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Have you rekindled with an old passion recently?

A week in Portugal. More photos on Instagram #bodieanfoutravelsPortugal

A week in Portugal. More photos on Instagram #bodieanfoutravelsPortugalWe are in Portugal this week during Mila‘s half-term school break.

We found a gorgeous holidays home through Behomm, a site where you can list your home and exchange with creative home owners around the world so Luis, the owner (an Architect) will stay in our London home* with his family soon. It is our first time using Behomm and so far so good. The house is simply perfect, not big (only 70 sqm2) but very well conceived, full of inspiring design ideas and my love for white, modern interiors is fulfilled. Read on…

*Behomm is by invitation only so if you don’t have a home or job that fits their requirement, you can still find some beautiful, creative homes to rent on Kid & Coe

However, the most exciting thing for me is, that I think I have finally turned a corner with my photography. After years of using my iPhone more than my camera, I was really struggling to grab my camera once in a blue moon and come up with some decent shots.
So as part of my new resolutions and monthly goals, I have been forcing myself since the beginning of the year, to pick up my camera every week to start with, and now I’m using it daily.

The few mnemonics I came up with last week, are also working for me too and I can’t tell you how excited I’m to have rekindled with this old passion of mine and embark on this new creative journey.

Photography has always been a huge part of my life and I have been longing to go back taking portraits like I used to (see here and here photo 1 & 3 and here).A week in Portugal. More photos on Instagram #bodieanfoutravelsPortugalA week in Portugal. More photos on Instagram #bodieanfoutravelsPortugalA week in Portugal. More photos on Instagram #bodieanfoutravelsPortugalA week in Portugal. More photos on Instagram #bodieanfoutravelsPortugalHere are a few snaps I took these past few days with my camera which are unedited for the simple reason that I haven’t worked out the editing part in Lightroom yet (one for my list of monthly goals in due time!). I’m sure professional Photographers will spot lots of rookie mistakes but these make me a lot happier than anything I’ve shot recently.

If you wish to learn photography or rekindle with your old passion pre-iPhone and all its useful filters, here are few online courses you may find useful:

  • Creative Live: is a great site offering heaps of free courses online to learn about Photo and Video, Art & Audio, Music & Audio, Craft & Makers. If you miss the online free class, then you have the option to buy the course and watch it in your own time.
  • The French alternative to Creative Live is a new site called Empara. They don’t have as many courses (yet) as they’ve just launched but they have a 4-days course coming up on Photography and another in March about finding your signature style in photography. I have signed up to both.
  • I also recommend Makelight, the courses taught by Emily Quinton. Emily is a fantastic teacher and one who will put you at ease if you’re feeling self-conscious.

I will do a recap of our stay in beautiful Portugal with details of the beach cabin in a few days. In the meantime, you can follow my visual diary of Portugal on Instagram. xoxo

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Founder of Award-Winning Concept Store BODIE and FOU (now closed) & Photographer, UK's Top 10 Design blog, mum of one cool surfer, 23 years in London, now living by the beach in France, married to a kiwi.


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  4. Hi! I was excited to discover this idea of home swap VIP community for design lovers – Behomm. Love your photography and I also miss the pre iPhone age photography art and was happy to discover your tipp about creative live. Thanks for a post full of useful tips.
    Warmest Regards,

    • Yes this Behomm thing is amazing! It was the first time for us but I’m totally addicted to their site now, they have some amazing architectural houses. Re. photography, I followed the live course of Empara (the French version of Creative Live) and I loved the course so much that I purchased it and I’m watching the videos every night instead of Netflix. I never tried Creative Live but I heard good things and they have a lot of courses available, a lot more than Empara which has just started

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