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Photography & Experimentation

Over the years in blogging, I’ve adapted my photography style each year to suit the content I’m creating. Over those years I’ve frequently received questions about what I use for back drops and how I take my own photos. My main answer to this is always with a little bit of imagination. Whether that be pinning old clothes to curtains for a backdrop or lying in the shower and using my foot to set the self timer, most of my shots take a good stater DSLR camera, a little bit of trial and some willingness to experiment.

Experiment with nature


Make use of what nature gave you and frame shots with blurred leaves and flowers. Explore your surroundings and think of creative ways to make your shots a little bit different. Why not check out the Lumix G Compact Mirrorless 12-60mm Lens Camera which is great for nature lovers looking to get the perfect shot.

Try different back drops 

Back drops don’t have to be expensive. Its often all about looking at what you already have around you. My current back drop consists of foil cellophane that came with a PR package that I pin to my curtains with two needles at either end.

 

Get creative with lighting

Whilst bright white images are undoubtedly beautiful, this year I’ve been experimenting with colour and light. Whilst you can buy specific filters, I tend to use coloured cellophane draped over my soft box light to give my images a coloured glow.

Head for Pinterest


Pinterest is one of the greatest assets when it comes to learning all about your new camera and in turn getting stuck into it creatively. It offers loads of simple ideas, how to’s and easy to use technical guides to help you get to grips with your camera and think a little outside of the box.





Wrap things around your lens


My favourite trick at the moment is wrapping iridescent cellophane around my lens. It creates such a beautiful soft focus around the edge of the image and really makes the subject pop.

Take advantage of reflections


There’s nothing worse than finding a perfect spot for a photograph and realising its right by a window or that it gives an awful reflection. Why not use this to your advantage and create an image that really pops. This is also a great time to mention that your shower door offers a great resource for water droplet imagery, so get in there and experiment away.

Check out other photographers


If all else fails and you’re still not sure where to start, follow the incredibly talented Kaye Ford from Fordtography. She has a fantastic twitter hashtag called KayesPortraitTips which offers tips on working with your subject, making the most of lighting and so much more.

Whats your favourite way to experiment with your blog photography?

Until Next Time

B x

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For the love of Galentines

As a teenager I never saw myself as much of a “girls girl” often feeling out of the pack, but as I’ve grown older and thrown myself into the blogging world, I’ve come to realise that there is nothing better than surrounding yourself with wonderful, like minded women. With a friendship group of strong amazing women, comes a pack of incredible talents, minds, shoulders to cry on, points of view and endless laughter. I mean, who else will take 100 photos of you on your iPhone, just to get the right angle at your new favourite coffee shop, or tell you that you look incred on those days that often leave you feeling like a potato.

With today marking Galentines, I feel like it gives the perfect opportunity to show the number one girls in your life just how much they mean and how thankful you are for all that they do. So in honour of those special gals in your life, here’s a few ways to show them any day of the year just how much they mean to you.

Surprise them with their favourite thing

Whether this means inviting them round to watch a movie and getting a surprise dominos delivered (basically my favourite kind of night FYI) or making them a self care parcel full of all their favourite beauty goodies, we all know how lovely it is to receive a special surprise we weren’t expecting.

Go on a girls day out 

Have a favourite place you like to visit, or fancy a trip to the spa? Why not make this an excuse to take some downtime with your besties and make a day of it. If you’re strapped for cash, why not head to the countryside for a nice long walk, or head to the beach and share a portion of chips at the pier.

Help them with something they’ve been struggling with

Whether thats offering to be your blogger pals human tripod, or helping them decorate a room in their new house, sometimes nothing is more valuable to a friend, than time. Just knowing you’re there to lend a hand should they need it, offers the perfect foundation to any great friendship.

Write a letter

With most of us communicating daily via the WhatsApp group and wrapped up on twitter, theres something so incredibly personal and touching about a hand written letter. Put pen to paper and tell your friend about all the reasons why you think they’re great, or write down one of your favourite memories together.

When all else fails, sometimes just picking up the phone, or typing out a quick message to let someone know you’re thinking of them is all you need.

Until Next Time

B x

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Declutter Your Life

 

 

The new year is upon us, which can only mean one thing! No I’m not here to talk new years resolutions because guess what? We did that already. Today I’m talking about the January deep clean. You know the one we all vow to do every new year until were two hundred lipsticks deep into our makeup collection wondering who the hell owns this much stuff and if you can really justify keeping twelve different shades of magenta, because they’re all just so perfect.

