Challenge #37: Something Watery, Something Springy?

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Today we had a family excursion to Beese’s Riverside Bar & Garden via boat for a lovely Sunday Lunch. But as it happens, the last thing I wanted to do was get my camera out.

Yes folks, today was definitely one of those inspirationless days. If we hadn’t already been planning to go out, I think I’d have probably stayed in bed under the covers (and I think that comes across in my FB live video).

I’ve talked before about how I cope with days when I just don’t want to get my camera out (basically, as a professional, this isn’t really an option).

Today I was determined to get out and about, and felt it was important to capture the day (it was an early birthday celebration for Long Suffering Husband). And a great way to force myself to get the camera out of the bag is to publicly set myself a challenge!

Challenge #37 was all about capturing the day – a splash of water and a dash of Spring. 

Realistically, I wanted to use my wonderful 50mm f1.4 lens today, but I knew that the tight conditions of the boat, and the potential for capturing some landscapesque photos meant that I would need my handy and flexible wide angle lens.

Techie Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk III
Lens: 24-70mm f2.8

HOW DID IT GO?

I didn’t take as many photos as I usually do (cf note above about lacking inspiration), but I’m glad I persevered and took some photos. I’m very happy with how they turned out, but I do notice that my photos tend to be darker (in colour and subject) when I’m in a down-cycle.

As well as the pictures in this post, I’ve captured some lovely, fun family photos. The other side-effect was that forcing myself to get my camera out and trying to get the creative juices flowing brought me out of myself a little bit and shifted my focus from internal to external. I’m sure I was better company for LSH, Little Whirlwind and LW’s Big Brother Ben because of it.

I kept the challenge quite broad (this helps when I’m just not feeling it) – along the lines of water and Spring. However, the weather really was against us and the results are definitely more Water than Spring.

I may very well try again for the Spring Vibe in my next challenge!

 

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Celebrating Small Businesses

Do you or your friends run a small business or society? Perhaps you’re part of a group that would benefit from some fabulous photos that really capture the essence of what you’re all about?

Well, you may be interested in a new corner of my website.
Check it out here!

The fact is we live in a society where we’re constantly bombarded with information.

A well-placed, effective picture can make us stop in our tracks and actually read, absorb and remember some of that information.

Promotional and Corporate Photography with a Difference

You may already have spotted that not all the photoshoots I do are family and wedding related.  I haven’t advertised my promo work much (most of this kind of work that comes my way is by word-of-mouth), but it’s a very fun side of what I do, and I’ve met and worked with some amazing people.

It’s Simpler Than You Think

I specialise in photographing you, your work or your group, in such a way as to capture the character – the essence – of what you do.

Bland corporate headshots this is not. There’s no awkward posing involved – you just do what you do, and I get to work!

So whether you’re looking to recruit new members, promote your event or advertise your business, why not get in touch to see how I can help?

Challenge #36: A Glow In The Dark Experience

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This challenge is a bit upside-down because when we set out today we weren’t entirely sure what we were going to end up doing.

We found ourselves at Cheddar Gorge. The original plan had just been to pop down there for an ice cream and a potter about, but Little Whirlwind expressed an interest in exploring the caves.

Plus it was the last weekend of the Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt.

And who can resist a glow in the dark Easter Egg hunt around a large network of caves?!

So I formulated my plan to test my camera and my skills to their limits by photographing without a tripod in very low level light as we were queuing up to buy the tickets.

Challenge #36 was all about capturing the magic of Cheddar Gorge caves, with no flash or tripod. 

Techie Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk III
Lens: 24-70mm f2.8

HOW DID IT GO?

The biggest challenge here was with the colour of the light. It’s easy for our brains to be tricked into thinking it’s darker than it really is (especially where red light is concerned).

The look of wonder on Little Whirlwind’s face made it all worthwhile! He loved the whole experience (and even stayed still long enough for me to get a photo of him with my shutter speed down at 1/80 sec!!!)

Unbelievably, despite the dimness of the caves, I found quite a few of my photos had patches that were over-exposed (particularly around the sources of light and the reflections), and photographing the glowing Easter Eggs proved to be tricky too.

The lighting here was very, very red. Even in the original photo you can’t see much detail – until I switched it to black and white! Ah, the magic of colour and lighting!

 

I kept the shutter speed right down (around 1/80 which is the lowest I’ll ever go hand-held), with an aperture of f2.8 (the most wide open this lens will go). My ISO ranged from ISO 500 (to get the detail of the glowing eggs) up to a whopping ISO 25600 in the darkest part of the cave.

