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10 Cool Activity Ideas For Your Summer Family Photoshoot

Summer is nearly here, and it’s filled with endless possibilities! I am sharing today some activity ideas that scream summer and holidays (that we all so much need) and that make fantastic moments to capture in a Summer family photoshoot. It’s the time for amusement rides, camping, napping in a hammock, heading to the beach, and so much more (while practising social distancing, of course).

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It is when everyone is more at ease and relaxed. Schedules are a lot more open, and things are less hectic. There’s just something about Summer that brings the life out of us, don’t you agree?

Summer is also a great time to take family photos! Instead of posing for pictures this year, why not plan an enjoyable summer activity that your family will love? It’s a great bonding idea for the family, and you’ll be able to have unique photos. Here are some summer activities that you can try for your next family photoshoot:

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Have fun in the pool

Summer is for lazy days lounging around the pool, am I right? Jumping in the pool or just splashing around is a great memory to capture for the family. It’s also the best way to beat the summer heat, so win-win!

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Play a sport

Are you into badminton, soccer, rollerblading, table tennis, or miniature golf? Pick a sport that all the members of your family find pleasure in and get moving! Sports offer incredible physical, emotional, and mental benefits. It can also increase family ties and understanding between each member.

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Have a picnic at a local park

For a more relaxed photoshoot, lay down a blanket and have a picnic! It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just grab a few sandwiches and some drinks, then you’re good to go. There’s nothing more attractive than the warm summer sun, shiny golden leaves, and delightful smiles.

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Hit the beach

Playing by the beach is another magnificent family photography idea. Frolic in the sand, collect some shells, or swim! Having a shoot at the beach usually results in animated motion pictures that make remarkable photographs.

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Venture out at the golden hour

Bring out your bikes or go for a walk during the golden hour. The sunset can produce strong, vibrant, and saturated colours, giving a dramatic setting to your photos. Who doesn’t love breath-taking scenery, anyway?

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Backyard camping

Get your sleeping bags ready! It’s time to set up a tent in your backyard and let your kids experience camping. Spruce up your space, create a scavenger hunt, sing campfire songs, grill dinner, and have S’mores for dessert. Create long-lasting memories and maybe even a new family tradition when you camp in your backyard.

Water balloon fight

Pop! Squash! Splat! Don’t underestimate the power of playing with water. Kids and adults alike can have a blast playing this game. For a variation, you can fill your balloons with shaving cream or paint.

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Prepare cool summer treats.

The kitchen is also a great place to implement family photoshoot ideas. Homemade popsicles, two-ingredient ice creams, fruit pizzas, smoothies, and frozen yoghurt, take your pick! Preparing summer treats with the kids can bring lots of excitement.

Play board games

Drop your devices and connect with your family the old-fashion way. Bring out your board games and spend some quality time at home. Some healthy competition is a great way to bring out emotions!

Get artsy

Create a summer mural or decorate your walkways with chalk. Arts and crafts encourage kids to play and experiment in a safe and relaxed environment. You’ll also be able to showcase the creativity of your kids through this shoot!

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Summer Family Photoshoot bookings open for June and July in England. August in Portugal. December in Dubai.

Are you inspired enough? Plan your next summer family photoshoot with me. I’ll capture the raw and real emotions of your family while you’re doing an activity you love! Get in touch!

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    5 ways to celebrate International Women’s Day with your daughter

    The 8th of March is regarded around the world as International Women’s Day. It’s the day when we celebrate the accomplishments, both big and small, of women worldwide and a perfect day to celebrate with your daughter. 

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    Whether you want to teach her about her self-worth or the value of other women out there in the world, here are five activities you can do with your daughter to celebrate International Women’s Day.

    1. Watch a movie about a strong female lead.

    There are TONS of movies out there showcasing a strong female lead. If you’re having trouble finding some kid-friendly ones, try these: Mulan, Madeline, Alice in Wonderland, Akeelah and the Bee. Not only are they kid-friendly, but it gives you an excellent opportunity to talk with your daughter about the importance the female character played in the movie and introduce her to this internationally celebrated day. 

    2. Attend an event (even online)

    Take your daughter to an exhibition of a female artist; attend an event in your area for International Women’s Day; take her to a festival or a play at the local theatre. Check on the International Women’s Day website to find an event near you. 

    3. Read books

    One of the best ways to educate and spark conversations with your kids is to read books. Fortunately, there are thousands of books out there written by incredible female authors or about strong women, so your choices are far from limited. To help you narrow it down, School Run found the best girl-empowering books for kids

    4. Learn and do

    Pick a strong woman that inspires you and teach your daughter about her. If she was a painter like Georgia O’Keefe or Frida Khalo, learn about her painting style and mimic it. If she is a gymnast like Simone Biles, take your daughter to a gymnastics lesson or have one in your living room better yet. If she is a tennis player like Serena Williams, watch a few videos about her and then head out to the courts to play a few games yourself. There are so many incredible women with incredible talents. Take today to celebrate those women and try something new. 

