Cambridge Creatives Photowalk Spring

Back in April (how is it June already?!), Jo and I were wishing for sunshine for the second Cambridge Creatives Photowalk. The first walk took place in September 2016, when 15 of us splashed through puddles to explore the city a little more.

We created our Facebook event for the Spring walk, packed our goody bags and to our surprise around 80 people turned up from all over the country. There was even someone from Denmark! I was pretty overwhelmed to see all the colourful folk congregating on Parkers Piece at the beginning. Before organising these walks, I had always just mooched around the city on my bike taking photos of my own (see them in my Tourist in Cambridge blog series).

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Cambridge Creatives Spring Photowalk Map

I do have a slight confession to make. I knew that the wisteria on the edge of Orchard Street would be in bloom and of course be the spectacle most would want to photograph. So, on the morning of the walk, I cycled there alone and took a moment to literally stop and smell the flowers and to talk to a passer by about how awesome Cambridge is in the Spring.

Wisteria&Bikes Wisteria-Hysteria Photowalk-Friends The next stop was to meet Jo and Kate to pick up some lovely bags from The Cambridge Satchel Company who have kindly supported each photowalk. Cambridge-Satchel-Company-ShopThe summer collections had just launched so we had neon bags aplenty to choose from. So much colour! Picking out the bags was not an easy task!Cambridge-Satchel-Company-Summer-Collection Claireabellemakes-SunshineJo

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We had colourful balloons for everyone to carry which was a great thing for keeping up with the group. With 80 people walking around the city it was quite hard to see the front and the back of the group at times. People chatted, made friends and some met in real life for the first time after being Instagram friends for a while. Bikes-and-wisteria-CambridgeObviously did some bike spotting. It’s only right! And we stopped in the market square to enjoy ice cream from the new Jack’s Gelato shop.Bikes-Spotting-CambridgeI was so grateful to be hanging out with so many wonderful creatives and to show my home city to people who hasn’t visited before. PhotowalkersWe ended the day with a picnic to chat and get to know everyone a bit more. There were some serious bakers in the group (brownie and tiffin!) and lots of pin swaps and chats taking place. Balloons-and-PhotowalksWisteria-and-doors-CambridgeOne of the best things for me aside from hanging out with so many cool people, was organising the event with my besties. Jo and Kate make my creative life in Cambridge so worthwhile and I honestly feel like I am better person for knowing them.
Yellow-Cambridge-SatchelI’m not going to lie though, it was a pretty exhausting day! I think I flopped on the sofa for at least 3 hours afterwards. The next day, Jo and I met up with Rosie and Anna from Independent Oxford for a chinwag and lunch. It’s always so great to chat with people that get what you do and understand a creative life. Go check out their website to learn about their new book which has just launched.Claireabellemakes-Cambridge-Photowalk

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We had an amazing time and it’s been busy ever since! Hence why it’s taken so long to write this post. You can check out all the images shared on the day by looking at #CambridgeCreativesPhotowalk on Instagram. Almost 500 of them and so many good ones! This group one is a brilliant moment in the day too!

And if you fancy coming along to one of our photowalks yourself, we have already released the date for the Autumn one here!

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Tourist In Cambridge – A Photowalk With Olympus

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of joining a group of Cambridge bloggers for a photowalk around Cambridge to test out the new Olympus PEN E-PL8 camera. Today I’m sharing my images from the day as part of my Tourist In Cambridge series.

I’ve been thinking about getting a compact system camera for a while now, so I could take a lighter camera out and about to events instead of my DSLR. Having been a Canon fan girl for years, I wasn’t sure how I would like the Olympus PEN range, but we had tech support from David for the whole day to show us the settings.

Cambridge did the best job for us with beautiful sunshine and Spring flowers everywhere.

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The E-PL8 is pretty light in comparison to an SLR and looks fancy too with a nice leatherette finish. It has some cool features and filters built in and syncs with the Olympus app to transfer via a wireless connection to your phone. Great for instant sharing. In my opinon, the app and wireless transfer was quite a bit better than the Canon one.Polka-Dot-Vans-Sneakers Trinity-Lane-Cambridge

We took a stroll through the city with fashion bloggers taking outfit photos and me typically waiting for a quiet spot to capture bikes and flowers. The Backs were looking super pretty with all the Spring blooms.Spring-The-Backs-Cambridge

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We played around with depth of field and I definitely found the camera accessible in terms of point and shoot on Auto or P mode.  The-Backs-Cambridge

