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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Catesby’s Home Store And Cafe

At the weekend I was lucky enough to join a group of local bloggers for a wonderful brunch and event at Catesby’s Home Store and Cafe in Cambridge. Situated in an old town house on Green Street, Catesby’s offers beautiful architectural features and is filled to the brim with classy interiors. The store is curated by a couple of passionate, well dressed gentlemen who are ready to share their story.
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Jonathon and Neil relocated to Cambridge with their beloved brand back in 2014. Originally based in Norfolk, they were enticed by this beautiful space and its potential for bringing interiors and a welcoming cafe to our city. Catesbys-Interiors-and-Cafe-Cambridge

On entering the shop, you are greeted by a panelled oak room, with gorgeous fireplaces and an amazing selection of home accessories and fragranced products. On the selection of ladder shelves I spotted a stunning alpaca throw I shall be hinting to the bf about. The whole feel of the shop is classy, but welcoming and not at all pretentious. Catesby's-Shop-and-Cafe-Cambridge

These Astier de Villatte candles were lusted after by many of us and of course we all had our eye on the Cambridge one. Neil explained to me the process Francoise Caron uses to create the luxury scents, reminding us of the care and passion that goes into selecting each product they sell in the store. Cambridge-Candle-Catesby's

Continuing to the back of the store, we found another room filled to the brim with yet more home accessories and even stationery which pleased me very much. There were some really affordable pieces in this room (I picked up an ombre vase on sale for £4!) as well as displaying some higher end items such as large mirrors and chairs.Catesbys-Shop-Cambridge

Each item Catesby’s stocks speaks to their philosophy to enjoy ‘the art of living’. They encourage their customers to buy pieces that will last a lifetime in their homes, rather than following interior trends. Decorative-Bowls-Glass-BottlesFollowing our snoop around the store and a fabulous introduction on the brand’s beginnings, we made our way upstairs for the most delicious brunch in the cafe. There was much excitement over Jonathon’s gluten free lemon and blueberry friands. I must ask him if the recipe is top secret….
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Over brunch we all introduced ourselves and had a chance to chat to Julie Deane, the founder of Cambridge Satchel Company. If you’ve been here a while, you know I’ve been a long time fan of the brand so I was very interested to talk to her about her inspirations and lifestyle now the company is such a global success.

Julie is completely down to earth and joined in our interiors chats even showing us snaps of her newly decorated bathroom and pooches. I loved hearing her story about how the brand has grown too. Meeting Julie, Jonathon and Neil really inspired me and only solidifed my wish to support brands that really have a story to tell.
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Julie enthused about the new ‘Poppy‘ bag which I feel it might be necessary to own one day. It’s the first bag they have ever named and it was my Nan’s name too. Meant to be?!Cambridge-Satchel-Poppy-Bag

After brunch we were treated to an exclusive sneak peek of Catesby’s new venture – the Deco Box. The idea is unique in that they curate a themed box of interiors products for you to add to your home when redecorating. A great idea for people who are not necessarily visual or confident at picking out a cohesive collection for their home. Deco-Box-Catesby's-Interiors-Curation Catesbys-Shop-Cambridge-Deco-BoxI definitely have my eye on the Sol Table Lamp in copper as well as the geometric stationery.Decorative-Items-Catesby's-Cambridge

I picked up some letterpress cards from their modest range, each with a little inspiration to pass on to my snail mail friends. Letterpress-Cards

No doubt you will see this little vase as a prop in photos to come – it was too much of a steal to leave behind and is the perfect home for some Bloom and Wild posies.Ombre-Vase-Catesby's

I also purchased an Apple and Elderflower candle which has been filling our home with summery scents this week. Catesby's-Home-Store-Haul

A big thanks to Catesby’s for having us and to Pippa for inviting me along. I had such a wonderful morning exploring this hidden gem in Cambridge which was followed by an afternoon of brunch (yes, I had two brunches!) and cycling around the city for another Tourist In Cambridge post which is coming soon.

Oh and be sure to check out the Catesby’s blog which has just begun and will be full of interiors inspiration I’m sure!

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