Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Christmas vouchers

It's December now, and I know everyone is desperately trying to find presents for their loved ones. I happen to have an idea for you - I'm pretty sure not many things can top a voucher for a family photo session. You can fully customise the vouchers - either have them for a session fee value or you can add print credit or specific photo products. It's a great opportunity to have memories of your time together as a family and of your children, the way they are now, because they grow so fast, and next year they will already look different. If you are interested in buying a voucher for a photo session, please contact me as soon as possible!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

An autumn story.

I just had to share this session - it was one of those times when everything just fell into place. Most important part of every session is the wonderful family - let me in to see the glimpse of their life so that I could document it for them. When it happens, it's priceless. Here are some of my favourites:

And those two little boys - they just stole my heart! The big black camera with lots of buttons was a big hit as well!
Don't forget to book your own session - to have images to treasure, especially as your children grow up!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Glorious autumn

Autumn definitely is one of the most beautiful time of the year. We had a lot of leaf fights and have tried to enjoy it as much as possible. And here are a couple of images to celebrate it!
I try to make a leaf hat every autumn. One day I should make a tutorial - would anyone be interested?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Conkers and happiness

One of our favourite autumn activities (straight after the blackberry picking!) is looking for conkers. I don't know why kids are so fascinated by them. Well, they are smooth and shiny. There are a few chestnut trees around girl's school and almost every day before we go home after the school run, we would go and look for some. Because the trees are so close to the school, there are many other children looking for them, often helping the conkers to fall down by throwing sticks. We are lucky if we are able to find 4-5 each. Some days there are more and some days there are less but they do literally get picked up as soon as they fall. This fun lasts for a few weeks till all the conkers have fallen from the chestnut trees.

One day we were coming back from a park we don't go very often to and saw a big chestnut tree. The kids were so excited and we run to look for conkers. We didn't expect that the grass was pretty much covered with them, there must have been hundreds of them. Well, guess what happened - kids excitedly picked as many as they could, but it stopped being much fun very soon. So we just stopped. Although my girls did suggest we come back with some bags the next day!
So as it turned out - more doesn't make us happier.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Camping fun.

I have promised on my FB page ( to share more images from our camping trip. This summer for the first time I was brave enough to take my girls camping. It went a lot better than I expected and we really had the best time. It was a beautiful place in Wales, close to a few beaches. Sun didn't always shine and I'm pleased to report that our tent turned out to be rain proof.
Getting ready to put the tent up:

And our adventures on different beaches! Exploring the caves:
Different kinds of bodyboarding - some are more scared of the waves than others!

And this is the final one - I just had to pull over and take this one:
All of those are hardly even a tenth part of all my other favourites, it's hard to resist overshooting when it's so beautiful in every direction you turn. If you have a special day trip in mind you would like to have documented, do get in touch with me!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Hama coasters.

Every year in July and also in December we struggled with ideas for gifts for teachers. Something that is more original than a box of chocolates, ideally made by a child and, of course, useful! And then we came across the idea of making coasters from Hama beads... Wow, that has opened up a lot of new projects! And lovely handmade gifts for all occasions. Everyone needs a coaster and if a teacher doesn't want to take it home, it can be used at work! Win-win!

Of course we started with Pinterest, I made a board, you are welcome to have a look  -

A lovely fruit set, very easy to make and looks very stylish! (image from Pinterest)
Another round coaster, looks amazing, we have already made this one a few times (image from Pinterest):

Another fun and easy idea for those who love Minions (image from Pinterest):
This one looks fantastic once completed and my 6 year old easily made it easily (image from Pinterest):
Busy at work:

We wrap them so quickly, but I have managed to take a photo of this one as well:
Hope you found this helpful, I can tell you that once you start you can't stop!

Spring Blaise Castle Adventure

Blaise Castle ground is one of my favourite places both to photograph and just to spend time with my children. I have photographed there numerous times but there are so many places to explore and such a variety of backgrounds that it's never the same.
It was one of those days when it looks a lot warmer than it is due to wind. Se we were trying to keep the girls warm while having fun.
The family wanted to have a change of clothes into tradition Indian outfits - I was very excited about it! We went back to their house so they can change and carried on with the session at their back garden. As much as I love Blaise castle, I loved this part of the session even more.
Since I have taken such a long time to blog the images, I have already had a chance to see the printed images. The prints are so beautiful, I hope I will be able to see the framed images arrangement we have designed on their wall. 

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