For travel blogger Katja Gaskell, there's nothing better than travelling with her family and photographing their special moments around the globe. Katja, her husband and their three children have recently returned to the UK after 12 years living abroad in Australia, India and Mexico. During that time she documented their adventures online on her travel blog Globetotting – using a £400-£550 smartphone – and shared photos with her 16.4K followers on Instagram.
Her children have grown up across four continents – Alfie (now aged 11) was born in Sydney, Tess (9) in Delhi, and Sam (4) in Mexico City. "I'm a big believer in family travel and think that travel is the best education," she says. Photography is a big part of their life. "I really like taking photos both for my work and for documenting family life and travels.
"Ever since I started Globetotting, I've been taking photos on a phone," Katja says. "But I've been wanting to improve my photography and I've realised that a phone camera has some limitations."
She's seeking the zoom capabilities not currently offered by an average phone's camera, and higher quality files so that she can zoom into details and print her family photos out at different sizes. "Every year, I make an annual photo album, but sometimes I can't use the photos that I've taken on my phone, because the quality is just too low, in my view."
Now back home in London, Katja is working on new ways of photographing her family. Using the beginner-friendly Canon EOS M50 and a Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens and Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens, she's exploring manual features such as depth of field and shutter speed.
"The great thing about the Canon EOS M50 is that it's really portable," she says. "You can just sling it over your shoulder and head out anywhere. And even though it's small, you can use different lenses for different situations. So it's really easy to capture photos of the kids when we're out together as a family."