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 latest e-course please visit – A Year of Creating Time Capsules

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May 2nd, 2013 at 11:40 am

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SLOW MO VIDEO – ADDING VIDEO CLIPS TO INSTAGRAM

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You know I love shooting video and making films… right? well, my new love is slow-mo video shot on the iPhone…

It’s turning into an addiction…

Yes, I use slow motion footage in my family Time Capsule films, as I love the feeling it creates and how you can really indulge in a moment.

But using the iPhone is great, as it’s SO easy to shoot with and the slow-mo feature is brilliant.

I’ve had a few questions about my video clips and people asking how I’m uploading my clips to Instagram… so I thought I’d make a little tutorial and share my process.

Here I share how I edit my clips in iMovie… how to fade-to-black… uploading in the 16:9 ratio… it’s simple and quick – anyone can give it a try. (It’s likely there are plenty of other ways to do this, I’m just sharing how I do it.)

These are the apps I use - iMovie app  - Squaready Video

I’d love to see if you make use of this tutorial, so please tag me @xantheb so I can peek into your slow-mo world.

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My online course Creating Time Capsules has been running for years, where I share all you need to know to turn your photos & videos into films of your life.

Starting in December there’ll be an extended version ALL YEAR LONG, during 2015. Giving plenty of time to make some magic films of your life.

A Year Of Creating Time Capsules is happening… all the details are HERE.

Why don’t you join the growing community that will be capturing their 2015 by creating Time Capsule films.

 

 

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November 26th, 2014 at 8:15 am

LATELY – AT GATHER CALIFORNIA

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Lately it’s been quiet here on the blog.

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been in LA, California making some of my dreams come true.

The dream was to hang out with my dear friend Kim – to adventure & capture it all with my camera – to experience the golden hour on the beach…  and most of all, for Kim & I with the help of Myriam & Alisha, was to bring a group of creative souls together… a retreat of sorts – to GATHER, play, be creative and share our gifts.

It was all we hoped it would be and so much more – the ladies that gathered with Kim & I in both sessions were amazing… each full of stories, experience, openness, kindness and plenty of creativity… we had so much fun taking photos of props and each other, alongside the conversations and the friendships formed.

There’s something so incredible about the energy that surrounds people doing what they love together – sharing their skills, asking & answering questions, playing with their art and experimenting… and doing it with grace & in harmony.

Thank you to everyone who helped make it so memorable – behind the scenes and by being ‘all in’ during the experience. It was magic.

I’m sure there will be more stories, photos & a film to come as I process it all. I’ve got a little sleep to catch up on first!.

But for now, here’s a little flavour.

All photos captured on Canon EOS 5D mIII

 

 

 

 

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November 21st, 2014 at 3:00 pm

A YEAR OF CREATING TIME CAPSULES

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Over the last two years I’ve had a goal of creating one Time Capsule film a month.

It began last year & 2013 looked like this…

The challenge continued into 2014… pretty much… with just one missing month back in Feb, which I made up for further along in the year – it feels good to have a goal.

If I keep focus, I will make it happen in 2014 with 12 films completed. This might be my favourite film of the year…

With just one month left in 2014… my mind was pondering 2015 and how I’d like the challenge to continue.

So I wondered if you would like to join me in A Year Of Creating Time Capsules whether you’ve taken one of my courses before or never made a film before, I believe you’ll enjoy this journey.

Of course you can set your own challenge as to how many films you make over the year – one a month is just my suggestion. You can find more details for the course are HERE… the possibilities of what you could create are endless…

You can capture a simple film using only photos made into a slideshow.

Or one minute memory using photos as a stop motion.

Or capture one of your adventures.

Or make your films on a mobile device.

Or to remember something special.

Or use video to capture movement and memories of good times.

Or gather footage over a longer period of time.

Or you can do all of the above, gently spaced out over the whole year. I’ll give you the tools to get started and together, as a community all working towards the same goal, we will photograph & video our magic, unique and fleeting lives into something special we can enjoy forever.

