in Montreal), they were in the midst of a “heat wave.” I put that in quotations because it was 85 and sunny, with low humidity. If you are from the DMV, a summer without humidity is the stuff of unicorn dreams. Actually, the last time we traveled there together, also in July, it also did not rain once. Lesson: go to the UK in July.
The only downside is that there are heaps of tourists, especially if you frequent Leicester Square, Covent Garden and the likes. Having checked these items off my to-do list my first time there, I made it a point to explore some less-frequented locations. One of my loveliest discoveries was the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in Richmond. So lovely in fact, that I ended up going there twice: once for a session which I’ll be sharing soon, and again with Darren where we attempted to take some self-timer portraits. Our supply of friends willing to travel with us is dwindling as more of our loved ones have started families this year. So mastering the shutter-dash-and-smile will be key as we continue our journey to Spain later this month! Fortunately we will have some company there, so hopefully nobody will steal my camera. Gulp.
We also spent a lovely day exploring Warwick Castle (we actually skipped the castle itself and explored the town instead, which I highly recommend), Stratford-upon-Avon (aka Shakespeare’s birthplace, which we also skipped- are you noticing a trend here?), and Oxford, passing through the Cotswolds. I wish we were able to book a van to explore some of the little villages in the Cotswolds. It looked utterly charming and idyllic to the point where at one point I started Googling real estate in these tiny villages to see if we could perhaps afford to move here one day. Spoiler alert: we can’t. Oh well, there’s always next time! Until then…enjoy.
Shot on a mixture of digital and Fuji 400 film (developed and scanned by the FIND lab).