Say Yes to New Adventures

Say Yes to New Adventures

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This is Fatih the photographer capturing some images of the extraordinary Butterfly Valley. 

Step 1:  Find a photographer

I found a local photography company in Fethiye from Instagram and set up a meeting. I loved their feed and thought it was highly skilled and artistic. They were a husband and wife team and we communicated through google translate. It was hilarious but we understood each other. It's amazing how creating a vision can be felt. Despite the clumsy language between us, I knew they felt it. Already, I had a good feeling about this shoot. First random pick of support -big tick!


Here is Sukrun the photographer sitting on the beehives.

I walked everywhere and found a hidden valley where the famous hiking track called The Lykian Way passed through. Red and yellow painted marks on rocks indicate the track.  For 500 miles it hugs the coast of the Mediterranean but surely this section must be the most treacherous part as it skirts Butterfly Valley with its ancient escarpment.

I scouted for days with my dodgy knee protesting at every step but found this most exquisite and secret landscape. It even had abandoned bee hives - my brand symbol is the bee- all the signs were pointing to this being the place.


The Lykian Way winds its way throughout the valley with surreptitious markers of red and yellow on the rocks to show the way.

Here, wild oregano and sage grow amongst pine, spruce and oak trees with a brilliant blue back drop of the Aegean Sea and St Nicholas Island in the distance. The valley is framed by the stupendous cliffs of Butterfly Valley of Faralya and the famous hiking track.

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Step 4:  Pray it doesn't rain and just shoot the shoot.

What could go wrong,,,,?
STORMS - that's what can go wrong.... they rolled in – day after day.

We had to postpone as the rain was torrential and accompanied by lightening. We rescheduled for May 31 –with rain forecast - but I couldn’t delay it any further. I decided to take the risk. 

There are no fences, and the exquisite Butterfly Valley cove was a long long drop down the cliff. Ivanna took off her shoes and stepped onto the rocks above to take these shots. Lots of laughs with us saying - don't turn around!


Finally Shoot day arrived and we all met at the location.

The photographers were blown away by the beauty of the landscape and instantly understood the textures, light amd colours that drew me here. They took over and I was in their capable hands. What a relief!

My talented friend Nicolet joined me.  She speaks Turkish and English and was herself a former model.  But more importantly Nicolet is the ultimate Boss.  Together we could pull this off!

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Meanwhile I ate chocolate biscuits! Anxiety overload needed sugar! The weather was perfect with breaks of sunshine, a gentle cool wind, some mist rolling in and rain staying in the distance.

Only in Turkey: A herd of goats almost went through our wardrobe but they were successfully steered towards some fresh oak leaves! Lykian Way hikers passed by and waved…

Fatih and Sukran the photographers, spoke a hidden language to each other and just knew how to capture the right moments with both cameras firing together. They matched the bags with the landscape, such as the pink wildflowers to match the pink bags..... ochre in the rocks to suit the orange bags, and the rich brown of the pine tree trunks to match the Forever Alice bag.

The magic was beginning.

We trekked, sweated, laughed. My oohs and aarghs were becoming ridiculous – there were so many fashion moments that took my breath away. 7 hours later we had our shoot with 1090 photos and videos in the bag. Almost all are useable. Back to my house for vino and olives and we called it a day at 8 pm. It’s called Kismet here- where everything aligns and flows effortlessly – as it has been written.

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