Your first video

Cool Content – Your First Video

When it comes to content creation, the more you can do, the more visibility you’ll have. Writing blog content, taking beautiful photos, creating music with Garageband, and on from that video. Youtube and Twitch are two of the leading video sharing platforms, and there are some highly skilled people making amazing content right now. 

But making your first video can leave you scratching your head. Where do you get music? How do you record screencasts? Is my phone camera good enough? So let’s talk about it. 

Starting Out

If you are already creating content, the chances are it has a very obvious direction. It might be a parenting blog, or it might be a website about cars. If people are already reading your site and enjoying your Instagram posts, then chances are you have some willing viewers already.

So, think about the content that you want to show. Is it your weekly shop? Or is it how to clean an oven without harsh chemicals? There are no limits to what you can do. Make a list. 

Your mobile phone camera is probably good enough to start with. Some newer models are on par with basic DSLR cameras and have a range of options. So you shouldn’t worry too much about equipment. 


You can film pretty much anything you like. Just be mindful that if you are shooting in a public space, you might need to seek permission – which they don’t have to give you. Getting creative with your angles is a great idea too. You’re trying to convey your perspective on things. 


Editing can be a lot of fun, and at the same time, wholly frustrating. If you have an Apple computer, then you will find that iMovie has a heap of great options, Window Media Maker is super easy to use too. Both come with a selection of music. You can also source you own by searching for creative commons 0 license music. Try not to rush editing, take your time, and think about how you want to video to look and feel. If you have recorded stunning footage, it deserves the time to make it beautiful. 


Youtube has an easy monetization option. In the creator studio, you can pick where you’d like your adverts to appear and when. But, you will need to stick to specific rules if you want to keep the money trickling in. Showing content with drugs or saying certain words is a no-no, as is using music which is copywritten. 


Use your other platforms to promote your video content, but be aware that YouTube and Twitch (live content) will have more audience than you can imagine. And, due to that fact, people are more free to comment as they please. Of course, you can turn comments off to save your sanity too.  


Take your time when you start recording and planning, work out a regular filming schedule, and consider learning to batch film and edit your footage. You’ll find your style and be populating your YouTube channel in no time. 


Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post

How to take gorgeous photos on grey, gloomy days

How to take gorgeous photos on grey, gloomy days

Photography is all about light, so we often tend to think that bright, sunny days full of light will be the best days for taking photographs.

You can get some beautiful photos on those kinds of days, with vivid colours and bright blue skies in the background.  But don’t dismiss the grey, overcast days when you want to take photos of your children.

I absolutely love the soft light on grey days, and I think you will too after reading this and pulling out your camera the next time it’s a bit gloomy out.


Colours can still pop

Actually, colours can pop even more on a gloomy day because they stand out so much against the grey background.

If you put your child in a bright red coat and head outside you’ll get some amazing photos where they are the absolute star of the shot, rather than almost competing with the bright blues and greens of a clear, sunny day.

The contrast of the bright clothing and the soft, grey light can be absolutely beautiful.


Grey days might mean rain

You might think rain is a bad thing if you want to take photos, but it can bring so many fun opportunities.

Head outside with colourful umbrellas and photograph your children splashing in puddles in their wellies.  Play around with reflections in the puddles, you can get some brilliantly creative photos this way.

And you never know, you might get lucky and spot a rainbow.


Stay inside and play with the light

If you don’t want to venture outside then you can still take some gorgeous photos of your children inside on grey days.

My house is quite dark on gloomy days, but when I get my children to sit right by the window I can get some beautiful photos with the soft light coming in.  Have some fun with sitting your children right in the light from the window, and then get them to move around a bit and see how the light changes and how it effects the photos you take.


Grey days give the softest light

Soft, diffused light is my favourite kind of light for taking portraits of my children.

Cloudy days give perfectly diffused light which means no harsh shadows on their faces, and no squinting from the sun being too bright.  This kind of soft light is beautifully even and is really flattering, so it works so well for portraits.


So next time you look out on a grey, gloomy day, don’t dismiss it.

Grab your camera and your children and go have some fun testing out how beautiful the light can be on these kinds of days.

