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Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas: 5 favourite photos

July 20, 2016
”During my time as a professional photographer, I have had some incredible experiences and encountered some amazing animals. Here are a few of my favourite photos of all time. Photographing Africa’s most elusive carnivores In August 2015, World Wildlife Fund asked me to take on an assignment in the Zambezi Region of Namibia. I teamed up with researcher Lise Hanssen to take high quality photographs of the carnivore populations in this area, some of which had only ever been photographed on research cameras before. I spent two weeks in Namibia trying to find and photograph these animals but didn’t catch a glimpse of a single one! Fortunately, I had come prepared with five Camtraptions camera trap systems. You can watch my short video blog showing one of my camera trap set-ups here. Once my two weeks were up, I left my cameras in place so they could continue working for a further ten weeks. Over the following weeks my camera traps started capturing images of the key species we were after including leopards, hyenas, African wild dogs and even a serval cat. However, the greatest challenge of all was photographing the lions. These cats spend much of their time outside the national parks and are extremely shy. Even Lise has never seen them other than on her research cameras. I set up two camera traps near waterholes that the lions sometimes visit. In the three months that my traps were operating, the lions passed by twice, resulting in some very rare shots of these secretive big cats including my favourite shot of this young male lion (above).  The Lion King In late 2014, I spent a few days in Kidepo Valley National Park, a remote park in the North of Uganda that borders South Sudan and Kenya. One late afternoon, I met the resident male lion, known as “Spartacus”. The light was beautiful, and over to my right was a kopje (small hill) – I thought it would be an incredible shot if he sat on top of it. Well, he must have heard my thoughts because the next thing I knew, he was up and heading in that direction. I was pinching myself as he started to climb. He sat himself down exactly where I had hoped and then looked at me with his regal gaze. I couldn’t believe my luck! In front of me was a scene straight out of the Lion King…  Baby Meerkats In January 2012, I travelled to the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana to photograph meerkats. These charismatic little creatures are completely wild but over time they have become habituated to humans. When people are around, they take full advantage of the situation and will sometimes climb on top of the nearest person for a better view out over the long grass. One of the highlights of my time in Botswana was getting to spend time with some adorable three-week-old baby meerkats. These tiny babies first emerged from the den a day or so into my

Printing memories after your big day

July 6, 2016
So you’ve said ‘I do’, you’ve laughed, you’ve cried and you’ve celebrated with all your wonderful friends and family. What’s next? Time to relive the memories of course 💒 With wedding season just beginning for the year, we thought there was no better time than to share a few ideas to inspire you to get creative with some of your favourite wedding photos – and we’re not just talking about tucked away in a Photo Book!  We sat down & had a chat with the lovely, and recently married, Chloe Hastings to talk about her memories from the big day and the moments she’d love to re-live. For Chloe it was every angle of the day itself that she wanted to cherish forever. So, using her lovely wedding photographs, we put together a collection of Retro Prints capturing the full story of their special day. From wedding morning reflections and messy breakfast kisses with their gorgeous 2 year old Zachary to walking down the aisle and sharing their first dance – we printed every special memory. You can caption them, frame them or even hang them – just like Chloe did with hers. As well as capturing all the little moments, it was important to Chloe (and her husband Simon) to have a piece of wall art depicting their favourite memory from the big day. After pouring over the beautiful array of photos they finally settled on one of them walking down the aisle, hand in hand and newly married with little Zac in Chloe’s arms – a very happy little family! For Chloe and Simon this photo perfectly summed up their emotions on the day and they loved that all their friends and family were included in the moment. We put it on our 24” x 16” wrapped Canvas and the result was lovely. It now sits in pride of place in Chloe and Simon’s family home. So there you have it. The perfect way to take yourself back to the big day and give your walls a little lift at the same time. If you’re thinking about printing your best wedding snaps, don’t forget to share how you show them off using #MyPhotoBox on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter – we’d love to see what you come up with. 

Happy National Camera Day!

June 28, 2016
“You don’t take a photograph. You make it.” Ansel Adams   Johann Zahn envisioned the concept of the first camera in 1685 and 129 years later, in 1814, the very first photograph was snapped by Joseph Nicephore Niepce. We’ve come a long way since then. Gone are the days of bulky cameras, flash reflectors and running for the timers. Instead here we are with cameras available at the swipe of a button, the touch of a touch pad and all at a moment’s notice. As you probably know, we’re big camera lovers here at PhotoBox – after all, photos are our thing! So, this National Camera Day we’re aiming to take as many photos as we can! From the everyday to the extraordinary day and every little moment that happens in between. Capturing memories in a photograph is a great way to make the most of the great milestones that life brings our way. And, once you’ve snapped the best of all those great moments it’s important to cherish them. After all so many of our photos these days get left stored on phones, tablets and computers – abandoned and unloved. So, we thought we’d come up with a little PhotoBox guide on ways to use your photos to create some great products with us. Retro Canvas Our Retro Canvases are a great way to take a snapshot and showcase it. You can also add your own text below like a location name or even a quote. Plus, it’s customisable text too! Photo Diary We love these nifty little Photo Diaries as they’re such a great way to relive all your favourite snaps. Especially the ones that don’t quite make it onto Canvases or Prints. You can add a different photo for evry week of the year and a personlaised front and back cover. Feeling fancy? We’ll throw in a case too if you like. Gorgeous Gifts! Our collection of gifts are a great way to showcase your favourite memories whilst you brighten up a loved one’s day. We’ve Photo Mugs to make even the sleepiest of mornings mug-nificent (we couldn’t resist that one), lovely packs of Retro Prints (customisable with your own text) and Photo Keyrings too. Treats for your tech We love our range of bright and fun iPad cases. They’re fully customisable so you can add your own photos, pick a background colour or if you can’t choose just one photo you can create a collage. Personalisation made easy! Happy creating PhotoBox-ers! And don’t forget to share your creations with us using #MyPhotoBox on Instagram and Twitter. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Welcome to the world, little one!

