Out in London

Sunday We headed to central London for lunch. The plan was to eat at The Breakfast Club and have dessert next door at the new Portuguese café.

Even though Soho was pretty quiet and most restaurants were empty there was a one hour wait queue at The Breakfast Club! Oh well. Change of plans then. We tried the Bodeans in Soho instead. It didn’t disappoint.

Dessert was a “Pastel de Nata” and an espresso at I love Nata in Soho. The flavour was great but the filling was a little too runny. The service was so good I will definitely go back.

I had decided to take my old camera out as I didn’t think my new one was that much better and is a little heavier. Guess what? I was wrong. My old camera takes forever to focus and the battery doesn’t last as long either. Still got some decent shots. Please excuse the blurry ones.

We walked through Chinatown, Soho and went into Liberty (we were looking for toilets) before walking through Regent Street.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures! Let me know if you have any favourites.

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Nothing to Moan About

Just got through this week like a zombie. As there was too much happening last weekend I didn’t have the energy to do much. For some reason I didn’t manage to sleep a lot either so not feeling re-energised just yet. Thankfully we get to enjoy a long and warm weekend in London.

Spent the week doing what I had to at work, editing pictures and watching a little TV. Despite the nice weather on Friday I couldn’t even get myself to go to the pub.

Saying all this not much has happened since the last post and honestly I cannot come up with something to “moan” about. Guess this is not a bad thing but it makes this post a little boring.

This weekend I need to keep editing all the pictures I have taken between Portugal and the last weekend and post some to sell online. Even though the weather is great outside I am sure many hours will be spent indoors catching up with all the laptop work.

As I don’t have many words for you on this Sunday post here are some pictures I have worked on recently.

The models in these shots are XeniaElla, Maria and Yami. If you are in London and want to shoot with me just send me a DM on Instagram.

Just in case you were wondering. In just over a month I will be going away again. Visiting Croatia for the first time. Super excited about that!

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I need another Weekend

Quite used to mostly restful weekends. That’s what this super cold months in London are good for anyway. It just feels good to be inside where it’s warm.

This weekend was different. I barely spent time at home!

Months without any photography meetups and then there were two in one weekend. On top of those a friend from Instagram that I hadn’t met before was in London for the weekend.

I didn’t want to miss out on any of that so now I feel a little tired. Didn’t even manage to write my Wednesday post during the weekend. But not to panic as I’m sorting that out last-minute and this post will be out in time.

Saturday I headed to Hyde Park for the Boosted Boards‘ meetup. There were loads of boards available to try but I was not brave enough to get on one of those. Even thought the weather wasn’t the best I got some shots.

In the pictures Mike representing the UK Shooters, Shio and Nikolai.

After the meetup I got on the bus to central London to meet Nat and her friend Sebastian. We have been exchanging messages on Instagram for a few years but only now we found ourselves in the same city at the same time. We walked around Soho until we found a place to sit down and have a drink.

Even though we had just met the conversation flowed easily. I really had a good time. Hope to see her again soon, next time maybe in Berlin.

Sunday after lunch at home I made my way to Canary Wharf for another UK Shooters‘ meetup (in partnership with Sony and Wex Photo Video hosted by the Novotel, Bokan and Canary Wharf). It was my first ticketed meetup and it was a good one.

After I got my badge we chilled at the hotel’s top floor until it was time to head out to shoot. The chosen locations were beautiful and the models amazing. We walked a fair bit so at the end of the day I was dead.

I am still editing the pictures but here are some I have already managed to edit.

The models in the pictures are Xenia, Shio and Ella Parsons.

It was a super busy weekend but I enjoyed it a lot. Bring on the next one so I can rest now.

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What I got up to in Portugal

The holidays had a rough start. I was feeling ill since Thursday, surviving on painkillers on Friday and Saturday my temperature almost reached 39C! Thankfully the flight was in the afternoon so I took ibuprofen and waited for the temperature to drop. I could barely move and still had to finish packing.

Even though it wasn’t easy I made it on that flight to Lisbon!

Saturday we landed after 8pm, picked up our rental car and headed home for dinner. My mum had made chicken soup and “bacalhau”. We were starving. It was all delicious.

Sunday we had lunch with the in-laws and the nieces. The conversation flowed nicely and we had a good time. My mum had gone to our holiday home so we decided to join them in Ericeira. Dinner was take away piri-piri chicken. As my mum bought a foosball table we spent hours on it and had so much fun.

Monday was our admin day. We headed to the bank later than planned but made it. Unfortunately the services to renew the national ID card were packed so we gave up on it. Defeated we headed to the river for a delicious lunch.

Afterwards I managed to take a nap as I was still feeling like s***. In the meantime my boyfriend went to meet the new baby of one of our closest friends. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it as I didn’t want to give the baby whatever virus I had.

For sunset we headed to Amoreiras to go up to the panoramic viewpoint and take in the city from there.

Later we went back to Ericeira for more family fun playing foosball.

Tuesday we had a hotel booked for the night in Sesimbra. We explored the region and even hit the beach for a little bit. Later we had a lovely seafood dinner followed by quality time with friends. Totally unplanned as they were in the same city as us just by chance. So happy I messaged at the right time as the conversation was great. Luckily our hotel was next to the bar as we said our goodbyes at 3am!

