Elise, Author at Smart Photography - Page 7 of 30

All Posts by Elise

Summer Of Self-Love Round-Up

Welcome to our 'Summer of Self-Love' project, 
here you'll find all the videos you need to take on the challenge.

Week 1: Be kind to your body

To start off our Summer Of Self-Love, the first challenge is to be kind to your body. Genuinely and sincerely kind. It's remarkable how hard it is for most people.

Week 2: List 5 fabulous things about yourself

This video is all about noticing and appreciating yourself and giving those things validation. Make a list of 5 things you like about yourself, they don't have to be big or super meaningful - just 5 things.

Week 3: Spend time with a loved one

Each video has a theme of enriching your mind, body, or soul. This video is focusing on your soul, and what better way to do that than spending some quality time with a loved one. We mean real time, doing something together and engaging with each other - not just your weekly trip to the supermarket!

Week 4: Get more sleep

Direct some love towards your body. Doctors recommend you get between 7 and 9 hours sleep a night, and not all of us are accomplishing that, so focus on trying to hit this target as many nights of the next week as you can.

Week 5: Social media detox

Don't worry, I'm not telling you to delete all your social media, just give it a bit of a cleanse. After all, we are constantly absorbing information through social media, it's important we made sure that information is positive to our mental health.

That's why I'm suggesting you go through who or what pages you follow on your social media accounts, and if they don't spark joy or you don't actually want to engage with that account, unfollow it. This way, it will open up space in your feed for the positive things you want to see that will uplift you.

Week 6: Listen to your favourite song

For this video your challenge is super easy, all you need to do is spend a little time listening to your favourite song.
I don't mean put it on when you're driving, or doing the laundry, or in the shower. I mean sit down and really listen to it and drink in why you love it so much.

Week 7: Drink more water

We're back to focusing on enriching your body, so this week I challenge you to drink more water. I'm not saying try to drink two litres a day, just try swap out one drink you usually have for a glass of water.
So, if you're like me, swap one Diet Coke for a glass of water a day.

Week 8: Meditation

Meditate, just for 2 minutes, everyday. Meditation is something that SEEMS easy, but really isn't. Don't be disappointed if you can only clear your mind for 10 seconds, that still counts!
Even trying to meditate is achieving something - it doesn't matter if you do it for 30 minutes or 30 seconds.

Week 9: Step outside your comfort zone

Nourish your soul and to push the boundaries of what you believe you can do and are comfortable with by doing something that is outside of your comfort zone.
Something to remind you that your internal barrier of what you believe you can't do, cannot actually stop you from doing anything, and can change and grow as you push yourself.

Week 10: Listen to your body

This week, it's about listening to your body and giving it what YOU think it needs.

If you have an injury that needs rest, give it rest. If you are suffering from back pain, do something to help that back pain. If you feel your arms are getting tired more easily, exercise your arms a little to give them some strength back. Do whatever you feel is right for your body.

Week 11: Journaling

The physical act of writing your thoughts and problems down helps you to put them into perspective and evaluate the next step into solving and understanding them. Journaling can seriously help you free up headspace, so this week is about getting started with that.

Week 12: Spend time in nature

This is the final video for our Summer Of Self-Love project! We hope you've all enjoyed it and that it has helped you learn to love yourself more. This week is a lovely one  of simply spending time around nature. Being outside and getting away from the business of work or towns can do wonders for helping to relax your soul.

Summer Of Self-Love : Week 12

Welcome to the twelfth week of our 'Summer of Self-Love' project

Each week throughout the summer, I'll be giving you one suggestion of something to do to enrich either your mind, body or soul.

I'm sharing a weekly video on our Facebook page each Monday, with that week's idea.
However, I don't like watching videos, so in case anyone else feels the same way (which is basically 'Why can't I just read it?'), each Wednesday, I'll be doing a blog post like this, one, where you can either read what to do, or watch the video (just scroll down).

