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My Neighbourhood

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I took this set of photos when I suddenly wanted to take photographs and decided to walk around my neighbourhood with my camera. There were quite lots of flowers so with my penchant for taking photos of anything nature, they were all I took!

Do you have flowers in your neighbourhood?

Sandwich Illustrations for Tesco Food

Tesco Online Commission

Tesco commission

Last July, I was lucky enough to be commissioned by Tesco Food! They wanted four of their sandwiches to be painted for their Twitter and Instagram campaigns.

I found painting these sandwiches challenging due to complex detail of fillings but I would say – I nailed it! I’ve really enjoyed painting something so different and completely outside my comfort zone. I was very nervous when I handed over the finished piece and to my much relief, they loved it.

I am also pleased with my hand letterings, which I’ve been practising for the last few months.

What do you reckon? Have you spotted it on Twitter or Instagram?

Eastpak Tranverz Carry On Bag

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Before going to France for my photography job, I was kindly given this handsome Eastpak Tranverz Carry On Bag by size? to take it out for a test drive. Initally I was a little concerned whether I could fit everything in as the hosts told me that I’d need to bring sleeping bag, blanket, and towel as they won’t be able to provide them. They also warned me that it would be freezing at nights (where we were staying is in the middle of the countryside) so I would need to bring a warm jumper too.

But on the day of packing, I was both surprised and delighted! The bag was a lot roomier than it looked. Four day outfits, toiletries (they weren’t travel sized as I was catching Eurostar train), Birkenstock sandals, cameras, jumper, towel AND blanket (honestly, that blanket was thick and massive) all fit in no problem. I was jumping with joy.

I love it even more because it is the prettiest travel bag I’ve ever own. It is not just pretty, it is also very practical. It has lots of compartments, spacious front pocket and adjustable clasp fastenings so they can be adjusted to keep everything together safely. I really like beige leather badges, handles and zip pulls, which I thought gave the bag a nice touch.

It is obviously sturdy (it survived London, train stations, crowded metro and French countryside!) and well designed. Like the website says, there is 30 year warranty! Very reassuring, right? I would truly recommend you to get one for yourself for a weekend break or even two week holiday.

It is available in black too.

Palma De Mallorca

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Finally – this is a final post of my travels in Majorca!

After visiting Sóller and staying overnight, we headed back to Palma and explored the city before catching our flight later the afternoon.

We saw a lovely church called Santa Eulalia and then continued walking south to La Seu, a massive cathedral by the beach. Unfortunately there was a long queue, with our heavy backpacks and tight schedule, we decided not to go in. We agreed that we would visit Palma again as a city break and explored more thoroughly.

There were lovely gardens by the cathedral where we strolled as well as being entertained by street performers and sat down for a bit. We eventually found a nice place to fill ourselves up and had a quick visit to the gallery of local artists’ work before catching taxi to the airport.

Overall, Majorca is such a lovely place to visit, definitely good place for photographers and artists (me!) - plenty of beautiful surroundings to take pictures and plenty of art to see.

Have you visited Palma De Mallorca before?

See more photos – Camp De Mar Part 1 | Camp De Mar Part 2 | Camp De Part 3 | Andratx | Port D’Andratx | Sóller | Port De Sóller

Back From France

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I was meant to blog once I got home on Sunday night but I fell very ill, thankfully after the wedding and travelling back London. I was over tired, with sore throat and stiff neck. I am now feeling a little better, at least well enough to blog!

France, Etrabonne to be exact, was amazing. Despite the gloomy weather, it was cloudy and rainy. But the sun miraculously came out on the wedding day!

Arriving late on Thursday night, Ashton (the main photographer) and I spent Friday scouting locations and meeting families and first few guests.

On Saturday, we were very excited to start photographing a wedding and love between the couple, Ellen and Seb. Ashton and I went on splitting responsibilities and photographing the beautiful day. There were so many people and I tried my best to cover everybody else, which meant venturing out of my comfort zone to engage with and photograph hearing people too. The bride and groom were deaf themselves so half of the guests were deaf. I am proud (and surprised) with myself how well I engaged with hearing people, I would usually hesitate. I think maybe in work mode, I got professional and understood how important it was to include everybody in the photos. Yay me!

At the evening reception, it was full of life! Everybody were dancing and laughing. I was amazed, it was so different to the weddings I’ve been to. Most of us stayed up til 4am, chatting front of a bonfire just outside the castle where the evening reception took place.

On Sunday, we continued taking pictures of the gathering before heading back to London where we almost missed Eurostar train back due to terrible traffic from Etrabonne to Paris!

That long fun weekend has ignited my passion for wedding photography, along with the positive feedback and encouragement I’ve got from Ashton and I am now looking for more opportunities. Hopefully I will be photographing few more weddings before I know it!

Stay tuned for the photos!

Port De Sóller

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This set of photos is my absolute favourite out of all the photos I took in Majorca.

When we visited Sóller, we also caught tram, which was in similar appearance as the vintage train we were on, later the afternoon to Port De Sóller for dinner. It was a really pretty place, similar to Port De Andratx but much more relaxing and affordable. Naturally before dinner, we walked around and saw a man with his dog, which they seemed very very close. It was a really sweet sight that I had to take a photo. There were lots of oranges and lemons around too as Sóller is famous for good homemade ice-creams as well as orange and lemon groves. I did try both orange and lemon ice-creams at the end of night that was lovely but due to being full from dinner, I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I would have.

In the next day, we caught mid-morning train ride back to Palma and spent a day there before our late flight back London. Sharing photos in the next post, which will be up when I get back from France.

OH, about France.. I have kept this under wraps! I’ve been invited to photograph a wedding as a second shooter. A wedding! And in France! I am ridiculously excited. I am a little nervous but I will be working with Ashton Jean-Pierre, an amazing photographer I’ve known for a little while so I could have been worse. I am heading out there tomorrow via Eurostar and return Sunday. My shop will remain open but please be aware that the orders will be shipped when I return. Farewell!

Like my photos? Have you photographed a wedding before? Any top tips should I keep in mind? 

Sóller

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Towards the end of the holiday in Majorca, we wanted to get out of serene Camp De Mar and go someplace different. So we made an impromptu trip to Sóller and stayed for a night.

We caught an hour bus ride to Palma and then slow vintage train straight to Sóller, which was totally worth the €19.50 return fare. Despite being tired from getting up super early on the day, an hour and 15 minutes train journey was exciting due to beautiful views of countryside, mountains, orange and lemon trees. We also got to stand just outside the carriage and enjoy the breeze.

Just few minutes in Sóller, I instantly fell in love with the place. It was so artistic, quaint and basically, right up my alley!

While strolling through the narrow streets with pretty plants and shops, we also stopped by Can Prunera, Museum of Modernism and church of Sant Bartomeu, which was beautiful and massive! We then headed back to the hostel and after getting showered and dressed, we walked back to the train station to see two free galleries and catch a tram to Port de Sóller (photos later!). We enjoyed Pablo Picasso’s humorous ceramics and Joan Miro’s carefree paintings. The train station was also plastered with big black and white photographs of Picasso and Miro together as close friends.

Sóller is definitely a highlight of our holiday and ever since I have been pining over this beautiful place, dreaming of living there.

Have you visited before?