These films are little gifts to me – the hard work and time that goes into them is always worth it.

So, if you like the sound of A Year Of Creating Time Capsules & would you like to join us. Head on over here as registration is open… we’re kicking off in December because I think the festive period offers plenty of opportunity to shoot some memories… but because I know this might be overwhelming for some… registration will remain open through January. Also if you’re keen to join, but financially it’s tricky in the build up to the end of the year, I can split the payments… just email me and we’ll figure it out.

Just imagine how amazing it will be this time next year, as you look back at all you’ve created and preserved forever in your Time Capsule films.

 

 

 

 

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November 10th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

A WEEK OF MORNINGS

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All week long I’ve been capturing our mornings… mainly of the boys as they are changing so fast and the rhythm of our mornings has changed so much over the years.

I’ve created a slideshow of my favourite images – it’s like a virtual photo album. A way of viewing the photos as a Time Capsule film.

If you enjoy taking photos and sometimes struggle with video, then a simple photo slideshow is the answer. It’s the film I suggest people in my Creating Time Capsules course begin with.

I have some exciting news for people interested in making their own films & taking my course (and for those who’ve already participated in previous courses) – I will be running an extended version ALL YEAR LONG, during 2015. Giving plenty of time to make some magic films of your life.

A Year Of Creating Time Capsules is happening… all the details are HERE.

Why don’t you join the community that will be Creating Time Capsules, using photos & videos to tell the stories of their lives.

 

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November 7th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

IT’S NOVEMBER

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I can’t believe it’s November.

But it’s ok, because I’m not going to do my usual panic that the year has whizzed by too fast. It’s best to just be in the moment and take each day as it comes – and try to tackle all that’s brewing in my head… get on with the plans for the rest of the year & 2015 and the events coming up.

It’s all good.

This week I’m focusing on home and our mornings… and it’s good to be shooting for me… just memory making. The camera is out and my eyes switched on. I’ll share some of my favourite images on Friday, but you can follow along on Instagram for a daily update.

I’ve been formulating a new version of my e-course, as I’d like to challenge myself and others to create for a longer period of time… so A Year Of Creating Time Capsules is coming… A chance to spend all year making films of your life. The possibilities are exciting!

I’m eager to launch it… for the course to begin in mid December, when there’s lots going on and usually plenty to capture – join my mailing list or come back here for details later this week.

Coming soon… A whole year of combining photos & video into stories of your life.

 

 

 

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November 3rd, 2014 at 2:12 pm

LATELY

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Lately

Things have looked like this…

A trip to the seaside.

Plenty of pumpkins.

An evening with Pinterest celebrating Day of the Dead Mexican style… with nail art!

Family shoots & new baby yumminess.

Off to enjoy the rest of half term with the boys… see you on the other side.

 

 

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October 30th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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THE ROUTINE OF EVERYDAY

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Coming out the summer and having shot loads of pretty places and events, I’d kinda forgotten about just capturing the everyday stuff… other than a little bit on that Sunday afternoon recently.

These everyday photos and memories are what I will love in years to come.

So on our ride yesterday morning, I grabbed some footage on my iPhone to make a One Minute Memory film – it’s not the best quality or brilliantly shot or even, one of my best films, but it packed with memories of our ride to school…. and I love the way he rides his scooter, the backpack and those long legs!

This was all shot on my iPhone and then edited in iMovie on the phone – simple & quick – all the palm of my hand.

This is prime example of a Time Capsule film… the type of film I encourage people to make during my online course - you don’t need fancy equipment to tell a story.

SO… that leads me on to announce the winners of my giveawayErica & Jack – I will email you today.

There’s still time to join us – the course starts tomorrow… all the details are here.

What memories will you capture?

 

 

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October 23rd, 2014 at 4:10 pm

FAMILY ‘TIME CAPSULE’ PHOTO SESSION

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This family are very dear to my heart… having photographed them a couple of times before (here & here).