    5. Say, “Thank you”.

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    Pick a special woman in your or your child’s life to celebrate. It can be a grandmother, a teacher, a coach, a neighbour, or a lunch lady. Every woman deserves to be celebrated today, and there are a few who deserve a little something extra. So, write her a card, take her out to lunch, buy her flowers, or anything else you can think of that would make her feel special and loved. Most importantly, make sure she knows why she’s being celebrated.

    Regardless of how you choose to celebrate today, make it a point to educate your daughter on women’s vital role in our world’s history. Not only does she need to realize the importance of female contributions, but she needs to see that she is essential and she can make a difference in this world. After all, our kids are the ones who will grow and transform our nation one day. So, let’s do our part and educate them on this International Women’s Day.

    A smart woman learns from her failure, smiles during her lows and grows stronger when faced with challenges. You are one of them. Happy Women’s Day!

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      Little Spree – Sarah Clark for Massimo Dutti

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      I felt so honoured when Sarah approached me to do a fashion photoshoot for her and her children for Massimo Dutti. She wanted something natural and candid, but also she wanted sharp pictures with connection with nature that could show her twins’ personalities and bond as well as their beautiful clothes.

      First and foremost a fashion editor, Sarah has worked in the industry for over fifteen years for publications including Marie Claire, Glamour, Red and The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine. Now a freelance stylist and art director, Sarah draws on her expert knowledge and personal style for Little Spree to source the most stylish high street finds mixed with the occasional ‘spurge’ (but only if it’s worth splurging on.)

      It was so easy to immerse in the beautiful Richmond Park and with its golden gorgeous winter light.

      Check-out this fantastic blog full of inspiration and great styling tips for the home and yourself at Little Spree.

      Also, the final print for Massimo Dutti for their online magazine Paper is here.

        

      If you want to have great imagery for your project or business, or if you have any questions about business documentary photography or blog/editorial photography, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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      Autumn in London – Hyde Park – Family Photography

      Summer may be over; the days are getting shorter, the temperatures colder and rainy days in London are setting in. Embrace that back-to-school feeling and enjoy Autumn in London where the parks are bursting with warm colours perfect for long walks.


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      This family wanted to celebrate Autumn with an after school picnic in Hyde Park, and we were so fortunate with the weather. There was lots of running to get some pictures from these boys and the dog, who loves to pose, but it was completely worth it.

      Check-out an another beautiful session during Autumn in Hyde Park here for some inspiration.

      If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of sessions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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        First Birthday Party for Baby R.

        Your child is celebrating one more year! How exciting! Long are the days of pictures with stiff children at parties, group pictures with everyone smiling, a huge fake smile embracing auntie’s gift or posing next to the cake without touching it. This is not what childrens’ parties are all about although we all have those kind of pictures in our childhood photography albums.

        We all know how special the first birthday party can be and baby R had it in the most gorgeous way at Bluebird Café with all the love of his family.

        Birthday parties is still something I love to capture. There are so many great moments to remember!

        Check-out my top tips for photographing birthday parties in my blog.

        If you are celebrating a birthday soon and you want it documented, or if you have any questions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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          Kid’s birthday party at Hogwarts London – Harry Potter theme

           

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          We are approaching World Book Day with much enthusiasm in our house, and this Harry Potter theme party just sparkled the child in me! I remember diving into J. K. Rowling books for hours in a row until late at night when I was a teenager, and it’s a joy to see even today these storybooks are still much loved. Notorious kids did a fantastic job transforming the Home House club in the most magical place. Nothing more than Hogwarts wizard school for a 9-year-old fan of Harry Potter books. Every detail was outstanding!

           


          If you are having a party soon and you would like to have it documented, or if you have any questions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.
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            London Maternity Documentary Photoshoot – what it’s all about

            Nine months are flying by at an incredible rate.
            Even though you can only sleep with a minimum of 5 pillows and bread is your main food group, something about the work inside your body right now makes you feel like a rockstar. And you want to remember it.
            Maternity photos used to be so unusual, now they are trendy, and because of that, there’s this huge misconception surrounding maternity sessions – what they’re supposed to look like, how you’re supposed to dress, blah blah.

