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Capturing Holiday Memories

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February 6, 2016

I have loved taking photo’s for as long as I can remember with my parents giving me my own camera at a very young age, although I think it is something they may have regretted as it used to cost them a fortune in developing them to find a few dozen pictures of my finger that was across the lens.
Thankfully my photography skills have improved over the years and with the introduction of digital photography I can click away until my heart is content, or the memory card is full. I love taking my camera out and my best photographs are always the ones where the kids don’t realise I am taking a picture.
Moors Valley
Taking my camera(s) on holiday is a must for me as I love to look back on the fun we have had and the things we have seen when we get home. Some of our favourite holiday pics are also a collage on our wall and I smile with the happy memories every time I see it, however, I am not a slave to the camera whilst we are on holiday as I want to have fun too.
Beach Fun
Thankfully phones on cameras have improved so much that my one is as good as my little compact camera and has the added bonus of being carried with me everywhere so I don’t miss a thing, which I normally then share on instagram, although if we are heading somewhere special I almost always take my big camera to capture those “Wow” moments that appear around every corner.
Rhodes September 2014 178
I also like to get the photo’s of things you would never normally see as we are an adventurous family. Last year we invested in a GoPro camera and have some brilliant pictures and film of the kids swimming underwater, of us scuba diving and even flying through the air on a Zip Line.
Scuba Dive
Most phones also have video capabilities now too and I love recording footage of the kids having fun which they then watch back. Our holiday to Turkey last year is still one of their favourite video’s to watch although that has been usurped by Sebby who now prefers our Christmas trip to Peppa Pig World whereas I like to remind myself of some of our more adrenalin related activities.

I am really lucky that my husband and teen are also both happy to get behind the camera and capture some pictures of me too. I think it is very important to have Mum in front of the camera as we are there to have fun too.
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What equipment do you insist on taking on holiday to capture those holiday memories?
This is my entryalong with my post on my other blog Chelseamamma to join the Mark Warner Ambassador Program to find a #MarkWarnerMum or #MarkWarnerDad

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  1. Reply

    Jo Laybourn

    February 6, 2016

    Good luck Kara!

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      Kara

      February 7, 2016

      Thank you xx

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    Angela at Daysinbed

    February 6, 2016

    This looks fun! I’d love to zip line. it looks so so fun! Angela from Daysinbed What a fantastic post!

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      Kara

      February 7, 2016

      You should definitely try it – scary at first but the buzz is so worth it. We plan on heading back this year to do Velocity which gets to a speed of 100mph #eek

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    Idaintyit

    February 6, 2016

    Beautiful pictures. I love the picture of your little one running through the woods, so adorable!

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      Kara

      February 8, 2016

      Thank you – believe it or not it was an accidental capture

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    Tori Gabriel

    February 6, 2016

    I had a little digital camera on our honeymoon. My husband used it to take some photos of fish in the crystal clear water. Sadly the water was too clear. He got so close he dunked it. It never worked again.

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      Kara

      February 7, 2016

      Oh no – what a nightmare!

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    Michelle Twin Mum

    February 6, 2016

    Definitely important to have Mum in the pictures as well, we have far too many of my hubby with the kids, I need to rectify that this year. Mich x

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      Kara

      February 8, 2016

      Make it your New Years resolution!

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    Grant R

    February 7, 2016

    You’ve definitely got an eye for a good photo. These are great!
    I take a proper camera and obviously the camera in my phone too. Ultimately, a good photo can come from either. Right place, right time and all that. Luck, and trying to remember how to frame a photo is all it takes!

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      Kara

      February 7, 2016

      That is very true – I have some beautiful ones just from my iphone

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    Hannah Budding Smiles

    February 7, 2016

    Good luck! I really need to improve my photography skills and sadly my phone camera is rubbish! I went zip lining through the jungle in Laos a few years ago and desperately wish I’d had a GoPro!xx

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      Kara

      February 7, 2016

      That must have been an amazing experience. I would love to zipline somewhere more exotic!

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    Jenni

    February 7, 2016

    Fantastic photos, definitely important to have mum in front of the camera to be in those captured memories. Good luck x

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      Kara

      February 7, 2016

      Too right – a resolution I intend to keep!