On the whole I’m pleased with my results.  But there is something I’d do differently if I were to photograph here again: Although it’s important to get the exposure correct in camera in low-light situations, so next time I’d underexpose slightly.

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Challenge #35: The Neglected Garden – DocuStyle

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Yes, ok, this challenge is a day or so late, but as it’s a bank holiday it still counts as the weekend, right??

After a hectic and somewhat stressful weekend, Little Whirlwind decided we needed a day at home – and we didn’t disagree!  The weather was (finally) blissfully warm and conducive to Neglected Garden tackling.

We grow some of our own fruit, veg and herbs – using my tried-and-tested method of mostly hands-off gardening.

Neat and Tidy Allotment-Style Gorw-Your-Own this is not.

Basically, I don’t have time to tend to it as much as I should do, so we have a few hardy things that survive my skills – like rhubarb, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries and loganberries! Each year I attempt to grow peas and beans.  Sometimes we win, sometimes the slugs win.  Tomatoes usually do well, and so did the potatoes until I gave up because we get so many in the veg box that we get delivered from Riverford.

With all the late snow we had this year, we’re very behind with the garden. So we took the opportunity to start to tack it today, and I decided to capture the process as part of today’s challenge.

 

Challenge #35 was all about taking documentary-style photos of a Family Mission To Tackle The Neglected Garden!

At this rate we’ll be planting the peas and beans in May!

I chose to use my 24-70mm lens because it’s the most flexible lens I have, and the distortion also gives the photos a more documentary-photography feel.

Techie Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk III
Lens: 24-70mm f2.8
Other Kit: tripod, remote control

I decided to try to get myself into some of the photos by setting the camera up on a tripod and using a remote control to trigger the timer function on the camera (so at least the photos would look less posed).

HOW DID IT GO?

Hmmm… Well, the gardening part went well and we made loads of progress.

The photography side?  Well, I’m happy with some of the moments I’ve captured (and yes, the boys did get distracted with bug hunting!!). But I didn’t get any photos of me.

I set up the tripod, and some of the photos here were taken with the remote control/tripod combo. The trouble was I couldn’t quite get the angle right to trigger the remote with me in the “right” place in the frame.

Yes, I could have moved the camera and fiddled and faffed about to get a decent shot with us all in, but to be honest I was happy pottering in the garden and spending time with my family. I knew I’d got some shots of Little Whirlwind and Long Suffering Husband that I was happy with, so I decided to put the camera away and enjoy family time.

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Challenge #34: A Multi-Week Eco-Type of Challenge

Wouldn’t it be amazing if the body soap and bar shampoo in the foreground could replace ALL the plastic-wrapped stuff in the background?!

This challenge is linked to THIS VERY IMPORTANT AND SUPER-INSPIRING ARTICLE!  So check it out 🙂 

It was a multi-week challenge, as it involved writing and editing the article as well as taking the photos. There are two FB Live videos, here and here (the second one’s a bit better!)

Challenge #34 is all about capturing images to illustrate an article on changes to reduce waste

And to make the whole thing seem a little bit less daunting!

Techie Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk III
Lens:  50mm f1.4
Other: Reflector

HOW DID IT GO?

This isn’t the kind of photography I spend most of my time doing, and I find it does take quite a long time to structure the photos so I get the image I want. (I find it much easier to capture life in-the-moment!).

All the photos are taken round the house, and although I used my reflector for a few of them, I did just use natural light coming in through the windows.

I’m pleased with the results though, and I sincerely hope that the resulting article will help you to come up with a few achievable changes to try out. 

To read the article and get inspired, click here!!

The Little Changes – A Steady Move to Sustainability

We are far from the perfect eco-friendly, zero-waste, plastic-free family.

I often still choose the “easy” (and less sustainable) path during the craziness of life-parenting-a-four-year-old-whilst-simultaneously-running-my-own-business-and-trying-to-pay-bills.

But I’m horrified by how much unnecessary waste we’re producing. The issue of plastics has now reached breaking point, and big changes need to be made. There doesn’t seem to be a beach free of nurdles, and every week our recycling boxes are full to overflowing with the waste that comes from a three-person-plus-cat household.

Because life IS hectic, we decided to – slowly and surely – make well-considered changes to try to reduce the waste long term.

This isn’t a New Year’s Resolution, or a quick-fix fad. We’re trying to change habits; to actually change the way we’re living and what we’re doing. And it takes time.

