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10 things that make me happy

Sometimes we all have those days where you just feel a little rubbish! At the start of this year, I decided I was going to start my own positivity jar to help on these days, so every day I try and jot down something good that has happened on a little piece of paper, and place it in the jar. This jar will stay sealed until New Year where I will take out all the slips of paper and celebrate everything good that happened over the year!

I think it's really important to remember all these little positive experiences that make us happy, and in a bid to encourage you guys to do the same, I would like to share with you the 10 things that make me most happy (in no particular order). Sounds corny, but sometimes we need a little reminder!

1. Music: My favourite place to spend an evening has to be at a gig with friends. Live music and a few cheeky drinks, I can't imagine anything better!

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2.Socialising/friends: My friends are the ones who make me laugh, and without a little bit of laughter where would we be!? I love spending time with other people, it's much more fun than being by yourself!

3.Teaching drama: I love to share my skills and watch kids grow in confidence. Knowing that you have helped that is just the best feeling!

4.My Camera!: I love having the ability to capture the world and show people what is important in my eyes. Having a voice via images is such a brilliant feeling.

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5.Family: I annoy my mum something rotten and me and my brother don't always see eye to eye, but I suppose without them who would I have to torment!?

6.My hamster: She is just SO adorable. Whenever I've had a bad day, I just give her a cuddle and her cuteness just cheers me right up!

7.My bed: Bedtime is definitely the best time of the day! !Who agrees with me!?

8.Coffee: I literally cannot get through a day without a coffee! Don't be surprised if you catch me chillin' out in Starbucks or Costa several times a week! I swear half of my wages goes in there!

9.Chocolate: Of course. Who isn't happy with a lovely bar of Dairy Milk in their hands!?

10.Unexpected Politeness: A simple smile from a stranger walking down the street, or someone stepping aside to let you off the tram first. All these little things have such a positive effect and make me feel happy for hours afterwards!

 

Why not get in touch with us today and add your fun filled photoshoot experience with Andrew Wood Photography to your positivity jar!!

Prepare early for your summer holiday! Photographs you should plan to capture on your trip.

As another school holiday zooms by and as the sporadic days of warm weather hit us, the longing for our big summer holidays just gets worse! We dream about the sun glaring down on us as we perch on the warm sand, cocktails in hand complete with the little umbrella and of course, a cherry on the top!

It's never too early to start counting down to your summer holiday! Whether it is a trip to the Caribbean or a weekend away roaming the beaches of Cornwall, here at Andrew Wood Photography we want to make sure you can capture those precious funtime memories to look back on for years to come. (unless you want to invite our photographers along with you of course!)

We have selected some of the top photo's you should make sure you grab on your trip away that will help tell your holiday story and make all your friends and family extra jealous! 

The Travel SHOT

Show everyone how excited you are to set off on your journey!

 

The Accommodation

Show everyone your home for the trip. Make them jealous!

The day TripS

Let everyone know what you did while on your trip!

The sea/pool selfie

Make everyone jealous of that crisp blue sea...

Even sea lions can take selfies.....

Even sea lions can take selfies.....

On the Beach

How big will you build your sand castles this year?

The splash SHOT

Just because you have to...

 

The forced perspective shot

These shots will amuse your family and friends for years to come!

So there you have it! All the shots you should be capturing while on your travels. Better start that countdown...

 

Top 5 travel games for boredom busting!

"ARE WE THERE YET?"

Here at Andrew Wood Photography we meet so many of you that have come from far and wide to experience what we can offer. We love and appreciate that you come from afar, however, those of you with families will know just how 'fun' travelling with youngsters can sometimes be!

As well as being a photographer, I spend a great deal of my time tutoring teenagers on theatre and drama techniques. I run Express Youth Theatre based in Warrington so have learnt a thing or two about keeping kids occupied and having fun at the same time!

I have decided to share with you some of my favourite fun filled games that help stretch the imagination and keep you and your kids occupied no matter your journey time! (Don't worry, I won't even mention I Spy!)

1.Counting Up

This is quite a simple one to start with and is easier the less people there are playing. The basic aim of the game is to count to 10 in your group without anyone else butting in, so for example, dad would shout "1" and then mum would shout "2" and so on and so forth. However, if 2 or more people shout the same number at the same time then you must start back from the beginning! Aim to get to 10 but if you can get higher then go for it! Why not let us know your highest score!!

2.Fortunately, Unfortunately

This one goes down a storm in my classes and definitely lets the imagination run wild! (For some reason we have a recurring theme of lemons and Llamas! Don't ask). One person is chosen to start off a story "Once upon a time...blah blah blah". Then go clockwise around everyone in the car and take turns to change the direction of the story by adding a fortunately and an unfortunately. So for example it would run like this:

Dad- "Once upon a time, there was a mouse who lived in a tree house."

Mum - "Unfortunately there was a bad storm one day and the tree house blew down!"

Dad- "Fortunately the mouse had a kind neighbour who let him stay for a while."

Keep this going for as long as you wish! Make the story as dramatic or as amusing as you like.

 

3.Build a story

Another simple game here but extremely fun nonetheless! The aim is to build up a story using just one word each! Go around the group in whichever direction you would like and each person must add one, and only one word to help move the story along. Think about how different words may change the mood of the story and why not try and add a dramatic twist between you!

 

4."No you didn't"

This one is probably more for the experienced storyteller in the family. Slightly more complex but still fun for all ages, '"No you didn't" is all about improvisation and changing things up! One person must improvise a story while someone else changes fate! Choose the most imaginative member of your family to start telling everyone a story. At any point anyone can shout "No you didn't", "No it wasn't" or any  other variation of the phrase. The storyteller must then change their story accordingly! So, for example:

Mum- "It was a nice warm Sunday morning and I decided that I was going to go for a lovely stroll in the park..."

Jack- "No you didn't!"

Mum- "Okay, I didn't decide to go for a stroll in the park, I decided to sit and watch TV. I was flicking through the TV channels..."

Jack- "No you weren't!"

Mum- "Okay, I wasn't flicking through the TV channels, I was pretending to be a chicken..."

Jack- "No you weren't!"

Mum- "Okay, I wasn't pretending to be a chicken, I was eating grass..."

And so on and so forth! Why not give everyone a go at making up their own story and judge who's ends up best!!

5.Questions & answers

This is a little more advanced than the other activities mentioned on here, so I would probably aim it at older children. It takes a bit more brain power and concentration! This is best played in pairs so decide who is going to verse who to begin with. You can swap partners and have several rounds. Why not even keep score? The aim of this game is not to answer the question with a statement, but as another question. It is MUCH harder than you think!! So, in your pairs one person starts by asking a question. Person 2 must then respond with another question and so on and so forth. There's one really big rule though, you may not just repeat the question back.! For example, this would not be allowed and would result in instant disqualification from the round:

Dad- "Why are you sitting like that?"

Jack- "Why are YOU sitting like that?"

 To make it even more difficult, why not try adding a time limit? For example, the player must take no longer than 5 seconds to respond or else they are out. If you're in an even more challenging mood, why not ban the word 'erm'. You'll find it crops up more than you think!

So I hope this post has enlightened you and fills your journeys with joy! Your next trip to Andrew Wood Photography certainly won't be a boring one!!