Wednesday was time to check out. The hotel was great and I would totally stay there again. We had lunch at Meco by the beach after visiting Cabo Espichel. The drive back to Ericeira was long. We were tired and decided to just go out for dinner with my mum.

Thursday we had planned to see friends for dinner and theatre in Lisbon but as they cancelled on us we decided to skip Lisbon altogether and stayed in Ericeira. The afternoon was spent at Tapada de Mafra on a “safari” tour on an electric car. I really enjoyed it.

Friday‘s agenda was packed with family meals. Lunch with one of my cousins. The restaurant was a let down but the company was great. Dinner was at home in Ericeira with my brother and his fiancée. A lot of foosball fun went on!

Saturday was time to get back to London. It was raining which always makes it easier to leave. Quick stop to grab lunch before the airport and we were off to return the car and wait for our plane.

I am sorry I didn’t see all the kiddos this time but I didn’t think sharing my “bugs” with the little ones was a good idea.

It was nice being home. Now I am ready for the real holidays in June!

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Lanzarote Stories

In this post you can see most of my Instagram Stories from Lanzarote. At the time I was sharing a lot on there so you can get a good idea of what we got up to.

From my Instagram Stories…

Hope you enjoyed all the pictures! If you have missed the first Lanzarote post you can check it out here.

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10 Weeks out of 52

This year I decided to keep working on my photography. To ensure I don’t neglect it I have challenged myself to make at least one picture a week. I am following a specific challenge so I have a new theme every week. No excuses!

WEEK 1 – Look Ahead

New year. New beginnings. New you. Look ahead. Interpret as you wish. 

It was more looking up than looking ahead but the plane going into the clouds on a sunny day felt right for the new beginnings theme.

WEEK 2 – Color Harmony

Get out your color wheel. Do opposites attract? Can there be harmony with opposite colors? Does the Hulk wear purple pants? Mix warm and cool colors.

This one isolated the cold and warm colors so well that I had to pick it for this week. I love how well the red goes with the turquoise window glass.

WEEK 3 – Full Manual

While the camera often determines shutter speed and aperture for the photographer, it doesn’t know your creative intent. This week, challenge your self to assume creative control over the camera by using full manual mode. Select a subject where varying the aperture and / or shutter speed helps enhance the composition and visual qualities of the image.

Selfie taken using the manual mode on my camera, edited in Lightroom with a gradient map applied in Photoshop.

WEEK 4 – Quiet Moment

Peace. Serenity. Tranquility. Convey a quiet moment.

This one is quite personal. At the time it represented a quiet moment spent at home.

Week 5 – Photographer’s Choice

Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it’s all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.

I find this shot so pleasing and such a good representation of London.

Week 6 – Alternating Rhythm

Alternate patterns of light to bring depth and rhythm to the photograph.

This one fits the theme like a glove.

Week 7 – Fill the Frame

Fill the frame with your subject, no background. You will need to get up close and personal, or use a good zoom lens.

Traffic light filling in the frame.

Week 8 – Zoom Burst

By changing the focal length during long exposure you can add movement to your frame, producing leading lines within your frame.

The first time I tried this effect and even though I am not very keen on the results it was fun to try something new.

Week 9 – Forsaken

Abandoned and Forgotten were favorites in the past. Let’s revisit the idea the idea this year with forsaken.

A close-up shot of the roof seemed fitting for this week’s theme.

Week 10 – Selective Color

I know, I know. Yuck. Selective color can be cringeworthy, however, when done right, it brings compelling focus to the subject.

It is not every day that you see a blue sky in London!

Super glad I have not missed a week of the challenge yet and I am enjoying trying new things when it comes to photography.

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London Series: Year 3 (2010)

Everyone came to stay with us in 2010! Mónica, Joao and Dé and Ricardo! We had our first trip to the Cote D’Azur. Spent great times in Portugal, partied a bit and had the most random NYE.

January 2010 was a good month that saw snow, one of my long time friends visit us in London , nights out, nights in and cakes.

February was celebration time for Valentine’s, his birthday and pancakes.

We got drunk in March.

But before getting drunk we visited Nice for the first time and Monaco, Cannes, Eze and Ile Sainte-Marguerite.

We welcomed Joao in London in April. I had my first tonsillitis when he was here but that didn’t stop us having a great time. There was sunshine at the park, marble cake and a crazy night out.

Not much happened in May.

In June we had visitors in London, celebrated my birthday and went to a RATM free gig. After all that we went to Portugal to spend quality time with family and friends in some of our favourite places.

Partied in July.

And again in August!

Explored London and cooked a roast dinner in September.

parks, food and Portugal in October.

Bowling and silly selfies in November.

December was a busy month! First cupcakes, Coca-Cola truck, Renata’s leaving party, snow, Guanabara and us.

Short break in Portugal.

NYE was a memorable one in 2010.

2010 was a pretty good year! Hope you enjoyed the tons of pictures in this post. 2011 coming soon.

In the meantime if you have missed it you can go check 2009 in pictures.

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