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The amount of times I've written out a paragraph and deleted in again in the space of 5 minutes is WILD. Hello ol' blog, it's been a while hasn't it? Damn I've missed just spilling my words out onto an empty page. I NEED to do this more, for myself, I need this outlet I once loved so much to be back in my life again. Starting my blogs years ago encouraged so much personal growth, creativity, and freedom with what I decided to write about. I've gone through my old blog posts with a fine tooth comb and set over 300 posts to private, including a majority of my first ever posts. It's time for a refresh.

I know I'm a little late to the party and it is almost March, BUT I wanted to share a 2019 round up of my travels, as I plan on talking a lot more about travel on here compared to any other subject. 2019 was another great year for exploring and travelling on personal trips and work.

Porto - ch32


JANUARY: VALENCIA

January birthdays... can be a bit of a glum one if spent in England. I haven't spent a birthday in the UK for the past 6 years as I LOVE escaping away somewhere new for it. I wanted to hit up somewhere sunny, cheap, and easy to get to to. Valencia ticked all 3 of those boxes. It was also a city I'd never been to before. Me and my boyfriend Max spent 3 nights there / 4 full days, it was perfect. We had sunshine every day and most days reached 20 degrees. A little slice of winter sunshine was truly needed from being under London's grey skies each day. Our airbnb was super cheap too. I think I'll delve into Valencia on a future post as I loved it so much.

FEBRUARY:  PARIS

I had planned a surprise Valentine's day trip for Max in February, he had ZERO idea Paris was on the cards! I took his passport and told him to pack a bag for a few days. We travelled by coach which I personally LOVE doing, I find it stress free, comfortable and affordable! I booked my tickets £25-30 return each from Flixbus. We stayed in an Airbnb in Montmartre, and was thankfully blessed with blue skies! It was a short but sweet trip for Max's first time.

Wall of Love Paris

Paris at night


MAY:  LISBON & PORTO

After a couple of months spent at home, I was itching to get back on the road! It was a goal of mine to explore Portugal for the first time, so I thought this would make for a wicked solo adventure. I found super cheap flights to Lisbon in May, one way was only £18! then I bagged a return flight for only £12 back from Porto. I stayed in both Airbnbs and hostels throughout my stay and had the most incredible time on my own exploring a new country. I felt like I really needed this solo trip to meet new people, explore things how I like to explore, and take some time out for myself.


JUNE: VENICE, SLOVENIA, & CROATIA

June was going to be an absolute HOOT! Me and Max were headed on a 12 day adventure I was planning... which all started in Venice, and was going to end in Pula, Croatia! We were dying to check out Lake Bled in Slovenia, so booked a coach from Venice to Bled via FlixBus, it was incredible. The ride was great, and only cost 7 euros each one way. We LOVED Slovenia, I'd definitely love to return here soon as it's super tranquil and simply stunning. After 4 nights in Bled, we hopped on another coach to Pula, and spent 6 nights here exploring and having the best time ever. I highly recommend hopping around Europe in this style, starting with finding the cheapest flight out to a destination (be flexible- search 'anywhere' on Skyscanner) then travel via coach or trains throughout, it's much cheaper and more economical compared to flights.

Lake Bled Slovenia - CH32

Burano Italy

Pula Sunsets Croatia


AUGUST:  IBIZA

Oh Ibiza, it's been a hot minute since I last enjoyed your beauty! Me and Zoe London headed out to Ibiza with Jet2holidays to stay in a little slice of paradise, Sol Beach House. This hotel was incredibly tranquil. We absolutely LOVED every minute of this trip. A few days before heading here we booked a stay at Cubanito which was truly incredible too.

Cubanito suites Ibiza


SEPTEMBER:  LISBON

Back to Lisbon in September, this time for a work shoot with Got2b! Me and a handful of other international influencers were working on their 2020 project and had the best week ever. I also got to take Max with me too which was great as it was his first time to Lisbon, he loved being a part of the creative atmosphere on set too. I absolutely thrive being in creative environments on shoots, this is where I feel most alive, so the fact I had the opportunity to be a part of this campaign AND travel, well damn, that is my favourite combination and I am forever grateful!