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

The end of the month has flown around, and that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.


My first pick for this round up is from Alex at bump to baby and beyond.

I’ve always loved how light and bright Alex’s photos are, and this summery shot is no exception!


Next up is this gorgeous beach photo from Laura at dear bear and beany.

The happy faces, rainbow colours and blue sea just make me smile so much!


My third pick this time is from Mary at over 40 and a mum to one.

I love this photo from Mary, and the reminder in the caption about how lovely one on one time with our children can be.

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There's a lot of readjusting going on at home. A lot is changing and it's not all plain sailing. My son has always been used to spending our Saturdays together, just the two of us and as much as it's great to suddenly have some flexibility to what we can do at the weekend, it's taking some getting used to. We've been a double act for so long, and have so many places that have always been 'our places', adjusting to having Daddy P around more isn't always as easy as you might think. It's definitely work in progress and my son has asked if he can have some Mummy and Me days in the future as well as one on one days with his Dad. We'll figure it out eventually and the summer holidays will give us a couple of days each week just for us.  #takeyourkidsoutside #standstillmychild #wishes_and_wanderlust #countrykidsfun #domorewithourkids #takeyourkidsoutside #outdoorsykids #ourchildreninwonderland #snaphappybritmums #tbcsmiles #littlefamiliesofig #kidsoftheoutdoors #documentyourdays #myfamilyadventures #outdoorsfamily #ukparentbloggers #outdoorsfamilylife #themagicofchildhood #watchthemgrow #my_magical_moments #beinthepicture #mummyandme #storiesoftheeveryday #theoutdoorchild #nurturenaturekidswinter #parentsinthepicture #ShowYouWereThere #motherhood_magic #freerangelittles

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My last choice for this round up is from Donna at what the redhead said.

I absolutely love this ‘before’ photo where you can see quite how long Donna’s hair was before she had it cut so she could donate it to the little princess trust.  If you’ve not seen how amazing she looks with the new short hair then go check out her stories where you should be able to catch a glimpse!


Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.


Now my turn.

I am so aware at the moment that I’m not really present enough on my social media channels, so I made a point of taking a few photos of myself while we were out and about recently.  Nerys was watching me take a few pictures and I could tell she was itching to jump in with me.

And who am I to turn down the chance to have a few photos with my girl!


If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.

Capture real memories in your family photos

How to capture real memories in your family photos

I love a good posed family photo as much as the next person.

Most of the family photos we take for the me and mine project each month are the type where we cwtch up together and smile for the camera.  I’m incredibly happy that I started taking those pictures every month and love having this photographic record of our children gradually changing.

These photos do also bring back memories of the time they were taken.  I remember standing by the lake at Bluestone and taking a family photo back in 2017.  Looking at the photos from Singleton park and Parc le Breos that we took last summer brings back the memories of those family walks.

What I really love though are the less posed photos.  The ones where no one is really looking at the camera.  The ones that include details in the background that we’ll love to discover in the years to come.  These are the photos that, for me, hold the real memories of our family life.

If you’d like to capture more real memories in your family photos then these tips will help:


Capture the fun

Instead of getting your children to pose and smile for the camera, think about photographing them when they’re in the middle of an activity they love.

Whether it’s giggling on the swings at the park, baking cakes together, curled up reading books or engrossed in building a lego creation, find something they love doing at this stage in their lives and photograph them doing it.

In a few years time when your days at the playpark are long gone you’ll love looking back at photos of your children when they were small, whizzing down the slide and feeding the ducks.

The main thing to remember here is to keep it fun.  Don’t direct your children.  Just let them get stuck in and capture things as they happen.


Change your perspective

If you always take your photos from the same standing position then it’s time to mix things up a bit.

Lie down on the floor and take photos of your baby during tummy time.  Or stand directly over them and take photos from a birds eye view of them on their play mat.

When your children are at the park stand under them when they’re at the top of the climbing frame to give an idea of how high up they felt up there.

Changing your perspective when you photograph your family doesn’t just make your pictures more interesting, it also helps you capture your children’s memories the way that they are experiencing them.