The thing about de cluttering is that it can be both cathartic and rewarding. The dress you held onto because it holds special memories of the ex who broke your heart? Bin it. I’m here to tell you 2018 you doesn’t need him or those memories anymore. Now we’ve made a start, its time to share my top 10 tips for decluttering your life.
1. Start with your mobile. 
 
Delete and block anyone who no longer holds merit in your life. That guy you went for a drink with off Tinder that didn’t hold a great conversation? Delete him. He’s not coming back into your life. The ex who sometimes calls when he’s drunk? In the words of Dua Lipa “Don’t pick up the phone” and whack his number in that block list where he belongs. As well as being a great time to reorganise your social life, use this time to delete any contacts you no longer require, and say goodbye to any toxic relationships that only serve to bring you down.
2. Download pictures. 
 
Download any pictures from the past year onto a hard drive and/or your computer. Save the favourites from the year that make you smile and delete the rest. Start the year with a clean slate of memories and know those from the year before are safely backed up. If you love nothing more than physically holding your memories in your hand, this is the perfect time to print images off and create a photo album of the past year.
3. Tackle your wardrobe.
If an item in your wardrobe no longer brings you joy, or serves a purpose, donate it to a charity shop. It always feels horrendous when you’re trying to come up for air under a mountain of socks, but the reward of empty space in your wardrobes and the cleansing feeling that comes with seeing the bags of donatable clothes is so worth it.
4. Create a capsule wardrobe. 
 
This year my aim is to create the perfect capsule wardrobe. Now before you panic and think I’m about to pull a Trinny and Susannah, know that a capsule wardrobe can be whatever style you choose to make it. The main principle behind it however, is to make dressing easier and to collect some basic, quality pieces that form the basis of the ultimate easy to wear wardrobe. Just think how easy getting ready for all those 9am meetings is going to be when everything co-ordinates perfectly.
5. Makeup Makeover.
If you’re decluttering everything else, now is the perfect time to start checking those use by dates on your makeup and have a clear out. If you’re not sure what I mean, take a look at a beauty product you own and scan it for a little sign saying 12m or 6m. This means you should keep the product for 12 months or 6 months. Obviously the recommendation with all products differs, with mascara being the main one to watch. I know you adored that limited edition bronzer from 5 years ago, but if it says 12 months, it might finally be time to say goodbye. If you have unused products you no longer require, try to search for local charities who may be thankful of the donation.
6. Battle your desk
 
I’m a strong believer that with a clear workspace, comes a clear mind, so if right now you’re reading this on a desk surrounded by paperwork and last nights takeaway box, it might be time to give your work space a reboot. Start by sorting your paper work into three piles. High importance, important and this can wait. When you give yourself a starting block, you find that work flows so much more easily. If your newly cleansed workspace is leaving you feeling glum, nows the perfect time to give it some TLC. Surround yourself with images that inspire you and get 2018 off to a productive start.
7. Tackle your home
 
This one is quite personal, as one mans junk is another mans treasure, but when it comes to decluttering your home, start by removing decorative items you no longer require. Before throwing them completely, decide if they are an item that could be upcycled and incorporated into a new style you might love. If you don’t want to restyle your home, use January as an excuse to deep clean. From carpets, to curtains, nothing freshens up a living space like being amazingly clean. If you can’t find the time to do it yourself, why not consider finding a local cleaning service, who may be able to take on the task for you.
8. Learn when to say no.
 
When it comes to decluttering your life commitments, its all down to learning when to say no. Streamline your activities and vow to keep moving forward with those hobbies and activities that truly add value and joy to your life. The best way to see just how much you’re committing to, is to write all of your commitments down. Seeing something on paper can be quite the eye opener and help you realise what you really love and want to devote time to.
9. Create a routine that works
 
Every single year without fail I set myself an unrealistic routine, like getting up at 6am to do Yoga, and then find myself six months later wondering why I didn’t stick to it when I am definitely NOT a morning person. The trick with routines is to create one that really works for you. Its no good lying to yourself and pretending that you’ll be able to go to the gym seven times a week if you know deep down its not going to work out that way. Set a realistic routine and in the long run everything will begin to feel a lot easier, with less guilt and it will all slot into place.
10. Make all of the lists.
I am a strong believer in lists. I make them for everything. They are the ultimate way to get things done. The great thing about lists? If you don’t finish something from a list one day, you can just create a new list and move it onto that. When it comes to making lists, your phones note app is your friend, but if you prefer the old fashioned way, a pen and paper still do just as well and won’t be lost when your iPhone battery dies.
What things will you be doing to declutter your life in 2018?
Until Next Time
B x