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Harrison - a lovable mischief

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Harrison - a lovable mischief

Back in 2007 I visited Kenya with Helie for an amazing holiday but while there I noticed so many children that needed help. I came back saying to myself I wanted to make a difference, I wanted to help. So I did some google research and found an amazing lady called Sue Hayward who was helping many children in Watamu. Kenya with education and now with a Happy House, orphanage. So I contacted Sue and said I wanted to help not only by raising money but using my creative skills. I updated the website, made a video took some photos and visited Kenya again to see Sue and her husband Dave and was even more blown away by their passion and commitment to improve the lives of the children.  This couple are amazing and pleased to call them friends. It was pleasing to see all the money goes towards the children, their care and importantly their education.  Sue has an amazing team here in UK and in Kenya and has a great friend and supporter Elizabeth Gomm who does and excellent blog and so much more for the charity. In the time I have known Sue I have seen a Happy House be build for the orphans and I have become a trustee.

To help raise funds I have devoted some of my cf10ten ltd time this year to take photos at weddings and other events along with a few video and joomla website favours in return for a donation to the Children of Watamu charity.  This money has gone towards sponsoring Harrison, his sister Slama and brother Ushindi along with thier farm project which we hope to link to our farm project.... more on that next year. So a big thank-you to all who have donated, enjoyed my work and I look forward raising more money and awareness next year.

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Photography buying yourself a camera

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Photography buying yourself a camera

 Take one more just in case *smile*

Its the time of year when I get asked which camera should I buy? An ideal Christmas present its not a question thats easy to answer as the range is huge and even mobiles and tablets have the ability to capture quality images. The advice I can give is to go and try some out and see what feels right. If you are serious then a digital SLR is the way to go I am a canon man but they can be expensive especially with extra lenses and a lot to carry around. Bridge cameras are good but a lot depends on the user and if they have an 'eye' for a photo. A compact would be the way to start and work your way up. Once you get the photo bug no stopping you. The photos you take capture social history and wil bring a lot of pleaseure for many years so you need a cmaera that wil encourage you to take photos. Maybe some advice I would give is go with one that has a good optical zoom lens not worry about digital zoom lens ability. Check on battery life and of course affordable memory cards as you will need a few if away for some time.

Here is a link to amazon cameras if you buy one from them I get a small percentage *smile* Samsung ST66 is good value

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Wedding photography and planning

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Wedding photography and planning

Planning your BIG DAY - don’t forget your photographer

 At CF10ten we can capture your big day WITH YOU & FOR YOU - CAPTURING ALL THOSE SPECIAL MOMENTS

With over 30 years experience in wedding photography we can help make your day a day to remember.  Every year we cover 10 weddings in return for a donation to our charities Children of Watamu & Caen Hill Countryside Centre.  We are based in Devizes, Wiltshire but will travel and have taken photos in Cambridge, Caerphilly, Oxford and even Kenya. If we are unable to take the photos we can recommend photographers who will capture your moment in time.

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Auto publish from joomla

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Auto publish from joomla

There are so many great features in joomla and here is a new one I am testing out called AutoTweetNG which will send a post to facebook, twitter, LinkedIN from your joomla website with out using external source like twtterfeed. All automatically.. Not sure about images but will find out soon as attaching a photo... let me know if you want this added to your site

Re photo...Do like my family history and found last night on Ancestary a 1st cousin 1x removed named  Frank William Henry Franklin (1919 - 1991) Born in Wiltshire but died in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Interesting story about him which I have put in the family facebok page.  Also found a photo of him *smile*

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Seasonal Greetings Gangnam Style

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Christmas came early for the Franklins as we enjoyed Christmas Day on 2 November 2012. The reason was that Sal and Nathan were visiting from Brisbane so a good chance for us all to get together, have a laugh and have a Christmas dinner. As per tradition there was a Christmas video this year inspired by Kara and was in gangnam style *smile*

Looking forward now to Christmas 2 and maybe another video... volunteers? *smile*

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