We haven’t made all these changes in one go – it’s been a slow process over several years (although we’ve made a more concerted effort over the last two years). 

So far, I’m stunned by the results. We’re actually saving money, AND there have been some seriously unexpected health and wellness effects too. I’m not even tempted to switch back to how we were doing things before.

Here are the changes we’ve made so far (and a bit about how they’re working out). I hope they provide you with some inspiration for making changes too:

Food, Drink and In the Kitchen
  • Beeswax wraps – I love these, and I love the fact our clingfilm use has PLUMMETED
  • Silicone Lids (Oria) – does the stuff the besswax wraps can’t do (cover meat; be microwaved and dishwashered, and can be used over hot food.  And they cover pretty much all our bowls)
  • Refillable washing-up liquid (Ecover) – I get these refills done at our corner shop (we’re so lucky they stock these kinds of products). We have two bottles, which we alternate between – so we’re never stuck short.
  • Cotton napkins – with a little person about, we’ve been getting through A LOT of tissues and kitchen roll. So far, they’re working well!  (And yes, I admit, they don’t get ironed – just washed, dried, folded, used and repeat!).
  • Composting – I’ve been doing this for almost a decade now. We only have a little composter in the garden, but the slugs and snails and other garden creatures are abundant and very busy, and love our veggie peelings and offcuts as well as coffee grinds and tea leaves.
  • Veg box  (Riverford)-  tasty seasonal organic veg, with virtually no packaging. We’ve been using Riverford for several years, and LOVE it! (My little boy gets so excited about checking out the contents of the weekly veg box, and I think I can thank Riverford for his passion for fruit and veg)
Beeswax wraps covering cut/cooked veggies, silicone lids for microwaving and for covering meat (ok, ok, there’s a salad in there!), and packaging-free fruit and veg from our veg box delivery
  • Reusable metal straws – Little Whirlwind loves using straws, but I felt really uncomfortable about the waste. We had a free re-usable plastic one from a restaurant which did a few months, but because it looped around it ended up getting dirty inside and we couldn’t clean it. We’ve been using the metal ones daily for over six months now, and they work really, really well.
  • Loose leaf tea – one of the latest switches, and I’m SO happy. The tea tastes better, and I only use as much as I need. And the waste can go in the compost heap. (I switched years ago to Clipper organic tea, thinking the teabags were plastic free. I’ve only just discovered that it’s only some of their herbal teas are, and the normal breakfast tea teabags contain plastic)
  • Eliminating kitchen roll – ok, we’re not quite there yet, but it’s been a revelation to discover that cloths can be used to mop spills and wipe sticky ands, and clean tea towels can be used to dry washed fruit and veg. The new napkins have really helped reduce kitchen roll use too. We do still use a bit of kitchen roll, but I can’t remember the last time we bought some, and we’re definitely using much, much less.
  • Eating less meat – this is another one that was a side-effect from life-in-general rather than being a deliberate change – I lived abroad for two years where meat wasn’t really eaten all that much. My habits changed, and 15 years later I still haven’t reverted to my former meat-every-day self. As a family we eat veggie for most meals (although we’re not vegetarians). There’s been a lot in the new about how reducing meat consumption has massive ecological benefits (not to mention it’s invariably packaged in single-use plastic). Now, when we do have meat, we try to support local farms (spending more money on super tasty and responsibly sourced food, rather than buying cheap meat more often).
  • Next steps: Buying loose grains and oats etc – taking our own containers to a shop which does loose goods.  Worried this might be too time consuming, but I want to see if we can weave this into our weekly/fortnightly routine. We’ve given it a go at the little (but well stocked) Scoop and Spice in Yatton, and I’m going to try Zero Green in Bristol when I’m next in town. I’ve already shifted things like seeds, nuts, dried fruit, flour, oats, sugar into refillable glass jars in preparation (which actually makes it easier to see what I’m running out of, and is neater too!).   Reusable silicone “sponges” for washing up (Eco Egg)- They go in the dishwasher, so they can be reused rather than chucked away after use, and are more hygienic too. We have one on standby for when the current sponge expires.  Milk in bottles delivered to our door…. but WAY too pricy at the moment.
Personal Hygiene and Self Care
  • Moon cup – My first line of defence. I started using this kind of product in 2003, and it has changed my life (this is not an exaggeration!). I was VERY reticent to try this initially, but it ends up being much cleaner than the alternatives, and you need to deal with it less often. It makes travelling and exploring easier (I backpacked extensively while using it) too.
  • Washable sanitary pads (Cheeky Wipes)- My second line of defence. And an even bigger life-changer.  After three months or so, I started to notice a massive difference in myself: periods became lighter, shorter by a day, and I no longer have any period pains (which is quite dramatic for someone who used to spend at least one day a month curled up on the sofa clutching a hot water bottle and groaning). I did a bit of research online and found a lot of anecdotal evidence to indicate that many women are experiencing the same thing when they make the switch.  Oh, and it’s no where near as grim as your imagination would have you believe!!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if the body soap and bar shampoo in the foreground could replace ALL the plastic-packaged stuff in the background?! It’s been a long journey so far, but we’re getting there.
  • Bar soap for hand/body washing – we’ve always used plastic-bottled hand-pump soap, but for completely non-ecological reasons (a severe case of eczema), I’ve had to switch to olive bar soap. It’s gentle, gets my hands clean, and lasts far, far longer than the plastic bottles. It also works absolutely brilliantly with the safety razor (no need for any extra shaving products). Why didn’t we switch sooner?!!
  • Bar Shampoo – I’m only just in the process of making the switch now, so time will tell how this works out. Apparently it takes a few weeks for hair to settle into the new routine, but so far I’ve found it lathered up more easily than my normal shampoo, it was really easy to use and my hair definitely feels clean! I’ve also heard that without the drying effect of normal shampoo, conditioner becomes less of a necessity (here’s hoping, because I can’t normally get a comb through my hair without conditioner at every wash).
  • Washable make-up remover pads (Cheeky Wipes)- these are amazing. Larger than cotton wool pads, gentle, and effective. Bye bye single-use cotton wool pads.
  • Coconut Oil as a makeup remover – gentle and moisturising, and WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BEFORE?!  I love that I’m no longer applying what felt like paint-stripper to my face, AND this stuff removes very stubborn waterproof mascara very easily!
  • Cotton hankies – my husband has been using these for YEARS, and I’m just in the process of making the switch (although I’ll still have disposable tissues on hand for those really nasty colds)
  • Home made deodorant – I really loved the results, but because it’s fairly time consuming, I haven’t done this for a little while, and unfortunately have returned to shop-bought deodorant recently.
  • Safety razor (Edwin Jagger) – I was nervous about this one, but actually it’s HUGELY more effective than my old Gillette-with-disposable-blades, and much, much cheaper, too.

