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 is currently in session :: TANGIBLE is coming soon.

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May 2nd, 2013 at 11:40 am

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THE GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE

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I sort of knew the Good Life Experience would be our kinda festival. Celebrating the outdoors with music, activities, camping and lots of fun, is right up our street.

Packed with loads of things to do and see – the boys were gutted it was only on for one day.

Some of the highlights for us were…

Bountiful fairground rides – as many times as you like… well, our boys were in heaven, having multiple turns of the swings and helter skelter, till they eventually got kicked off, to let someone else have a turn… But an hour later they were back.

There was archery and axe throwing… the boys loved this!

A wide variety of workshops and food demonstrations – like spoon making, bread making and the cooking, had me eager to get in the kitchen and rustle up something new.

The music was amazing – a wonderful mix of delights, from sweet campfire singsongs with Cerys Matthews to the energetic CC Smugglers, who’s passion shined through, with a beat certain to get you moving.

I loved the chance to hang out with friends and make some new ones – especially camping alongside a few instagram and blogging friends and their gorgeous families – all the children played so well with each other.

The whole experience was like being at a big party, it was so friendly. Well done to everyone involved in creating such a spectacular event…Thanks for having us.

Can’t wait till next year!

A few more of glimpses of what we saw and got up too…

 

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September 24th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

SCENES OF SUMMER

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This summer was a glorious whirlwind… packed to the brim…

The sun glistened and the days were long – oh those were the best… and the golden hour, that I never want to end. It rained a lot too… I’ll never forget those Bertha thunderstorms, making me worry about the boys camping on their own in some valley in Scotland.

It was the summer of the skateboard – much like last year was the summer of the scooter and the summer before that – the diabolo (although, even those still make a regular appearance) the love of the skateboard had us discovering new pockets of London.

There were body boards too… but the water wasn’t as warm as Mexico, so it wasn’t as appealing.

There was peacefulness in the house & there were noisy times – the boys fighting and the volume it creates.

The lush greens, the countryside and those Welsh hills covered in purple heather as we drove by. The vibrant cityscapes of our dearest London – I love the colours and new corners explored.

Being in the company of wonderful friends & their children… food and conversation – stories shared and laughter round the table or campfire.

There were tears too – a few headaches and heartaches, keep the balance of feeling all emotions fully… that’s ok. I’m sensitive to it all. I know this.

So grateful for a life this full. For my camera to capture it all. Oh summer of 2014 you were a delight!

Just a few of my favourite scenes of summer… the little frames to spark the bigger story.

 Photos shot on Canon 5DIII & iPhone 5s

 

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September 19th, 2014 at 8:00 am

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

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Yes, I love capturing the holidays, adventures and special moments…

but I also relish in gathering images of the everyday life at home.

It’s been a wonderful hectic summer, with many weekends away, so it was a gift to have a weekend with NO plans last week. A chance to potter, sort some things out in the house and have a roast dinner!

So I kept my camera with me and gathered some little vignettes… Keeping it simple by using only photographs to make into a stop motion film – the current round of Creating Time Capsules have been making some lovely films using photos – so I was inspired.

This is our now… no major events & imperfect images embraced…

Besides the light is so gorgeous at this time of year… it’s probably the star of the show.

Hope Autumn is bringing you some lazy Sundays… thanks for passing by x.

 

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September 17th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

FAMILY ‘TIME CAPSULE’ PHOTO SESSION

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Yesterday, I shared a family session with two adorable little girls… It’s easy to think that the time to capture your family is when the kids are young… but I think any age is important to document. There’s always a story to tell as family life is constantly changing.

It’s about making time to freeze this ‘day in your life’ to remember the everyday things and what you did or where you lived at this stage in your family life… plus all the connections and love that a family has, no matter the age of the children.

These guys were fantastic – they laughed, shared stories with me… and their dog, Biscuit was always trying to be part of the action.

The boys showed me their favourite things to do – Sasha even wrote me a poem! that’s a first for me.

Here are a few of my favourite frames.

If you’re interested in a family session with me… contact me – I’d love to tell your stories.

 

 

FAMILY ‘TIME CAPSULE’ PHOTO SESSION

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I love to just hang out with a family during a photo session at their home.

We play and chat….I’m grateful to be invited into their world.

They don’t have to be doing anything special – just their everyday stuff will make for great memories in the future.

I remember many mornings like this with our boys, when they were younger.

Recently I went to play with this mama and her two adorable girls – They played, read, drew pictures, had snacks… just the regular stuff that happens in a home with a family like this. I was even entertained by songs from the Frozen soundtrack – what a treat!

They now have this “day in their life” preserved forever – a Time Capsule of memories of how their life is, right at this moment. I think that’s pretty special.

Here are a few of my favourite frames.

Interested in booking a session? Contact me & I’ll send you the details. x.

 

 

TIME TO GATHER

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The idea has been brewing all year between Kim and I…

We will return to California to be creative, to recharge, to inspire each other & make plans. But mostly to GATHER and just be.

While we were talking about what we’d like to happen, we thought perhaps other creative friends would like to join us. So we asked the lovely Myriam if she’d create a space for our gather retreat with kindred spirits.

Gather California is happening in November.

Please head on over to Kim’s space to find out more.

 

 

 

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September 12th, 2014 at 9:41 am

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SUMMER ADVENTURES 2014 – A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM

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I’ve said it before, but this summer holiday went so fast.

To combat the ‘back to school’ feelings… I’ve been re-living the summer by completing this film.

