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 filling the frame full of fun, light, colour & sunshine.
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…
For information about my latest e-course please visit - Creating Time Capsules
Last week we answered the burning desire to visit the mountains and try our hand at skiing… the Alps would’ve been nice, but the budget didn’t allow, so we adventured off to Scotland instead.
A quick flight to Edinburgh… a stunning scenic car ride along fields & tree lined roads and we were on the slopes for the afternoon. SO quick and easy.
The boys were in their element and took off down the slopes with ease. I surprised myself, (having failed miserably at skiing on a school trip) I managed to tackle the ski runs with them… even if I was going at half the speed (taking in the sights of course!) and they all laugh at my snow plough action!
Here are just a few moments we captured on a Go Pro 4 and the Nokia Lumia 1020.
To be honest I was too busy skiing to capture everything I would’ve liked, plus the weather was very misty on the last day! and it’s not that easy to film while skiing (surprise!).
There was enough footage to make a One Minute Memory… and that’s all you need sometimes to transport yourself back in time.
A One Minute Memory film is simple to make and I encourage participants to create them during my online course Creating Time Capsules where I share how you can capture your moments, edit them together to keep them forever.
The next round of Creating Time Capsules starts soon on March 6th – I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m launching a giveaway for TWO places – one place by leaving a comment here on the blog & one place by leaving a comment on my Instagram feed on the mini version of this film.
Let me know what you would like to capture in a Time Capsule film in the comments.
I’ll announce the winners next Monday 2nd March – All the best!
With half of the week spent in the snow, I thought ORANGE hunting might be a challenge…
But I should’ve known… if you look, there is colour… and the back drop of the snow, made it even more special.
Once we back home… there were pops of ORANGE everywhere. It’s been such a great week!
And then it will be March… and then spring… and we will have beaten the winter blahs!
If I could, all our Time Capsule films would be of fun filled adventures to colourful places, golden hours leaping through sun drenched fields of corn or grabbing some wheels to explore the streets of some familiar London favourite… & even new destinations.
But I have to remind myself that magic is happening everyday in my life. The little things are just as beautiful and just as important to capture.
As part of my A Year of Creating Time Capsules course, I’ve challenged myself along with the lovely people taking part, to create films each month. This should be a simple task as the past couple of years have shown. But now that it’s a goal, it changes the pressure I feel. So I struggled this month. Battled with what to create, wishing for those magic elements I mentioned above, but alas February is the toughest month (that’s why the color//colour lovers project is so important to me) – no cool adventures, just everyday stuff.
So I made a simple film of our weekend. I finally figured it was alright for my film this month to be just OK… Just embrace our life. And the pressure was lifted.
Sun drenched days & adventures will return hopefully, but till then I’ll happily gather our moments and be grateful for this process of making Time Capsules.
Another round of Creating Time Capsules starts next month – this will be the last time I run it till the summer. So if you’d like to create your own films and step into the magic of telling your everyday stories – here are all the details!
Glorious GREEN… I’ve so enjoyed this week… lush, vibrant & abundant greens!
Roll on ORANGE…
Pink was a delightful surprise! I’d forgotten how lovely it can be.
And…. flamingos in windows!! What lovely serendipity.
A mixture of iPhone 5s and Canon 5DmIII photos.
We love a night in a hotel… But we’d never stayed at a London hotel. So when The Hoxton Hotel invited us for the night, I jumped at the chance for a staycation. We’d spent a lovely afternoon at the Hoxton recently, lounging in the lobby and taking advantage of their Photo Booth… more of that sounded delightful!
To make the most of the experience, we headed into the bustling Hoxton area for the afternoon. Checking in was smooth and we whisked ourselves up to the top floor, dropping our bags in the gorgeous room, checking out the view and comfy-ness of the bed… Yes, it was tempting to have a nap, but the vibrancy of Shoreditch was calling.
We mooched around, heading to Blackall Street, which is an alley bursting with street art… we became captivated by artists creating in front of us.
