WELCOME…

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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 current e-courses please visit - Creating Time Capsules :: TANGIBLE Time Capsules

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May 2nd, 2013 at 11:40 am

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SUMMER FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS

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Have you been meaning to have some family photos taken?, but just keep putting it off…

How about we make it happen this summer?

I have just a couple of slots for weekend sessions available in the next few months… so if you’ve been thinking about a session with me, so I can capture your family in all it’s glory this summer… Let’s make it happen.

I can come and hang out at your home…

See the children’s rooms, or you all playing in your kitchen, lazing in your sofa or hanging out in the heart of your home.

Show me what you all love to do there…

We could have breakfast together,

or bake a cake,

or sit on the doorstep,

or jump on the beds & run up the stairs,

pretending to be bears.

We could make paper aeroplanes & lego houses,

dance in the hallway (in tutus if you like),

or roll around on the rug… while having a hug.

Eat snacks & have chats,

or read books. The favourite one of the moment.

We could go outside…

Play in the summer sunshine,

visit your favourite playground… park or secret locations with long grass and summer flowers…

Roll down hills, skip holding hands,

or jump in puddles (because there’s always the chance of rain),

make daisy chains & have picnics.

Take me gardening at your allotment or for a hike through the woods,

or let’s go on a bike ride…  or perhaps a stroll in the neighbourhood.

We could go anywhere – I love an adventure!

We can DO what you LOVE to DO… and we’ll have fun together whatever we do, and I’ll shoot some pretty photos for you print & share. Forever.

Let’s tell the story of your family now… for you to treasure for years to come.

Contact me - xantheb [at] mac.com and let’s have some fun.

I’d love to meet your family…

 

 

GO OUTSIDE

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Breathe the fresh air.

Feel the breeze on your skin.

Smell the grass and the earth.

Watch the light filter through the trees.

Smell the day turn to night

Hear the bird song.

Watch the wind move the branches.

Breathe in the colours.

Smell the wood burning.

Stare into the sky & the clouds.

Feel the warm sun on your back.

Get away from the screens, the noise of the internet & the constant images flowing in front of me.

And just be, outside. And be nourished & inspired by that.

Just a few frames from the weekend… shot on Canon 5Dm3.

 

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April 22nd, 2014 at 10:21 pm

BALANCE

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I watched him sitting there… thinking it would make a good photo. I crept up behind and captured it.

Then I waited. Quietly.

He climbed up further and tried to find a spot to stand. He fell down onto the grass, then wobbled while trying again.

So he moved to a different spot… and this happened.

Simple lessons learnt.

Keep going. If it’s not working. Try again. But keep going, you’ll find a way.

I love that.

Have a happy weekend.

 

 

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April 17th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

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LOVING THE LIGHT

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Recently there’s been an abundance of sunlight – it has been enriching me…

It’s like being reunited with a long lost friend and I just want to hang out with it ALL. THE. TIME.

Photos captured on the Canon 5dM3 – iPhone 5s – Nokia Lumia 1020

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April 16th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

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LATELY

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Bike riding :: course writing :: making dreams & hoping :: magic trick watching :: emailing :: light painting :: puddle splashing :: idea bursting :: spring cleaning :: migraine suffering :: bbq season starting :: nail painting :: tea drinking :: always appreciating :: picture hanging :: happy skyping :: kale juicing :: inspiring instagramming :: memory making :: sweet pea cultivating :: duvet hiding :: photo printing :: days whizzing :: wrist hurting :: travel yearning…

That was my week – how was yours?

Have a super tip top weekend – make some magic memories… ok?

xxx

{more LATELY posts}

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April 11th, 2014 at 1:00 am

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LATELY

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This week has whizzed by… hard to believe only a week ago I was greeted by this yellow loveliness and had a weekend packed with goodness.

It was back to work with a bang on Monday. My new course launched and a lovely group has gathered, all excited about shooting their stories and printing those images to go into their TANGIBLE Time Capsule box.

I’m taking the course alongside them, which I love being able to do, as I get the gift of photos of our life that I might not have taken otherwise.

One afternoon after school, for one of the projects we’re doing, I captured the usual stuff… snacks, reading, chatting etc…

Just in case you always think life is so calm and serene in my world… oh no! there’s a fair amount of wrestling and sitting one each other.

The constant wrestling does my head in… thankfully most of the time it’s done in laughter, but yes, it often ends in tears… but they soon go back for more. I don’t get it, but they need to do it apparently.

This time instead of leaving the room as I usually do, I kept photographing these moments.

As this is life right now… and I’m sure I’ll miss it when it’s gone.

