Friday, 26 May 2017

Photography & Latest Photoshoot

For as long as I can remember, I've had a camera in my hand. I remember being at Colchester Zoo when I was around 11 years old and realising that whilst others around me were quickly snapping their photos, I was framing mine through the viewfinder of my little Kodak compact, desperately hoping the little penguin in the window would face me for that front on view, and he did! I was too excited to get home and upload the photos to see what they were like, it was then that I realised I might have a new favourite thing.

Nature was always my 'thing', I began my hobby uploading to a social networking site which over the course of a few years, led me to amass over 2 million views, and although looking back, my Photography really wasn't up to par, the fact I had a passion for it, completely overtook that, no one starts out being 'perfect' at something, and actually no-one ever ends up being perfect at that something either, but if you have that feeling of passion and excitement when it comes to a hobby, you keep doing it, just because it makes you feel so buzzy and happy!

So a few months ago I received a message, from someone who had seen my work and read this blog, and wanted me to join her team and be the Official Wedding Reporter Photographer for her website. Obviously I said yes very quickly and the cogs in my head began ticking away with ideas!

Since then I have had the most rewarding time, working with some amazing entrepreneurs and capturing their talents and passion from my perspective. My most recent shoot was with the lovely Lisa Caldognetto, a truly talented make up artist from Somerset who has not only worked with Maybelline but has created some of the makeup looks from London Fashion Week over the past 6 years! I really really enjoyed trying something new and have definitely found a new field I want to expand on with my portfolio! So do head over to my Photography website here if you would like to work together! To view the whole interview head over to The Wedding Reporter here.

And in no particular order, here are the shots from the shoot..


Thursday, 25 May 2017

15 Facts About Me


I hope you're all having a great week so far, it's been glorious sunshine for the past few days which has been lovely, except in the evenings when I'm trying to sleep anyway. But, we can't have everything our way can we! Seeing as I'm starting a fresh, I thought it would be apt to introduce myself with a bunch of new things about me, I always love reading them and learning about the person behind the blog so thought I'd have a go too! 

I really struggle making small talk, it's not even like I don't try, I just struggle, I either say completely the wrong thing or I say nothing at all and there's this awkward and long silence.

My three favourite bands are Bon Jovi, Aerosmith & Coldplay

I have something called Gilbert's Syndrome, it only really affects me when I'm under stress or tired, but it can be pretty tough to deal with sometimes.

I'm an extroverted introvert, which basically means I'm pretty quiet when we first meet, I don't want to be, the extrovert inside me wants to join in but the introverted side of me refuses..

I lost almost 3 stone a couple of years ago now, and have kept it all off..

..Despite the fact I eat multiple bars of chocolate every day

I have size 8 feet 😩

 I'm not in the slightest bit crafty, Pinterest gives me all the lovely ideas but attempting them is another thing.

I have a really dry sense of humour, sometimes people struggle to know if I'm being serious or joking.

I can quote word for word, the Bridget Jones films

I'm thinking about taking the plunge and going blonde

I have 3 brothers & 3 sisters, plus I share my birthday with one of my brothers too.

13. I would love to buy run down houses, give them makeovers and sell them on, all those years of playing The Sims would finally pay off!

14. I have a weird case of claustrophobia, where I can't wear rings, makes me feel like I'm being suffocated. It's very odd.

15. I love board games! Monopoly, Scrabble, all the classics, invite me over for a games night and I'll be there!

Monday, 15 May 2017

£50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Just wanted to start this off by saying thank you to everyone who welcomed me back with open arms yesterday, i've had some lovely comments and i'm so happy to be back! My head is so full of ideas at the moment so it's just lovely to be able to actually write again!

As promised yesterday, I'm kicking off this rebrand by giving something back, trust me if I could give £500's worth of gift cards, I really would, but you know, I need to eat and things..

So i'm giving away a £50 gift card of your choice, to one winner. If you'd had your eye on something for a while and couldn't justify the price (I do that all the time), this could be your chance to get it, maybe you want to buy half of primark, take the family out for a day or even just treat yourself to something, you have free control on what the prize is!

All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter below, I will be checking all entries thoroughly when the giveaway ends on June 1st!

Good luck everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 14 May 2017

My New Venture


I'm finally back after a pretty long time! I was finding it hard to get the motivation for my blog, and instead of forcing myself to just pop up any old crap, I stepped away, had a good old think and decided what really needed to happen, was a rebrand. 

Our Baby Blog was my pride and joy for over 5 years! My heart and soul went into it, and along with that came amazing opportunities and chances that I would have never imagined I would ever get, working with some really incredible brands, I feel so lucky it brought me so many things and for that I am so so grateful!

But the time had come for change, first and foremost, it wasn't a baby blog anymore, because somehow my little girl is now 4 and a half, so I just didn't think the name suited my life as it currently stood or where I wanted it to go. My life changed pretty quickly in just a few small months and obviously over the years, my interests have changed and what I want to write about has too. 

So welcome to The Lifestyle Lens, it's pretty obvious what the main topic is there, I feel like i'm no longer restricted to just 'baby' and 'mummy' posts, I feel like I want to keep a lot of that more private now, I want to branch out and explore the rest of the blogging world and write about things that are relevant to me now, rather than a few years ago. With that being said, I will be posting about anything I feel like, whether it's my life, travelling, design, food etc, I just feel like my passion has come back and I'm excited to get back into the swing of things again.

You will have noticed i've taken down a lot of posts from here, some didn't fit the new style and others I just want to keep private, this is a whole new chapter for me in so many ways so keeping things fresh and rejuvenated is fitting I think.

Look out for my first proper post coming tomorrow, a giveaway to say thank you all for being so patient and for sticking with me through this journey!


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