The chilly air sent us inside for warm drinks and a relax on the comfy sofas at Forge & Co. Wondered down past my favourite colourful walls at Chance Street to Brick Lane, for a spot of window shopping and plenty of watching the world go by… there’s something to see on every street corner…
Time for dinner – if you want a table at Dishoom, you have to go early. But it’s so worth it, the food is out of this world. The vibe is electric, the air thick with incense, people laughing, and the staff taking care of you. Delicious spicy food warmed us for our short walk back to the hotel… how lovely not to have to navigate our way home!
The lobby of the hotel was brimming with Friday night revellers – cool music playing from the DJ and cocktails being shaken and enjoyed… This would have totally been our scene a few years ago but instead we grabbed a drink and sneaked off to play table tennis in the board room – Yes, table can be used for meetings as well! I remembered how much I love table tennis – you don’t have to be really good to have fun.
Back upstairs for a cosy sleep and up bright & early to the breakfast bag of goodies and falling snow flakes out the window.
The boys had been desperate to stay in the hotel too, so as a compromise they came down to join us for brunch… Let me tell you about the outstanding avocado and poached egg – Delicious!
A couple of hours were spent – lounging in the lobby, watching tv in bed, more photo strips and then I got beaten at table tennis by the boys!
Such a lovely time – thanks to the Hoxton Hotel for a splendid staycation. Hopefully we’ll do it again some time.
I LOVE yellow… so it wasn’t a surprise that this week made me very happy!
An abundance of YELLOW everywhere! even if I had to bring in a few props to help…
Flowers, fruit, cakes, cups and table tops!
Plenty of YELLOW found on the streets of Shoreditch this weekend.
Thank you YELLOW for brightening up my week! Next up is PINK!
RED is a great way to start the color//colour lovers project – so vibrant, so fun!
Pops of RED make even the hardest of weeks bearable…
A good excuse to wear RED tights and my RED coat.
And look for RED things…
Thanks RED for kicking off the playtime so brilliantly!
Today we start looking for YELLOW -
Each Monday a new colour adventure begins and all week Andrea & I are going to search & capture that colour…
Photograph colour // Film colour // Wear colour // Play with colourful props // Go on colour hunts // Make bouquets of colourful flowers // Make GIFs of colour // Paint my nails // Look in my archives for colour.
Here’s the order of play -
week one: Mon 19th Jan : RED - #colorcolourRED
week two: Mon 26th Jan : YELLOW - #colorcolourYELLOW
week three: Mon 2nd Feb : PINK - #colorcolourPINK
week four: Mon 9th Feb : GREEN - #colorcolourGREEN
week five: Mon 16th Feb : ORANGE - #colorcolourORANGE
week six: Mon 23rd Feb : BLUE - #colorcolourBLUE
Please feel free to join us – the more colour the better!
Let’s get this week of RED started!
I kinda wanted the year to start with a bang, but so far it’s been a slow burner. I’m easing myself in. There are plans, ideas and projects… coming slowly… I’m trusting that and moving towards them.
Making big things happen at the beginning of the year is not great for me… I prefer the springtime – that’s my time to take action. I still feel like hibernating in the darkness right now, ready to emerge in the spring.
This feeling has not been helped by a quiet week at home with Cosmo, who’s been ill and off school. Being stuck indoors has left me needing inspiration… the desire to get out a shoot something other than my table and flowers!
I had to take my bike round the block yesterday, just to feel the wind in my hair and see the beautiful sunshine.
One delight so far this year has been my course – A Year of Creating Time Capsules is going brilliantly – 100 films have been made already in the first month!. There’s so much creativity as I watch people lives from all over the world – their families, their stories, the things that matter to them. These films will be so treasured and it’s only been the first month… I’m so excited for all they can create during 2015. There’s still time to join in – Registration will close at the end of January.
This project is sure to lift my spirits – color//colourlovers is back! Andrea and I will be back with our favourite way to blast the winter blahs and search out colour… on Instagram and in our shared space. We begin on Monday… I can’t wait – see you then.
I’ve been gathering loads of inspiration before we begin! This colour tonic is sure to burst me out of hibernation.