The first beach I ever saw was in Greece as a young child, aged 7. I was just spellbound seeing all that water. I know I had been to beaches before that but it’s the memories created at this age that truly imprinted upon me. I was amazed that a short plane ride had taken me to a world so different to the one I knew and that feeling stayed with me. Even now, I remember closing my eyes and feeling the sun on my face and thinking how happy I was to be there.

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Somedays the thought of lying by a pool in the sun with a cocktail seems like Heaven but I know what I’m like and that I’d manage an hour tops before I got suncream on my book and wanted to go off and do something. My perfect holiday would be the chance to share an unforgettable experience with my family. It would consist of beautiful surroundings and the opportunity to try something new. I like to go and explore a place and really soak it all in, enjoy the different cultures and cuisines. Everytime I travel somewhere, a bit of my heart gets left behind but in return a bit of magic comes home with me and I’m left with wonderful memories. That’s what I want for my children. To reminisce in years to come about “That time we went to….”. And I’m sure they’ll laugh at the outfits I picked out for them, just the way I do with my mum.

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Part of the fun for me is the opportunity to take photos I wouldn’t normally take. My love of film was cemented after a trip to New York where I shot film exclusively on a little plastic Lomography camera and I’m already thinking about what lenses I want to take with me for our big family trip to California next spring. I love to capture our real lives and find the joy and beauty in those everyday moments. To do that with a different backdrop just makes it all the more fun and special.

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I feel travelling to new countries is one of the best educational experiences children can have. Equally, seeing them exploring rock pools on a freezing beach on the Isle of Wight will become a memorable family holiday moment. One thing I hope for my children is that their travels inspire them to have the confidence to try new things and to throw themselves into new experiences 100%.
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Mark Warner Holidays are looking for their 2016 blogging ambassadors and this is my entry for the fab photographer category. It would be a dream come true if we were one of the chosen families. 


  • Wave to Mummy - Ah, I know exactly what you mean about looking forward to seeing the new scenery through the viewfinder! I always get excited about it too, photography is just such a lovely hobby 🙂 Good luck with the application! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Donna - I can just imagine the experiences you would have on these holidays, and the photos you would take. I would LOVE to read about them and truly hope you get chosen. Good luck Hayley! xReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - Beautiful photos, jolly good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra | I'm Every Mum - Aww beautiful post. I hope you get chosen, you’ll be a brilliant Mark Warner Mum xxxReplyCancel

  • Kara Campion Spencer - You would make their holidays look beautiful like above xxReplyCancel

  • Sian Russell - These are such gorgeous pictures. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • karen - Such lovely photos, even entered too so fingers crossed for both of us xxReplyCancel


In two weeks time, I’m going to be exhibiting at the National Wedding Show at the NEC. My partner in crime, Natalie, convinced me to “Go big or go home” and so that’s what’s happening! These are the biggest shows around and so it’s a little nervewracking that this is my first wedding fayre experience (not counting that time I had a table at a local hotel!). It has taken over our lives the last few weeks, I’m even dreaming about the wedding show!  There has been *so* much to think about and organise and thank goodness for Natalie who thinks of things that wouldn’t even have crossed my mind. My requirement was that the stand “Looks pretty” and I didn’t even think of the practicalities. I *think* we’ve thought of everything though and I’m excited/nervous/terrified to get everything set up ready and to see the artwork and sample products. No doubt I’ll be spamming your Instagram feeds with photos (might want to unfollow me now).

I have a pair of tickets to giveaway so if you’re a blushing bride or if you just like all things wedding (who doesn’t?!), make sure you enter! And if you are going along on 4th-6th March, please come and say hello, you can find us over at stand J29. We have marshmallows (unless I get to them first) and we have a really fun giveaway planned too! I also just ordered a thousand leaflets so would really appreciate it if you’d come and take one.

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