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ISSUE NO. 12 Editor / Founder: Melanie Doncas

Contributors: Jade Wolf, Emma Barrow, Olivia Purvis, Kalindy Williams, Abigail Shepherd, Ashley Holloway, Andrea Sartore, Daniela Majic, Alexandra Spence, Jenna Rainey, Anny To, Emma Lane, Kat Quinn

Cover: Model: Olivia Purvis / What Olivia Did whatoliviadid.com Photography: Joseph Galvin www.josephgalvinphotography.com

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Editor’s Letter Hello! I’m very excited about this issue, as not only is it our 12th digital magazine edition, but it is also the first issue we’ve released during 2016 – which also marks Whim’s 3rd year running. Hooray!

Just in case you didn’t notice, we’ve done something a little differently with the cover this time around and chose to feature a blogger as our cover model. This isn’t just any blogger, however, as Olivia Purvis from What Olivia Did truly encompasses many of the things that Whim is all about – a bubbly personality, a down-to-earth nature, and a love of whimsically pretty things, whether it be clothing, stationary, or even locations. Among these pages you’ll also find some stunning photoshoots, amazing artworks, captivating prose, and even a delicious recipe! I hope you enjoy the issue :)

Melanie


6……Photoshoot: ‘Buttercup ……...Valentine’ 22….Interview: Stylist Jade ………Wolf 24….Photoshoot: ……...‘Disenchantment’ 40….Interview: Photographer ……..Emma Barrow 42….Interview: Blogger Olivia ……..Purvis 48….Interview: Artist Kalindy ……..Williams 54….‘The Dandelion Clock’ by ……..Abigail Shepherd 56….Photoshoot: ‘Whispers in ………the Wind’ 84….Interview: Photographer ……..Ashley Holloway

86…..Photoshoot: ‘Luxury ……….Gold’ 96…..Interview: Photographer ……….Andrea Sartore 98…..Photoshoot: ‘Lovely’ 120...Interview: Photographer ……….Daniela Majic 122...Interview: Alex from ……….Larkspur Vintage 130…‘Solstice’ by Jenna Rainey 132…Photoshoot: ‘Her ……….Splendid Adventure’ 146…Interview: Photographer ……….Anny To 147…Recipe: Banana, almond, ……….and golden syrup cake 150…Photoshoot: ‘Spring Lace’ 172…Interview: Photographer ……….Kat Quinn


Creative Direction & Styling: Wolfette Styling www.wolfettestyling.com Photography: Photography by Zanbeek www.facebook.com/photographybyzandbeek Hair Styling: Darcie Jillian of Antidote Hair | www.antidotehair.com Makeup Artistry: Jenny McKinney | www.jennymckinney.com Model: Jade Wolf | @jadenwolfette Styling Assist: Elige Mystery | @eligemystery


Interview with Stylist:

Q: What was the inspiration or concept behind this beautiful series of images? A: I had recently taken a small break from editorials, as I felt that I needed to regain my creative energy. I expected to take a month or two away ‌ this turned into a couple of weeks as Valentine’s Day began to rapidly approach!! Miss out on a glittery, pink love shoot .. ? I think not. This photo series was truly inspired by the depths of the original Wolfette. Q: Please tell us about the experience you had whilst taking part in this photoshoot? A: This was an extremely rare situation, as I was actually in front of the camera! Channelling my inner sparkly troll came quite naturally.. plus, my killer team and a full length body mirror both had my back ;) The shoot was absolutely freezing and cars were honking as they drove by, ooolllaaaa! Q: What does an average day in the life of Jade look like? A: I usually wake up around 10:30 / 11:00 a.m because I am your

neighbourhood night owl. I make 5 eggs with a ton of veggies; A blueberry smoothie if I'm feeling extra ambitious. And then the everyday scramble begins as I rip around K-Town searching for the perfect photoshoot location, meeting with artists, buying dollar stores out of any and all sparkly paraphernalia, more than a few hours dedicated to my laptop, prop hunting, and organic eats somewhere in between :) Q: What advice would you give to aspiring stylists? A: Know who you are and know what you stand for. Always be confident, just be you for goodness sakes.


