Category Archives: photography

Breaking Free: Overcoming Phone Addiction and Building Intentional Habits

woman's hand scrolling on the phone

So, I’ve been wrestling with this whole phone addiction habit thing lately. It’s like this magical device that sucks us in, right? Endless scrolling, reading, learning, and even games—it’s a real time-sucker! But hey, I’m on a mission to break free from the phone trap and get stuff done. Where did all this awareness start?...

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  • Fadima Mooneira13 May 2024 - 16:25

    Scrolling is one my bad habits. I need to reduce my scrolling time. Thank you for sharing this article. ReplyCancel

    • Valentina13 May 2024 - 16:41

      I know, it was my main time waster. Even if for work I have to use it, it’s so distracting! Thanks for reading.ReplyCancel

  • Fritzie14 May 2024 - 02:07

    I completely understand the struggle with phone addiction. Your tips from ‘Atomic Habits’ are spot-on. I also keep my phone in another room at night and silence notifications for better sleep. It’s small changes like these that add up. Thanks for sharing your insights!ReplyCancel

    • Valentina14 May 2024 - 09:03

      That would be next level. I still have it next to me at night with notification off of course. But I need the alarm, I’m not sure I would hear it from another room! 🙂
      Thanks for readingReplyCancel

Embracing Mindfulness and Photography: Lessons from My Morning Walk

Mindfulness and photography: lessons from my morning walk

This morning, I decided to break away from my usual walking routine and take a mindful walk. I live near the Richmond Lock so I went along the beautiful and peaceful path along the river. Armed with just my phone (not my trusty professional camera), I embraced the opportunity to be fully present and appreciate...

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  • Fransic verso19 April 2024 - 05:52

    I agree with you about mindfulness isn’t just about meditation or deep breathing exercises. Very informative post!  ReplyCancel

    • Valentina19 April 2024 - 10:54

      Thanks for reading. Yes everyone needs to find the mindful things that resonate with them the mostReplyCancel

How Photography Can Bring Mindfulness to Your Life

photography as mindfulness

In our fast-paced lives, it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by distractions that pull us away from the present moment. I thought it was just me getting lost in the maze of my thoughts but studies show that our minds wander about 47% of the time. And guess what? Unfortunately, most of these thoughts wander...

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  • Lucy25 March 2024 - 15:20

    My friend does photography as a hobby and she finds it incredibly relaxing and it brings her mindfulness also x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.ukReplyCancel

    • Valentina25 March 2024 - 16:02

      Good to hear that! Pass along this post to your friend 😉
      Thanks for stopping by LucyReplyCancel

  • Vanessa25 March 2024 - 15:34

    Beautiful post and mindfulness application. I love using photography to practice mindfulness. It really is a wonderful way to enjoy life’s beauty and let our creative self-expression flow.ReplyCancel

    • Valentina25 March 2024 - 16:09

      That’s amazing Vanessa! Thanks for sharing your experience too. It’s definitely a helpful tool to express creativity and “healing” at the same time!ReplyCancel

  • Under flowery sky25 March 2024 - 20:37

    It’s awesome to read about your experiences from someone enthusiastic about photography. It truly feels that time stand still when making photos..ReplyCancel

    • Valentina26 March 2024 - 16:38

      Happy to read you enjoy photography too! Stand still and flies by at the same time. I feel I could spend hours and losing sense of track.ReplyCancel

The Heart Behind My Lens: Unveiling the Why Behind Portrait Photography

portrait photography

Recently, I’ve been diving deep into the question of why I do what I do. It’s not the first time I’ve pondered this, but with each passing year and each new experience, my “why” seems to evolve. So, what exactly do I do? Well, I’m a portrait photographer based in London, specializing in motherhood photography....

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    From Lens to Legacy: Why Printing Photos Still Matters

    graphic for the blog - Why printing photos matters

    I just had to sit down and share something that’s not just close to my heart but is also incredibly important—why printing photos still matters in our digital age. In today’s world, our lives are dominated by screens and gadgets. We’re quick to snap photos with our smartphones or save memories on our laptops, but...

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      The Therapeutic Influence of Photos on Daily Well-being

      5 reasons why photos are important for well-being

      5 reasons Why Photos are Important for Well-being. In the era of smartphones and social media, where everyone has a camera at their fingertips, we find ourselves capturing and sharing moments like never before. Whether it’s a stunning landscape, a group selfie, a delectable meal, or a candid shot of a loved one, we document...

