Olive Dragonfly Blog – Bex Maini is back with this month’s update.

Bex Maini & Twins (Olive Dragonfly Blog)

Spring is so nearly here!  As much as I love Christmas and snow and cosy nights in with comforting roast dinners and stodgy puddings, I’m really not a winter person.  I miss the colours of spring and summer, the warm sun on my face and not having to layer my kids up in thick bundles.  Roll on summer!!  We’ve been keeping busy as usual though and I’ve achieved some really amazing things with my photography this month!  Here’s this month’s update…

I’m a CLICK PRO!!!

Click Pro logo

I’m so thrilled to have achieved this status!  I’ve explained more about it on my blog and why it’s such an exciting thing to have done but basically it’s like an accreditation, I had to submit 150 images to be scored on 7 categories with an overall total of 42, the pass mark for acceptance is 32 and I scored 35 with top marks “exceptional” for Use of Light!  I scored 5s “experienced” for all other categories except composition for which I got a 4, “capable”.  I’ve shared my personalised feedback on my blog too if you want to read more about what I excelled at and where I could improve.

It’s not easy to get the Click Pro label and often takes years of work to meet their high standards.  I’m so happy I got in on my first try after a year of compiling my portfolio of my best work which you can see here: https://www.bexphoto.com/clickproset

Bex Maini Click Pro Set

 

Family day out at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich

We had an amazing day out at the National Maritime Museum, the twins loved it in there with so many areas to play in which were educational too – so much fun!

We actually had fun at the bus stop outside too while waiting for our delayed bus!  These two were on top funny form that day!

 

Sunday Roast at The Guildford Arms in Greenwich

This is how Sunday Roasts should be done!  I was nervous ordering belly pork after last month’s fatty slices at Malmaison but this was a whole different ball game!  Everyone loved their lunch at The Guildford Arms, I’ll let the photo of my pork with crackling speak for itself but click the link if you wish to read more about our experience, we highly recommend it!

 

Dear Photographer magazine publication!

I received my copy of what is probably my favourite edition of my favourite photography magazine ever!  The Colorful Edition by Dear Photographer is just stunning with so many beautiful, vibrant images!  My own image (a self-portrait taken in Lisbon) was featured in the multi-coloured section.  It’s so amazing to have my work published in a respected International magazine 🙂

 

Interviewed on Dear Photographer blog

I was also featured on the Dear Photographer blog too.  They wanted to feature one of my family sessions and interviewed me for the article with it.  It’s a big deal as they have over 63,000 followers on Instagram and almost 10,000 on Facebook so I got some great exposure.  You can read my answers here:  https://hellodearphotographer.com/2019/02/27/be-inspired-session-feature-by-bex-maini-england-photographer/

Top 100 UK Photography Blog award!

To continue the awesome photography news I’ve had to celebrate this month, my Bexphoto blog has been awarded 36th place in the Top 100 UK photography blog list.  It’s so nice having my work noticed and recognised as this was not something I applied for, it just happened!  😀

 

Raystede Animal Centre

A classic day out and they have a new play area too.  We had a lovely walk in the sunshine around the duck pond and the kids enjoyed playing on all the wooden things in the park, the tractor being an old favourite.

 

Carafe Cafe in Lewes

This is a new discovery for me, despite having gone past many a time, I’d never been in before and was pleasantly surprised.  Carafe is a bright, modern, independent cafe with a Turkish element, offering Turkish coffee and foods as well as some more traditional things like espresso coffee and pastries.

We went with the twins for lunch after our morning out at Raystede and we all loved it!  The staff are so friendly and the food was delicious!  Nik and I shared a cheesy Turkish bread/pastry item and a sesame pretzel type sandwich, both of which were warmed.  The kids had a sausage roll each and we all enjoyed cake & cookies for pud!  One we’ll definitely head back to.

 

Half Term Fun – Wilderness Wood

The twins and I had a blast during half term on my days off.  On the Tuesday we managed to fit in two play-dates, meeting a new friend Victoria and her twins at Wilderness Wood.  I met Victoria online via an American photography Facebook group and we realised our twins were the same age (born the same month in fact) and we lived near each other!  She’s from West Sussex but often travels across to visit Wilderness Wood and who can blame her, it’s one of our favourite places too!  The two sets of twins all had a great time getting to know each other as we explored the woodland, walking further than we ever have before, wading across “rivers” and checking for trolls under bridges.  Of course, no visit to Wilderness Wood is complete without lunch in the cafe which was the perfect end to our morning before our next play-date in the afternoon…

 

Half Term Fun – Sheffield Park

On the Tuesday afternoon we met our GP friend Lara and her girls, one of whom will also starting school with the twins come September!  Chasing ducks, sticking heads through benches with irresistible holes, climbing trees, hugging trees, playing pooh sticks…  This is what school holidays are made for 😉

 

Cuckoo Trail

I hadn’t been to the Cuckoo Trail before but a friend suggested we meet there so the kids could have a go on their bikes together in half term.  It was perfect, wide, sheltered by trees from the road and mainly flat so they all got some great practice on their bikes and we found a cute little park for a play half way too.  We finished up in Waitrose Cafe across from the car park in Heathfield which was the perfect pick-me-up for the tired kids and parents alike!

 

Colour Chase Challenge – February = Pink

I’m still going strong with my Colour Chase Challenge.  February’s colour is pink so I’ve bought some more flowers as well as some rhubarb this time which I then turned into a crumble with some frozen cherries.  (See my go to crumble recipe here which I adapt for various fruits.)

 

Hello Yellow Charity Portrait Project – Update

My portrait project is still going strong with some more local businesses signing up and donating.  Oast Farm in Buxted and Off the Wall Entertainment have now had their portraits added to the gallery and I have Mum’s the Word Events and Into Mills lined up for their photos soon!

Bex was the guest of Uckfield FM on Thursday 7th March – hear her chat with Jacqui Rushton here