Berlin - photo journal

It seems strange to say that one of the biggest highlights of our trip to Berlin was our hotel - but I can’t deny it was amazing! We usually stay in AirBnbs when we go for city breaks but decided to treat ourselves to a hotel for our 3 night trip. We stayed in the 25hrs Bikini Berlin and it was probably the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in. The room was decorated to perfection with a hammock at the window overlooking Berlin Zoo, the monkey enclosure just below us. It offered amazing views and delicious food from the rooftop restaurant Neni Berlin, a gorgeous in house bakery and shop, and even a rooftop bar/club (light sleepers beware this is open until 2am everyday!).

We ate a lot of great food whilst in Berlin (we may have had a McDonald’s at one point..), the highlight being vegan Vietnamese food from 1990 Vegan Living in the city’s alternative Friedrichshain district. Pastries, waffles and coffee galore were also on the weekend menu.


During our stay we walked miles, hopping on and off the u-Bahn to a tonne of amazing sights. We visited the zoo and aquarium which were right across the road from our hotel which was super convenient. It was good but due to it being winter a lot of the animals were indoors and sleeping away from the cold. I imagine it’s bustling and full of life during the summer months.

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The East Side Gallery was a personal highlight for me. I have long admired the art which adorns the remains of the famous Berlin Wall, so it was great to finally visit and walk the 1.3km length of amazing artwork and history. It’s great to see that it is a protected area and gets retouched every ten years or so. Definitely worth a look if you ever go!


Berlin’s TV Tower, the tallest structure in Germany. Being deathly afraid of heights, it was a huge achievement for me going up to the revolving restaurant 200 metres up. Once seated next to the window, and once my heart rate had slowed a touch, we enjoyed a lovely meal whilst taking in stunning 360 degree views of the city.

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We spent the rest of our time leisurely strolling the streets of this beautiful, historic city, seeing Berlin Cathedral, the iconic Brandenburg Gate, the eerie and overwhelming Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and Museum Island.

with love

Olivia x

HEY Bloggers - Photography Workshop

Back at the start of August I was kindly invited to help host a photography workshop organised by the lovely people over at HEY Bloggers. They asked me to work with and photograph five bloggers who aren't used to shooting or have never shot with a professional photographer, and to help build their confidence in the area to better their blog images and open up more opportunities!

I was really honoured to take part and had so much fun with them all exploring Hull. We shot around different locations in the city centre including Hull Minster, Princes Street, the Marina, and Hepworths Arcade. We also ventured to Pearson Park and found a gorgeous (but hot!) tropical greenhouse to shoot in.

Meet the girls and see some of their fab images below!

The lovely Violet. This girl is such a natural in front of the camera AND has become a great friend of mine!
B: https://violetglenton.co.uk/
I: https://www.instagram.com/violetglenton/

Amy got stuck in straight away and had so many ideas to tell me, which is always so helpful when shooting! She's also a fellow coffee and plant lover. B:  https://www.callmeamy.co.uk  I:  https://www.instagram.com/callmeamye/

Amy got stuck in straight away and had so many ideas to tell me, which is always so helpful when shooting! She's also a fellow coffee and plant lover.
B: https://www.callmeamy.co.uk
I: https://www.instagram.com/callmeamye/

My queen Becky! This woman is so fierce and fabulous and strong as hell and it really came across in her images.
B: http://www.beckybarnesblog.co.uk/
I: https://www.instagram.com/beckybarnesblog/

Emma is one of the sweetest girls I've ever met and killed it on the day! Look how happy she is! You can't help but smile with her.
B: http://www.thepinpicker.co.uk/
I: https://www.instagram.com/thepinpicker/

Jess was quite nervous about the shoot and almost cancelled, I am  SO  glad she changed her mind and came along because look at her!! Amazing! B:  https://jessicakg.com/  I:  https://www.instagram.com/jessicakgxx/

Jess was quite nervous about the shoot and almost cancelled, I am SO glad she changed her mind and came along because look at her!! Amazing!
B: https://jessicakg.com/
I: https://www.instagram.com/jessicakgxx/

All of the girls did such an amazing job on the day and I can't wait to hopefully see them all again! Big thank you to the the organisers of HEY Bloggers for inviting me along.
For fee's on blog photography please get in touch!

Liv x

Iceland - photo journal

Iceland has always been on my list of places to visit, so when myself and my friend Emma travelled to Reykjavik, the capital city, back in January it was a bit of a dream come true. We arrived late in the evening on the last day of the Icelandic festive period (Christmas in Iceland lasts for 26 days), so we were greeted with a never ending display of fireworks and beautifully lit-up and decorated homes as our airport transfer drove us into Reykjavik - it was a pretty special start to our 4 day trip.

Over the course of the weekend we checked out the museums, docks, colourful houses, and galleries in beautiful, icy (treacherous ha!) Reykjavik, bathed in the magnificent Blue Lagoon at night, and took a day trip along the southern coast where we were treat to otherworldly landscapes, volcanoes, glaciers and gothic black sand beaches.

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Sólheimajökull

Sólheimajökull is a large glacier between the very much active and ready to erupt volcanoes Katla and Eijafjallajökkull. It was surreal seeing a glacier up close!


Reynisfjara

Reynisfjara is one of Iceland’s famous black-sand beaches. The waves here were the biggest I've ever seen, the wind was deafening and the black sand was incredible - very sci-fi. Out at sea there are huge basalt stacks which according to local folklore were once trolls who got turned to stone.

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Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss

The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country. Here you could walk up to a viewing platform to see it from above but being afraid of heights I skipped this part, and in summer can walk behind the water.

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Seljalandsfoss is another incredible waterfall! By the time we arrived night had already fallen because of the extremely short days during winter (while we there there sun rise was 10-11am and sunset 3-4pm) and the paths were frozen solid but it was still pretty spectacular!

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Iceland is definitely somewhere I plan on visiting again. If you love nature, the outdoors and amazing culture and history you would love it here!

Where's your next trip?

Liv x