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Molly meets Ffion McKeown

Interview with Ffion McKeown

Ffion caught our eye on Instagram when her feed became a firm favourite for our Sunday morning scrolling. She took part in our first ever Instagram weekend takeover, sharing pictures from her lazy weekend when the clocks jumped back. Here we chat  (lots)... so very nice to meet you Ffion, could be the best Molly Meets yet!

Tell us what you do in 3 words.

Photograph, faff and fret. 

What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

On weekdays, a monthly paycheck; on weekends, the promise of good food or an adventure; and on really lazy days, as a last-ditch attempt by my husband, Beyonce's Love on Top played loud. 

What's the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Oh, it's a bit of a long one so bear with me, but I try and remind myself of this quote by Ira Glass often:

'Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.'

What are your top secrets for taking beautiful photographs?

Always use natural light - pull back the curtains, brave an open door on a wintry day, get up early - I never even bother getting my camera out unless the light is good; keep your lines straight by holding your phone perpendicular to your subject - an easy one that's easy to forget; and cut out the clutter or take a step back - if I'm just not feeling a photo, I try and take at least one element out of the equation or try and find a different perspective. More often than not, the cleaner shot with more space, wins. 

What does a typical Monday morning look like for you?

I'm lucky enough to work from home on Mondays at the moment, so it's a slow 8am start on the sofa with copious amounts of tea, my computer and the cats. 

Cosy cat in Relaxed Denim Bedding Set

Relaxed Denim Dove Grey Cosy Bed

If you could put your bed anywhere in the world where would it be?

An old white-walled wooden farmhouse somewhere in New England, with big open windows overlooking the countryside or the coast. We visited the east coast for our honeymoon earlier in the year and, whilst I can't quite put my finger on it, I felt very at peace there. 

If you had to have the same thing for breakfast every morning what would it be?

Chewy, buttery sourdough toast with a jar of Marmite on the side, just in case.

What’s on your bed today?

Your beautiful Relaxed Denim bedding in dove grey, a knitted blanket or two because I'm perpetually cold, and probably two very sleepy cats. 

Tea or Coffee? How do you take yours…

Coffee in the morning with some kind of nut milk. Tea in the afternoon, very strong with just enough sugar to stop me (or at least make me think twice about) reaching for the biscuits. 

Instagram or Twitter?

Instagram, always. I'm not witty enough for Twitter. 

Early bird or night owl?

As much as I wish I was a morning person, I've come to accept that I will never be able to say no to a bit more sleep. 

Flat sheets or fitted?

Fitted. I don't have the patience for hospital corners. 

Who would you invite over for a dream midnight feast?

Would it be completely antisocial of me to say nobody, it's midnight, let me sleep? ;)

Clean sheet Friday or clean sheet Sunday? (Harriet and I disagree)

Sunday! Sundays are for empty laundry baskets, long baths and early nights. Clean sheets would be wasted on a Friday. 

Tell us a secret.

99.9% of the time, Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart makes me cry.

Who should Molly meet next?

My lovely blogger-mama-badass friend, @thisisjules and @rulew because she sees the world in the most wonderful way.

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