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Instagram Theme - #PhotalifeNATURE

These week's are flying past, and the the theme for last week was #PhotalifeSEASIDE. A theme I really enjoyed and produced some stunning photos and it seemed everyone had good weather. 

My favourite photo from the week was this one from Brighton. 

Now it's time to pick my favourite photos from the people who linked up. 

A beautiful #sunset over #chesilbeach cove #photooftheday #ayearwithmycamera #mysundayphoto #photalifeSEASIDE

A photo posted by Victoria Welton (@vicwelton) on

The theme for this week is #PhotalifeNATURE make of it what you will and I look forward to seeing what people come up with. 

#MySundayPhoto - Brighton Baby

It happened there was one day this week which was actually quite sunny...ok that may not be totally true but Monday was like a Summers day in Sussex. This week's #MySundayPhoto is again of the West Pier in Brighton. 

This week I stepped out of my comfort zone and was taking photos down on the seafront for a photo shoot which you can read about here

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This week I'd love it if people visited someone different, share the love around. Next weekend the link up will close at 10pm as we're away from Monday and I'd like to get all my commenting done before we travel. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Google+ Posts (+DarrenColeshill) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

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Brighton Beach Shoot for Bone Clothing

Stepping out of comfort zones and challenging yourself is so important. As soon as you start to feel comfortable that's generally when your work starts to suffer. Personally I like taking landscape and floral photos, things that don't move and allow me to get 'comfortable'. Settings are a formality and almost second nature. 

This week I faced a new challenge a challenge involving a model, a seafront and the sun. Living by the beautiful resort of Brighton gives you all sorts of possibilities and the best settings for a photo shoot. On Monday a shoot was planned and the weather seemed perfect so with my bags packed it was time to head out. 

We had a plan, for a couple of fashion shoots using the sea, pier and anything else we could find to create a collection of photos for social media, adverts and portfolios. As a point this was stepping out of my comfort zone, but I knew I could work this. I don't use lighting only natural lighting but I hadn't expected it to be quite so bright and next time a reflector will be packed in my bag...you learn these things. 

Overall I think it went well and everyone was happy with the photos we'd taken and the looks we'd created. 

The model used was excellent and knew what to do and really didn't need me to tell him what to do. We both bounced ideas off each other some which worked and others that didn't but we weren't pressed for time so we had the freedom to try things. 

The overall plan for the photos was to create things that wouldn't date for a few years, things we could look back on and may be in a year or so reuse them. There are a few more Summery photos in the collection and again I don't think they will date from year to year. 

Client - BoneClothing

Model - Oliver Bone

Instagram Theme - #PhotalifeSEASIDE

Tick tock the weeks fly past, the theme for last week was #PhotalifeREFLECTION which was a tricky theme but there's no point being boring and plain. 

My own favourite photo was this one from Pells Pool. 

Now time to pick my favourite photos from the people who joined in over on Instagram. 

Seriously incredible scenes from earlier today at Sheffield Park Gardens. 😍🌳

A photo posted by Alice (@newyoungmum) on

Righty time for this week's theme and it's #PhotalifeSEASIDE, to join in just tag your photos that fit the theme. 

Thank you to everyone that joins in. 

#MySundayPhoto - Swimming Time

This week's #MySundayPhoto has been taken in Lewes and it's of the fresh water lido called Pells Pool. This weekend they opened for the new season which is the UK's oldest fresh water pool and has been open since 1860. 

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Hope everyone has a good day and an enjoyable weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone's photos and I'll be commenting over the coming week. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Google+ Posts (+DarrenColeshill) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

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Instagram Theme - #PhotalifeREFLECTION

Ah what a beautiful week, the weather has been amazing and it's felt like Summer. The theme last week was #PhotalifeWALK and the photos were amazing this week and it was so difficult to pick my favourites. My favourite photo from the theme was this one. 

The photos that I've picked this week are from people that may not have been picked before, the idea is to try and introduce you to new accounts to follow. 

This mornings walk was leading us up high to the church at #breedononthehill What a wonderful path we had to spur us on #photalifewalk

A photo posted by Over 40 and a Mum to One (@over40andamumtoone) on

#photalifewalk

A photo posted by Ben Hartley (@_ben_hartley_) on

#photalifeWALK #capturingcolour #photography #bluebells

A photo posted by Rachel (@dreamingofthecountry) on

The theme for this week has been picked by Laura and it's #PhotalifeREFLECTION so pop over and join in by adding the tag to your photos. 

#MySundayPhoto - Mia

I was struggling this week deciding which #MySundayPhoto I should use, I was going to use a bluebell photo but thought I'd shared enough of them. Instead I've gone for another photo of Mia, laying on a playground roundabout. 

Hope everyone has a good day and you get to enjoy the nice weather. I look forward to seeing everyone's photos and I'll be commenting over the coming week. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Google+ Posts (+DarrenColeshill) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

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Heaven Farm Bluebell Wall

If you follow me on Instagram (@Photalife) you'll have noticed that I have posted a fair few bluebell photos plus I also wrote a blog post the other day with some tips on taking bluebell photos

The reason for the mass of bluebells is that last weekend we visited a local place called Heaven Farm. It's a hidden gem that even local people don't know about. It's a wooden area with the most amazing bluebells, I've never seen so many. 

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Before we enjoyed the walk we stopped off for a little cup of tea and cake in the small cafe to fuel us for the walk. Even though the weather wasn't perfect it didn't put us off and meant it wan't too busy. 

So here in full is the photos that I took during the walk, sorry for being so photo heavy. 

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The whole place was full of beautiful untouched bluebells. It might just be me but there seems to be a lot more of them around the countryside this year compared to last...or may be it's just me searching them out. 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Favourite Photo of April #MySundayPhoto

It seems like just the other day that I was selecting a favourite photo of March and boom here we are again. It's getting more and more difficult to pick a photo to win a canvas every month. 

This month's photo comes from the brilliant Kerri-Ann from Life as Our Little Family who posted this photo during April. 

I love the colours in the background and the perfect timing of it plus the happiness in his face. 

Pop over and link up to My Sunday Photo which opens every Sunday at midnight and is open all day. All different photos are welcome and people of all different abilities. Link up a blog post or a photo from Instagram. 

Thank you all for taking part. 

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Taking Photos of Bluebells

When Spring starts to arrive one of my favourite things to do is explore the countryside and look out for bluebells. Seeing woodlands with carpets of flowers is one of my favourite things to do. The ideal time to do this is towards the end of April and the beginning on May. 

Although it's a common thing for people to photography they really create a beautiful photo plus it's also a lovely sign that the warmer weather is just around the corner. 

As mentioned bluebell shots can look the same but with a few little tweaks you can get your photos to look more original and standout. 

1. Rather than just focusing on the bluebells look for other things to add interest into the photo. That can be using trees to help frame the photo of other parts of the woodland that might draw the eye in. 

2. Change the angle of your photo. Most people will just stand there and snap away, try getting down to their level. Most people won't want to get their knees dirty so this will give you an advantage. 

3. Look at going at different times of the day. The morning mist will add drama and atmosphere to the photo. Alternatively the woodland will look completely different as the sun starts to set and will give a gorgeous glow between the trees. 

4. Pick your spot well, bluebells will be very popular so you may find parts have been trodden on. Try to pick an area that looks untouched without any bare spots. 

Hopefully by following these tips you will get bluebell photos that will stand out from the others.