The colour select feature was a favourite but a bit tricky to find in all the many menus. It wasn’t that intuitive to use, but with a little help from David we used the smart control panel and selected some of our favourite colours. Danielle is a pro at  posing for fashion shots!Olympus-Pen-EPL8-Colour-Select-Feature Kings-College-Cambridge

I had a play around with the manual settings on the camera too, to try some long exposure shots. I found the menu less intuitive than Canon, but then that’s probably because I’ve been used to that for some time! Mill-Pond-Cambridge

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The camera also has a flip out screen which confused me a little as there was a knack to opening it! Great for flat lays though and I loved the live update feature. Being able to see your exposure changes on the screen before snapping was great. I did miss the view finder, but you can buy one as an add-on.Magnolia-in Cambridge Bike-Spotting-Mint-BicycleBike-Spotting-and-Magnolia

There were definitely pros and cons for me for the Olympus PEN E-PL8. It’s a fun camera to use and is great for instant sharing and minimal editing. The menu for me seemed a little clunky – for example, finding the grid feature was embedded a few levels deep.

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The colour quality of the photos I took was pretty good and the touch focus feature was super easy to use. It’s a good camera if you don’t have a ton of photography skills already.

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I have been considering the Canon M range as I can use my existing DSLR lenses if I grab an adapter (around £90). After using the Olympus PEN range, I definitely want to do some more research about which one would work for me. I’m leaning slightly more toward the Canon range purely because it’s less of an outlay for lens costs.

I hope you enjoyed this little review today and some Spring photos of Cambridge. This photowalk made me really excited for our Cambridge Creatives one on 23 April! There are 60 people currently RSVP’d to come along, so it’s going to be a really fun, colourful day ending in a picnic on Jesus Green. I’m SO excited! More info here.

A big thanks to Olympus UK and Campkins for the day and to Ally for organising. It’s so great to have a group of bloggers in Cambridge to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon with every now and again.

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Photoshoot Fun In Cambridge

I’ve been feeling pretty low this winter. For the second year in a row, the S.A.D has kicked in and it’s been hard to find the energy to stay motivated and cheery. So, when Lucy got in touch about a photoshoot day in Cambridge, I knew it would be just what I needed to bring me some positivity! It was also a chance for me to do something outside of my comfort zone – I’m not one of those people who can relax when having my photo taken. Warning – this post contains a lot of my face!

Lucy (who’s business is Lucinda Price Photography) invited Jo and I to have a portrait photoshoot as besties on the route she takes clients in Cambridge city centre. We started at the historic Senate House and had a relaxed stroll along the back streets and cobbled walls.

I took my new Pup Tart glitter bag to wear because you know I love a bit of sparkle.
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I’m so glad Jo and I did the shoot together because it definitely helped me feel more relaxed. She’s one of the best people to spend the day with and having known Lucy for about 10 years, it felt just like a day hanging with friends.
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We got the giggles at one point……Cambridge-Portrait-Photoshoot

…and of course I did some bike spotting and wore my Traveller Bag from Cambridge Satchel Company.
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Lucy’s route took us to some of my favourite spots in Cambridge, we rode our bikes down Portugal Place and had our portraits taken with the famous Kings College in the background. At one point we even bumped into my Auntie who has visiting the city as a tourist for the day.Claireabellemakes-Kings-College-Cambridge

I think this photo is my favourite one from the whole shoot. It just sums up how much fun we had.
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I forgot to decorate Florence’s basket for the occasion. It’s on my to do list now! Any ideas for what to decorate with?Bike-Rides-In-Cambridge

Not only did Lucy take pictures of our faces, but she also asked us if there were particular shots we wanted to get as part of the shoot. Jo and I took our pins along and Lucy suggested these fun close ups.
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I had the best day and I’m super excited to share a fab deal below to get a huge discount on Lucy’s photographic services. I’ve also linked to all the items I wore for the shoot in case you are interested!

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Lucy is offering 25% off all her services with the code CLAIREABELLE2017 at her newly launched website here!

