Capturing My Beach Babe.



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I’ve teamed up with Canon again to capture our sweet babes with Canon’s Plan Your Baby Moments tips! I love to shoot photos of Liam in a white room, sorta studio space like. But as he gets older and more interested in discovering, I thought I would move my “home studio” to the beach! Getting inspired and recreating tips and shots from featured on the Plan Your Baby Moments site.

You might remember me posting about the Facebook Baby Moments App- here, but now you can go straight to the Canon Plan Your Baby Moments site making it even easier to capture moments as the professionals do- in or out of studio! With added inspiration and professional advice from baby photographer Stephanie Robin.

Lots of the tips include shooting in an open and white space… or in my case I’ve chosen to shoot on a bright beach alongside the water. It’s easy to still create those airy photographs by simply changing the photos into black and white while you’re adding any editing finishing touches. The site really focuses on adding in some props, making the photos more interesting as all we including some distraction for your little ones- that makes taking photos that much easier!

Props that I brought along to the beach with me were: 
1. Dump Truck Toy
2. Shovel
3. Light coloured towel/ blanket
4. We found a crab, which added a cute natural additional touch!

I used my Canon SL1 with my EF 50mm f/1.4  to shoot the above photos.  I also added in a bit of editing to create an even airier and brighter look to these black and white shots.

Find some really cute props for all ages on Etsy with the Baby Moments.

Thank you to Canon for sponsoring this fun post! All opinions are my own. 

Summer Beach Beauty



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I always find Summer is the perfect time to try a few new beauty products – something fun and easy on a lazy hot summer’s day, it is after all the perfect season to embrace the natural beach wave. So I’m always excited to open up the sea salt spray and take a break from the hot tools to let my locks rejuvenate. I also try to find a new sunscreen, and as I really haven’t found my absolute go to yet I’m still searching as there are so many new products out there!

This summer I’ve teamed up with Shoppers Drug Mart to find a few new summer beauty favourites that are perfect for a beach excursion and every day beauty regime. I decided to stick to sun protection and hair since these two are my priorities over the summer months.

I absolutely love John Frieda’s Beach Blonde ‘Sea Waves’ Salt Spray! It gives you that care-free texture that can only be achieved at the beach, without any icky residue feeling. It really creates that natural beachy wave with control at the same time – who needs to go swimming as I’ll be using this all summer long!

My big secret is to also add John Frieda’s ‘ Frizz Ease’ to help control the fly aways, as the humidity can really wreak havoc with my natural beach waves. I used to use this when I was younger and forgot just how amazing this serum is!

The Fekkai Soliel ‘Beach Waves Spray’ is also a winner! I loved this spray because it doesn’t give too much of that salty texture and just helped with soft natural waves. I really enjoyed how smooth and weightless it was when I tried adding some extra curls with my curling wand.

Okay, let’s talk about sunscreen. Over the years I’ve gravitated towards Neutrogena, and I’m not even sure why. I’ve honestly trusted their brand because of the amazing protection provided without being overly ‘greasy.’ I’ve been using their “Ultra Sheer” Dry-Touch SunScreen for a few years now and love it.

However, when it comes to my face, especially as I get older, I wonder if I should be using more of an anti-aging sun protection or perhaps even a higher SPF? So, I grabbed LA ROCHE-POSAY’s ‘Anthelios Ultra Fluid Lotion’ in SPF 60. It sounds fancy and boy does it ever feel amazing on my face! This has to be the most light weight face protection I’ve ever used. I’m excited to keep using it daily over the summer.

And of course, I have to include my favourite deodorant, Dove’s latest Dry Spray. I talked about it on my blog a few weeks ago but it is honestly my favourite! Seriously, it is so so so so great for a summer day (especially if you’re headed to the beach) as it is a completely dry spray and you can’t feel it at all. And most importantly, it works!

Shoppers Drug Mart has a huge selection of beauty products perfect for the best Summer Beach look! If you’re still on the hunt for your perfect match be sure to try some of my favorites – hopefully you like them too!  Plus, Shoppers has a contest on in-store right now to win $5,000 so it’s a great time to stock up on your beach necessities. Find out more about the contest here.

This post was sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, all comments & opinions are my own. 

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