Spend time in nature

Across the summer we've been nourishing our minds, bodies and souls and for our final week, this is my absolute favourite thing of all to nourish your soul.

This week is all about spending some time in nature.

Nature can mean different things to different people – I love trees and forests, you might love beaches, so if you can get to your absolute favourite place then do. But if you can't get to the place you love the most, then just go to where you can, for as long as you can, to find some quiet, peaceful, calm time for yourself.

Technically, I spend time in nature every day, just by walking my dogs. But what I don't do in that time is take any time at all to pause, really look at my surroundings and enjoy where I am. I mainly trudge through a field, calling my dogs or chatting to whoever I'm with.

So, for me, this week is about going beyond what I usually do – for example, where the studio is, we are 2 minutes from a lake to go and walk around, and on from that there are fields to walk. But I rarely go there. I could, each day, take just a 15/20 minute break and sit and look at the lake, listen to the birds sing, and clear my head.

So for me this week, I need to do that at least once, with no one else, no distractions.

If you love walking, this is the perfect week to go for a walk in the countryside. We are blessed in Oxfordshire with beautiful places to walk.

If you're in a city, this is trickier, so you've got to find your space, get out of the city if you can, or find a park, or another quiet spot that you can quietly enjoy.

You might love being in your garden, but perhaps you rarely just sit in it without doing something – this week is not about being busy. Pause in the space you find. If you've got time, you could read a book or listen to music, but drink in your surroundings and appreciate them.

This could take some effort to even find somewhere, or you might be lucky and be going on holiday somewhere that makes this easy. You are worth putting effort into though. When you prioritise yourself, as part of your general routine, your self-worth increases, your confidence increases, it's all a positive effect on your mental health. So don't not do things that could prove to be beneficial to you, just because they take a bit of effort. You would put that effort into doing things for someone else.

It's one small part of one day to try to get some time, outdoors, for you.

Much Love,



Summer Of Self-Love : Week 11

Welcome to the eleventh week of our 'Summer of Self-Love' project

Each week throughout the summer, I'll be giving you one suggestion of something to do to enrich either your mind, body or soul.

I'm sharing a weekly video on our Facebook page each Monday, with that week's idea.
However, I don't like watching videos, so in case anyone else feels the same way (which is basically 'Why can't I just read it?'), each Wednesday, I'll be doing a blog post like this, one, where you can either read what to do, or watch the video (just scroll down).


If you're joining us through the whole summer, you'll know that each week we're nourishing either our mind, body or soul – this week we're talking about our minds.

Mental health is as important as it is neglected, so we're trying to address that, in a variety of small ways. One big problem many of us have is getting stuck in our own heads, with whatever's on our mind taking up all of our head space, and it just becomes impossible to switch off. The worst time for this can be late at night, in bed, when you want to sleep but problems or things you're anxious about suddenly seem insanely insurmountable, and things get a bit panicky.

If you struggle to switch off, or even struggle with time management, because there are never enough hours in the day, or you just can't let go of certain things, then this week is designed to help with that, because this week is about journaling. Journaling does sound a bit formal though, so let's call it writing things down.

If you happen to be a stationery obsessive, you now have free reign to find yourself a really nice notebook and pen – don't obsess over finding the 'right one', that's just the stationery mad way of putting something off.

There is no right or wrong way to journal. If you've never done anything like it before, then sit down, preferably at the start or the end of the day, and write down whatever the things are that are filling your head and crowding your brain.

These can be worries, things you're feeling grateful for, something that's happened in your day, good or bad, that's on your mind. Just a stream of consciousness to get what's in your head onto a piece of paper. Do physically write things down, because the mental processes involved in writing are very different to those involved in typing so, if possible, this is a pen and paper job.

If you want to introduce a bit of structure, there are lots of tips on journaling around. I would say find the time of day that suits you best – it's often recommended to journal in the morning, because you can write down dreams you've had. But mornings can also be crazy busy and personally, I hate mornings and am in a really bad mood every single morning, so I would prefer to journal of an evening!