 

 

 

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April 4th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

SCENES FROM THE WEEKEND + SENDING YOU GIFTS

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I’m still grinning from birthday celebrations… what a fabulous whirlwind this past week has been. I feel very spoiled and loved.

Some of the highlights – dinner with my boys, days out rolling around London, more dinners with friends, cake, flowers, big party shenanigans with Naomi & Rosa and bunch of people we love, dancing & singing, hugging & photoboothing. My yellow bike, power juicer, paintings & artwork & teapots galore plus an abundance of other lovely & useful things to mark being 40!

It’s been crazy good.

Very grateful indeed.

Now it’s time for me to give you something…

Here are the receivers of my gifts to you from my birthday post - All randomly picked out of the hat, plus I’ve added two more people, just because.

Grateful 365 Book – Brooke Nussbaum

Color//colour print – Nancy Moon & Lou at LittleGreenShed

TANGIBLE Time capsule course – Laura Bastien & Louise Gibbons

You guys will receive an email with details today.

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Creating TANGIBLE Time Capsules starts tomorrow… there’s still time to join us…

 

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April 1st, 2014 at 3:42 pm

THIS IS 40

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This is 40. I’m here. As Cosmo said, “It’s not any different to yesterday really”. But I think that maybe it will be.

My 39 list needs auditing, to see what needs carrying forward and what’s been ticked off. Plus, a new list is forming. I’ll be back with those.

I’m ready for 40. Bring it!

Let’s give a few presents away in celebration…

* A copy of the 365 Grateful book – this project changed my life and I’m very honoured to have some photos in Hailey’s book.

* A place on my TANGIBLE Time Capsule course.

* Any print of a photo by me from the color // colour lovers project.

Just leave a comment saying which gift you would like and I’ll choose some lovely people at random on Tuesday 1st April.

P.s Karen is hosting a giveaway on her blog today too…

Thanks SO much for passing by here, I hope it brings some colour and smiles to your life. Time to get back to the birthday fun and another ride on this! xxx

Photos by the lovely Kirstin  on our epic day on Camber beach.

 

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March 28th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

MORNINGS

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As much as I love capturing a “day in the life” – sometimes it can feel overwhelming. You would think taking photos as you go about your day would be simple, and it is in essence. It just takes up time, and everything takes longer to do.

That why I love capturing portions of the day… and mornings are my favourite. There’s something about the morning routine that is the same everyday… yet slowly over time, there are changes that you don’t notice happening. BIG changes, especially when I look back at mornings from years ago.

This week, as I come to the end of my thirties, it seemed right to capture my favourite time of the day. Photos to add to my TANGIBLE Time Capsule, especially as I get ready for the TANGIBLE course to start next week.

I’m going to encourage participants to capture their mornings and other portions of their day to put into their TANGIBLE Time Capsule… perhaps you might be inspired to do so too? – Mornings are wonderful! Perhaps you’d like to share a frame or two from your morning? Leave a link in the comments, I’d love to see.

Here’s my collection of images from mornings this week… little memories preserved forever… being sent off for printing asap.

TANGIBLE Time Capsules begins next week… there’s still time to join the fun…

x.

 

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March 27th, 2014 at 10:08 am

REMINISCING

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On Friday, I turn 40.

I’ve been so looking forward to it. Racing towards it, ready to start a new decade, totally up for it. I’ve been looking to the future, feeling good.

Then last week I started reflecting and reminiscing. Looking at old photos, for a birthday project and prepping things for TANGIBLE Time Capsules.

The blessing of boxes of photos is re-living it all. I’m grateful for that. But I’m also dealing with all the emotions that come with it.

Finding photos that make me cry. In a good way, for a life that’s now gone. Here was me and our first baba at nap time in our home in Thailand. I’d forgotten I’d captured it.

Luke and I before we became parents still living in Asia…

The boys and I on Cosmo’s first birthday in the back garden of our flat…

I began noticing that I’d been doing ‘selfies’ way before they became ‘a thing’.

I’m going to encourage those taking my TANGIBLE Time Capsule course, that even the photographer should get in the frame now and again… is good to see those you love, but it’s also good to see yourself. To remember what life was once like. Even if at the time, you don’t think much of the photo – in years to come, it will be a treasure.

I love to prompt you all to print your photos! – I know how much I’ve enjoyed looking through my boxes of prints, it’s so much easier rather than scrolling through my hard drives.

TANGIBLE Time Capsules is open for registration… join us for photography prompts to capture your life as it is right now, with plenty of encouragement to print, so you can build a real “hold in your hand” time capsule.

 

 

 

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March 25th, 2014 at 3:31 pm