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      • Charity14 July 2023 - 22:56

        I love this! Photos are definitely important for well being. Thanks for sharing all the reasons why.ReplyCancel

      • Sabrina20 July 2023 - 11:09

        As a photographer myself I totally agree with everything you’ve written here. It’s definitely about the preservation of memories as well. Lovely post.ReplyCancel

        • Valentina20 July 2023 - 12:03

          It’s good to have another photographer’s point of view. And definitely, preserving memories is a big one! Thanks for stopping by.ReplyCancel

      • Molly | Transatlantic Notes20 July 2023 - 14:20

        It’s great to have some photos that we can connect to in this way; this has reminded me to spend some time looking through the ones I have and seeing if I can display them in some way. Great!ReplyCancel

        • Valentina20 July 2023 - 16:14

          Amazing! Yes, having photos around, especially of the people we love, make us feel closer to them.ReplyCancel

      • Kirsty20 July 2023 - 15:23

        I agree with everything you’ve written in your post. Photos are so important, I know I wish I had taken more photos of/with the family members I’ve lost over the years. It’s a big regret of mine. I enjoy being behind my camera rather than in front of it x

        astoldbykirsty.co.uk ReplyCancel

        • Valentina20 July 2023 - 16:11

          Yes, we all look for photos when a loved one has passed away. So it’s important to have photos of them and most importantly be in the pictures with them.ReplyCancel

      • Lucy20 July 2023 - 20:23

        Photos are definitely a mood boost for me, what a lovely post! x
        Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.ukReplyCancel

      • Jenny Marston21 July 2023 - 12:17

        I definitely get how photos can improve well-being! I have a scrapbook where I get photos printed and it’s such a lovely activity xReplyCancel

        • Valentina23 July 2023 - 17:36

          Scrapbooks are so great to create memories and such a calming activity too. Thanks for stopping by xReplyCancel

      • Mind Beauty Simplicity21 July 2023 - 13:47

        taking photos bring me joy! I love reminiscing on memories…ReplyCancel

      • Fransic verso21 July 2023 - 17:06

        It’s TRUE that it boos5 mood. Something I love doing when going back to old photos and good memories. Great post!ReplyCancel

      • Corinne22 July 2023 - 21:53

        It’s true! I love having photos of my baby 🙂 ReplyCancel

      • Jeanette23 August 2023 - 18:13

        I love the point you made about enhancing gratitude. I was just looking at an old photo thinking ‘I was genuinely happy in this photo’. It’s a memory I hold dear. I love photos.ReplyCancel

        • Valentina24 August 2023 - 11:01

          Thanks for sharing this. Yes, photos close to our heart make us happy indeed xReplyCancel

      • The Blog Standard Parent24 August 2023 - 09:48

        Really interesting post! Having a 3 year old, I just love taking photos to capture moments and use them to compare in futureReplyCancel

        • Valentina24 August 2023 - 10:56

          That’s great! At the age they love to be photographed as well – I remember my daughter, she loved to be in front of the camera and taking photos as well. Now that she’s nearly a teen she run away from it!ReplyCancel

      From Chaos to Control: How a CRM System Transforms Your Business

      photo of a computer screen. CRM system are great to keep your business organised.

      Being a photographer is not just about taking pretty photos. It’s also about running a business, and like every little business, managing daily admin tasks can be challenging and overwhelming. From the first enquiry to scheduling the photoshoot, sending the invoice and managing all the steps in between is not always easy to stay on...

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      • Charity16 June 2023 - 20:31

        This is such great info! I didn’t know much about CRM systems before this post, so thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

      • Lisa's Notebook20 June 2023 - 10:46

        I’ve never used a CRM for my own business, although I have worked with HubSpot for a client. I like the idea of birthday emails and such, I’ll have to check out 17Hats, thank you!ReplyCancel

        • Valentina20 June 2023 - 14:09

          I’m sure all CRM have valid features. I’ve been using 17Hats for so many years now and couldn’t do without it 😉 
          Thanks for reading Lisa!ReplyCancel

      • Leslie21 June 2023 - 07:42

        Wow, this sounds like something I should look into. I don’t want to fumble over things and right now I’m using Google Calendar but that kind of overwhelms me seeing all of the things I have to get done. Thank you for sharing, I’m going to check into it. I’d love to own a photography business!ReplyCancel

        • Valentina21 June 2023 - 15:52

          A calendar definitely helps, a CRM system does so much more. It’s like a personal assistant. Thanks for reading.ReplyCancel

      • Corinne4 July 2023 - 23:04

        This sounds very useful! I am more of a Google Sheets girl for organising. Making a move like this does seem quite daunting! ReplyCancel

        • Valentina7 July 2023 - 15:14

          Spreadsheet are great! I used to used them a lot, now less. But a CRM does much more – I love particularly the fact it sends for me email reminders, outstanding invoices reminders, there is a lot of automation that makes my life easier.ReplyCancel

      • Lauren5 July 2023 - 17:14

        This is a really informative blog post. Thank you for sharing your tips. 

        Lauren – bournemouthgirlReplyCancel

      Why Printed Photos are so Important?

      baby nursery - 3 frames with newborn photos hanging on the wall over the baby cot

      Up to 20 years ago printing was the only way to go. I know for many children now this doesn’t make sense, but that was our reality. We never kept negatives in drawers without developing them. Actually, not sure about your family, but we were always super excited to finish a roll and get it...

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