Q: Lastly, what do you hope the not-too-distant future holds for your creative career; Do you have any exciting, upcoming plans that you would like to share with us? A: Vintage glitter, marabou fluffs and one-of-a-kind handmade outfits by MOI! . . Less quantity of work to come but OH SO MUCH MORE!! I am dedicated to always learning and always progressing.

Website: www.wolfettestyling.com FB: www.facebook.com/WolfetteStyling


Photographer: Emma Barrow | www.emma-barrow.com Hairstylist: Tracie Gunningham | @ Envy Hair Make Up Artist: Amber Gunningham Model: Matilda @ Grace Model Management Hairstylist Assistant: Lauren Davis Photographer’s Assistant: Georgia Samuels


Interview with Photographer:

Q: What inspired you to create this series of images? A: Spring season inspired me for this series. I wanted to be outside and involve flowers and gardens whilst incorporating the concept of disappointment. Q: Please tell us about the experience you had whilst capturing this photoshoot? A: The day of the shoot itself was incredibly cold! That was the main factor and a worry for the model but she was fine and triumphed through the shoot. To get to the location, we had to travel by a small boat for 10 minutes (which was a bit rough across the sea) then we shot at numerous locations through the gardens. Q: What does an average day in the life of Emma look like? A: Each day is completely different for me. I could be hunting locations and planning new work, shooting clients or editorials, or working in my office retouching or handling emails and admin. But I am always busy and always doing something different which I love about my job.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers? A: Never give up – keep pushing no matter what. If you have the passion and drive for it then you should naturally be involved in photography in some way everyday. Whether it’s research, experimenting or networking. If you aren’t doing this then it may not be for you - It cannot be forced. Take on all feedback, positive and negative – it all helps to improve your work. At times it can be very stressful and you may wonder why you are doing this – but just remember why you do it and then you’ll never stop.


Q: Lastly, what do you hope the not-too-distant future holds for your photography career; Do you have any exciting, upcoming plans that you would like to share with us? A: My plans are to keep pushing my business. But to eventually be published with high fashion, commercial magazines and to keep working alongside talented teams and designers.

Website: www.emma-barrow.com FB: www.facebook.com/emmabarrow photography


She’s the London-based blogger with an infectiously bubbly personality, not to mention a stunning sense of style which has caught the eye of our most favourite big brands. We recently interviewed the inspiring Olivia Purvis, our Issue 12 cover model, to discuss all things blogging, including her hopes and dreams for the not-too-distant future. ………………………… Q: Firstly, congratulations on your wonderful blog – We’re huge fans! When did you first create ‘What Olivia Did’ and what initially motivated you to do so? A: Thank you so much! I initially created my blog whilst I was studying in Sixth Form. I was studying photography so it was a great place to upload work and showcase (to whom I'm not sure) what I was up to! Plus, it was the only website we could access from the school computers that wasn't blocked, so seemed like a productive way of spending free time!


Q: How would you describe yourself in just three words? A: Oh goodness I have no idea - probably just obsessed-with-dogs ;)

Q: It’s been so inspiring to follow you on your blogging journey over the past few years and to see many incredible experiences come your way. Has there been one or two specific opportunities that particularly stand out to you as being ‘life-changing’ moments? A: To be honest, I think the whole process has been a little life changing. I didn't even realise blogging could be a viable career option so being able to do it full time every day is definitely life changing in itself. Being able to meet so many other inspiring women (some of whom I call my best friends) and travel often is also something I feel incredibly fortunate for, and something I know I'll never take for granted.


