Our family holiday to Miami and the Keys

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, it was lovely and sunny here in Surrey and it felt like the whole of the county was out enjoying the weather!

A family shoot that I had booked in on Saturday unfortunately had to reschedule, but it means that I finally had time to go through my photos from our recent holiday. It’s taken hours as I took so many!

On my blog I also like to share with you my own family photos. I think it’s important if you are going to invest in training with me, that you see the kind of photos I take of my own family. One of the things I love about going on holiday (other than the actual being on holiday bit!) is being able to take loads of photos of my boys and to just shoot for myself. I spend a lot of time shooting professionally and so I don’t always feel like picking up my camera constantly at home (busman’s holiday and all that!) But when we’re away I just love experimenting with all of the different light and locations. And also I can just relax and enjoy shooting rather than trying to get everything perfect like I have to do when I’m being paid for it! I love playing around and trying to capture my boys personalities as they really are.

I don’t take my professional equipment with me on family holidays (too scared I’ll damage it!) so these photos were all taken with my Canon 700D (and entry-level camera) and with either the 35mm F2 or the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 lens. You can read more about the kit I use for my personal and my professional work here. Normally I keep my 35mm lens on my camera most of the time when we are away, but I preferred the flexibility of the 17-50mm zoom lens on this holiday so that was the lens used for most of these photos. I don’t think Sigma produce this specific lens anymore, but Tamron do a very similar one.

I have shared a few photos already of our trip in my blog post about my big boy’s 6th birthday, but here are lots more. These photos below were taken on our first morning in Miami. We had arrived the night before and when we left the UK it was freezing cold, wet and windy. So when we woke up at 5am (thank you jet-lag!) we all ran down to the beach to watch the sunrise. It felt like we hadn’t seen the sun for months! I haven’t seen many sunrises in my life (I’m not much of an early bird!) and it was so beautiful.
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I think these photos of my little one above really show his personality. I laid down on the sand and shot up at him. He is such a strong-willed little character and loves everything physical so I think these really show that side of his character.

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The apartment that we stayed in for a couple of nights in Miami was lovely and bright and had this fab picture in it. I just had to get a couple of shots of the boys eating ice cream under it!
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The balcony of the place we stayed at in Marathon in the Keys was perfect for photos. How I wish I had a ready-made studio like this outside of my home!
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Karl’s parents were staying in Florida for 5 weeks to escape some of the winter here (I definitely want to escape every winter when I’m retired!) so they came to see us for a couple of days which was lovely.
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And it gave me the opportunity to hand over the camera and get some photos of us. The boys expressions aren’t great in these, but hey it’s a photo of all of us and that’s a rare occurrence!
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If you have boys yourself, I’m sure you have a fair amount of wrestling in your house like we do! My boys just love to roll around like tiger cubs with their daddy. This was the perfect spot to get lots of photos of them rolling around and laughing. Isn’t this grass such a great colour?!
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I hope you enjoyed looking through some of our family photos. I’m pleased I’ve managed to organise and edit all of my favourites. It always takes much longer than you expect but it’s so important to do it quickly after your holiday otherwise it just becomes one of those chores that hangs over you and your risk never getting round to it. It makes me sad to think of all of the holiday photos around the world that are just stuck on hard drives (or worse, broken hard drives!) So I’m hoping this post has inspired you to organise your photos from your last holiday and to get them printed!

As a little motivation for you to put some family albums together, Blurb Books (that’s who I use for my own family albums) are doing 15% off (for new customers only), just input the code MARCH15 at checkout.

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