UK-native Sal Taylor Kydd has been living in LA for about seven years now, raising her two children Oliver and Lola. After working for Yahoo! and Excite back in the first Internet heyday and then taking time to spend with the children, Sal now finds herself able to turn her long-time passion for photography into a second career. "After years of my friends telling me this is really what I should be doing, it's thrilling to take the plunge and finally put myself out there." Sal also blogs about popular culture at Ephemera
and you can check out her tweets here
My father was definitely an early inspiration for me. He loved photography and as a chemist was intrigued by the science behind film development. Over the years he amassed quite a collection of vintage cameras that he left to me after he passed away. Our love of photography was always something we shared and I think of him nearly every time I pick up my camera.
Canon EF 50mm f1.4 Lens
Every photographer has their go-to lenses. I try and travel light, so apart from my 24-105mm, my 50mm is the one I never leave home without. It's not cheap, but opens up to a delicious F1.4 which makes it great for shooting inside without any additional lighting and for getting amazing depth of field with portraits.
Sabine Zipbeat Digital Metronome
I took up the piano a couple of years ago. It was an instrument I always wanted to learn, but when I was a child we couldn't really afford to rent a piano let alone buy one. Now I have lessons once a week and might even manage to bang out a few carols this Christmas! This metronome is affordable, reliable and does the job.
Etsy Anglepoise Light
I am a huge fan of Etsy, it's like the thinking person's Amazon. Now we have children, taking time to go to flea markets and hunt around for collectibles is hard, so Etsy has become my new guilty pleasure. I love an eclectic mix of modern and vintage pieces and have found Esty great for those mid-century one-offs that fit our decor. This lamp I purchased from vintage store RattyAndCatty
Cuisinart Electric Kettle
As a Brit I do like my tea. In England everyone has electric kettles, but when I moved to the States I found people using the stove top kettles. I did try a stove top one for a few years, they look good on the stove after all, but eventually function won out over form and I purchased this Cuisineart electric kettle from Amazon. It has multiple temperatures for different types of tea, a bit much for most people perhaps, but I'm a terrible tea snob so this is perfection for me.
Kitchenaid Stand Mixer
Generally I'm pretty old-school with my cooking. I like to cook and I like to take my time, but I have to say this Kitchen Aid mixer changed my life. We like to make pizzas at home and having something to do the heavy lifting, or should I say the heavy kneading has made it a much more pleasurable endeavor.
In our family my son gets up really early and I mean early, it is a struggle for him to stay in bed until 6am. Now I have my Tivoli clock radio I can wake up gentle to the dulcet tones of KCRW in the morning and if I look at the clock and it's not yet 6am - it's back to bed you go Oliver!
At home my computer is upstairs, together with most of our music on ITunes, so to listen to music on the laptop downstairs usually involves pumping up Spotify. Spotify is great for my piano practice too as I can search for multiple versions of the same song. Anyway this speaker transforms the tiny speakers in my laptop into decent music. It's also great when we travel and the kids are watching movies on the IPad.
I had to struggle when making this list to limit the number of Apple products contained within it as I am somewhat addicted. I love my Apple TV, the selection of movies for the kids is great and the quality of the interface and watching experience its second to none. We have Netflix too as a back up - you can never have too much media :)
Ah, my iPhone - what would I do without it? It helps me with my work as I always have it in my pocket when sometimes I don't have my Canon 5D always with me. If I really want great pictures though the Canon wins the day, but for fun with my Instagram friends I wouldn't do without it. I didn't get the IPhone 4S, despite the seductive allure of Siri and that my current phone is somewhat shattered at the back. I'm holding out for the IPhone 5