    Safety razors – not as scary as you might imagine! (AND reduces the number of leg de-hairings required per week… at least that’s what I’ve found 🙂 )

 

  • Wooden comb – So far not as good as the plastic one (it’s not as gentle or good at untangling my fine hair), and I do still have a couple of plastic combs I use.
  • Glass nail file – AMAZING, and last for ever (pretty much).  Unless you drop it on a hard floor. Which I did. Not as convenient to carry about in a handbag, but great for use at home.
  • Reducing hair washes – This was a tough one for me, as I (thought I) had to wash my hair every day. It’s very fine and prone to greasiness. However, due to a bad bout of eczema on the palms of my hands, I had to cut down on what was coming into contact with them. This enforced reduction in hair washing has had amazing results, and I’ve found I can now go for two days (and sometimes three) without having to wash it.  (Important note: although my hair is rather unwieldy and rarely looks neat, I am a bit of a clean-freak about it. I was determined not to go all Eco at the expense of my hair. I’m genuinely shocked and please about this…and using half as much shampoo. Which is saving quite a lot of money as well as using half the amount of plastic!)
  • Next steps:  Home-made toothpaste – am I brave enough??; plastic free deodorant (I’ve more-or-less abandoned hope of continuing to make my own, so I’m investigating alternatives. So far none of them have stood up to the strenuous martial arts training!); washable toilet “paper” – ok, I might have reached my limit with this one. I have done the research, but I have a long way to go mentally before I even consider experimenting with this one. (I’ll stick to just trying to use a bit less of the normal stuff!!)
About the House
  • Eco friendly laundry detergent and fabric softener (Ecover) – we’re really lucky that our local corner shop does refills for these.  We’ve been using the same three bottles for over a year now.
  • Brickette maker (Eko-Mania) – We’ve started to turn our paper-to-be-recycled into “logs” for our fire (our home is very cold in winter and we don’t have central heating, so this is a necessity rather than a luxury). They’re pretty good too, although take a while to make & dry.  (Plastic reduction in the packaging of the plastic-net covered logs these brickettes are replacing). For more info on this, check out Little Whirlwind’s Instructional Video!
  • Mending and Fixing – although I complain about it, there’s a huge amount of satisfaction in mending clothes and fixing things, rather than chucking them out and getting something new. I’m not a great seamstress (I only know two or three types of stitch), but I can attach a rough patch to my little boy’s trousers quite quickly and extend their life a bit. And I’m a dab-hand with glue and tape for fixing everything else!