After September hit, I kind of crashed in October and hibernated for a little while. I didn't have a winter trip either, but I did plan a hella lot of trips for 2020.

2019 was another wicked year for travel and exploring new places. I need to remember to reflect more, I kept a bit quiet about my achievements last year compared to previous ones.. but I love encouraging to sit and reflect to yourself often, so why don't I take my own advice?
Any way, I hope you all enjoyed this post! It felt good to write again.



Marbella, Málaga, Spain

2019 TRAVEL ROUND UP

The amount of times I've written out a paragraph and deleted in again in the space of 5 minutes is WILD. Hello ol' blog, it's been a while hasn't it? Damn I've missed just spilling my words out onto an empty page. I NEED to do this more, for myself, I need this outlet I once loved so much to be back in my life again. Starting my blogs years ago encouraged so much personal growth, creativity, and freedom with what I decided to write about. I've gone through my old blog posts with a fine tooth comb and set over 300 posts to private, including a majority of my first ever posts. It's time for a refresh.

I know I'm a little late to the party and it is almost March, BUT I wanted to share a 2019 round up of my travels, as I plan on talking a lot more about travel on here compared to any other subject. 2019 was another great year for exploring and travelling on personal trips and work.

Porto - ch32


JANUARY: VALENCIA

January birthdays... can be a bit of a glum one if spent in England. I haven't spent a birthday in the UK for the past 6 years as I LOVE escaping away somewhere new for it. I wanted to hit up somewhere sunny, cheap, and easy to get to to. Valencia ticked all 3 of those boxes. It was also a city I'd never been to before. Me and my boyfriend Max spent 3 nights there / 4 full days, it was perfect. We had sunshine every day and most days reached 20 degrees. A little slice of winter sunshine was truly needed from being under London's grey skies each day. Our airbnb was super cheap too. I think I'll delve into Valencia on a future post as I loved it so much.

FEBRUARY:  PARIS

I had planned a surprise Valentine's day trip for Max in February, he had ZERO idea Paris was on the cards! I took his passport and told him to pack a bag for a few days. We travelled by coach which I personally LOVE doing, I find it stress free, comfortable and affordable! I booked my tickets £25-30 return each from Flixbus. We stayed in an Airbnb in Montmartre, and was thankfully blessed with blue skies! It was a short but sweet trip for Max's first time.

Wall of Love Paris

Paris at night


MAY:  LISBON & PORTO

After a couple of months spent at home, I was itching to get back on the road! It was a goal of mine to explore Portugal for the first time, so I thought this would make for a wicked solo adventure. I found super cheap flights to Lisbon in May, one way was only £18! then I bagged a return flight for only £12 back from Porto. I stayed in both Airbnbs and hostels throughout my stay and had the most incredible time on my own exploring a new country. I felt like I really needed this solo trip to meet new people, explore things how I like to explore, and take some time out for myself.


JUNE: VENICE, SLOVENIA, & CROATIA

June was going to be an absolute HOOT! Me and Max were headed on a 12 day adventure I was planning... which all started in Venice, and was going to end in Pula, Croatia! We were dying to check out Lake Bled in Slovenia, so booked a coach from Venice to Bled via FlixBus, it was incredible. The ride was great, and only cost 7 euros each one way. We LOVED Slovenia, I'd definitely love to return here soon as it's super tranquil and simply stunning. After 4 nights in Bled, we hopped on another coach to Pula, and spent 6 nights here exploring and having the best time ever. I highly recommend hopping around Europe in this style, starting with finding the cheapest flight out to a destination (be flexible- search 'anywhere' on Skyscanner) then travel via coach or trains throughout, it's much cheaper and more economical compared to flights.

