Monday, 18 September 2017

5 Favourite Photos

I've always been into photography, while at school I did work experience at a photography studio, I then developed photos for Kodak  and got to learn the ins-and-outs of processing through a machine...much to my disappointment there was no red room and trays of chemicals like I'd imagined. I moved on to selling cameras and then worked in another studio so it would seem I know what I'm talking about when it comes to photography. But here's the thing- I don't! I love taking pictures, I enjoy taking the odd selfie/shoefie and I love a good flatlay. I'll snap away at family parties and just try and stop me if there is a beautiful beach backdrop! But I just give it my best go, I point my camera and hope for the best. That's why it's great that cameras are so intelligent now, they do so much of the work for you and anyone can become the new David Bailey. 

When selling cameras, if I served a customer who was like me and wanted good pictures with minimal effort I always pointed them in the direction of a Panasonic CSC Camera. Cameras don't have to be big and bulky anymore. I remember frequently telling customers "You can't go wrong with a Lumix!" Many of the photos of my youth were taken on my Lumix TZ10, it's compact but super intelligent (like me-obvs). 

I'm very old school when it comes to photographs, I still make the effort to print them out when I can. Looking through old photos makes me smile, there's nothing like going through a photo album. I wanted to share a few of my pictures I've taken over the years and why they mean so much to me. 

This was taken on our first family holiday. It's so me! After a coupe of years of stress it was absolutely wonderful to be in our own little bubble. It has a bit of a mermaid feel and I was in my element with the people I love and in a gorgeous location. I'm always at my calmest at the beach and this picture sums me up.


The day Sam proposed took me completely by surprise. We'd planned a night away and he booked me in to have my hair done before we went to the Shard for some drinks. We travelled through London Bridge together in the early days of our relationship and we always commented on how the building of the Shard was coming along. It has a bit of meaning to us. Looking out over the place we met he got down on one knee while I was in the middle of rambling away about the view. Although there was a photographer who captured the moment it happened this picture I took to send to my friends and family always takes me right back to how elated I felt at that exact moment. 


I've loved anything Disney since I was a kid and I'd always dreamt of the day I could take our son to Disneyland. When he was nearly 3 we thought it was the perfect time for our first family trip away to Paris. It was just as magical as I imagined it - although a million times more tiring! This moment where he was running to the castle shouting 'Mickey!' makes me heart ache and I have this as a canvas in my hallway. 

This picture was taken on my phone in the middle of the night so it's not the best quality but it just proves that a picture doesn't have to be perfect to mean something. This was the first picture I took of our son in the hospital. I was kept in overnight and the family was allowed back in the morning. I remember being terrified of being left on my own with him. I didn't think I could do the 'Mum thing' and was completely overwhelmed. I remember him looking up at me for what felt like hours, without making a sound and being no trouble at all. In his own way he was telling me 'Mum, you've got this'. 


This is a really recent picture, it was only a few weeks ago when we decided to take a trip to the beach for the day to make the most of the last day of Summer. This is the beach next to our old family holiday home where I spent all of my summers when I was growing up. It's a place that holds so many memories and means a lot to me. It was lovely to go back there with our son as see him enjoy it as much as I did. 

Taking that little trip down memory lane has made me all warm inside - isn't it lovely how pictures can do that? I'd love to hear about your favourite photos too so tag me in your Instagram pictures! 

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