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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”.

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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    A Birthday Party in a Bus – Brigit’s Afternoon Tea

    The day we were born is always a special day for us! We often spend weeks, if not months, planning on how to spend our special day. For most of us, we celebrate our birthdays by holding a party and inviting our friends and family. For others, they prefer to travel and go on an adventure.

    Back when I was a child, I used to spend the days before my birthday dreaming of the food, games, and gifts I was going to have. I enjoyed seeing all my loved ones come together. Until now, I still get very excited about birthday celebrations. In fact, I love capturing them since there’s so much to memorialize and remember!

    Today, I am thrilled to share with you the awesome and distinctive way this 11-year-old celebrated her birthday!

    Catalina, the lovely celebrant, chose to hop on a bus with her mom and three of her friends for a fun and intimate celebration. They experienced a lovely afternoon sipping tea, eating cake, and sampling sandwiches. While doing all that, they were also taking in the best sites London has to offer!

    The unique tour is from B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour. Their vintage double-decker bus drove around Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more.

    This celebration was undoubtedly an extraordinary event. I loved capturing every moment of it. Everyone was all smiles throughout the ride! The kids were genuine and hilarious.

    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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            A Morning in the Life

            Do you remember the morning kisses and snuggles?

            For kids, there is nothing like the parents’ bed, a sanctuary of comfort, safety and love. I would sneak out of my room and enter my parents’ bed without them notice…well I thought that at the time, of course, my parents noticed! =)

            My daughters are still in that phase. I usually wake up very early with little kisses on my hair, soft voices and a small body wrapping my head. Sometimes I am honoured to have a little foot on my face and angel hair in my mouth, but apart from that, it is usually a lovely moment to stop the clock and be there with my girls. It is just the best feeling of the world.

            If you have little children and if they passed the phase they scream for you during the night, I can guarantee you this will be next, and it is so much worth it.

            So happy for this family as they wanted to capture these first moments of their day. From the soft, sweet moment until the children are full speed. Say games, crafts, lunch and everything in between. This is the real life.

             

             

             

            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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              7 family photo shoot ideas for rainy days

              While I love being outside and capturing the family fun in the great outdoors, what I don’t like is waiting until later to capture precious memories of your children growing up. We all know sometimes you expect to do something until a better time, and then we realise the time is just gone!
              There are no excuses.
              Here is a list of my favourite ideas to do on a rainy day indoors. The time is now!

              1. Visit a Museum

               

               

              If you are one of those families that can’t stay still at home, yes, a Museum it’s a perfect example of a day out but indoors. London is impressive because it has an array of fantastic museums, fun for the kids too. We love the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Museum. These museums have beautiful architecture and lots of fascinating objects that will create great pictures.

              2. Bake together

               

               

              Baking is another excellent family activity that many parents and children enjoy doing together. All families have their favourite baking recipes. From chocolate chip cookies, lovely madeleines, gingerbread cookies to banana bread, everything is good!
              Children will be children and yes just let them me. There will be flour on the floor, bowl and spoon licking, it’s all fine! These moments make beautiful and memorable photographs that I can promise you, you will cherish for years and years to come.

              3. Play games

               

              Family games are great to involve everyone, whether it’s a round of Pictionary or Monopoly, dress up or make-believe, just-dance in your living room, it’s all good.

              4. Read

               

               

               

              I love the connection I have with my daughters when we read together.
              For many is a bed-time routine but it’s also an excellent activity for quieter moments during the day, reading is the one thing that pretty much everyone does at one point or another, whether it’s a short photo shoot or a day in the life session.
              It’s also a way to get the whole family to slow down and in one place for longer than one minute so I can capture a picture of all of you.

              5. Get Crafty

               

               

               

              If you enjoy making things, please do! Crafts is a great way to involve everyone and the messier, the better! Glue, knit, build, draw, paint, it’s delightful to see the joy on your children’s faces and look of pride with their newest creations. It’s so worth it!

              6. Bath time!

              Bath time is an always an excellent way to finish a day in the life photo shoot. Especially for babies as they feel a little sleepy afterwards. It’s still such a particular time for any family and perfect for when you have a baby or a toddler. Bubbles, soap and water are good ingredients for great pictures.

              7. Don’t Do Anything Special

              There’s no need to do any activity just for our session. Just get on with your day, and I’ll be able to see and capture the beauty of the everyday for you.
              During my short 2-3 hour sessions I ask the parents to put away their devices and really concentrate on this precious family time together. Of course, during the Day in the Life experience, there’s no such expectation. No one can be 100% engaged and switched on all day long. And you don’t need to; we are documenting your typical day to drop all pretences and the ideas of what at “perfect” day should look like, and just be.

              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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                A Day in the Life with a baby

                A day in the life with a four-month-old baby can be very unpredictable! You have a routine, but sometimes the baby has other plans. Every day he shows you new tricks, more smiles, more strength and more personality. It’s a delight for me to capture that!

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                Sometimes we forget the first months with a baby, the endless nights and the sleep-deprived mind, the constant feeding and the insane satisfaction when your baby poos. The overwhelming emotions, the discovery of a love you never experienced.

                 

                I spent a Saturday with these gorgeous new family and included a brunch at the famous Regency Cafe, a walk in the park, lots of feedings, lots of nappy changes, lots of cuddles and finally a nice warm bath. It was beautiful to see how much in love they are with their baby.

                 

                 

                You can have a look at another beautiful Day in the Life session here,  and another here.

                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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                  Snapshots of our month – Hello November

                  Suddenly it’s November and now it’s the official countdown until Christmas. I just wanted to share some snapshots of our last couple of weeks.

                  With lots of sweets and creepy encounters, Halloween was so much fun this year!  =) Thanks to lovely friends we had a gorgeous spooky Halloween party with even a smoke machine, which worked amazingly on my pictures =)

                   

                   

                  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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                    100 days of Summer – a personal story in motion

                    100 days of Summer is a personal project I do every year for my daughters. I compile short videos of our Summer holidays to honour our love for the sun and the sea.

                    Summer now feels like ages ago as we are experiencing freezing days here in London but as the season changes, new adventures and new lovely moments are yet to be captured.

                     

                     

                    Check-out the pictures I took from our time in Portugal in my other post too. And the ones in Dubai here.

                    See the video from last year here.

                    I hope you have a wonderful week. We are getting ready for Halloween!

                     

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