Capture the important places too

In the age of perfect instagram photos with clutter-free backgrounds in pristine white rooms it can be tempting to think that all our photos should be completely free of background distractions.  And yes, sometimes photos benefit from a bit of cleaning up and moving stuff out of the way to make sure the focus is on the people not the clutter.

For our personal photo albums though there is a real and necessary place for photos that capture our real homes and all the stuff that is in it.

The photos that I love from my childhood are the ones where I can examine the background and see my favourite toys and books on the shelves.  I sent an old photo to my sister recently from when we were teenagers and we both loved the fact that it featured all the posters she had up in her bedroom back then.


Think about where you and your family spend time together and make a point of taking some photos in those places.

Get pictures of you curled up in bed reading a bedtime story.  If you always feed the baby in the same spot on the sofa then get your partner to take a few photos the next time you do it.  Get as high up as you can and photograph your children playing on the floor while it’s covered in lego pieces.

Let the cluttered backgrounds exist in some of your photos.  There are so many memories hiding on your bookshelves, in the paintings stuck to the fridge and the tiny clothes drying on the airer in the living room.


Pay attention to the details

Next time you pick your camera take some time to focus on the little details of your family life as well as the big picture.

Zoom in on your son’s small hand clinging on to his favourite teddy bear.

Photograph those little curls around his ears.

Capture tiny baby toes and long eyelashes.

Some of my favourite photos of my children are just of their feet.  Little trainers just about to disappear out of sight as they climb up the ladder at the park.  Feet stretched up on tiptoes to see something or grab something just out of reach.  Am I the only one who has a strange attachment to their children’s shoes, as if they’re little markers of different stages in their young lives?!


Hopefully these tips have helped you to think a bit differently about how you approach photographing your family and inspired you to capture more real memories and moments for you and your children.

Just make sure you get in front of the camera and in some of these photos too!

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

It’s almost the end of the month, and it’s Sunday so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.


My first pick for this round up is from Lauren at Scrapbook blog.  It’s such a lovely family photo, and makes me want to head down to our local woods for a good stomp around!

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We spent an hour in the woods stomping about after voting and school pick up today. My brain is set to burst with work and logistical things going on (like finding child care after school and car insurance and so on and so forth) but some fresh air, some bluebells and some family time was a welcome distraction! Roll on the 3 day weekend! What's your favourite way to distract yourself from things? . . . #ParentsinthePicture #Showyouwerethere #myeverydaymagic #developinglife #ourcandiddays #motherhood_magic #watchthemgrow #worldoflittles #mycolourfulkids #raisingthoserascals #our_everyday_moments #adventuresofchildren #motherhoodsimplified #theirwonderfulworld #thehappynow #childhoodunplugged #familyphoto

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Next up is this gorgeously floral photo from Sabrina at The Mummy Stylist.  I love the happy faces in this picture, and the absolutely beautiful setting.

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It’s another coat photo for #whatmamaworemonday with @heyitsromeca @stylemotherbeat – I promise there’s a pretty dress underneath 😂 It’s one from the weekend when it bucketed it down with rain as we arrived at this beautiful garden. Rain, sun, rain, hailstones, sun – what a crazy Saturday it was! But what I absolutely love about this photo is that I will always remember this as the day the kids CHOSE to have a day out with me. . . . You see, the plan was actually for me to sneak out while they were at Nana’s and go to Eastcote House Gardens to practice some photography. Then they were like “I wanna come too!” I told them “I’m only going to take photos of flowers, it’s going to be sooooo boring for you.” Nope, they still wanted to come, Lily had her coat and boots on in a flash. When we got there, Tyler was pointing out flowers for me, Lily woke in the buggy and was excited to be somewhere new. We had cake in the cafe but the rain really wasn’t stopping, so we went out and took some photos in the rain, my hair drenched. They were running and giggling through this wisteria tunnel and around again, having so much fun. It was such a surprise – they liked hanging out with me to take photos of flowers! The rain was not stopping so we headed back to my car. Typical of course, the sun came out as we reached the car! So I took them to the miniature railway on the way back as they had been so good. A fun day can be had – whatever the weather! ☀️ ☔️ 🌧 Did you get caught in the rain on Saturday?

