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…
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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.
SO… that leads me on to announce the winners of my giveaway – Erica & 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?
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.
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!
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.
All the best! x.
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!
Photos captured on Canon 5DmIII & iPhone 5s
When Elizabeth from Squam asked me if I’d like to host a photo walk in her favourite city – she said I would LOVE the colours there… and she was SO right.
For our two photo walks - the routes were carefully planned out by Elizabeth, so we could see parts of Providence with plenty of colour potential.
Houses, doors, flowers & shutters… there was opportunity everywhere.
We played with our cameras – searching out contrasting colours, different textures, making portraits and just having fun making technicolour compositions…
Thanks to all the fabulous ladies for joining me on this colour quest and to Elizabeth for the opportunity to create in such a wonderful environment, with such special people.
Squam In The City & Providence – you were amazing!
All photos captured on Canon 5DmIII
A couple of announcements first…
GATHER California is happening in November! I will be gathering with my dear friends Kim, Myriam & a wonderful group of artistic souls – to be creative, to recharge, to inspire each other, make plans and share our passions – there are a couple of spaces left, so if you’d like to join us for this special creative experience – contact Myriam at firstname.lastname@example.org - we’d love to hang out with you.
Creating Time Capsules is OPEN for registration… I will guide you through my process of making films with photos & video, so you can tell the stories of your life through your films… it’s the last time I will run it this year – find out more here.
This week autumn arrived in full force… windy & rainy with glimpses of sunshine now and again…
Thankfully, on the rainiest day of the week, I was invited for lunch in Palma! – crazy brilliant – on the Dreamliner with Thompson Holidays.
And I’m so happy it’s Friday… totally looking forward to a lie in tomorrow -
Don’t you just wish you were a cat sometimes?
Have a lovely weekend! x.
Photos captured on Canon 5DmIII and iPhone 5s
During my time at Squam In The City I was blessed to hang out with some amazing ladies… in my workshops and in the evenings when we chased the golden light…
My workshops were about seeking out and photographing colour – I’ll share some images from those soon, but I also wanted to give people a chance to shoot portraits in front of the colourful backgrounds we found.
So we just played… with colour and with the light when it showed up.
Here are a few of my favourite images… Thank you gorgeous ladies for stepping in front of my lens.
One of the surprises during my recent trip was the train journey between Rhode Island & New York. I had planned to use this time to work at my laptop, but was mesmerised by the stories being told through the window as the beautiful scenery passed by.
The city of New York… the countryside of Connecticut… the beaches… the grass marshes… the towns… the stations… the cute houses. It was all so pretty and so different from any train journey I’ve ever taken before.
As the train rattles around so much, I just grabbed my iPhone and shot some footage on the way to Providence, Rhode Island (see above) and on the way back to New York (see below).
I love the light, colours, textures & lines and the way the ‘passing by’ movement creates such beautiful shapes.
It’s hypnotising. So relaxing.
I honestly could’ve made a 20 minute film, but that’s not ideal, so these are my favourite snippets condensed into a couple of One Minute Memories. So I can transport myself back to those journeys anytime.
These are really quick films to make… shot on the iPhone and edited simply.
If you’d like to learn how I make films like this and my family Time Capsule films…
A couple of weeks ago I was heading to the airport to New York…
having just unpacked my bag from The Good Life Experience. It felt like a whirlwind. In the best way.
I have tons of stories & images to share from this adventure…
Tales of the fabulous & magical ladies I met and spent time with at Squam…
and in New York afterwards…
But first I had to catch my breath and just hangout with my boys… besides, there was plenty of glorious autumn sunshine to enjoy this weekend.
I’m finding my feet… I’ll be back this week with plenty more colourful goodness… and news of Creating Time Capsules which will run again later this October, if you’d like to join in – registration opens TOMORROW!.
It’s good to be back.
Photos captured on Canon 5DMIII and iPhone 5s
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…