Photo Memories with Photoworld

So, you know in my Blog Hop post I said I wanted to start taking more care with my photography, well, looking back through my photo’s and reminissing about the places and the people and what I was doing when I took the picture has given massive kick up the bum to give to bust out the SLR and the phone and to actually think a little more about what I am pointing them at so that I’m capturing memories, rather than just throw away shots!

So when the lovely people at Photoworld got in touch about a competition they are launching today to focus on our photo memories I thought it would be the perfect thing to tell you about. For the next four weeks they’re encouraging us to share photos along a theme to be in with the chance of winning some amazing prizes – think an awesome 16gb Lytro Camera worth £250 and £250 worth of John Lewis vouchers, and also runners up prizes of £100 and £50 of CEWE vouchers. If you’ve heard about Lytro cameras you’ll know how amazing they look – they are seriously cool!

They have set four weekly themes to their competition, asking you to share photo’s that relate to Family, Friendship, Travel, and Celebrations. With this in mind I’ve been back through some of my photo’s and I want to share with you the pics I’d enter with.

Here’s a ‘family’ portrait taken last month on our holiday. We don’t often take photo’s together – not all 3 of us, actually I’d say there aren’t many photo’s of just me and Jim either as I’m usually behind the camera, so we thought it would be nice to try and get one. This took four attempts, and came out really blown out and light, but it’s the only one Flash was looking forwards in, and even here he looks grumpy as sin. He’d been in the car for an hour, then didn’t get nearly as much cornish pasty as he’s have liked and wasn’t allowed to chase the seagulls over the cliffs at Lands End. It’s a pretty tough life being him really! (Also yes, we do have matching shades!)

Having spent a lovely night last weekend with these ladies I’m pretty blessed to know I have some awesome friends. I met these ladies nearly 11 years ago working for Quiksilver and it’s been friendship since day one. We’ve all been there for each other through so much that I don’t think it would feel right to not have these ladies in my life and last year, in November we celebrated our ten year friendiversary. And last weekend we were all together for one of our birthdays, and it might be Christmas before we’re all together again, but I know they are there when I need them.

This is one of my favourite ‘Holiday’ snaps. It was taken in Essouira in Morocco. The whole town is pretty much a sea of white houses and white walls, it’s like a minimalist bloggers dream come true. The walls are broken up by cute, brightly shuttered windows and doors. Half the town looks like it needs a re-paint, the other half is glaringly bright. I love this picture though because of the shadows. I love the fingery shapes coming from the canopy over the window, and I love the varying stages of open-ness of the windows.

What are celebrations without Jager? Remembered, that’s what. But to hell with that, that’s what photo’s are for. Right? My best friend (one of the ladies above but I won’t say which one) turned 36 this last weekend and we celebrated with a day session in London complete with afternoon Jager, shopping trolley riding, balloons, red velvet cakes, cocktails and we finished the night with with 2.30am Sambucca. I tell myself that one day I’ll learn, but lets be truthful, I’m 33 now and I’ve still not figured out how to be sensible so, it’s not likely to happen is it?

So, I’m hoping you’ve liked these memories I’ve shared, and that maybe it’s inspired you to share some of your own too. And remember to be in with the chance of winning a super cool camera, and some John Lewis vouchers, or vouchers to print your own work on a canvas or in a book, all you have to do to enter is share a photo on Twitter, in keeping with their photo theme of the week and tag @cewephotoworld and #weprintmemories in it and remember, the weekly themes are 15th Sept: Family, 22nd Sept: Friendship, 29th Sept: Travel, 6th Oct: Celebrations! You can check out the full details here!

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  1. I love your pictures! They all are clearly very dear to you and you can tell that just by how happy everyone looks in them. I must do the same – I'm really bad at taking photos of friends and family. And the comp sounds great – it might be just the thing I need to get me looking back at my photos and to take more of them! x

  2. Oooh cracking competition and your photos are lush little reflections of a happy life. Love, love, love them. Especially grumpy Flash.
    M x

  3. I'm pretty rubbish at taking shots too. I've become a bit self concious about it really. My aim for next year (tand the rest of this year) will be to take more people shots – not just ones of Flash being cute. x

  4. Honestly. this dog is so grumpy – you'd have thought been waited on hand and foot he'd be happier, but no…….I think he might be spoilt! And thank you. It's not felt awfully happy recently so it's good to look at some smiles. x

  5. I'm not sure what I'd do if he didn't have such an expression-full face – but you want to see the look he gives me when I suggest a walk when it rains – that's a good one! x

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