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My third pick this time is another brilliantly joyful family photo from Emma at Sophie Ella and Me.   I just love photos like this one that are so full of smiles that you can’t help but smile too.

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“Your little family is the best team you could ever have”. I can’t wait to spend some quality time together over half term 😍❤️ – 📸 @heathercapturephotography • • • #themagicineveryday #besttimescaptured #letthembelittle #littlefierceones #candidchildhood #uniteinmotherhood #theordinarymoments #childhoodunplugged #lifecloseup #developinglife #myhappycapture #littlelivelaughlove #ourcandiddays #momswithcameras #raisinggirls #girlmama #dailyparenting #candidchildhood #momswithcameras #littleandbrave #letthembelittle #oureverydaymoments #motherhoodrising #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram #childofig #pixel_kids #showyouwerethere #parentsinthepicture #motherhood_magic

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My last choice for this round up is from Kim at OddHogg.  This is such a lovely photo, and a really nice tribute to her little birthday boy in the caption.


Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.


Now my turn.

I’m testing the waters in a new niche for my photography business – personal brand photography for entrepreneurs, small businesses and creatives.  And I needed some photos of me to use as I start to talk about it.

So I grabbed my tripod and remote and took a few self portraits.  This is one of my favourites, that really feels like me.


If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.  And if you’d like to take part in my guest post series ‘The photo I’m thankful for’ then take a look at this post or email me at for more information.


show you were there round up

Show you were there round up

We’re at the start of a new month, it’s Sunday, and it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.


My first pick for this round up is this gorgeous photo from Wendy at Naptime Natter.

There is so much more to this than just a lovely bump photo.  Wendy has spoken openly and beautifully about her experiences with depression and has been so honest throughout this pregnancy about her fears.

I think it’s such an important issue that she’s bringing out into the open, and this photo’s caption says it’s all perfectly.  Please do go and take a look at her feed, especially if you’re experiencing any of these feelings yourself.

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Pregnancy after postnatal depression… * * * I’m scared, a baby is coming that we did not plan. I love her but she terrifies me, I’m terrified of what might happen when she is born. I see the midwife hand her to me in my mind, Sometimes I just feel nothing. In my darkest thoughts I don’t even look at her, I place her back in the midwives arms and want nothing to do with my baby. I cry at my antenatal check when my midwife hands me leaflets for local support groups. Tears flow because I want to be thinking about the baby cuddles that are to come, Instead we sit and talk and plan for the worst. 11 weeks to go before she’s here. I want to be excited but I’m drowning in fear. Do I only have 11 weeks left? Do I only have 11 weeks left to live without the dark cloud hanging over me? I love her but she scares me. I want her to arrive but I don’t. I want to believe things will be ok but I struggle. There are small glimmers of hope shining through this darkness. I’ve beaten PND before. I know what to expect. Family and professionals are aware of my struggles. I take a pill every night that helps the chemicals in my brain balance out. I know there’s strength inside me somewhere. It’s ok not to love every second of pregnancy. Depression during pregnancy is real. Fear during pregnancy is real. Anxiety during pregnancy is real. Trepidation of reoccurring postnatal mental illness is real. I’m not weak. You’re not weak. We’re human. We’re real. We’re real women and women are strong. 💕 #maternalmhmatters #maternalmentalhealthawarenessweek #maternalmentalhealthmatters #antenataldepression #postnataldepression #postpartumdepression #emmasdiary #mumsmatter #coolmumub #29weekspregnant #pregnancy #thirdtrimester #babybump #gurglebumpgallery @pandas_uk @perinatalmhpartnership #pregnantanddepressed #showyouwerethere #honestmltherhood #honestmothering #myhonestmotherhood

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Next up is this fairytale-esque photo from Katy at Hot Pink Wellingtons.

I love that Katy decided to get in this photo herself when her boys didn’t cooperate and create the fairytale image for her!


My third pick this time is from Donna at What the Redhead Said, and it just really made me smile.  I do love a good reflection-in-sunglasses shot!