      This one takes a bit more dedication, but I just maintain a pile of Clothes-To-Be-Fixed, then spend an evening sewing in front of the telly. I’m no expert and my stitches are a bit messy, but the patches are fine for an active and energetic four year old!
  • Buying clothing and other items to last (rather than going cheap) – This is definitely a long-game one, and is quite tricky to do if you have limited amounts of £££ coming in each month. I’ve recently invested in a sturdy pair of black ankle boots, and bought an expensive but excellent quality raincoat. I had been buying new boots every year, and wearing them out (that’s what £9 from Asda will get you), and a new rain coat each year, for basically the same reason.  I’ve also been going for better quality jeans, as the cheap ones were wearing out within a couple of months. (That’s the trouble when you’re a mum of a toddler AND a photographer – there’s a lot of crawling about on the floor!!).
  • Next steps: Home made cleaning sprays – feels a bit time consuming, and somehow a bit of a leap-of-faith; making useful things out of properly worn-out clothes (I have a stash, some ideas and no time at the moment!!)
Out and About
  • Refillable water bottles – yes, they’re still plastic (because I really can’t stand the taste of water out of a metal container), but much better than single-use plastic bottles. We’ve been doing this for a number of years, and it’s really not that hard to do.
  •  Reusable/Refillable takeaway coffee cup – I bought one for Long Suffering Husband to use at the cafe at his work (he’d been using one or two disposable coffee cups a day).  Little Whirlwind chose the pattern (it’s a bit 1970s retro brown floral), and LSH is told on a daily basis that he has a “Hippy Wife”. But I can live with that.
  • Next steps: Take our metal straws out-and-about with us (and be a bit quicker with the “no straw thank you”), try a metal drinking container once the plastic ones wear out (you never know, I might get used to it!), getting out of the habit of buying plastic-packaged drinks when we’re out and about (especially as we always carry water with us anyway)

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The Return of Recommend a Friend!

Drumroll Please!

Yes, folks…. exciting news!  Recommend A Friend is BACK!

(But only until the end of April 2018)

Do you have a gap on your wall that needs filling? 

Are you planning a photoshoot this year?

Then read the deal:

If your friend books and pays the deposit for their photoshoot by the end of April 2018 (and mentions that you recommended me): 

  • You receive a free print (size 8″ x 10″) of your choice from your next photoshoot with me
  • Your friend receives a free print (size 8″ x 10″) of their choice from their photoshoot

Note that neither of the photoshoots need to take place by the end of April – I just need a confirmed date for your friend’s shoot, and their deposit.  

My normal price for an 8″ x 10″ print is
£25

But you will each get one free

Sounds good?  Then pass this info on to your friend and encourage them to click here to get the ball rolling! 

Challenge #33: Oh No Not Another iPhone Challenge!

**All photos taken with my iPhone 6**

In February, I filled the “5 Minutes With” slot at Freelance Mum, talking about my Top Tips for Better Photography. This week seemed like a good opportunity to put some of those tips into action.

To check out my (slightly all-over-the-place and somewhat interrupted) FB Live video on the subject, Click Here!

My main point in my little talk was that in many situations you can take good photos (i.e. good enough for social media!) with your smart phone.

The real trick, as with most things, is knowing when to call in a professional!

I’m currently spending a week with my Mum to celebrate Mother’s Day, and although I do have my “proper” camera on me, post-processing the photos is a bit tricky (impossible) here, because I haven’t brought my laptop and don’t have access to the software I need.  (Or inclination to spend the time I should be spending with Mum editing photos instead, tbh).

So to keep things simple, for this challenge I decided to put my Top Tips into action and show what can be done with a (now fairly old) iPhone 6.

Challenge #33 was all about trying to capture social-media-ready photos on my smart phone whilst enjoying a short break in not-so-Sunny Jersey. 

I decided not to use any additional gubbins, such as my extra iPhone lenses or ProCam software.  To show you what can be done, these photos have just been taken with my iPhone as it is, and edited with the software provided (within iPhoto). No bells or whistles.

Techie Details:
Camera: iPhone 6

And for reference, here are my Top Tips!

How did it go?