These are my favourite moments – the little things that will spark the bigger memories in future. The details of our life and this time together, which is so fleeting.

These are our stories. I’m so grateful to have captured them.

This was our summer.

Still to be completed is a film just about Somersault festival, even though lots of fav memories are within here… and I reckon a “one minute memory” skateboarding film has to be made, as I have tons of footage.

This was the summer of skating.

Now, maybe… this film has you all inspired and wishing you could make your own memory films… well…

Creating Time Capsules starts TOMORROW! and I’d love to guide you through the magic of making your own films & for you to be part of a community all sharing their stories.

Plus there’s still a few hours left to win a place on the course… head over here… I’ll be e-mailing the winners this evening UK time.

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*Side note about music in the film : I love this song… it’s been played frequently as we’ve travelled about this summer, so it seemed only right to have it as the soundtrack to this film… I don’t usually like to use unlicensed music now, and I spend hours searching for decent tracks to accompany my work… but this song IS our summer, so I’m using it… Hey, if you like it too, I recommend the whole album, especially this track

CREATING TIME CAPSULES – A GIVEAWAY

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This summer feels like the fastest I’ve ever experienced… yet we managed to pack so much in… and why does July feel like a lifetime ago? – time is weird that way, right?

I’m currently editing films about our summer, I’ve been capturing our recent moments through photos & video – all the fun times and everyday moments. I’m excited to see them come together and re-live the memories over and over in one of my Time Capsule films.

That’s the gift of these films… I see it already with a film I made back in July.

And even more so when I look at the film of last summer… so much has changed, so much still the same. The places we adventured too… the things we saw. They are all locked down in this film – a Time Capsule of last summer to re-live whenever we want.

It takes time and effort to shoot & edit something like this, and when I’m struggling to complete a film, I go back and look at my old ones to spur me to complete it, because I know how wonderful these will be to look at in a few weeks when winter kicks in… or next year, when the boys have changed again and in 5 years when I’ll have surely forgotten some of these moments.

Before I get back to editing our summer 2014 adventures… let me share this…

Fancy learning how make your films?… Creating Time Capsules is where I guide you through my process and you can start shooting & editing your own films and make Time Capsules to enjoy forever.

The next course starts this Friday 5th… there’s still time to join us.

As I do with every course, I’d like to offer TWO places as a giveaway, for those who’ve wanted to take part but haven’t for whatever reason…

Just tell me your favourite summer moment this year in the comments below and I pick the two winners at random on Thurs, ready for the course to start on Fri.

Easy peasy…

 

Updated : the winners are Traci & Hannah – I’ll be e-mailing you. YAY!

 

 

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September 2nd, 2014 at 2:01 pm

ADVENTURES IN HAWARDEN

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The lovely people behind the exquisite Pedlars are hosting a new festival in Hawarden, North Wales -

The Good Life Experience – Remember the launch back in July – what a vibrant affair!

As we were heading to Wales this summer, the organisers invited us to check out all the delights that Harwarden has to offer… And oh boy, we were blown away.

First we headed to Hawarden farm shop… Packed with fresh produce either direct from the estate or locally sourced. A tour of the on-site butcher had the boys watching sausages being made and Luke being given the low down on all the cuts from a cow.

We sampled lunch from the deli counter – the boys proclaimed the hot dogs were the best sausages they’d ever had.

With full bellies and plenty of photos taken in the colourful store, we were shown around the site where the festival will be.

They’ll be a main music tent with music curated by Cerys Matthews, bush craft activities in the wood, axe throwing, archery, food by Bill Granger, yoga, beer tasting, spoon carving and so much more!

The estate was gorgeous… I can’t wait to see it in all it’s festival glory.

Next stop was Gladstone’s Library… where we were staying for the night. Beautiful bedrooms brimming with history, with a modern twist, as they were sprinkled with stylish furnishings.

We were shown around the magnificent library, which houses Gladstone’s collection of books, many of which contain notes and comments on the script & author by Gladstone himself.

As the sun was shining, we dragged ourselves from the library for a walk… caught glimpses of ruined castles, paddled in the river and tried not to disturb the sheep roaming the land.

As if we hadn’t been spoilt with so many delights already… it was time for dinner at the Glynne arms.

The food and the decor… one word = Scrumptious!

The decor details echo those found in the Pedlars store – an eclectic mix of vintage items, signage, bottles, art work – some incorporating portraits of Gladstone and references to the great outdoors, especially with the signature axe popping up everywhere.

And the food… was outstanding – I wish this was my local!

Cosmo was so inspired by the crest at the Glynne Arms, he set about creating our own family one, including a tree & tent for our love of camping, a camera, pack of cards… and maybe a skate board if his brother can persuade him! it’s still progress, but it’s looking rather brilliant.

Thanks to everyone at Pedlars for showing us such a marvellous time, can’t wait to get back to Hawarden for The Good Life Experience in a couple of weeks! There are still tickets available, come & hang out with us and enjoy the great outdoors!

I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty special, and the sun is certain to shine on us, right?!

 

 

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September 1st, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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FAMILY LOVE

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The love and connection found in families is wonderful to watch and during my family portrait sessions I get to freeze that moment, for them to view in years to come. Little moments – the laughing, the hugs, the dancing, the curls, the tickles, and all the kisses & sometimes the tears – the abundance of energy and the quiet of family life.

I’m booking sessions in London for the next couple of months – and I’m also in New York & Providence at the end of Sept, perhaps I can hang out with you there? – contact me – let’s chat about telling your family stories.

 

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August 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 am

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