            We’ve been conditioned, slowly but surely, to believe that a maternity session is a right of passage when you get pregnant. We follow this cookie cutter model and curl our hair and buy a new dress and imagine the romantic, backlit glow.
            These photos are lovely, and yes, it feels darn good to get dressed up and honour the beauty in pregnancy. You and your baby will never be one like this again, and it’s honestly an awesome thing to celebrate that by getting in front of the camera in general, no matter how you choose.

            But I want to challenge you to take it a step further and think about what is it you truly want to “capture?”

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            If you think about, I mean what’s unique and why you want to do a maternity session, I think you’ll realise that –
            This photo session is not about the baby growing inside your belly…

            …It’s about capturing the world and the people he or she is about to meet on the outside.

            It’s not about staring at your belly button.
            It’s not about a perfect flowing gown.
            It’s not about the stunning, scenic location.
            It’s not about the wooden blocks spelling his name.

            BECAUSE YOU, BEAUTIFUL MUM, ARE MORE THAN HOW YOU LOOK.

            Those things are beautiful, they’re fun, but they don’t capture anything you can’t flip through Pinterest and see a million other examples. And isn’t capturing truth and memories kind of the point?

            If you want to “capture this season,” we’ll need more than cheeky props and perfect light.
            You need the patience, the preparation, the hugs, the simplicity, the habits. Your STORY is what will make your maternity session special.

            Take a look at this one. There are no words to describe the connection between this family has already forged, and I know for sure that it will grow so beautifully.

             

             

            If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of photo shoots, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

             

             

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            Pink Dream 1st Birthday Party

            It’s fascinating and an honour to see so many beautiful parties put together with so much care and love from talented people.

            Notorious Kids beautifully prepared this party; a fantastic team specialised in bespoke luxury events. The party was set in the fabulous The Lanesborough perfect for a princess! See for yourself!

             

             

             

            If you are having a party soon and you would like to have it documented, or if you have any questions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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              Snapshots of our month – Winter Sun

              Wow, I can’t believe we are almost at the end of January, and I just finished to edit my Christmas pics =) As soon as I got back, it’s been non-stop with newborn photo shoots and birthday parties.

              We had a lovely break in Portugal to spend time with our family, a little bit of sunshine and a much-needed pause from social media.

              These are just some snap-shots of our holiday between the crispy sunny days by the sea and lovely warm winter days in Alentejo. If you pass in Evora city in Portugal, make a visit to Convento do Espinheiro hotel, visit the beautiful University of Evora and the Herdade do Esporao wine caves.

               


              And if it’s not too late…Happy New Year!

              =)

               

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                7 tips for taking pictures at the fun fair

                Deep-fried anything, scream-inducing rides, cotton candy and prizes larger than your head… the fun fair is here!

                London has multiple beautiful Christmas markets and fairs that you can choose for your children’s delight.

                I thought it would be fun to give some tips for those of you who will be braving the trip with your camera or even your mobile.

                1. Capture the anticipation.

                Funfairs may be a drain on most parents’ wallets, but it’s sure a lot of fun for kids! They are all very excited but when it comes the time sometimes they are doubtful… Make sure to capture that.

                 

                 

                2. Shoot in the daytime and at night, embrace all kind of light.

                Whenever I plan a trip to the fair, I get giddy for those nighttime shots with the Ferris wheel glowing and the dark sky contrasting against it. But don’t forget to bring your camera out during the day, too! The fun combination of the funky ride colours will look awesome next to the bright, blue sky.

                 

                3. Play with your settings.

                Get brave and slow down your shutter speed for a fun effect with the fast-moving rides. Capturing movement at the fun fair, with rides moving in a number of different directions at the same time isn’t easy, but it’s possible. Use slow shutter speed and move your camera alongside with the movement to focus on one element in the frame but blur the rest out. It will most likely take you several attempts to get it right, so don’t despair!

                 

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                4. Show the setting and shoot wide.

                It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of wide angle lenses (35 mm and less), and I adore getting the entire scene in the frame. Get a shot of your kids up high on a ride. The wide angle perspective will enhance how small your kids are next to the big, open sky.

                 

                5. Capture the details.

                This is my norm with any session and any subject. But the fair has such a good story to tell, and not including the details is like leaving out half the book. Use the features to enhance your portraits. Get a shot of the sign with a picture of cotton candy, and then a frame with your kids stuffing this faces with pink fluff. It is so fun to see these shots side by side.

                 

                 

                6. Using interesting angles and perspectives.

                When I first got the fair this year, I became nervous because the rides were packed into such a small space, and I knew I wouldn’t be getting the shot of just the Ferris wheel on its own. I got creative, and wound up with shots that I love!

                 

                7. Capture the emotions.

                Skip the posed “cheesy” shot and instead capture real emotions – and be sure to include the quieter moments too!

                Don’t forget to have fun!

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                If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of photo shoots, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

                 

                 

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