Lake Bled Slovenia - CH32

Burano Italy

Pula Sunsets Croatia


AUGUST:  IBIZA

Oh Ibiza, it's been a hot minute since I last enjoyed your beauty! Me and Zoe London headed out to Ibiza with Jet2holidays to stay in a little slice of paradise, Sol Beach House. This hotel was incredibly tranquil. We absolutely LOVED every minute of this trip. A few days before heading here we booked a stay at Cubanito which was truly incredible too.

Cubanito suites Ibiza


SEPTEMBER:  LISBON

Back to Lisbon in September, this time for a work shoot with Got2b! Me and a handful of other international influencers were working on their 2020 project and had the best week ever. I also got to take Max with me too which was great as it was his first time to Lisbon, he loved being a part of the creative atmosphere on set too. I absolutely thrive being in creative environments on shoots, this is where I feel most alive, so the fact I had the opportunity to be a part of this campaign AND travel, well damn, that is my favourite combination and I am forever grateful!

After September hit, I kind of crashed in October and hibernated for a little while. I didn't have a winter trip either, but I did plan a hella lot of trips for 2020.

2019 was another wicked year for travel and exploring new places. I need to remember to reflect more, I kept a bit quiet about my achievements last year compared to previous ones.. but I love encouraging to sit and reflect to yourself often, so why don't I take my own advice?
Any way, I hope you all enjoyed this post! It felt good to write again.



SELF CARE TIPS

For those who follow my Instagram, throughout Spring this year I began posting a few weekly self care tips under my small new project: Self care Sunday.  This became a regular space on my Instagram stories for a couple of months where I would post a few slides educating my audience on the small things they can take to achieving a healthier mind body and soul each week.


RISE & SHINE

Are you quick to check your phone first thing in the morning? It can be easy to do so if you’re turning off an alarm and then you have a cheeky scroll as soon as you’ve woke. I don’t know about you but it makes me feel like sh*t when I do so. Discipline yourself to not do so for at least the first hour of waking up. It’ll allow yourself to wake up properly without being glued to a screen. 

Use the first hour of waking up to crack on with things that don’t require you checking your phone. Stretch, make your bed, have a large glass of water before you eat, tidy your space, get yourself dressed for the day (or for the gym).

Start tomorrow and make a conscious effort to keep on track throughout the week.


SWITCH OFF NOTIFICATIONS.

The other day I limited the notifications that come through to my phone from platforms I use the most, such as Twitter and instagram. I turned off SO many on Twitter that were simply annoying me, I don’t need to know when every single person favourites a tweet or follows my account. 

A few months ago I deleted the Facebook app, and rarely find myself thinking about it actually. I hardly go on to the desktop site, and it feels good. Facebook is pretty trash anyway. 

Spend more time focusing on yourself, not awaiting validation from others over a click of a like. 

Less time checking notifications, the better. 


THE PICK ME UP.

As we know, social media can have mad effects on our dopamine levels. We check our phones in the need of a feeling, a smile, a laugh or to feel any other emotion. Relying on social media to regulate our happiness levels and overall moods is dangerous AF.

If you’re feeling low, stay away from social media today, or any other day that you’re not feeling your best. When we’re not feeling great there’s a higher chance you’ll get into an uncontrollable scroll sesh where you are literally scrolling without any aim, and you gain nothing, your mood isn’t being improved and you’re trying to find your next fix from scrolling. Stop. Slipping into a comparison whirlwind is too easy on social media, especially when you feel naff to begin with. We’ve all been there, and would prefer not to be back there again. 

Stop looking for a quick pick me up, and focus on doing something that will physically improve your wellbeing in the long run.


SHUT DOWN

Ok so we spoke at the beginning of the post about waking up and avoiding screen time... same goes for before bed. This is what I find hardest actually.. being able to put my phone down for the last time for the night. My brain is ALIVE at night, I’m full of new ideas and my brain is ticks into overdrive with things I need to remember to add to my to do list.  If anything, I should be winding down properly so my ability to be able to get to sleep isn’t affected. 

