Hi, I’m Xanthe (pronouced Zan-thee). My photographs and films are about capturing moments, connections and making memories… My bliss is sealing up memories to hold on to forever….by creating work full of fun, light, colour, laughter and true love…
This space is where you can find my latest work and get to know me, as I share my life & how I see the world. Please scroll down and take a look.
If you’d like me to take YOUR photos or film YOUR moments or maybe you have an enquiry or questions about what you see… please contact me, I love it when you say hello…
Something rather wonderful happened during BLUE week…
There was a blue sky every. single. day… who would’ve thought this would happen when we started this colour// colour project 7 weeks ago?
It made the blossom even more beautiful. And made me smile everyday.
The blue skies even continued in Germany for the Lumia 1020 tour…
Making it most fabulous for photo taking…
And then yesterday… the gift of all gifts… the cherry on top of the cake.
A warm day of picnics on Hampstead Heath, sitting out on the blanket & lazing in hammocks we strung up in the trees… actually warm enough for bare feet and bare arms, even though the trees are still bare!
I take this as a wonderful sign that BLUE week supposed to happen this week and perhaps a sign of more good weather to come.
I’ll be back to round up this amazing colour // colour project with inspiring Andrea later in the week… can’t quite find the words yet…
But I must share this… I’ve loved the serendipity of certain images we’ve taken during this project. Take this one on the final day… yesterday a blue van spotted on the way to our picnic… and look Andrea found one too…
The very lovely people at Nokia have sent me a Lumia 1020 to play with and test out for a couple of months.
So I’ve been shooting photos, sharing some on Instagram… and having lots of fun.
The colours are so vibrant and there are some really cool features like creating action shots… which is great fun with my active boys.
Last weekend I thought I’d play around with the video element, as I headed out to the Photo Hunt (which I’ll write more about in another post).
So far the video has been great, I still need to play around with some of the features… but using the camera grip certainly helps to keep shots steady.
As it happens, an adventure awaits… I’m heading off with a few other instagrammers with Lumia 1020s in our hands… you can follow along on my instagram and I’ll be back next week with tales from our trip to Germany.
If you’re interested in learning how to make your own films like this….and these.
I share how to make slideshows & stop motion films plus shoot video, then edit it altogether in iMovie during my Creating Time Capsules course… Perhaps you’d like to join the fun we have? -
I love blurring the lens as we travel at night and watching the lights move on by.
I LOVE to print my photos.
It’s wonderful to look through my boxes of photos going back as far as I can remember… I’ve never been a big album keeper… I used to fill visual journals with writing and photos, but since having children I’ve opted for gathering my images in boxes. I actually like how the photos get all jumbled up and how within one box, there might be a mix of photos spanning 5 years. For me, this represents my life far better than seeing things in chronological order.
As I get ready for my 40th birthday, I’m looking back. Instead of being overwhelmed by the volume of images, I’m full of gratitude that I have them. Each photo transports me back.
These boxes are my Tangible Time Capsules.
As the photographer, you tend to be left out of photos, but I’ve always tried to be present within the frame, as I’m part of the story too. There are plenty of ‘arms length’ photos, timer shots and clearly, photos by other people.
I want to encourage YOU to get printing your photos.
So a new e-course is brewing… packed full of things I love to share – photography & collecting memories and keeping with the theme of my Original Creating Time Capsules course…
Let me introduce - Creating TANGIBLE Time Capsules
A photography based course – encouraging you to capture parts of your life, gathering memories through various photo projects & prompts, creating proof of us and our loved ones…
And then you – print, PRINT, print these photos… it’s time to get them off our hard drives & mobile phones and into…
Your own Time Capsule box that will represent who we are and what we love RIGHT IN THIS MOMENT.
It’s the final week of the color // colour project… BLUE!
I wonder how many blue skies I’ll see this week?
Roll on BLUE, I do love you.
While working at my computer the other day, I was uploading the images from my iPhone. The thumbnails skipped past catching the corner of my eye, after a while the bursts of colour caught my full attention…
Watching the story of the past couple of months whizzing by… mostly frames taken for the colour // colour lovers project, was wonderful – Abundant colour flicking past.
So I dragged the photos into iMovie… unedited, exactly in sequence, as the shots were taken and edited – revealing the way I shoot – which is A LOT of frames and the fact that I’ve been collecting colour whenever I’ve seen it, not necessarily the week of the colour.
I love the way the slideshow is just like a stop-motion… the photos move and flash past quickly. Bursts of colour & movement… my two favourite things to capture… with a sprinkling of silhouette jump shots too!
This kinda of film is a simple way of using all the images taken on your phone to tell a quick story of your experiences and sights you’ve seen.
You can give it a go too?
I share how to make slideshows & stop motion films plus shoot video, then edit it altogether in iMovie during my Creating Time Capsules course… Perhaps you’d like to join the fun we have -
ORANGE – thank you for being amazing. I never knew how much I liked you till now. You showed up and wooed me.
And now I see you everywhere. Magic.
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been taking part in a collaboration with other creative mums, bloggers & photographers, over on the I Heart Snapping blog, to celebrate the beauty and magic of childhood.
It’s called Living Arrows and it’s a project right up my street.
Each week we share one photo and together they give a snapshot into childhood stories.
It’s encouraged me to be consistent at capturing portraits of our boys, especially as they grow up and they’re not around as much… and are more reluctant to be in front of the camera.
Only 8 weeks in and already it’s a fixed part of my routine of shooting. I tend to take the shot during the weekend, and it’s a new challenge for me to choose ONLY one shot… when I tend to take sequences of photos and even, make films from them.
The bonus has been that each month, there are more photos to be printed… along with the outtakes and other shots taken…
Printing photos has always been important to me. I encourage everyone to get their photos off their devices, as it’s SO good to have it in your hand or on a wall of fame. I can’t tell you how many boxes/books of prints I have to browse through. It’s magic.
So much so… I’m creating an online course with photo projects & prompts to get you shooting and then PRINTING, to make a TANGIBLE Time Capsule… Do you fancy spending the whole of April with me and making your own printable treasures to have forever?. More details to come next week.
Happy weekend… go shoot your stories… x.
I guess it’s living in London, but I’ve noticed a lot of brick captures in my photos this week… Our London brick has an orange hue in certain light and I’ve been totally drawn to it this week.
A spur of the moment photo session…
Just a small window of time to play with ribbons (because Boo loves them) and a scarf floating in the wind…
You never know what you’ll capture, till you see it off the camera and on the screen.
I love the shapes and the movement captured… I love the ORANGE against the blue and the ORANGE against the green.
I love photos for no other reason than to just play and see what happens…