June 28, 2016
It’s no secret that welcoming a new baby into the family will take over all aspects of your life – not least, your camera roll and memory card! In fact, a survey found that new parents will snap an average of 780 photos of their little one before their first birthday! But what to do with all those photos? We’ve asked lifestyle, beauty and parenting blogger, Liza Prideaux, who welcomed little Renzo (brother to Vinny) into the world just a few months ago, to help us come up with some great ideas on making the most of your photos. Over to you, Liza! ”Looking for creative ways to announce your newborns arrival to friends and family? I have the perfect solution for you and it’s no only going to be super personal to you but also very unique. When I had my son Vinny I never really thought about ways to announce his arrival and ended up doing it by texting! These days we have so many different social media channels which is a modern way to announce, but how about we take things back and go even more old school but with an added twist? Birth announcement cards are the perfect way to share your exciting news with the family and it’s also a great way to show off your gorgeous little bundle. My son, Renzo, was born April 21st 2016, he is our second son and I couldn’t wait to share his birth with the world! We got these birth announcement cards printed for friends and family, and had such a positive response after we sent them out. When you first have your little one doesn’t everyone ask for photos? With these cards you can add your own photos and really personalise your creation. Some things to consider adding to your card are; babies name, weight, gender, birth date and any other personal messages you’d like to share. These are all things that people usually like to ask when baby is born so it’s a great way to include all of this information and keep everyone up to date. PhotoBox makes it super easy for you to narrow down the card selection – there is such a huge variety to choose from which is great. You can select the gender, choose your own format and number of pictures you’d like to include and you can even add your own style and look to the card and personalise the design – perfect for busy new mums! Cards start from just 75p per card and you can buy them in packs of 10 or 20, up to 250 cards if you really want to go all out! Check out the rest of the birth announcement card range here and start creating your birth announcement cards now!” Keep an eye on our blog, as Liza will be sharing more of her top tips and creative ideas on how to document your baby’s first year.

Top tips to help your children take photos

June 9, 2016
As part of our ‘Focus On Dad‘ Father’s Day campaign, we asked award winning photography blogger Darren Coleshill from Photalife to give us some of his expertise on encouraging your kids to get creative behind the camera. Over to you, Darren!  ”If you look back over your family photos what do they show? What can you see? If they’re anything like ours then they will show the children, on rare occasions they show one parent and the girls, while I’m taking the photos. I honestly can’t remember the last time I appeared in a photo and I certainly can’t remember the last time my wife and I had a photo together! Both my girls are at the age when I want to get them interested in taking photos and personally I think getting children interested at a young age is so important. We all know that children absorb information so quickly when they’re at school, so this is a perfect time. I’m hoping my tips will help you get your children taking photos. I’m not talking about teaching them about ISO, shutter speeds but small tips that will help them take photos they can be proud of. Pick The Right Camera  From experience, picking the right camera is key – there’s really no point in getting them an expensive all singing all dancing camera, but equally a disposable camera isn’t right for them either. A simple basic camera with a zoom and importantly a screen is perfect. Even a phone with a camera is fine. Children need to see what they have taken a photo of and this needs to be instant, not a few days later! Holding the Camera Before you get them to snap away show them how to hold the camera. If they are using a phone then showing them a grip where they hold it in each corner is normally good. Show them what happens if fingers are in front of the lens. No one enjoys looking through photos where little fingers are in the way. Show them beforehand so they won’t get disappointed when you look back at the photos later. Setting up the photo When getting children interested in taking photos don’t bombard them with too much information. The best way to start is to tell them to start by getting everything in the center then they won’t go too far wrong. This is where having a screen is ideal as they can see exactly what they’re taking a photo of. Experiment  The beauty of digital photos and smartphones is that you can take endless amounts of photos and it doesn’t matter. If they get a disposable camera then it’s limited to 24 or 36, which is no good. My tip would be to give them a camera on a day out and just let them snap away. You can then look back over them together and pick out their favourites, or work on different ways they can improve. Get up Close On most cameras there