Train your brain to come away from your phone screens by 8pm. Instead use the rest of the night phone free and either read a book, write in your journal or plan out the next day in your diary.

I understand this is difficult for those who work shifts into the night, then come home and all they want to do is graft the night away on their creative passions, you do what you gotta do! Just balance it well and make sure you get a healthy amount of sleep.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Please do share your thoughts as I'd love to hear them. 
You can keep up to date with my weekly self care stories over on my instagram.
Photos shot by ZOE LONDON.

SELF CARE TIPS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA SELF CARE TIPS

SOCIAL MEDIA SELF CARE

SELF CARE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA



SELF CARE SUNDAY: SOCIAL MEDIA EDITION

SELF CARE TIPS

For those who follow my Instagram, throughout Spring this year I began posting a few weekly self care tips under my small new project: Self care Sunday.  This became a regular space on my Instagram stories for a couple of months where I would post a few slides educating my audience on the small things they can take to achieving a healthier mind body and soul each week.


RISE & SHINE

Are you quick to check your phone first thing in the morning? It can be easy to do so if you’re turning off an alarm and then you have a cheeky scroll as soon as you’ve woke. I don’t know about you but it makes me feel like sh*t when I do so. Discipline yourself to not do so for at least the first hour of waking up. It’ll allow yourself to wake up properly without being glued to a screen. 

Use the first hour of waking up to crack on with things that don’t require you checking your phone. Stretch, make your bed, have a large glass of water before you eat, tidy your space, get yourself dressed for the day (or for the gym).

Start tomorrow and make a conscious effort to keep on track throughout the week.


SWITCH OFF NOTIFICATIONS.

The other day I limited the notifications that come through to my phone from platforms I use the most, such as Twitter and instagram. I turned off SO many on Twitter that were simply annoying me, I don’t need to know when every single person favourites a tweet or follows my account. 

A few months ago I deleted the Facebook app, and rarely find myself thinking about it actually. I hardly go on to the desktop site, and it feels good. Facebook is pretty trash anyway. 

Spend more time focusing on yourself, not awaiting validation from others over a click of a like. 

Less time checking notifications, the better. 


THE PICK ME UP.

As we know, social media can have mad effects on our dopamine levels. We check our phones in the need of a feeling, a smile, a laugh or to feel any other emotion. Relying on social media to regulate our happiness levels and overall moods is dangerous AF.

If you’re feeling low, stay away from social media today, or any other day that you’re not feeling your best. When we’re not feeling great there’s a higher chance you’ll get into an uncontrollable scroll sesh where you are literally scrolling without any aim, and you gain nothing, your mood isn’t being improved and you’re trying to find your next fix from scrolling. Stop. Slipping into a comparison whirlwind is too easy on social media, especially when you feel naff to begin with. We’ve all been there, and would prefer not to be back there again. 

Stop looking for a quick pick me up, and focus on doing something that will physically improve your wellbeing in the long run.


SHUT DOWN

Ok so we spoke at the beginning of the post about waking up and avoiding screen time... same goes for before bed. This is what I find hardest actually.. being able to put my phone down for the last time for the night. My brain is ALIVE at night, I’m full of new ideas and my brain is ticks into overdrive with things I need to remember to add to my to do list.  If anything, I should be winding down properly so my ability to be able to get to sleep isn’t affected. 

Train your brain to come away from your phone screens by 8pm. Instead use the rest of the night phone free and either read a book, write in your journal or plan out the next day in your diary.

I understand this is difficult for those who work shifts into the night, then come home and all they want to do is graft the night away on their creative passions, you do what you gotta do! Just balance it well and make sure you get a healthy amount of sleep.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Please do share your thoughts as I'd love to hear them. 
You can keep up to date with my weekly self care stories over on my instagram.
Photos shot by ZOE LONDON.