Cleaning my phone lens (tip 1) is always a bit of an issue, because it gets generally grubby by being shoved in my pocket or bag, and when I’m out and about without my real camera, I rarely have a (clean) lens cloth to hand. For quick snaps with my family, a bit of griminess isn’t too much of a problem, but for Insta-ready shots it’s a priority!

I tried to do a few tricks with these photos to show what can be done – such as putting depth of field into action.

And of course, as always I took several photos of each particular subject, then chose my favourite afterwards (it’s not always the obvious choice when you’re taking the photos, and a lot can change in a short space of time – especially if your subject is small and fast-moving, so it’s quite a handy tip to put into action!).

Of course, I do have to caveat this post with: Know When To Call In A Pro
– For advertising and promotional material (including headshots)
– In challenging situations such as low light or with a fast-moving subject
– When there’s LOADS going on (especially if you’re organising the event)
– When you only have ONE CHANCE to get the photos
– If you’re after a particular look-and-feel

Me, doing a little presentation at Freelance Mum in February (the slide behind is from the main speaker – Tor Crockatt from Yeo Valley). Photo Credit: Faye Dicker, Freelance Mum

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Challenge #32: Whatever The Weather

Keen to get back to my weekly challenges after a bit of an enforced (but necessary) break, I then had to shelve the idea I was going to use, because SNOW!

And figuring the snow was enough of a challenge anyway, I decided to use it as this week’s challenge.

To watch my video introducing this weekend’s surprisingly wintery challenge, click here!

Yes, I would definitely have captured this weekend’s epic (and highly unusual) snowfall anyway.  Would I have used my pro camera quite so much?  Probably not.

(It’s quite stressful hiking up a snow-covered hill with a sledge, a four year old and your main source of income in the form of a Canon 5D Mk iii…not least when you sink waist deep into a snow drift, lose your balance, and only just save the camera.  No.  Really.)

Challenge #32 was all about braving the snowy and wintery conditions to capture the village, and family time, during this rare meteorological event!

Although it’s not my favourite lens, I chose my 24-70mm to give me the most flexibility.

Techie Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mk iii
Lens: Sigma 24mm-70mm, f2.8

The main challenge was to get the exposure right. Freshly fallen snow reflects a lot of light, and there’s a definite knack to not ending up with washed-out over-exposed photos.

HOW DID IT GO

I’ll let you into a little secret here: I’m not a huge fan of snow. I used to love it, but having lived abroad for two years, where I had to battle buckets of snow on daily basis throughout the winter has kind of put me off a bit!!

This was taken on a different day to the photos above. A much darker, greyer day… with rain on the way!

I did enjoy this challenge though, and it was lovely to see Little Whirlwind enjoying the snow (that is, until he got too cold and his gloves became completely saturated in melted snow!).

It was definitely good practice, and over the three days of taking photos with snow all around, I became accustomed to trusting the exposure reading on my camera (something I’m usually rather wary of).

Overall, I’m very pleased with the results, although now it’s all melting away, I do wish I could have ventured a little further afield.

Dealing with the contrast of bright white snow and the dark shed, was really tricky!

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Photobooks and The Lost Photos

One of the great things about the world in which we live is that there is so much opportunity to take photos of every event, milestone, and special moment  (or the double caramel latte and slice of cake at your favourite cafe).

But what happens to those hundreds, thousands (or in my case tens-of-thousands) of photos?

They sit, forgotten, on a hard drive, cloud drive or on your phone or tablet.

Not enjoyed or looked at.  Just lost.

I’m a huge fan of producing something tangible with my photos.  Long Suffering Husband gets a bespoke calendar each Christmas to use at work, the grandparents get photobooks of their time with Little Whirlwind, and LW himself receives a bumper 100 page photobook just after his birthday, documenting the adventures of his previous 12 months.  I also make up little toddler-palm-sized mini photobooks from time to time for him too.

I offer photobooks as part of some of my photography packages, such as weddings and some family shoots. Its a part of the job I really love, and handing over the finished book is really rewarding.

But did you know I can also produce a bespoke photobook for you with your own photos?

An example of a double page spread from a photobook I created using my client’s photos

Perhaps it’s for a special occasion – I recently made a book of memories for a 90th birthday at the request of a group of her friends. I understand it went down really well, and she loved having all the photos in one place!

Maybe you’ve been on a family holiday, and want to have a book of photos to relive the fun! 

Or perhaps you’d just like a book of memories from the previous year, to keep everything nicely together in a way you can take down from the shelf and flick through whenever you like.

To find out how I can help you, get in touch!