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Safari Supper for Sunderland Restaurant Week [ad]

I was invited to the #EatDrinkSunderland Safari Supper to get a taste of what is on offer for Sunderland Restaurant Week in return for me to share my experience on my blog and social media. All views in this post are my own.
It's already half way through March and I've just been so terrible at keeping my blog up to date! I decided to extend my hiatus after getting caught up in a car accident last month (thankfully aside from some whiplash I'm fine!) as I needed to make sure I didn't stress myself out any further. I feel like I'm back on track now though and I'm really excited to be posting again as I've got loads on this year! This post will actually be quite a long one, and my photos have actually ended up being terrible so please bear with me! Hopefully you get the gist of it, but I'm a bit rusty and I was a bag of nerves most of the night!
I was so lucky to be given the chance to attend the #EatDrinkSunderland Safari Supper to get a taste of just som…

Viking Picture Perfect Event

I'm one of those people who loves to take photos but literally has no clue what they're doing. I had a fab camera that I used all the time for blogging, but found myself not using it for much more. It was way too big for me to carry around so it wasn't getting used as much as it should have, and I never took the time to learn how to use it! For the past few weeks I'd been debating on buying a new one, one a lot smaller but with the same power behind it. I was then invited to the Viking Picture Perfect event in Newcastle, and I thought that was the perfect opportunity to buy the camera I had my eye on ready to take for the photography masterclass!

I was so excited for this event, it was my first one since starting this blog up. I'd been to one or two with the blog I had at uni, and loved them so was really interested in attending some now, in a 'push yourself to be more confident' and to meet more bloggers kind of way. I also thought it was perfect that it was a photography one! I didn't end up taking my big camera away to Germany as it was just too big to carry, it kills my shoulders every time, which was a shame as I could have gotten some really good photos, but I have my new smaller camera now and I was able to take this with me to the event.

The event itself was held in The Botanist - probably one of the most photographed restaurants in Newcastle with the tree and the glass ceiling - so I was super excited. Everyone was so lovely, I was so nervous but it was still a pretty chill event so I didn't feel too anxious when I was there.

The photography masterclass was held by photographer Elouisa Georgiou, who was so lovely and had some fantastic tips for us all. I was always the type to only take photos using the automatic mode, but thanks to this mini masterclass I feel like I've started to branch out on the different modes. We went through ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed; three things I'd never considered before!

We then had the chance to take a few photos using all the things we had learned using different items like prisms and white boards. I'm not going to lie, I did feel a bit out of place with all the other bloggers who are amazing photographers! We all printed out some photos and honestly, there were some absolutely amazing photos there! Very jealous of their talents but hopefully with everything I learned at this even I'll soon be upping my photography skills!

As you can see, I'm definitely nowhere near 'pro' level but still liked the photos I managed to take, especially considering that was the first time I'd used my camera!

Of course, I took a crazy amount of photos of the food that was on offer. I'm food obsessed so I was buzzing with the choices, that scotch egg was lush!

For my first blog event, this was a fantastic one for me! I met some lovely new bloggers, learned some fab new skills and got to experience it all in a fantastic location (I definitely don't go to The Botanist enough!).

Abbey xx


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