Q: How would you describe an average day in the life of Olivia? A: I don't think there is one! Some days I'll be in London for meetings, others shooting with Joe and quite often I'm just in my kitchen replying to emails, writing up posts and running local errands! There's no two days that are too similar really, which is probably the charm of what I do. Q: What advice would you give to those wanting to pursue blogging as a career? A: Just do it. It sounds obvious and a little useless, but I honestly think just starting, not worrying about other people and just writing about what you love are the foundations of starting. There isn't an easy recipe to doing this full time at the moment I don't think, but just starting up is the best thing to do. If you never begin, you'll never have anything to improve on and grow. Q: Lastly, what do you hope to achieve with ‘What Olivia Did’ in the not-too-distant future? Do you have any exciting, upcoming plans that you would like to share with us? A: In all honesty, when people ask me this- my biggest goal is probably just to have people still reading. It's been 6 years and to still have a growing audience makes me feel like the luckiest person, so to still have people reading in the future is all I can ask for! Be sure to check out more of Olivia’s work at the following links: Website: www.whatoliviadid.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatoliviadid YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/whatoliviadid Instagram: @livpurvis Images by Joseph Galvin Photography


Q: We're well-acquainted with your dreamy photography, but have recently discovered your whimsical and colourful artworks! When did your love of illustrating first blossom? A: I have always drawn things, mostly just for fun but over the last 12 months I've really been concentrating on illustration and design. I love to create things and I have so many ideas, it's often hard to figure out where to put them all. Illustration seemed like the perfect creative platform for me, there are no limitations like in photography (available light, location, team): I can have an idea and instantly get to work on it. Q: When it comes to your art, what inspires your creativity the most? A: So. Many. Things! Music - recently I've been listening to a lot of riot girl bands like Bikini Kill and Huggy Bear. Movies - almost anything with Wynona Ryder in it, anything by Tim Burton or Wes Anderson, and secretly Men In Black 1, 2 and 3. Feminism and anything that inspires people to stand up for equality. Mystery and Space books, the '70s. I've been really inspired by '70s fashion - all those flares and blown out hair! Lately I've been particularly interested in plant life and the way things grow.


Q: How would you describe your artwork creation process? On average, how long does each illustration take to complete? A: I make initial drawings in pencil, clean up the line work then I scan them and colour them digitally. My illustrations take anywhere between 2 days and a couple of weeks, I'm often working on a few illustrations at once.

Q: What do you hope to achieve with your creative career (whether it be your photography or art) in the not-too-distant future? Do you have any exciting, upcoming plans to share with us? A: At the moment I really just want to keep creating, as long as I can keep taking photos and make art I'll be happy! I'm currently finishing off a few zines for the Other Worlds zine fair (a collaborative photography one and an illustrated one about food!), and working on some cute animations about road trips and outer space!

Q: Lastly, where can our readers keep updated with your wonderful work online? A: You can see works in progress and final illustrations along with behind the scenes and photos from my shoots on my Instagram @kalindymillions, and you can pop by my portfolio (kalindyannewilliams.format.com) to see some completed work.


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By Abigail Shepherd Instagram: @bewriting "I am the most beautiful of all the flowers." The rose made this assertion with no self-consciousness. But the lily shook her delicate head. "None is so elegant as the lily," she argued. "The daffodil is the first sign of Spring. What can be more beautiful than a flower that stands for renewal?" "You are all too obvious for true beauty," said the daisy. "Whereas I have a subtle prettiness that grows on you." "I'm not only beautiful, but am cultivated all over the world for my special properties," preened the poppy. "But you are all so common," interrupted the orchid. "I am both beautiful and rare." The dandelion sighed. She was not where the others talked, but just outside. "I think you're all beautiful in your own ways." The flowers nodded condescendingly. "Perhaps you're right. You at least have some perspective, for you certainly are not." They all tittered. "No," replied the dandelion. "I'm not very pretty. But I have much to give if only others would see it. My leaves make a lovely salad, my stem can be sautĂŠed and eaten, my root can be roasted and ground as a substitute for coffee, and even my flower is edible. But not many know these things and I'm not fashionable, though children sometimes enjoy blowing my seeds out for me." "It must be horrible to be so overlooked," shuddered a stately iris. "In some ways," answered the dandelion. "But not completely. For instance, that is why I'm out here, growing freely in the field. But you! I am sorry for you all." "Why?" The dandelion looked round at the marquee in which the other flowers blossomed. "Because of your beauty, you've been picked- to grace people's homes. But not for very long. Didn't you know? Picked flowers always die..."


