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…

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Creating Time Capsules is OPEN for registration :: TANGIBLE is coming soon.

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May 2nd, 2013 at 11:40 am

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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, 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

COLOURS OF PROVIDENCE – SQUAM IN THE CITY

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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

 

 

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October 13th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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LATELY

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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 gathercalifornia@animyst.com - 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.

I totally fell in love with this plane when we visited Mexico earlier this year, so jumped at the chance to fly on it again. I’ll share some more photos from our day to Palma next week.

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 

 

 

 

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October 10th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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LADIES OF SQUAM IN THE CITY

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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.

 

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October 9th, 2014 at 9:00 am

TAKING THE TRAIN – ONE MINUTE MEMORY FILMS

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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

Then my ecourse Creating Time Capsules is just for you. All the details are here – registration opened TODAY! and this will be the last time I run in 2014, so why not jump onboard!

 

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October 7th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

LATELY

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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…

Like the train ride from New York to my colour walk workshops on the vibrant streets of Providence…

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

 

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October 6th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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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