Meet the creatives: Jenna Staples

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Q&A with Jenna Staples

Tell us a little about yourself Jenna:

I’m a very proud mama of two darlings Fynn and Freya, and a rascal of a dog Charlie. I absolutely love tea, I have a drawer dedicated to it in my kitchen! My other love is flowers, I can’t walk down the street without literally stopping to smell the roses. My dear husband has never once been on Instagram, or seen my account, but will often bring me home flowers for my “flatlay thingies”.

How would you describe your creative style?

My images are quite busy, yet people often say they look very calm. My style is soft and pretty.

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What kind of photography equipment do you use? 

Being a busy mum time is always of the essence, there’s never a minute to set up a tripod or lighting. Photos are shot in natural light on my iphone and edited in snapseed.

In honour of this week’s theme, tell us about how you are inspired by the idea of ‘Giving’

Giving is such an important part of society, whether it be your time, gifts, or home grown produce/home made baking. Giving always makes me feel so incredibly good.  

Show us three of your favourite images that you have created and tell us why you love them:

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I love this one simply because it’s of two of my favourite things - peonies and cupcakes!

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This pic will always be a favourite as it’s the first photoshoot I did with my daughter, she was only days old and my adrenalin was running so high after her birth. One look at this reminds me of those incredibly special days.

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This was created for a Creatively Squared challenge with the theme of Botanicals. I am so inspired by nature.


Jenna is hosting this week's 'Giving' themed challenge and will be featuring her favourite entries all week on the Creatively Squared Instagram account. You can follow Jenna on Instagram at @alovelyspace
 

 




 

Meet the creatives: Angela Strong

Meet Angela!

Angela is a mama blogger on Instagram, sharing her passion for motherhood and a love of children’s décor and fashion with an emphasis on a neutral colour palette and Scandinavian design. You can follow Angela on Instagram @_honeypunch

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10 Quick facts about Angela:

1. Married – and happy Mama to a 2 year old boy

2. Live in Adelaide South Australia

3. I live by the beach however rarely go in the water - I think the ocean is rather suspicious with all the creatures that live under there!

4. I’m most in my element when organising anything and everything but mostly events

5. My guilty pleasure is watching the Bold and the Beautiful

6. Most of my wardrobe is consisted of the colour white

7. What gets me the most excited is a holiday in the sun

8. I’ve never tried coffee even though my hubby owns a coffee business

9. I can’t live without my diary – the old fashioned kind

10. I’m hopeless when it comes to technology

How would you describe your creative style and aesthetic?
I’m all about the minimalistic neutral colour palette - giving 50 shades of grey a whole new meaning!

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What kind of photography equipment do you use?
O.K I have to admit I’m an absolute rookie when it comes to this stuff, I’m still only using my iphone for photos and edit using VSCO - I have every intention to pick up a proper camera one day!!! However, between juggling full time work and Mama life it’s just a matter of finding the time!

In honour of your challenge theme, tell us how you are inspired by the holiday season and what makes you feel ‘merry and bright’
It’s just a magical experience to relive the joy of the festive season through the eyes of my 2 year old son! Although we hope we have better luck at our visit with Santa this year!

A couple of her favourite images she has ever created are:

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Meet the creatives: Aravis Dolmenna

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All about Aravis

I've probably already said that I am an English woman of a "certain age" I live with my partner of 30 years, we have three grown sons. My day job is in construction but I try to spend a few minutes every day doing something creative. I have drawn, written and sewn my whole life, and love the fact that @instagram adds an additional purpose to these activities, it has been a great pleasure and compliment to have had some of my work published and sold.

How would you describe your creative style?

I would describe my style as "whimsical" certainty not to be taken too seriously.

What kind of photography equipment do you use?

I only use my iPhone, I don't use  edits and try to only use natural light, I like to just use the things around me it's a sort of game to try and make something from nothing.

In honour of this week’s theme, tell us about your favourite travel memory:

I love the travel theme of this week's challenge, although I have not traveled widely, S and I take a road trip in Europe each summer, there is something wonderful about waking each day not knowing exactly where you will spend the next night, often the best memories are from the days that didn't go to plan, the map that I used to make the roses for my picture is from one such day:

We woke on the Slovenian border to heavy rain, and more heavy rain to the north and to the south, there is a window on the Croatian coast, it was a "possible" on our itinerary, so we decide to race the weather, was it a good idea? It didn't seem like it when we were aquaplaning down a motorway, avoiding the debris from a BMW 4x4 which had spun out of control and hit the central reservation, all air bags deployed, the driver standing, dazed in the fast lane with an umbrella, it didn't seem like a good idea when hail stones like marbles were bruising our hands and legs. Or when we were riding past bullet pocked buildings in the middle of nowhere, but when we were standing on the shores of the Adriatic watching the sun go down, with the storm at our back... Well then, we felt like Heroes

Show us three of your favourite images that you have created:

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Aravis will be guest hosting on the @creativelysquared Instagram account this week featuring her favourite challenge entries. Please show us your travel inspired images (entry details here) and drop by and say hello!

Follow Aravis on Instagram at @aravisdolmenna

Meet the creatives: Melissa Barraclough

Meet Melissa! 

Originally from South Africa, Melissa has also called America home and now lives in Scotland with her children. She is a dedicated mother of six and loves spending time outdoors exploring with her kids. Like many of us, photography is Melissa's creative outlet and her soft feminine aesthetic is cosy and inviting. Melissa's charming compositions feature florals and drapery with a touch of vintage charm. She has been a long time contributor to our Creatively Squared community and has a challenge win under her belt. We are so pleased to welcome her as a creative host this week so we can all get to know her a lot better!

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Q&A with Melissa

How would you describe your creative style?

I guess I would describe my style as whimsical.

What kind of photography equipment do you use? 

I use a Canon which I love! I edit in Lightroom and sometimes in Photoshop and I always use natural light for my photography

In honour of this week’s theme, tell us about your favourite backdrop:

My favourite backdrop is the White Wood from Mini Backdrops, as it is a very versatile backdrop whether you photograph flowers, food or products. It is white with just the right amount texture, so as not to be too busy and distract from what you are trying to photograph.

Show us three of your favourite images that you have created and tell us why you love them

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I love this photo as it incorporates all the things that I really love to work with; beautiful flowers, ribbon and interesting props. Also, the backdrop is neutral with just a little bit of texture, so the flowers and props can be the focus.

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I have been working on some Christmas photos for a client. I went on the hunt for some beautiful yet interesting props that really add that extra special look. I love this photo as it includes a few of my favourite props that I found.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I love tea. Whether it's a cup or this lovely cast iron teapot, I always try to add them to my photos. I love this photo as it includes my favourite teapot, gorgeous ribbon, the beautiful wax flowers and my favourite book on wild flowers.


Melissa will be guest hosting on the @creativelysquared Instagram account this week featuring her favourite challenge entries. Please show us your favourite backdrops (entry details here) and drop by and say hello!

Follow Melissa on Instagram at @melissa.barraclough