Pick your time of day, and then write down good things that have happened that day, bad things that have happened, how you're feeling, what's on your mind, and get it all out, down on paper.
You can work towards using journaling to prioritise, if you're just trying to fit too much in, or just keep it as a brain dump. There's a lot of great advice around on this, all we're doing this week is giving it a go and getting started with trying to establish the habit of actually doing it.

Don't underestimate the power of writing things down, this is excellent for your mental health. Let me know how you get on, show me your gorgeous stationery and I'll see you next week.

Much Love,



Summer Of Self-Love : Week 10

Welcome to the tenth week of our 'Summer of Self-Love' project

Each week throughout the summer, I'll be giving you one suggestion of something to do to enrich either your mind, body or soul.

I'm sharing a weekly video on our Facebook page each Monday, with that week's idea.
However, I don't like watching videos, so in case anyone else feels the same way (which is basically 'Why can't I just read it?'), each Wednesday, I'll be doing a blog post like this, one, where you can either read what to do, or watch the video (just scroll down).

Listen To Your Body

I was going to talk about exercise this week, because there is so much advice saying how much we, as a nation, need to exercise more – do our 10,000 steps every day, get our heart rate up. But I struggled to say anything because the advice is so generic, and also, exercise always seems intrinsically linked to weight loss and our summer of self-love is about loving who you are, right now.

Doing things that benefit your body are some of the hardest things to do. Often what we WANT to do and what our bodies NEED are two different things.

For example, I mainly want to sit on a sofa, watching Netflix. My body, on the other hand, objects to this. I used to be able to pretty much ignore what my body wants, but these days, I really need to listen to it. I know that if I don't, I am stacking up problems for myself as I hurtle towards the menopause.

So, this week is all about working hard to listen to your body, understand what it needs, and give it what it requires – whatever that might be for you.

I realise this sounds entirely vague and it is – your body is unique to you, and its requirements right now are not the same as anybody else's. I'll give you a few examples though. If you have an injury, and you know you need rest, and you're ignoring that – give your body the rest it wants. Don't push yourself, and ignore pain – address it. If you know your posture is really bad, and causing you back problems, look into what you can do to resolve that – and then do it (personally, I've found yoga to be really beneficial for my back problems).

Whatever niggles you might have, big or small, focus on one of them and work out what your body is telling you it needs, and help it out.

Most of us are either really good at ignoring things and hoping they'll just go away on their own, or massively over reacting to every little twinge. So, this is not about obsession, this is about listening to your body and reacting to what it's telling you – not about panicking.

If you wake up in the morning and you're stiff and achy (me! Every day!) – work out whether what you need is to do some stretches, or to have a more comfortable mattress in the first place. Get used to understanding what your body is telling you, and responding to what its saying.

It could be that your body wants more exercise – if that is what you know in your heart your body is telling you, work out what exercise is right for you, and how you can introduce it. But don't try to go from nothing at all to going to a gym 5 times a week – it won't happen and your body probably wasn't asking for that anyway. Be kind to yourself, This is about nourishing, not punishing.

Let me know how you get on – please don't skip this week, this one's really important in learning to listen to your body.

I'll see you next week.

Much Love,



Boudoir Before and After Images – July 2019

Here's a few of  the Before and After images for July 2019

These are our July before & afters, we helped so many lovely women this month.

​These are only clients who have said they are happy for us to use their images - there is always an opt out if they're for your eyes only!

Wow, what an amazing experience and one I'm so glad I was brave enough to do!

I left feeling so empowered that I could take on the world! Robin and the team were amazing from start to finish and I cannot recommend you guys enough to everyone!


Think you might be ready to fall in love with you?

Come along for a complimentary boudoir portrait session and enjoy our 'Fall in Love With You' Guarantee.
If you don't love your images, we will refund your deposit, in full.

We're confident you will love your images, in which case simply deduct your deposit from whatever you choose to order.

Click the link to fill in a short form and take the first step to falling in love with you.

1 5 6 7 8 9 30