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Hello! If you don’t know what I’m talking about when I say ‘Fun Kits’ you might like to read this post. In short though, the Olympus team and I put together 150 sweet photography kits to get people excited about photography, and to get them to be creative as well. We sent them out to people all around the world {for FREE!} and they’ve currently making their way to homes as I type. I didn’t email the successful people, because I wanted it to be a surprise, so it could be you that gets one. It could!

The kits are arriving, so I thought I’d share a few ideas I had for the props with photos that I took. There are no rules when it comes to being creative, so don’t be limited by my ideas. Think big. Go crazy! There’s no right or wrong, there’s just having fun.

All of the photos below were taken with my OM-D E-M10, using the 45mm/1.8 lens. It’s my favourite lens to use for day to day photography.

In the kit there were 6 props, there were:

♥ A tiny little camera
♥ A bottle of bubbles
♥ A sharpie {permanent marker}
♥ A candle
♥ Glitter
♥ Cellophane

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CAMERA: The little camera is so cute and tiny, that it’s easy to show perspective. I wanted to go to the beach and put the camera on the sand next to Lulu’s feet, but the beach was windy so I plan on doing that later. This just shows big and small.

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BUBBLES: Bubbles work beautifully with the sunlight, reflecting the light and bouncing it around. This was just a simple shot. I was dealing with a bit of wind this day so there were about 43 shots of my trying to capture bubbles that Hubby was blowing. I’m sure anyone watching was having a great time laughing at us! In the end it was the last shot I took that I loved.

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SHARPIE: The sharpie is such a versatile prop. I wanted to use it to make a little bit of a statement. I bought a cheap mirror from my local $2 shop, and wrote on it. You could create art on a window, your own mirror project or something completely different.

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CANDLE: A candle can be used as a source of light. I wanted to keep it simple, so I put a piece of black cardboard as a background, lit the candle and took the photo. I’m going to experiment more with one and get a little bit creative.

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GLITTER: Now this one was so much fun! I asked Lacey to hold the glitter and blow it in front of me, and the results were magical with the light from the sun. We took a lot of shots, all so different. I’ll share a few different shots on Instagram as well.

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CELLOPHANE: By using the cellophane to cover the lens you can create your own artistic filters. One layer gives your photo a colour boost. Two layers of cellophane creates blur and more intense colour.

  • Jane

    Thank you for inspiring me Chantelle! These look great! I love the idea of the glitter shot too!!

  • I was so excited when I got home yesterday and found a package from you!
    I plan on playing around with the fun kit tomorrow.

    Thanks so much.

  • This all looks like so much FUN! (Funny that…) I’m particularly partial to glitter and bubbles, so there’s hours of entertainment for me right there. PS: love the new design, looks fab! x

  • What a great surprise to get. Can I also say I LOVE the new look blog, love that biggest text for an old fart like me! Just as an aside I’m such a horrible mum because I BAN glitter in my house since the Great Glitter Disaster of 2013! xx

  • Lots of fun. I hope one is winging it’s way to me, but if not, you are right: we can make our own! AND I LOVE your new look here on the blog. So clean and fresh and you. x

  • MyInnerPollyanna

    Looking forward to seeing all the photos flood in… and the mysterious whereabouts of some of those fun kits revealed. 😀

  • So. Much. FUN! {Funny that…} I love bubbles and glitter, so I am totally down with this! x

  • Oh how cool, I can’t wait to see all the different ideas that people have!

  • p.s – how cool is your new blog design!

  • I particularly love the glitter photos! Such simple but great ideas to play around with photography 🙂

  • liz @ Strayed Table

    How exciting, I am looking forward to the little package arriving in the mail. I think the glitter is going to be a bit fun.

  • My kit arrived today! I can’t wait to get stuck in! And the new look blog is just swoonsome! xx

  • sarah @theroutinequeen

    Oooh I hope I got one! (Cue me checking my letterbox every day from now on!!)

  • DhiniNL | Dhinivh

    Awesome. I would love to get one

  • Karina And’Cie

    great ideas to go with….

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