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    Zoe Alicia

    February 7, 2016

    You take some absolutely beautiful photos too! As much as I love taking photos, they definitely don’t look as professional or jaw-dropping as yours 🙂 x

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      Kara

      February 7, 2016

      Thank you Zoe – there were quite a few rubbish ones along with the good ones ;0)

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    Anosa

    February 7, 2016

    I am yet to invest in a proper big camera and the Fujitsu boo got me for Christmas 2 years ago I broke so these days I only walk around with my iPhone and a lens extender which has been awesome. Lovely photos and I am sure you will all look at these with fondness in years to come

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      Kara

      February 7, 2016

      I have not tried the lens extender – is it a faff to take on and off?

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        Anosa

        February 7, 2016

        Not as much as I thought it would be actually. I have just used it for my trek across Eastern Europe and it has been awesome if I am honest.

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    Emma White

    February 7, 2016

    aw what amazing pictures and I agree the best pictures are those taken when the person doesn’t know as they really do capture the moment to be honest I need a new camera a more updated one

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      Kara

      February 7, 2016

      I saved for ages for mine but it was money well spent.

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    Charlotte

    February 7, 2016

    Some really stunning pictures! I love the one going through the forest! and the underwater ones ! I was planning on investing in a GoPro , they look like agreat way to capture the “breath away” moments or the times you can’t quite get your camera out! unfortunately my picture taking still has a long way to go!

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      Kara

      February 7, 2016

      I love our GoPro although I have seen a new TomTom camera which is lightly cheaper and edits the film for you which looks amazing

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    Ana De- Jesus

    February 7, 2016

    I have a professional camera now but I don’t have a clue how to use it! I love that cameras can capture so many special memories though!

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      Kara

      February 8, 2016

      I hope to do a course this year so I can get the most out of it. Your photo’s are always beautiful!

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    Kizzy

    February 7, 2016

    I love those memories captured on holidays. They make the images more special as they are from somewhere you spent time as a family

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    Ickle Pickle

    February 7, 2016

    Such lovely photos – I take most of mine on my iPhone 6+ as it is always with me! Kaz x

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      Kara

      February 8, 2016

      I am the same – sometimes you just don’t want to lug a beast of a camera around with you

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    Sabina @MummyMatters

    February 7, 2016

    Those zipwires look brilliant!!! My husband has just asked me to play the video twice just so he could watch it again 🙂

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      Kara

      February 8, 2016

      Hoping to go back again this year and do the 100mph one #eek

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    Ness

    February 7, 2016

    I can’t leave the house without some sort of camera. My great fear is that when I die my husband will sell my camera equipment for what I have told him it cost me!

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      Kara

      February 8, 2016

      That made me chuckle :0)

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    Samantha Rickelton

    February 7, 2016

    Love your photos – especially the first one of your little one running around the Stick Man trail. Good luck xx

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      Kara

      February 8, 2016

      Thank you – it is one of my favourites

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    Lisa (Travel Loving Family)

    February 7, 2016

    Your images are fabulous:) They capture the family fun being had on holiday. I really need to invest in a GoPro, it is on my birthday wish list!

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      Kara

      February 8, 2016

      Check out the new TomTom camera too – it looks fab and is quite a bit cheaper

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    Elizabeth Williams

    February 7, 2016

    Love your photographs, they are beautiful and capture the moment so well to be treasured forever to show the fun and adventures you had on your holiday.

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      Kara

      February 8, 2016

      Thank you :0)

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    Cass@frugalfamily

    February 8, 2016

    Oooh Good luck!
    Your photos are always fab and I’d love to see you win this as you do so much with your family – I’ve added more places to my must visit list through reading your blogs than for any other reason x x x

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      Kara

      February 8, 2016

      Thank you Cass, that is lovely to hear. Cannot wait to read all about your fun too x

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    Michelle

    February 8, 2016

    As chief photographer, there aren’t that many photos of me on days out/holidays :/ I always take my camera, and have my phone, for photos to share quickly online with friends and family. Good luck too! x

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    Jen

    February 8, 2016

    I am the one behind the cameras all the time. I need to hand it over to the husbeast more often

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    Nicola

    February 9, 2016

    Awwww so cute! Normally I only use my phone camera but it gets so full! The only recent event we used a proper camera for was our wedding. It’s true though, mum always ends up taking the photos! Good job we’re in the age of selfies! Haha. x

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    HelpfulMum

    February 22, 2016

    Lovely post – your pictures are gorgeous! I especially love the one of you. We have a Canon G7X, a cheaper version of a GoPro and my phone (samsung s5) which come on holiday with us! Good luck with your application.

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