Hustle Sweater – Letter Clothing
Black Skinny Jeans – Primark
Clogs – Swedish Hasbeens
Traveller Bag – Cambridge Satchel Company
Glitter Bag – Pup Tart
YAY Necklace, Glitter Pin, Bicycle Pin – Claireabellemakes
Cat Pin – Hello Sunshine
Oversized Pink Coat – Debenhams
Icon Sweater – H&M

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Cambridge Creatives Photowalk

On Saturday, Jo and I met a group of creatives for a photowalk around Cambridge. After frantically checking the weather forecast all week, I sent everyone a message to bring an umbrella and wear their most colourful outfits. We had planned our route to enjoy some of the classic Cambridge cottages, as well as venturing across the commons to the river, and back through the city to see the famous architecture.

Our friends at Cambridge Satchel Company had loaned us some gorgeous bags to wear on the day, so I chose the Periwinkle Blue Large Traveller Bag to fit my DSLR camera and a few other essentials in. cambridge-satchel-travellers-bag

Jo had illustrated an amazing map of the city to share the route with the photowalkers.

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We also had a fun bingo sheet to spot some typical Cambridge things. I think most people saw at least 6 of them!hellosunshine-cambridgephotowalk-bingocard

With ponchos and umbrellas at the ready, we ambled through town for a 2.5 mile wander allowing time for people to snap anything that caught their eye.
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Colourful doors were abundant! cambridge-cottage-doorways sunflower-bike-basket-decoration

Jo had made a couple of cow masks in case we didn’t spot any for the bingo. This guy was very happy to hang out with Jo whilst we all fell about laughing and taking photos.midsummer-common-cows cow-mask-fun

Of course I did some bike spotting along the river. bikespotting-cambridge

We stopped to share Jesus Green Lido with the photowalkers, which is apparently the longest outdoor pool in Europe. One swimmer was leaving as we entered and said it was 20 degrees and very pleasant.jesus-green-lido-cambridge

As the rain persisted, so did the photowalkers! We snapped wild flowers along the parks and everyone was in good spirits.cambridge-photowalk-jesus-green pink-bicycle

We saw one brave couple punting on the river, but no one else!rainy-punting-cambridgecambridge-satchel-company-bags

There wasn’t much opportunity for outfit posts as everyone was laden with raincoats and bags, but we did find a puddle to huddle around for a colourful shoe pic!cambridge-creatives-photowalk-colourful-shoes

Much fun was had with the umbrellas (one person had two different colours – that’s dedication!) and we played around with the Boomerang app to share some motion shots on Instagram.cambridgecreativesphotowalkumbrellas

Our final stop was the market square, so we stopped at the Cambridge Satchel Company shop for a colourful group shot.
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The walk ended with gelato at Aromi (the pistachio was amazing!) followed by a group lunch and more chit chat. Everyone agreed that it was a really fun morning despite the rain and that we should hold another in the Spring!gelato-in-cambridge

You can check out all the colourful images from the day on the #CambridgeCreativesPhotowalk tag on Instagram. People really embraced the day and it was so much fun to spend time with new and old friends!

A big thanks to Jo (and Hannah!) for helping plan the route, drawing the map and bingo sheet and to Cambridge Satchel Company for their support!

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Tourist In Cambridge #8

Today’s blog post is also known as “Wisteria hysteria and the day of bike spotting”. Spring in Cambridge is the perfect excuse for me to take a cycle around the city with my camera for another post in my Tourist In Cambridge series.

The wisteria around Cambridge is abundant this year – it covers the pretty cottages and terraced houses, and even appears on some student accommodation. This post took quite a while to shoot as there were so many people stopping to take photographs of this mound of wisteria!
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The sunny skies made for a beautiful backdrop and of course there were lots of bikes around as well as Florence who is still modelling her basket tassels.
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Cambridge has so many green spaces and the cows are back on the common! They are so friendly and often create traffic by wandering across the cycle paths. It’s a sign that summer is on the way in the city.Midsummer-Common-Cows

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There’s always a good door or two to enjoy as well.
Cottages-in-Cambridge Cambridge-CottagesMy favourite bikes to spot are Pashley and Bobbin. They have so many beautiful colours and styles. The new range of University of Cambridge Bobbin bikes are so classy, especially the 3 speed chrome paint ladies bike.Pashley-Bicycle-Cambridge Wisteria-Cottages

I’m definitely enjoying looking at the wisteria hysteria hashtag on Instagram lately!Wisteria-Close-UpMy red Cambridge Satchel Company batchel is the perfect bag for cycling as it fits in my basket and can also been worn across the body when I’ve got too many groceries.
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I can’t wait for Spring to turn into summer. We’ll be punting, kayaking, having picnics and taking long bike rides along the river. It’s the perfect place to be.

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