SELF CARE TIPS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA SELF CARE TIPS

SOCIAL MEDIA SELF CARE

SELF CARE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA



Charlotte Hole - NAKED BEACH - Channel 4

The time has come... I’m SO excited to announce that myself and 7 other body confident hosts are a part of Channel 4 ‘s brand new TV series, NAKED BEACH. 
We spent the summer helping some truly beautiful souls realise their own beauty and worth, on their own journey of self acceptance and self love.⁣⁣

COMING SOON TO CHANNEL 4

Charlotte Hole - NAKED BEACH - Channel 4

The time has come... I’m SO excited to announce that myself and 7 other body confident hosts are a part of Channel 4 ‘s brand new TV series, NAKED BEACH. 
We spent the summer helping some truly beautiful souls realise their own beauty and worth, on their own journey of self acceptance and self love.⁣⁣

Miss Selfridge SS19 collection

Spring, we neeeeeed you! I'm SO done with winter now.
The past week in London has been an absolute delight with this warm weather & continuous sunshine.
It looks like we all got our hopes up a little too soon as the rain and grey skies are back in full swing today.. fabulous, looks like I'll be raiding SkyScanner in the mean time to escape the dullness!

Speeeeaking of Spring... it's that time of the year where all of my favourite brands slowly begin to drop some of their incredible new SS19 collections.
London, UK

MISS SELFRIDGE SS19 COLLECTION PREVIEW

Miss Selfridge SS19 collection

Spring, we neeeeeed you! I'm SO done with winter now.
The past week in London has been an absolute delight with this warm weather & continuous sunshine.
It looks like we all got our hopes up a little too soon as the rain and grey skies are back in full swing today.. fabulous, looks like I'll be raiding SkyScanner in the mean time to escape the dullness!

Speeeeaking of Spring... it's that time of the year where all of my favourite brands slowly begin to drop some of their incredible new SS19 collections.
Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Hello festive season... did you come around quick or what?! This year, I've absolutely loved feeling festive. I've been surrounded by friends and family which has made it feel real easy getting into the Christmas spirit this month. This month I've felt incredibly grateful for those in my life, and the memories shared so far this year. Like most busy families, it can be difficult all year round to dedicate some much-needed time together, which is why Christmas is so important for me, since it serves me and my family some much needed time off to wind down and spend together. I'm really excited to share that I've partnered up with instax and their new instax SQUARE SQ6 instant camera to embark on a digital detox and spend some time away from screens in the lead up to Christmas. 

With the house decorated so perfectly (by my wonderful mum!) it makes it a really cosy time of year for us all to spend some time together at home. Me and my family have a bit of a yearly tradition of spending the evening taking part in a family quiz. My sister will spend a while curating her own quiz and put me and my parents to the test... trust me, it gets real competitive. 

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6


By finding an activity such as a 'quiz night' that we all enjoy, we find that it's the perfect way to get take a break from our social devices for the evening. This means, no phones (It's a no-brainer, it'd be too easy to search the answers online right?!) NO TV! Since my dad has always got his teeth sunk into a series each evening it's nice to pull him away from this... Also, no laptops or reading devices either! A good digital detox is required when spending quality family time together. Capturing moments like this as a family is still important though, which is why I brought my instax SQUARE SQ6 along to the quiz to make sure we could still create some lovely memories from the night. 

I've had an obsession with photography since I was a small child. Having studied Photography at college, I soon found my love for film photography and the joy I had from developing each film I shot was more than enough to make me stick through further education.. 

I first fell in love with instax around about 2 years ago, with my pink instax Mini 9. I took it to every festival with me and captured moments I'd be unable to recreate with a digital camera. That’s why I couldn't wait to get my hands on the instax SQUARE SQ6. The new features this camera has excites me a lot, so let's talk about them and why I'm so excited by them!

