36 hours in Luxembourg

36 hours in Luxembourg

36 hours in Luxembourg
Back in 2018, a client invited me to Luxembourg to photograph a family christening and a family shoot. It really was a flying visit, 36 hours in Luxembourg but we managed to see some beautiful sites that I wanted to share with you.

To be honest I knew nothing about Luxembourg and struggled to find much online to guide me. Luxembourg is a small European country, surrounded by Belgium, France, and Germany. It’s mostly rural, with dense Ardennes forest and nature parks in the north, rocky gorges of the Mullerthal region in the east, and the Moselle river valley in the southeast. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is famed for its fortified medieval old town perched on sheer cliffs.

 

 

 

 

 

With such little time to explore, as I was working both days we were there, we stayed in the city for sightseeing. Getting around the city is easy using the tram service which we find reliable and cheap. In fact, at the weekend it’s free to travel to the city by tram!

Luxembourg is a UNESCO World Heritage City and I could see why it is so pretty with its pastel-colored facades and chimney rooftops. Travel to the Chemin de la Corniche, which literally translates ” the most beautiful balconyfor stunning views of the city and canal. There is a bench at the top to sit down and take in the breathtaking views of this fairytale city.

 

36 hours in Luxembourg

Head back down into the city and enjoy wandering around the streets and back alleys of the old city. You will be greeted by beautiful architecture and pink and lemon houses, cobbled streets and open squares where you can sit back and enjoy a drink or two people watching

36 hours in Luxembourg
36 hours in Luxembourg

Whilst in Europe never pass up a patisserie, these window displays of macarons of every color of the rainbow were calling my name!

If you have time, grab a bus up into the woods for a hike. I was up on the German border to photograph the christening and the scenery was breathtaking! I wish I could have stayed longer to explore a bit more

I would definitely recommend visiting Luxembourg for a weekend break, so quick and easy to get too from the UK. The price of food and drink is typical European city prices, the locals speak English, French, and German.

Have you visited Luxembourg, would love to hear your thoughts in the comments

I flew British Airways from LHR to Luxembourg

I stayed in the Sofitel Luxembourg City

NB: All photos and opinions are my own

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5 Tips for Working from Home – Covid 19

5 Tips for Working from Home – Covid 19

Amid times of uncertainties, many of us are working from home, who may have never worked from home before. This can be quite bewildering and difficult at times, especially if you have kids home from school and a partner also working from home.

I am currently juggling with 5 adults working from home, routine, structure and self-care have never been more important than now.

Here are my 5 top tips for working from home :

Maintain a routine 

We are creatures of habit, a routine is really important for our mental health. Set an alarm. You want to avoid having lie-ins. Get up and get dressed, do not spend the day in your PJs. I know how easy that can be, trust me! I have definitely found putting on my makeup and smart casual dress code has really helped with my mindset when working from home. If you are homeschooling too, set up a timetable for the kids, remembering to schedule playtime for them. Our kids need routine as much as we do and making a visual timetable for them is a fun task to all get involved in. I have found a timetable has been really useful for us when needing to share the same space. Booking in time to use a quite space for conference calls so we are not all needing that same space at once.

Exercise

Our daily steps are definitely going to suffer whilst we are in lockdown. Schedule time to do some yoga, go for a walk (remember to adhere to social distancing), look up youtube videos for at-home exercise routines.  Joe Wickes is live on youtube daily at 9 am for Pe with Joe. Such a brilliant idea for our kids and no reason why you cannot join in too.

Virtual Coffee Mornings

How lucky are we to have the technology to connect with friends, family and work colleagues by Zoom, and Skype (among the many apps out there). Use this technology to have a virtual coffee morning. I have been holding weekly Zoom calls with my network ladies, and it’s been such fun, we have a giggle and still manage some networking lol.

Dedicated workspace

This is really important. Do not be tempted to set up your home office from the comfort of your bed or sofa, seriously! Find a space, whether it is the kitchen table or pop a table/desk in your bedroom if need be, having dedicated space is so important for a positive mindset. Take time to make it feel special, layout your makeshift desk with a candle, favorite mug, and a notepad for example. Pop a plant or some cheery flowers on your “desk” too. Remember to charge laptops/iPads the night before so you are all ready to go in the morning.

Take breaks

Don’t forget to take breaks, schedule in coffee breaks and a lunch break, as you would in your day job. A great time to all get together over a cuppa away from your work set up as well. This is your time to grab some vitamin D, sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. Read a magazine or book, do stay away from your computer though.

