We visited the Temple of Heaven in Beijing early in the morning. I’d thought it was an urban legend that the Chinese go to the park to do early morning exercise, but it’s actually true. The park was so busy and it was lovely to see the local people coming together to exercise and socialise together.
On our China visit, I was nervous about seeing dog and cat meat on the menu. Being a vegetarian and an animal lover, I was worried about how the Chinese treated their animals. But, I found out it’s only in a small number of places and most of the Chinese love their dogs and cats. Here’s one lady who was carrying her dog around in a baby carrier!
During our summer holiday to China, we went to the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base.
We arrived very early, which I would advise doing because it was very quiet. About 5 minutes after we arrived, the pandas were given their breakfast. Loads of them came running around the corner and then began eating the bamboo the keepers had put out for them. They were so cute!
This is cheeky Alaska at Dubai’s first cat cafe, Ailuromania. It’s an amazing place for cat lovers.
They have a 50dhs minimum spend charge and you pay that then go into the cat room where there are lots of beautiful cats to entertain you and cuddle. You can order drinks and food and sit and chill whilst the cats sleep and run around.
They have made sure that there is a visitor free zone for the cats to escape if they don’t feel like being sociable.
I can highly recommend a visit if you are a cat lover.
A little while ago, I did a photoshoot for The Animal Agency at Wild Flight. Wild Flight do falconry and have salukis and other Arabian animals. It was really interesting to find out about how the salukis and falcons work together to hunt in the desert.
This is my absolute favourite picture as this lovely saluki decided to photobomb my photo of the wolf!
So this last weekend I was lucky enough to be able to do a cakesmash photoshoot for this cute little boy for Sugar Queen, the amazing cake makers living here in Dubai. It’s interesting to see what these babies make of the cake and how they sometimes need encouragement to get stuck in to the smashing bit!
My friend asked me to do a cake smash photoshoot for her son’s first birthday. It was quite nerve wracking because she wanted to make and buy everything for it and because she is such a good friend, I wanted to get it right.
It all went according to plan and I had such good fun. I plan to do more cake smashes soon!
Over the summer, I was lucky enough to visit Vietnam. We decided to make this trip a photography tour and signed up to do some street photography courses. What an amazing time we had! Doing this kind of course allows you to visit parts of the country that tourists might not otherwise see and meet the real people who live there. In Ho Chi Minh City, we learned with Arnaud from Vietnam Photo Adventures and in stunning Hoi An, with Pieter from Hoi An Photo Walks. Both were excellent teachers with wonderful local knowledge. I can highly recommend a photowalk when you visit a new city, even if you don’t class yourself as a ‘photographer’!