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6


THE FILM IS SQUARE

Let's state the obvious... the SQ6 is a square format camera. The print outs are larger, that little bit of extra added space in the photos which actually allows you to capture a whole lot more. This worked perfectly for me and my family when we were getting a group shot all together in our Christmas hats, that leads me on to the next feature...


SELF TIMER IS HERE!

YES! Having self-timer on the new instax is an absolute game changer.
I self-shoot A LOT. I'd say most of my Instagram shots are taken by me and my tripod, so a camera with self-timer is an essential. I wanted to get a photo that wasn't a selfie of me and my family so this really worked in my favour on doing so. I simply propped the camera up on a flat stable ledge, squared up the shot through the eye hole, directed and re-adjusted everyone to fit in perfectly, clicked the self-timer button (situated on the back of the camera, it's hard to miss!) then I popped myself in the photo and we waited for the flash countdown to finish before the photo took. The pictures came out so well.


COLOURED PHOTOS MADE EASY

The instax SQ6 comes with 3 coloured flash filters to pop over your flash so you can add a splash of colour to your photos. This is such a cool feature and is like adding an Instagram filter to your photos, absolutely perfect for parties, gigs or just for that edgy shot!


AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE

Kiss goodbye to manual exposure on this instax, the automatic exposure makes it super easy to achieve the perfect shot each time! There are also a few more options to change this from auto depending on the shot you're going for. There's a landscape & macro option, close selfie mode, as well as lighten & darken modes in case the auto isn't working out too well for you. 


DOUBLE EXPOSURE

There's one new feature I couldn't miss out! Probably the most exciting new feature to come to the instax is the new double exposure mode. You can overlap 2 shots within one frame with this new mode, I've always been super keen to play around with this since I got it, I'm excited to have fun and try this one out with different festive backgrounds this season! Expect lots of snaps with plenty of tinsel shots coming your way...

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6


FEATURES ASIDE..

Have fun with your instant photography most importantly. Experiment with plenty of colours, textures, props, people.. & anything that sparkles and glitters, especially this time of year! I loved shooting me and my families new Christmas hats, playing around with plenty of tinsel & party poppers! There's so many incredible ways to make a picture fun and playful, I absolutely love the shot I got of my sister hanging a red bauble over my mum's nose to replicate a reindeers one! It's all about being silly and having fun. 

It's SO important to remember to LIVE IN THE MOMENT! That's why I love these cameras so much. Since you get only 10 shots per film pack, it really makes the moment captured special when taking them! Each shot should be a memory to treasure. 

There's also so many different ways you can display your instax moments. This Christmas, I'll be popping mine on the Christmas tree and on the garland this year for that unique touch.

instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6

Thank you to instax for partnering with me on this special project.
You can purchase an instax SQUARE SQ6 at selected retailers in store and online.

How do you like to have fun with your friends and families at this time of year?
Have you considered trying a digital detox out yourself?

*This blog post was sponsored by instax

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STEPPING AWAY FROM SCREENS THIS CHRISTMAS WITH AN INSTAX CAMERA

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Hello festive season... did you come around quick or what?! This year, I've absolutely loved feeling festive. I've been surrounded by friends and family which has made it feel real easy getting into the Christmas spirit this month. This month I've felt incredibly grateful for those in my life, and the memories shared so far this year. Like most busy families, it can be difficult all year round to dedicate some much-needed time together, which is why Christmas is so important for me, since it serves me and my family some much needed time off to wind down and spend together. I'm really excited to share that I've partnered up with instax and their new instax SQUARE SQ6 instant camera to embark on a digital detox and spend some time away from screens in the lead up to Christmas. 

With the house decorated so perfectly (by my wonderful mum!) it makes it a really cosy time of year for us all to spend some time together at home. Me and my family have a bit of a yearly tradition of spending the evening taking part in a family quiz. My sister will spend a while curating her own quiz and put me and my parents to the test... trust me, it gets real competitive. 