Photography: Ashley Holloway www.ashleyholloway.com Model: Dakota Zordan MUA and Hair Stylist: Blend True Make Up Artist www.facebook.com/Blend-True-Make-Up-Artist-319748784707607/


Interview with Photographer:

Q: What was the inspiration or concept behind this beautiful series of images? A: This series was shot about a year ago now, but I was planning a big editorial with Dakota at the time and I wanted to shoot something simple with her first to meet her and get an idea of her strengths as a model. I was super inspired by her amazing hair, and I thought creating something kind of bohemian and dreamy would work perfect with her looks. Both dresses were vintage pieces that I had bought pretty recently, and I felt as though they really went with the gentle and delicate look of her face. Like most of my shoots, I went in wanting to create the story of a girl who's free-spirited and also very sensitive to Nature. I suppose one of my goals in every shoot is to create characters that feel like poetry, if that makes sense. Q: Please tell us about the experience you had whilst planning and capturing this photoshoot? A: This was a really wonderful and mostly overcast day, and overall it was an incredibly relaxing shoot.

Laura, the hair and makeup artist, did some simple but very lovely looks on Dakota and it really enhanced her natural beauty without overwhelming it in any way. Dakota was amazing and absolutely a natural in front of the lens. We had fun experimenting and just wandering around looking for different scenery to shoot in. This was also the first time I tried shooting with plastic wrap on my lens as a diy filter. I didn't use it on all of the photos, but it was really fun trying something different, and with practice I've gotten much better at that technique. the softness it lended to some of the photos was really helpful in giving them a painterly feel. Dakota reminds me so much of the women in Waterhouse and Rossetti paintings, so it was really nice being able to enhance that..


Q: This location is quite stunning with its abundance of bush land and a serene lake. How did you discover this place? A: This location is one of my much loved ones in my neighborhood. It's just an empty lot that's overgrown with plants and trees, but it's a place I've come back to many times after first shooting there a few years ago. The constantly changing scenery there throughout the seasons is very inspiring to me and it lends itself to many different looks. I don't remember when I first shot there, but I remember looking for a fieldtype location, and this location really spoke to me. I've done a lot of photoshoots around my neighborhood, because it has a really lovely rural look. Q: What do you hope to achieve with your photography this year? Do you have any exciting, upcoming plans that you would like to share with us? A: I've found myself kind of stepping back from photography this year due to a lot of things going on in life, but I hope to do more shoots this Spring since the time change is finally here! However, I'm currently re-designing my studio that's located in my garage and personally that's really exciting to me! I'm thrilled to be creating a

space that feels more put-together and organized. I've really been into interior design lately and decorating, so this is just one more thing that I can put some design effort into. I also am hoping that this is the year that I'll finally meet up with some of my favorite photographers in real life! Every year I always say that I plan on doing some travelling, but for one reason or another, I always end up not doing it. I really hope it happens this year though! I love experiencing different places, because they tend to leave my inspiration feeling refreshed! The same-old scenery can bog my mind down and that's obviously not what I want!

Website: www.ashleyholloway.com FB: www.facebook.com/ashleyholloway photo/


Photographer: Andrea Sartore | www.fotografoandrea.it Model: Svetlana Vakulova Make up: Carmen Carol Hair Stylist: Carmen Carol In collaboration with Mba Making Beauty Academy Fashion Designer: Dana Zidaru | www.danadesign.it Assistant: Simone Canino Location: Palazzina di caccia di Stupinigi


Interview with Photographer:

Q: What inspired you to create this series of images? A: Inspiration was found in the most important building of Turin. A place of history, La Palazzina di Stupinigi is a work of Filippo Juvarra, which began in May of 1729 and finished in 1733 and is part of the circuit of Savoy Residences, sites declared World Heritage by UNESCO. It is in the city of Stupinigi (fraction of Nicholasville), the south-western outskirts of Turin. Q: Please tell us about the experience you had whilst capturing this photoshoot? A: A positive experience in a luxurious environment and importantly, working with a good team of professionals, we have achieved a very good result. Between the Hunting Palace complex, the eighteenth most extraordinary in Europe - has full museum with its original furnishings, paintings, masterpieces of cabinet making and the design of the territory. Having the ability and permission to do a photo shoot on the inside was a fantastic and unique experience. It is a place of

leisure for hunting in the Savoy court life, a sumptuous and refined favorite residence by the Savoy for parties and weddings, as well as the chosen residence by Napoleon in the early 800s. The early twentieth century it was chosen as a residence by Queen Margherita, and since 1919 it is also home to the Museum of Furniture. It is the prominent element of the historical and artistic heritage Mauritian. Q: What does an average day in the life of Andrea look like? A: ​I have several jobs in various sectors so every day I am engaged on commission in various photo shoots, and sometimes I am busy teaching my students courses in photography or digital post production.