My last choice for this round up is from Jules at Pondering Parenthood.

I love seeing Jules’ photos every week as we both join in with the Living Arrows linky, and even though we’re past the potty training stage I’ve been enjoying reading her honest posts about how it’s all going with her oldest.  If you’re potty training at the moment then head over to her feed for some moral support!

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🚽💩Potty Training Day Day 6 💩🚽⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yesterday started with a pretty frank conversation with M. I asked her if she wanted to keep trying with potty training, or go back to nappies for a little while, and try again with the potty in a few weeks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At first, she wanted to wear a nappy because she wanted to go out somewhere. So I explained that we couldn’t just swap between nappies and the potty, and that if she was going to wear nappies for the day, then that would mean wearing a nappy to start nursery on Friday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At which point, she was adamant that she wanted to wear knickers. I explained that if she wanted to keep wearing knickers, then she needed to use the potty, rather than going wherever she liked, as she had the day before (that was fun 😬). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well, that chat seemed to do the trick yesterday as she only had two accidents all day, and both of them were en route to the potty. Of course I piled on the praise and M delighted in emptying her potty into the toilet herself, and competing with me to see who could make the most bubbles when we washed our hands. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let’s hope the good progress continues today! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ P.S. if you like the look of my @sylish_mum1 breastfeeding hoodie, then pop over to to read my review and nab yourself a discount code! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #pottytraining #gentlepottytraining #pottytrainingtips #pottytraininggirls #pottytrainingtime #pottytrainingproblems #pottytrainingsuccess #mama_pals #parentsinthepicture #showyouwerethere #beinthepicture #getoutside #150hoursoutside #outdoorplay #takeyourkidsoutside

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.


Now my turn.

Last weekend we went for a little walk along the beach, and stopped along the way to take a few family photos for the me and mine project for April.

We only took a few and I think this one is possibly my favourite of the bunch.

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If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.  And if you’d like to take part in my guest post series ‘The photo I’m thankful for’ then take a look at this post or email me at for more information.


A month of photos of me

A month of photos 2019 (#ShowYouWereThere)

This year is the fifth year in a row that I’ve completed a little personal photography project in the month of March.

I started back in 2015 calling it the ‘mummy was there’ project.  I felt so strongly about making sure that I actually existed in photos with and for my children, that I wanted to do something to make sure it happened.  So for the month of March I got in a photo every single day.

That first year was hard but I still absolutely love the photos that I took that month.  And so I decided to carry on and complete the project every March.  Since that first year it’s evolved a bit, away from the ‘mummy was there’ title and more tied in with my Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

The concept is the same though, to get in a photo, one way or another, every day for the month of March.

Here are the photos from this year’s project:

A month of photos 1


A month of photos 2


A month of photos 3


A month of photos 4


A month of photos 5


A month of photos 6


A month of photos 7


I used a remote trigger for most of these photos which definitely makes the whole thing easier than trying to take them with outstretched arms or with the timer.  I did still find it quite hard this year though.  I think with the children getting older I’m finding it harder to take photos with them that feel natural and unposed.

I also found that, with them being in school all day long, I took more photos of just me this year.  Not necessarily a bad thing, but it did make me have to think a bit more creatively to make sure I didn’t end up with 31 almost identical photos of myself.

Looking through this collection of pictures though, I’m pretty pleased.

I think I did get quite a nice variety in the photos in the end that capture me and my life as it was in March quite nicely.  Although it has made me laugh to look back at last year’s photos and realise that some of them are awfully similar to this year’s!


This little project of mine is definitely a challenge each time, but it’s something that I’m so happy to make the time to do every year.  I love that there are all these photos from my children’s early years that actually have me in them.

I still feel just as strongly now as I did back in 2015 that it is so important for us parents to exist in photos.

This quote from Sue Bryce always gets me when I read it,

“One day your children will look for photographs of you. What will they have?”

It makes me feel so much better knowing that my children will have photos of me to find on that day in the future when they go looking.


When did you last make a point of getting in front of the camera?  If it’s been longer than you’d like then make a point of taking a photo today.