Ottilie - Family Portraits in Lichfield

I love doing sweet & simple family portrait sessions like this one! A couple of weeks ago I headed over to Lichfield to this lovely family's home to take some photos of Pippa, Josh & their beautiful little girl. Ottilie was such a perfect little model, so smiley & a joy to photograph! Just look at that cheeky face! So adorable!

Getting to Know Myself

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With my 30th birthday just over a month away, I find myself becoming more aware & reflecting on my own behaviour, personality & the consequences of how I choose to live my life. Over the past few years I've gone through some big life changes & now feel, more than ever that I'm on the right path. I feel incredibly lucky to have so many supportive people surrounding me, without them I would not be where I am today.

Accepting Myself

It's taken me a long time to learn to love myself & forgive myself for my flaws. I grew up a shy girl, often insecure & very hard on myself for not being like other people. Now I'm older, I've grown to understand that being introverted or shy isn't a bad thing at all. It's what makes me, ME! I like to really internalise my feelings and thoughts for a while before I'm ready to share them with anyone else & even then, I'm quite selective with who I share with. I like to see this as speaking with purpose. I don't ever say anything just for the sake of talking. I've gone from feeling insecure about my quiet tendencies, to being comfortable in speaking up when I do have something to say, but keeping my thoughts to myself when I feel like I need to process things a bit more. It's a really freeing feeling to accept and love your natural disposition. I guess that's something that comes with age for anyone, but in the last couple of years I really have noticed a change within myself. A feeling of calm has washed over me.

Knowing what you want to accept in your life

This is a big one. So often I think we get caught up in habits with relationships, work, our own lifestyle.. & we end up just going along with things even if they're not right or healthy for us, because it's what we're used to. Recognising what isn't good for your life & breaking out of these habits can be a real challenge, but wow, when you do, it's the most incredible feeling. Taking charge of how others treat you & how you go about your daily life is something we should all be doing. Having the right people around you is essential when it comes to getting through tough times, but also it's just as important to have people who will jump at the chance to celebrate with you & champion you. Make sure all the relationships in your life are mutually beneficial, supportive & loving ones. Don't forget to treat others the way you'd like to be treated yourself. Check in with yourself and see how you can be kinder to yourself!

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Making a conscious effort to try and be a better human

I feel like a switch has been flipped inside me in the last few months. I've known for a long time about the scary state of the environment & what damage our consumer lifestyle is causing. However it's all too easy to let all the bad stuff slip to the back of your mind in day to day life, I know I've been guilty of it for a long time! All of a sudden I feel the gravity of it all & I'm scared for the future of our planet & for our next generation. So I'm trying my best to make little changes in my life, to contribute to a better future. Every little effort really does count when it comes to this. I'm trying to cut down on waste as much as I can (using bio-degradable bamboo toothbrushes, a shampoo bar, bamboo toilet roll which is much more sustainable, using a glass reusable coffee cup when getting a coffee to go - to name a few!) Buying recycled/second-hand clothes instead of brand new fast fashion. I've been a vegetarian for 11 years & due to health reasons I have recently also cut out dairy products. Cutting down on animal products has such huge benefits for the environment. Not to mention it's great for your body! There are so many alternatives out there these days for meat & dairy products, it's so easy to cut down, or go veggie/vegan! I am nowhere near perfect & there is still so much more to do to help the future of our planet but I really believe in every little helping.

 

I'd love to hear from you! What have you learnt about yourself as you grow through life? What are your personal goals for creating a better future for yourself and those around you?

Chris & Laura - Leicestershire Wedding Photographer

Back in July I had the pleasure of photographing these two lovebirds tie the knot. Two incredibly sweet people, such kind hearts & just as beautiful on the outside too! With lots of DIY love going into the day, Laura's talented Aunt made her stunning wild bouquet of flowers, I was in love with their colour palette of pink & navy. Here are a few of my favourites from the day!

Nicola & Lee - Autumn Portrait Photography in Derbyshire

A couple of weeks ago I met up with Nicola & Lee to do some cosy, autumnal portraits of the two of them. Nicola came armed with a load of cute props & we had so much fun chatting & shooting sweet photos in the later October sunlight! What a beautiful day it was!

Coffee Break - My Tips for a Positive Mindset

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1. Take time to focus on the things you want in life

Something I've started to do recently is start my day once a week by spending about 30 mins adding to my digital vision board on pinterest. I used to make physical vision boards & found them to be really useful in helping me focus on the things I want for my life. I find if I spend time at least once a week finding visual symbols of things I want for myself - whether its work related, home life, travel, health.. it really helps me feel clear and positive about what I'm working towards. The idea is that the more you visualise the things you want, the more likely they are to manifest! Whether you believe in the law of attraction or not, I think it's a great way to start off the day, soaking all the good thoughts into your mind. You might prefer to use a physical pin board but pinterest makes it super easy to create different vision boards and find endless inspiration at your fingertips!

 

 

 

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2. Exercise

This one is something I definitely struggle with! Getting into the habit of a good workout routine is hard sometimes. However I notice a huge difference in my mindset if I get regular exercise. It's a well known fact that exercise releases endorphins, so it's a no brainer if you're needing a bit of a positivity kick, you should get moving! I've been trying to fit in at least 3 workouts a week & also try to do these in the morning as I know I'll struggle to get motivated to exercise as the day goes on! It's a great way to start your day & get your energy flowing.

 

3. Make lists

When my head feels really muddled & I'm overwhelmed with all the things I need to get done, I find it really helpful to write things down! To-do lists help me keep a clear focus on what needs doing & what has priority over other tasks. It helps me make sure I'm not just working aimlessly or pottering around my home not really getting any chores done & ensures I don't forget anything that needs doing. I also find it satisfying and rewarding to cross things off when they're completed! When writing your to-do list for the day, try not to write EVERYTHING down that you need to do. You might end up feeling even more overwhelmed if you see a massive, long list in front of you. I try to think of 4 or 5 tasks which are most important for me to tackle that day. Then if I complete the list & get any extra things done, I'll feel even better!

 

4. Have some YOU time

This is something I definitely need to stay sane! I'm an introvert so alone time is essential for me to recharge and feel myself. Fitting this time in isn't always easy but it's something I'm really trying to prioritise. Whether its a pamper session & a movie, lighting some candles & listening to a podcast/audiobook with a glass of wine (or more likely for me, a cup of tea!) I try to carve out some time for this once a week to reset my internal batteries.

 

What do you do to keep a positive mindset?

 

Neil & Rowenna - Elixir Ibiza Destination Wedding Photographer

This was a definite highlight of my summer. At the beginning of July I travelled to Ibiza for Neil & Rowenna's wedding. This lovely pair were so open & bubbly, I felt like their friend by the end of the day. The day was set in the most beautiful spot, Elixir with gorgeous views of a quiet beach & the sea. The whole day was pinterest worthy, with rose gold, glittery details! My favourite! It was an incredibly relaxed day, the perfect beachy vibe. The only hiccup was when the bride's car broke down on the way to the venue!! Luckily they found a very kind lady who gave them a lift & they arrived with smiles on their faces, ready to celebrate. Rowenna looked stunning in her Catherine Deane gown & I loved Neil's Tom Ford suit, with details to match the bridesmaid dresses. I have to give their videographer, Ana Marina Sanz a shout out, for being my taxi & buddy for the day. Her work is amazing so definitely check her out!