Q: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers? A: My advice is to not improvise and to do much studying, specializing in various specific courses. Today unfortunately the sacrifices and study phases are less and less considered, the majority of aspiring photographers after a few photo shoots consider themselves as masters of photography Q: Lastly, what do you hope the not-too-distant future holds for your photography career; Do you have any exciting, upcoming plans that you would like to share with us? A: I was recently contacted by an important fashion agency because he wants to work with me. One of my goals is to live and work abroad. I wish the best of my career.

Website: www.fotografoandrea.it FB: www.facebook.com/fotosartore


Photography & Styling: Daniela Majic danielamajicphotography.com Model: Sarah @ The AGENCY Models Make-up & Hair by Jilly Ijoe


Interview with Photographer:

Q: What inspired you to create this series of images? A: The model Sarah's agency contacted me with the intention of putting together a shoot. As soon as I saw Sarah's beautiful red hair and whimsical fairy features I knew I had to put together a shoot that was whimsical with a hint of youth. One of the locations we shot at was nearby a greenhouse. Nature and flowers helped inspire us to create something that seemed almost like a longing for spring through winter. Q: Please tell us about the experience you had whilst capturing this photoshoot? A: It was a fantastic and fun day. As I mentioned just being in the warmth of the greenhouse during the winter months was an inspiration for both myself and Sarah. Here in Canada it can get very cold throughout the winter so little escapes help to rejuvenate. A bit of snow fell on the day of the shoot which we decided to take advantage of. Q: What does an average day in

the life of Daniela look like? A: An average day in the life of me can really be quite different. Some days I am planning shoots, some day's I am editing or photographing those planned shoots. Other days are nothing days and some days I enjoy drinking tea, practicing guitar or sewing. Q: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers? A: I would tell aspiring photographers to not be afraid. Don't be afraid to tackle a certain subject matter because you are afraid your images won't turn out great, or that something has "already been done". Inspiration is everywhere so be inspired by everything and just create, create, create.


Q: Lastly, what do you hope the not-too-distant future holds for your photography career; Do you have any exciting, upcoming plans that you would like to share with us? A: I will be traveling a lot this spring/summer so I am hoping that those travels will allow me to get really creative on the photoshooting side of things. Even if it's just images for my blog. I have a lot of different projects I will be working on and am hoping that I find some small successes in them :)

Website: danielamajicphotography.com FB: www.facebook.com/danielamajicph otography


An Interview with

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She’s the multi-talented creative based in Toronto who also runs one of our favourite blogs, Larkspur Vintage. When Alex isn’t busy sharing her style, beauty, and lifestyle content with readers, she also finds the time to be a professional dancer, vintage shop owner, freelance stylist, model and hobby photographer. We recently interviewed Alex about her pursuits and much-loved blog. Q: Hello Alexandra! Over the past few years we’ve fallen head-overheels in love with your blog, Larkspur Vintage. For those of our readers who might not be familiar with your site, how would you describe it to them? A: Hi there and thanks for the kind words about my blog! As the name ensues, my blog is a space where I share vintage fashion and beauty, but in a broader sense it's a space where I can share all the things I love or am passionate about - fashion, beauty, photography, my dog (and animals, in general), interior design, being silly, art, writing, travel and things that inspire me - like a very curated diary, of sorts.


