Let’s Celebrate World Photography Day

I don’t know if you know but today is World Photography Day! August 19th this year sees us welcome 177 years of taking photos- how incredible is that?! Photography is something that is close to all blogger’s hearts as without it I doubt social media would be the same, and our blogs would definitely take a hit without the beautiful imagery that defines our stories. We all spend every day looking at other people’s photos and videos so I think that it’s really important we all take a few minutes to appreciate what I’m talking about in this post- Let’s Celebrate World Photography Day!

The way we feel about photo taking

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Our views and perceptions of photo taking has really spiralled outwards and literally taken over the world this past decade. Pretty much everyone you meet will have some sort of photo taking equipment, be it their phone, tablet or the DSLR camera strapped to their necks. We have taken photographing to such a place where I can’t think of a single day where I haven’t taken a photo, the evidence is right here in my iPhone camera roll! To put it another way, we are simply obsessed with capturing the image of the world around us. I think we have started to realise that life is so short and we must steal every second, every memory for later in our lives and for future generations too (who no doubt will get hours of happiness scrolling through all our selfies!).

The way we store photos

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The way we store photos has also taken many turns. I don’t think we will be able to accept a photograph being stored in simply one place ever again. Gone are the days of having CD ROMS and USB sticks filled with photos- why bother when technology makes it so much easier for us with lovely clouds these days? My photo storage doesn’t stop there though; I store my photos on my phone, computer hard drive, my Google Drive, and then every 6 months I do a complete back up on my external hard drive too. I know there’s plenty of people out there who take photo storage as serious as I do- photos are precious right? I’d be devastated if a single album went missing and I think a lot of people feel the same way.

The way we share photos

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So sharing photos. This can be anything these days from sending the ugliest selfie to your sister to sending your favourite photo with your nan to her on a birthday card. We have infinite possibilities when it comes to sharing photos with whoever we want, and sometimes with those we don’t want too if we’re not careful! Privacy of photos is a blurry subject, with copyrights being infringed probably every second of the day. This is a very sensitive subject for bloggers and photographers who make a living out of sharing their photos so do spare a few seconds to really appreciate each and every photo you look at today and understand that there is always a person behind that image.

Finding that perfect shot

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I just wanted to say a little about finding the perfect shot. I think that the main reason behind taking so many photos is that we want each one to be better than the last. We want to somehow constantly improve on and be proud of every snap we take. Instagram really has set the bar for aesthetically pleasing imagery over the past 5 years and it’s made us look at photographs in a completely different way. We analyse, compare, edit with such ferocity that it is sometimes exhausting trying to strive for the level of perfection we see in other images. Don’t get me wrong, I love using Instagram, but make sure you are happy with your images before the filters are added!
Now to show you a wonderful innovation in taking snapshots from social media and making something new out of them, I’m going to hand you over to this short video which will explain everything:

Let’s celebrate World Photography Day today and remember to make each one count! Here’s one I took which really captures the moment!

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Saharasplash X

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Also this week I am celebreating National Afternoon Tea Week! Check my post on having a free from afternoon tea here

The Dubai Series: Day Three

So onto The Dubai Series: Day Three – the last day of our 72 hour holiday. Let’s start with some pretty awesome hair if I do say so myself…
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So I did a mixture of French braid to the nape of my neck, and then I tied them up and did fishtails to the ends. I really liked the results of this spontaneous do! I think it went really well with the look from day three.
Paul and I took a taxi to JBR, the Jumeirah Beach Resort on our last day to spend some time with each other. We had a sizeable lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, I absolutely love their raspberry lemonade! The marble table at lunch provided a perfect opportunity to show off my second pair of nail wraps from Thumbsup nails, on the Dubai Series: Day Three I’m wearing ‘Mars’.
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After that, we ventured out to find a great location to do some shooting.

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I’m wearing a biker jacket with chiffon fall from Her Boutique, I love how unique the jacket is with this extra bit of detail. I decided to pair this with some crochet trousers from Primark. They are super comfy and perfect for hot weather down at the beach.
We found a stunning staircase and so we took advantage!
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Underneath the jacket I’m wearing a bikini from Boohoo.com
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As we made our way down to the beach, we spotted some camels walking towards us!
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Here is the Boohoo.com bikini in more detail:
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Now this post is quite a special one, not just for the fabulous fashion, but because I have some news to share with you all…

 

On the beaches of Dubai on the 2nd May, Paul proposed to me…   And I said yes!!!

 

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I know, so exciting- we are getting married at the end of this year and I am so happy! I’m ecstatic I can finally share this news with you all on my blog and make it a part of the Dubai Series: Day Three as it’s been killing me to keep it a secret!

 

And there’s more too! On to my final outfit of the trip, plus a close up of my ring…
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My pantsuit is from Primark, and my clutch is from Next. My engagement ring is courtesy of my mother.
I’m sure you can agree that this was a very special ending to a very special trip. I want to thank everyone mentioned in my five days of blogging, I couldn’t have done it without you. And lastly a shout out to my husband to be, thank you for supporting me, my blog and being the best camera man I could ask for!

 

Saharasplash X (bride to be!)

 

If you’re not caught up on Day 1 and Day 2, take a read to see the rest of my time in Dubai!

 

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My ‘Today I’m Me’ Story- An Urban Girl’s Diary

I have been wanting to tell you all for a while now about my most recent collaboration with a company called Today I’m Me. Today I’m Me are a brilliant brand who I have the pleasure of working with all this year. I’m so happy to announce that I’m going to be writing and blogging for them as a part of their ‘Urban Girl’s Diary’ series! Once a month I will be posting unique content for their blog as well as blogging on here. It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait to get started on my Today I’m Me story!

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My first post will be going live very soon on their brand new site, so make sure to stay tuned on Twitter and Instagram.

I had a fabulous time creating this first piece of content for them with a bag from the Panels collection, and I’m proud to share these images with you now. This is just the beginning of my ‘Today I’m Me’ Story!

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I wanted to show off a range of looks- from elegant to sportswear- just so you can see how many ways there are to style up one bag!

Saharasplash for Today I’m Me also has a YouTube video!

I hope you will love the bags and the brand as much as I do. They are so unique and I will be doing some more videos as a part of my Today I’m Me story. Go and check out their brand new site and you will guarantee to have the most stylish bag at your next event! If you are an urban girl like me, you will fall in love with the brand and want a piece from each collection. My first Today I’m Me Story will go live on their blog very soon!

Until next time,

Saharasplash x

If you liked this post, I’m sure you will love what I got up to at the Blogger’s Hangout Tea Party at the PopUp Patio in Hoxton with TrousseauDiaries!