Finally, this is temporary. Please do not get stressed. I hope you have found my 5 tips helpful and do share any tips you have in the comments

Stay safe, stay inside, protect our NHS

Y2Squared – Personal Branding Shoot

Y2Squared – Personal Branding Shoot

Last year I traveled back to Hong Kong where I used to live, visit friends and photograph some previous clients of mine. Angela is a good friend of mine and a client. She is an entrepreneur, running several businesses. From a semi-precious jewellery company, Y2 Squared and a playgroup EEK. Opposite ends of the spectrum so she needed a set of images to represent both companies.

Location was really important, we needed to find somewhere with lots of colour as well as a backdrop that was minimalistic.

We chose Stanley Market as our location as it offered all of the above, with a vibrant yellow wall just perfect for EEK. Angela’s brand colours for EEK are primary colours. The blue and yellow backdrops were just perfect.

 

Personal Brand Photograpy

 

 

As well as location, choosing outfits for Angela to wear had to be taken into account for both businesses. We discussed bringing in colour and pattern for the playgroup brand photos and keeping things much simpler for the jewellery business.

Angela also required product shots for Y2Squared, a mix of lifestyle and simple product shots showcasing the jewellery.

 

Personal Brand Photography

Personal Brand Photography

 

As you can see, one location can offer such a diverse set of images. When booking your personal branding shoot, take some time researching locations and ask your photographer too, they will know some great locations to shoot in too.

The Roman Baths Spa

The Roman Baths Spa

 

I have lived in Somerset for 3 years now, and when we lived in Bath, The Roman Baths I visited a couple of times but had never been to the torchlit nights they have on in the Summer. Last week I was invited by Socialight App to attend a torchlit night at The Roman Baths. We were so lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful summer evening.

The Roman Baths sit in the heart of the City of Bath a World Heritage Site, the natural hot springs are the only ones in Great Britain. Although you cannot bath in them today you can walk on the original pavements and take in the atmosphere of this stunning religious spa. The main entrance and reception is a sight to behold on its own. Beautiful domed ceiling and glittering chandeliers greet you. This is a newer addition to the Roman Spa added around 1700 -1800. Collect your free audio and make your way around the museum which includes a gilt bronze head of the Goddess Sulis Minerva, and other Roman artifacts. As you come out of the museum you will enter the top-level looking down on the baths which are situated below street level.

Statues of Roman Emperors look down at the baths keeping a watchful eye. You can see the iconic Bath Abbey when looking at the above photo. What I love about the baths are the local Roman men and women who wander around in character telling their stories and answering your questions. I met the local stonemasons. This is a lovely way to bring the Spa and museum alive and perfect for children to visit.

You may ask why is the water green?

The familiar green hue of the pool is not the result of mystery, but algae, caused by the water’s exposure to the open air. In Roman times, the pool was roofed over, its waters were much clearer. A periodic clean of the Roman Baths involves draining the natural thermal water and brushing the floor to remove algae. It is believed if you drink the spa water it will cure your ailments. At the end of your visit do try a cup at the fountain on your way out.

 

For me, the magic is when the torches are lit. The stone glows in the torchlight and a wave of tranquility envelopes the baths as people sit quietly taking in the historic site whilst sipping on champagne from the bar. The golden light and enhanced reflections in the green waters are magical.

On leaving the Roman Baths why not stop for dinner and cocktails in the Pump Room, or a High Tea before you pop in. A favourite for me is sitting outside The Roman Baths kitchen in the morning with a coffee on Abbey Church Yard listening to the busker’s and people watching.

Please note this experience was gifted to me by Socialight App. All photos and opinions are my own.

The Roman Baths

The Pump Room

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How to Prepare for your Personal Branding Photo Shoot

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Personal Branding Photographer Frome

 

You have found your photographer, contracts signed and shoot day is upon you. Preparation is key for a successful shoot for both photographer and client. When you book a Personal Branding Photography session with me I will send out a detailed guide to prepare you for your shoot. In the meantime here is my check list to help you prepare for a Personal Brand Photography session.

  • First things first you need to find a photographer whose work you like and book them ( check out this blog post here )
  • Send your photographer a Pinterest board of the style of images and locations that you would like. Include posing ideas as well.
  • Select what you are going to wear. Keep it simple, wear what feels most comfortable and add some accessories that are your brand colours. This is the time to book makeup and hair appointments too. ( check out my blog post here ).
  • Choose locations where you are most comfortable and that represent your brand . Think about coffee shops, your office space, local neighbourhood for example. Good lighting is key, your photographer can advise on locations too. Send addresses of locations to your photographer in advance so they can check out best spots for your shoot.
  • Think about props you want to bring with you. Mobile phone, laptop, notebooks and pens are great everyday props. Bring the tools of your trade along too ( if possible!)
  • Ask your photographer when you can expect your photos to be ready and how they will be delivered.

Shoot day is here , pack your bag with your props and clothing. Water to keep you hydrated and maybe some snacks. Most of all don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

I hope this series on Personal Brand Photography has been useful for you when considering booking a photographer.