Q: When did you begin your blog Larkspur Vintage and what initially motivated you to do so? A: Initially, the blogging aspect of Larkspur Vintage began as a sort of advertisement for the online vintage shop I was running with my friend Meaghan at the time. The blog was similar to what it is now, in that we shared our outfits and things that inspired us, but once Meaghan parted ways with the blog and store, the blog part of Larkspur Vintage started to become it's own entity and found a real voice and direction. Q: We also understand that you are extremely multi-talented as a professional dancer, vintage shop owner, freelance stylist, model and hobby photographer! Please tell us a little more about each of your creative pursuits?

A: Ha! Yes, I do a lot of things, many of which have been a direct result of blogging, which I am very grateful to be able to say. I do a lot of styling for independent designers and their look books, print and online editorials, brand campaigns as well as personal work for photographers, and often times I will model for those things.


Photography is a huge part of my blog and has become a much loved creative outlet for me - I want my outfit photos to feel less like street style images and more like a story or editorial, so I am constantly trying to improve on that. As for the online vintage shop, as mentioned above, that was the shop I ran with my friend before she parted ways. I ran it on my own for quite a long while but it has now been on a "vacation" for a good amount of time; it's been hard keeping up with it. And dance! I have been dancing since I was 3yrs old and it is the love of my life. I teach contemporary dance and am part of a multi-disciplinary dance company, which is to say we do a lot of different dance styles - contemporary, hip hop, dancehall, afro, jazz funk...the list goes on. Q: What does an average day in the life of Alexandra look like? A: Everyday looks a little different for me. I actually just started working as a buyer for a vintage/secondhand shop here in Toronto and doing their social media, so my days are a little more scheduled now. But when I am not doing that, I am either coming up with and shooting content for the blog, editing and writing blog posts, teaching dance classes and rehearsing in the evenings, and sometimes modeling and styling on the weekends. But my life isn't all work. I make a lot of dinners with friends, go on bike rides and hikes (when it's not super cold Canadian winter!), play video games (Mario Kart, lately), helping my boyfriend on his shoots (he is a professional photographer), being lazy and watching funny TV shows and cuddling my dog, Gus.


Q: Lastly, we’d love to know what you hope to achieve with your creative career in the not-too-distant future? Do you have any exciting, upcoming plans that you would like to share with us? A: The thing I always tell people about the future of my creative career is that I love how open and free it feels. If someone had told me 3 years ago I'd be doing what I'm doing today, I would not have believed it. I like that I'm not certain what I will be up to in the next few months, let alone years. I'm a very Type A personality in a lot of ways, but for some reason, when it comes to the future of my career I don't have a set goal, I just want to be successful, in whatever way that is. I'm travelling to Tulum, Mexico with my best friend in May, and I'm hoping to make a travel a more regular part of my blog, and more importantly, my life...so in a sense, that is an upcoming plan I hope to make a reality. Be sure to check out more of Alex’s work at the following links:

Website: http://larkspurvintage.com/ FB: www.facebook.com/LarkspurShoppe Instagram: @larkspurvintage


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What if all the stars went out? Would you run or stand to fight? Attempt to build yourself a fortress? Or cower from the black and endless night? What if all the stars went out? Would you seek to help your friends? Protect your partner from the non-existent dawn? Or turn the world’s axis on its end? What if all the stars went out, Would it see you at your best? Turn kindred spirit, good natured-creature, Or revenge all those that you detest? No matter if the stars go out, A secret can you keep? I breached the edge because of you, You’re in now all too deep.


Photographer: Anny To www.annytophotography.com Flower Crown: VXN Designs www.vxndesigns.com Model & Makeup: Nikki Pierce


Interview with Photographer:

Q: What inspired you to create this series of images? A: I wanted to create something for myself. I've been doing a lot of client work but I wanted to create just because. When I get to work on creative projects, it inspires and motivates me to keep the momentum going. If I feel like I'm doing the same thing over and over again, I can be uninspired so I asked my friend, Nikki if she wanted to do a moody series out in the fields and she happily agreed. Sometimes you just want to have some fun without any expectations. Q: Please tell us about the experience you had whilst capturing this photo shoot? A: The grounds were extremely muddy and we knew that by the end of this shoot, our feet would be a mess and they were. Other than that, it was super fun just hanging out with a friend and just enjoying our day. Q: What does an average day in the life of Anny look like? A: I wake up and get ready for my day. I try to find something that isn't horrible for me to eat and then I edit, edit, edit. I will try to throw in a work out every other day just so I can feel energized. I have been caring for my