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6


By finding an activity such as a 'quiz night' that we all enjoy, we find that it's the perfect way to get take a break from our social devices for the evening. This means, no phones (It's a no-brainer, it'd be too easy to search the answers online right?!) NO TV! Since my dad has always got his teeth sunk into a series each evening it's nice to pull him away from this... Also, no laptops or reading devices either! A good digital detox is required when spending quality family time together. Capturing moments like this as a family is still important though, which is why I brought my instax SQUARE SQ6 along to the quiz to make sure we could still create some lovely memories from the night. 

I've had an obsession with photography since I was a small child. Having studied Photography at college, I soon found my love for film photography and the joy I had from developing each film I shot was more than enough to make me stick through further education.. 

I first fell in love with instax around about 2 years ago, with my pink instax Mini 9. I took it to every festival with me and captured moments I'd be unable to recreate with a digital camera. That’s why I couldn't wait to get my hands on the instax SQUARE SQ6. The new features this camera has excites me a lot, so let's talk about them and why I'm so excited by them!

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6


THE FILM IS SQUARE

Let's state the obvious... the SQ6 is a square format camera. The print outs are larger, that little bit of extra added space in the photos which actually allows you to capture a whole lot more. This worked perfectly for me and my family when we were getting a group shot all together in our Christmas hats, that leads me on to the next feature...


SELF TIMER IS HERE!

YES! Having self-timer on the new instax is an absolute game changer.
I self-shoot A LOT. I'd say most of my Instagram shots are taken by me and my tripod, so a camera with self-timer is an essential. I wanted to get a photo that wasn't a selfie of me and my family so this really worked in my favour on doing so. I simply propped the camera up on a flat stable ledge, squared up the shot through the eye hole, directed and re-adjusted everyone to fit in perfectly, clicked the self-timer button (situated on the back of the camera, it's hard to miss!) then I popped myself in the photo and we waited for the flash countdown to finish before the photo took. The pictures came out so well.


COLOURED PHOTOS MADE EASY

The instax SQ6 comes with 3 coloured flash filters to pop over your flash so you can add a splash of colour to your photos. This is such a cool feature and is like adding an Instagram filter to your photos, absolutely perfect for parties, gigs or just for that edgy shot!


AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE

Kiss goodbye to manual exposure on this instax, the automatic exposure makes it super easy to achieve the perfect shot each time! There are also a few more options to change this from auto depending on the shot you're going for. There's a landscape & macro option, close selfie mode, as well as lighten & darken modes in case the auto isn't working out too well for you. 


DOUBLE EXPOSURE

There's one new feature I couldn't miss out! Probably the most exciting new feature to come to the instax is the new double exposure mode. You can overlap 2 shots within one frame with this new mode, I've always been super keen to play around with this since I got it, I'm excited to have fun and try this one out with different festive backgrounds this season! Expect lots of snaps with plenty of tinsel shots coming your way...

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

Fujiflm instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6


FEATURES ASIDE..

Have fun with your instant photography most importantly. Experiment with plenty of colours, textures, props, people.. & anything that sparkles and glitters, especially this time of year! I loved shooting me and my families new Christmas hats, playing around with plenty of tinsel & party poppers! There's so many incredible ways to make a picture fun and playful, I absolutely love the shot I got of my sister hanging a red bauble over my mum's nose to replicate a reindeers one! It's all about being silly and having fun. 

It's SO important to remember to LIVE IN THE MOMENT! That's why I love these cameras so much. Since you get only 10 shots per film pack, it really makes the moment captured special when taking them! Each shot should be a memory to treasure. 

There's also so many different ways you can display your instax moments. This Christmas, I'll be popping mine on the Christmas tree and on the garland this year for that unique touch.

instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6

instax SQUARE Sq6

Thank you to instax for partnering with me on this special project.
You can purchase an instax SQUARE SQ6 at selected retailers in store and online.

How do you like to have fun with your friends and families at this time of year?
Have you considered trying a digital detox out yourself?

*This blog post was sponsored by instax

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