My dad used to take a lot of pictures of me, especially as a baby (an instinct I totally understand now as a parent myself). The older I got, the fewer photographs were taken, but one thing remained constant – very, very few photographs of me were WITH my parents, and NEVER with both of them at the same time.
I’ve always loved water and splashing in the sea or a river or a swimming pool – and it’s still my happy place. There’s something about watching water run and the waves splash that is very, very good for my soul.
Recently I’ve been really fascinated by street photography and following the work of many street photographers on Instagram and Facebook. Great street photography is a combination of incredible technical and creative skill, patience — and quite a bit of luck, being in the right place at the right time. It also requires quite another level of confidence, being in the street, photographing strangers just doing their thing, going about their everyday business.
Venice has always been on my list of places to visit, and this year I’ve made myself a birthday present and booked the three of us to go there for 3 days in April. We found a perfect little AirB&B apartment in a quiet area near the University of Economics (sounds counter-intuitive but it was indeed quiet and peaceful), and spent our time on the island without any plans but just basically walking around, soaking up the history, and enjoying the sights.
Your child’s mindset is essentially their attitude towards everyday tasks and activities. The power of positive thinking has been proven in several scientific studies. Not only does it result in more confidence and a happier less stressed child, it will also result in better attitude to learning and an enthusiasm towards new and difficult tasks. Here are my top tips to guide your child towards a positive mindset.
My son has become a reluctant subject now that he’s seven. For him, me having the camera in my hands means I’m doing something other than directly engaging with him, so I have to be patient and catch those in-between moments that are so precious.