I love watching them grow from one year to the next, giving them the gift of memories of their family life, to enjoy in the future.

I’m itching to photograph your family… to give you memories… I can capture your life, look for what’s beautiful in your story and preserve it. I’ll capture photos of you in all the glory, so you can sit and reminisce with your family in years to come.

I sometimes get replies to enquiries saying they can’t afford a session or they don’t feel fit/pretty/thin enough for photos right now… but I tell you – your wonderful life is happening right now, it’s passing by like a speed train changing all the time – I feel it this so deeply as I watch our two boys grow up!

Can I provide you with photos of what’s really important?…right in this moment. Please…

So, if you’ve ever thought of having photos by me… do get in touch… tell me your budget, tell me about you & your family. Let me come and hang out with my camera. Don’t wait any longer… trust me.

SOMERSAULT FESTIVAL – CREATING TIME CAPSULES GIVEAWAY

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I was feeling the autumn blues creeping in, coz I’m missing the hazy days of summer.

It happens every year and I’ve found the tonic – relive my favourite summer moments through films and photos!

I did it last year and it really helped.

So when the rain poured down earlier this week, I revisited my half finished film of Somersault Festival and completed it. Somersault was one of our highlights of the summer… my top ten favourite moments are here.

Watching this transports me right back there… the feelings wash over and the greyness of the clouds over head seem to fade away for a while.

(Some of this footage made it into our film of summer adventures)

We had such a good time as a family there. The music, the activities, the location and the food. We saw some of our favourite artists perform, while lazing in the sunshine.

I’m so happy it’s been announced that Somersault will happen next year… Is it too early to start counting the days?!

Making this kinda of film is a gift for me and my family. It’s a virtual Time Capsule – brimming with memories that are great to watch, even though only a few months have passed – imagine how good it will be next year, or in two years or beyond.

You can make your own films like this… I share all you need to know to get creating in my online course Creating Time Capsules.

The final round in 2014 starts next week and I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’d like to offer TWO spaces in a little giveaway…

Just leave a comment here and tell me what memories you would like to film and I’ll pick a couple of random winners on Wednesday (to announce on Thursday), just in time to begin.

Easy peasy…

All the best! x.

A DAY TRIP ON THE DREAMLINER WITH THOMSON HOLIDAYS

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During our trip to Mexico with First Choice Holidays, I fell in love with the 787 Dreamliner plane. You can read my gushing love letter here.

So when the blogging team at First Choice invited me to spend more time on this marvellous plane and to stop off for lunch in Palma, Mallorca! I jumped at the chance.

An early start had us enjoying a presentation on the plane for press and media, as Thompson Holidays announced their future plans to become the world’s best ‘holiday airline’. There are plans for family seating areas, contact with your resorts so you can start planning your activities in the air before arrival. More Dreamliners on order and some exciting new destinations.

During the flight I was sat with some lovely bloggers, including the lovely Katie who I’ve spent time with at other events plus we collaborate over at I Heart Snapping. We were treated to a delicious breakfast and a light show! called the Tui Wave – on a regular flight this would happen before take off… we were able to experience it numerous times, so everyone could grab a snap shot.

Once we’d landed, there was a chance to explore the plane more, check out the cock pit and talk to the pilot, who also happened to be the MD of Thomson airline!

A quick drive into Palma and the most delicious meal at Ca’n Eduardo with stunning views of the marina.

And a brief walk in the sunshine with the delightful Poppy Loves soaking up the heat and the colours.

Then back on the Dreamliner for the most gorgeous sunset as we took off… and one of the perks of travelling premium economy on a night flight with Thomson – cozy duvets and hot chocolate with marshmallows – they know how to look after their customers!

Thanks to the lovely team at the First Choice blog for inviting me and to all those at First Choice & Thomson Holidays who made the day so special, I had such a super time with everyone!

Photos captured on Canon 5DmIII & iPhone 5s

 

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October 16th, 2014 at 11:26 am