Close-up of Nature

Last Christmas, my lovely boyfriend, Nic, bought me a miniature set of lens’ for my phone. I immediately fell in love with them (and him a bit more) as they were so adorable and easy to use. Due to the macro lens included, I also swiftly fell in love with close-up photography of flowers all over again.

The first time I fell in love with it I was about 14, when I got my first camera that had a macro feature. I enjoyed discovering a pattern that you didn’t know was there, until you got quite up close and personal with a daisy. It’s my LGG4 I love now, for it’s manual camera mode. Having access to a manual focus setting makes the world of difference when taking these types of photos, especially on a mobile.

So without further ado, here’s some of my recent photos! Some are using the lens, some aren’t, I’ve added captions so you can see which is which! If you like them, be sure to check out my daily photography blog, as you might also like that too.

Thanks for reading,


Animated A-Z: Bee

How adorable is this? I’m too much of an eager beaver to wait until next week, so here it is, the letter Beeee of my animated alphabet, I’m buzzing with excitement to show you guys this letter!


I sneakily edited the final thing in Premier Pro so it started about half a second into the animation as I didn’t like it starting on a blank frame. I’m really pleased with this one and think it’s adorable! If I had more time I would play with the bee’s facing positions I think, but I’m trying to not get stalled on minor details like that. This took me about two hours to complete after work, I spent about half an hour drawing the tiny bee! Let me know what you think!

As always, thanks for reading! I’m always eager to hear any feedback on my blog,some animating tips or just general chit chat, so Tweet me if you fancy on @stephhh.


P.S I’m still not sure how to crack the quality issue, so if anyone knows about that, let me in on the secret. Fixed it :D


Bugs, Bees & Butterflies! Pt 1

You should know this by now, but if you don’t – I love photography. It’s not my university degree, graphic design is, however I often do work through the medium of photography. Basically it’s more like a hobby than anything else, especially with my Photo a Day blog.

Bugs, bees and butterflies are some of my favourite things to photograph. I think it’s because of how difficult it can be, getting the correct focus, placement, and trying to get the shots before they move. One of my favourite places I’ve ever visited for photography is Roundhay Park in Leeds, home to Tropical World – a place not for the squeamish as they have a vast number of butterflies and other bugs free flying around a room, and believe me, they’re not shy, they go in your hair, on your arms, in your face… it can get a bit off putting, but it’s a stunning place to be.

Here’s some photos from my trip to Tropical World, then an image of one of the first images I drew on my Wacom Graphics Tablet. I’ve never posted it to any website, and that happens to a lot of my drawings, so I thought I’d man up and post it! I would love to hear some feedback, as my photography is completely self taught (apart from what I learnt from my Dad) and I’ve never seen my self as a ‘drawer’.

And lastly, my drawing!

Teagan White

White is an illustrator for the t-shirt company society6. This is where I originally found her work, but later realised she had her own website and portfolio ( Her artistic style is very light and detailed, her t-shirt designs are mostly of insets and animals which all have great accuracy. She’s originally from Chicago and is still a student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I really like the use of colour in her designs, it’s subtle, unlike the rest of the artists I have chosen for this article, she uses colour in just the right places to create depth within her pieces.