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WIN! A five-star family trip to Mexico

We’ve teamed up with the Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa in Cancún, Mexico (where we took the pictures below), to give one lucky reader the chance to win a seven-night, all-inclusive family holiday for four at this five-star resort*. Not only does it offer pristine beaches, a stunning spa and seven restaurants, but it’s also home to a Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre**. And flights are included, too! To enter and to read the Ts&Cs, just click below. The closing date is midnight on 27 August 2019.

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PICTURE PERFECT

Photographer Rachell Smith, who shot our cover and main beauty story for Health & Beauty’s July/August issue, shares her tricks for taking winning sunny snaps

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#Saycheese
‘I’m not a huge fan of overly posed selfies – I think natural out-takes that you didn’t plan always look better. Choose a good backdrop with colour and interest, but also something that you won’t blend into.’

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Power in numbers
‘Getting a group of people all looking the same way and smiling at the same time is hard! So make it more dynamic and ask everyone to do something instead, such as jumping or laughing. That way you create energy and personality – it doesn’t actually matter if they’re not all looking straight on.’

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Good enough to eat
‘The key to getting food looking as gorgeous as it tastes is perspective. You need to place your camera high, so you have a bird’s-eye view of the plate – and  clear away anything that detracts from the focus.’

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Perfect landscapes
‘You’ll have great lighting if it’s sunny, but take landscape shots up a notch by creating a focal point. Choose something that draws your eye into the picture, such as a path, or a boat on the horizon.’

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… and action!
‘Capturing movement is tricky, but can be done. Change the setting on your camera to a fast shutter speed, so it takes a series of pictures really quickly.’

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Words Sarah-Jane Corfield-Smith Photography Louisa Edge, Rachell Smith

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