uncle's parrots and been trying to be more present in my families lives. Q: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers? A: Keep on shooting, experimenting, learning, and grow as an artist and a person. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try new techniques. Also, keep an open mind. Q: Lastly, what do you hope the nottoo-distant future holds for your photography career; Do you have any exciting, upcoming plans that you would like to share with us? A: I definitely want to get around playing with my lighting set up since I have had it for at least a little more than a year and haven't really messed with them. It's always good to constantly experiment with different techniques, lighting, and shooting at new locations. I have some more fun projects in the works and client work as well so I'm super excited about this year.

Website: www.annytophotography.com FB: www.facebook.com/annytophotogra phy


Banana, Almond + Golden Syrup Cake


I created this one because we always seem to have overripe bananas in the house, and baking a cake is a perfect way to use them up. There are ground almonds and self raising flour in this recipe, which give the cakes a light, fluffy texture, and the golden syrup and muscovado sugar give a rich sweet flavour. They can be eaten cold in lunch boxes or you can warm them up and add a dash of cream, custard or ice cream to make a simple dessert! Enjoy! Ingredients: 125g/5oz self raising flour, 75g/3oz ground almonds, 100g/4oz margarine, 100g/4oz light muscovado sugar, 125g/5oz golden syrup, 2 medium eggs, 2 small-medium size bananas, a dash of lemon flavouring (optional), flaked almonds


Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180C or 165C if you're using a fan assisted oven. Grease and line a tin with greaseproof paper. 2. Sift the flour into a bowl and stir in the ground almonds. 3. Gently heat the margarine, sugar and syrup in a saucepan until melted and allow to cool for a few minutes. 4. Meanwhile, mash the banana in a bowl. Break the eggs into a jug and beat them. 5. Add the bananas, egg, lemon flavouring (if using) and melted ingredients into the flour and almonds. Beat well to give a smooth mixture- it will be quite a wet mixture, so don't panic if it doesn't look like a normal cake mix! 6. Pour into the prepared tin, level out the surface and scatter flaked almonds over the top. 7. Bake for 30 minutes, until well risen, golden and slightly firm to touch. Cool on a wire rack and then cut into 12 pieces.

By Emma from Wallflower Wardrobe: You can check out Emma’s beautiful blog here, and please be sure to like her Facebook page. You can also visit her stunning jewellery Etsy store or vintage Etsy store.


Photographer: Kat Quinn / KQ Photography facebook.com/pages/KQ-Photography/759697307458109 HMUA: Kat Quinn katquinnmakeup.com Model: Mckayla


Interview with Photographer / MUA:

Q: What inspired you to create this series of images? A: My mum and I found some beautiful vintage clothing from the 1970's and I knew my model Mckayla would look amazing in them. Q: Please tell us about the experience you had whilst capturing this photoshoot? A: We had a beautiful relaxed day in the botanic gardens .. Mckayla is an absolute dream to shoot so we just wandered around following the gorgeous light Q: What does an average day in the life of Kat look like? A: Haha there is no such thing as an average day for me .. My two small children keep me mostly busy mixed with makeup, hair and tanning jobs. Q: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers? A: Just start shooting!! Trust your eyes and shoot whatever makes you happy!! Q: Lastly, what do you hope the

not-too-distant future holds for your photography career; Do you have any exciting, upcoming plans that you would like to share with us? A: I'm planning on doing a lot more shooting in the winter months and I am hoping to team up with some clothing labels Website: katquinnmakeup.com FB: www.facebook.com/katquinnmake upartist www.facebook.com/KQPhotography-759697307458109


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Whim Online Magazine Issue 12  

Featuring whimsical and dreamy photoshoots, art and creative writing, as well as interviews with inspirational bloggers, artists, photograph...

Whim Online Magazine Issue 12  

Featuring whimsical and dreamy photoshoots, art and creative writing, as well as interviews with inspirational bloggers, artists, photograph...