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It’s always a privilege to be invited into a family’s world. To step inside their homes & favourite spaces and witness their lives.

I’m humbled to see all these different stages of family life, each so amazing and unique….

Submerging myself into their lives, playing games, seeing the connections between parents and their children, the smiles & laughter, the energy that pours out of little ones, the hugs & the kisses and the love they all share… and then documenting it – the fleeting moments as a family grows…  knowing these images will be the key to unlocking these memories in the future.

It’s something I love to do very much…

Here’s a collection of some of the wonderful families here in London, that have invited me to document their lives recently.

Little stories of their family life…

If you’d like some family photos in London or beyond – Please get in touch – don’t wait till there’s more time, or you’ve cut your hair or painted the living room.

Life is worth documenting now – your family is amazing… I’d love to meet them.


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Putting together a Time Capsule film of our summer is my biggest film project of the year.

It’s a daunting task if I’m honest… because of the amount of footage to sort through initially and then compiling together takes a huge amount of time. Plus, I have to deal with my internal debate of aesthetic quality of footage vs moments worth remembering. Memory always out plays fancy beautiful footage – in an ideal world, you get clips that achieve both – high fives.

I’ve been shooting lots this year, especially with my year long course & all the weekend mini films I’ve been sharing on Instagram. I wanted to mix up all the footage from those films, into one long story of our summer adventures.

I was putting off starting because I knew the hours it would take. Yes, after all these years – the process gets quicker. As the more you do it… you know what footage works and you understand the ins & outs of editing, but experience also teaches you what kinda projects you can bash out and which need a little more tender care.

The summer film should be pulled together with love and tenderness, as this is the story of our blissful sun filled & rainy days – or this year I’ve titled it the “summer of wellies!”

So my film is finished. I love it. All the boys love it. Yes, of course, there are things that could change and ways to improve it. But it’s done. And that makes me happy.

Another Time Capsule film locked up, bursting with sunshine and adventures.



If you’ve got some summer footage lazing around on your mobile phone or computer and fancy making a summer film - Why don’t you put some clips together? - jump in and do it! Let me nudge you… You’ll be so pleased you did. Just imagine looking back in years to come.

Here’s a few tips to get you started…


You could tell your summer story in the order it happened, but I rather like mixing it up and filling my film with little snippets from all parts of our summer. Think of it as a collage… Lots of layers put next to each other to tell the whole story.


Beautiful footage or memory evoking clips?. I tend to lean towards the memories… if the footage is slightly off technically – a little shaky or out of focus, but it brings the memory of that moment flooding back – put it in.


Make time to go through your footage – I find this the longest hardest part. But it’s worth the effort as it makes the edit go smoothly. Creating folders to organise the clips helps me. A folder for chosen clips and one for maybes – bits and pieces I may use to fill the gaps.


Better to fill your film with a collection of clips sharing different memories of your summer, rather than long segments of similar sequences… keep it interesting to watch. Take the viewer on a journey.


Keep in mind how long your film will run for. My films rarely go over 2 minutes long – I like short films, packed with only the best of the best. But my summer films are longer as there’s often more footage… So this film breaks my rules, as long as I’m still using good footage and not just filling it up, so it runs the length of the song.


Just start. There are always excuses and other things you could be doing… but this film could be a gift to you forever.


They are my favourite films!  - 2014 :: 2013 :: 2012 - So much has changed, yet there are so many similarities.

Or perhaps you’d like to learn how to create your own Time Capsule films – either a mini one for Instagram or perhaps longer ones like this one – check out my online courses… all the details are HERE>>>>

(Film & photos shot Canon 5DmIII)



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My afternoon spent with Aeleen on her farm in the middle of nowhere – the Manitoba prairies – was so peaceful and utterly delightful. Watching her harvesting her gorgeous crops and soaking up the wide open space.

Thank you Aleeen for sharing your magic.

 Film & photos shot on Canon 5Dm3.

At the moment I’ve got a couple of online courses where I share everything I know, so you can learn how to make films of your own.

MINI TIME CAPSULES – A mini guide of bite sized tutorials to show you how to make 15 second films on Instagram (Register now - Anytime access)

Or if you’d like a more in depth look at creating longer films…

CREATING TIME CAPSULES – Step-by-step instructions and loads of inspiration & project ideas so you can create your own films to treasure (Register now – For the September – November session)

Hopefully you’ll join in to create your own piece of magic in a Time Capsule film.


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September 30th, 2015 at 5:10 pm


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A few days ago Finding Stillness – a workshop by Kim Klassen finished. I’ve been in Canada, helping Kim teach and share in the magic. There are lots of photos and more about the experience to still to come… but I wanted to put together some of my favourite moments into a One Minute Memory film… sometimes that’s all you need to transport yourself back in time.

A One Minute Memory film is simple to make and I encourage participants to create them during my online course Creating Time Capsules - where I share how you can capture your life through video & photos, then edit them together to keep them forever.

The next round of Creating Time Capsules starts this week – I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m holding a giveaway for TWO places – one place by leaving a comment here on the blog & one place by leaving a comment on my Instagram feed - on the mini version of this film.

Let me know what you would like to capture in a Time Capsule film in the comments. I’ll announce the random winners on Wednesday.

Edited to add the winners – @songbirdstudio on Instagram & Stephy-Lou here on the blog. 

All the best.

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September 28th, 2015 at 4:45 pm


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This weekend we said goodbye to summer with another wonderful time at The Good Life Experience…

Most of my favourite moments over the couple of days are in this Time Capsule film… I especially love the BIG smiles on our last ride on the swings before bedtime – The vintage swings were the biggest hit for our boys again this year. The quality of the footage may be pretty poor, but the joy shines through and the memory will now remain forever in the film.

The Good Life Experience was – Sunshine… good people… the great outdoors and so many brilliant workshops and activities to do! – although to be honest… I sat on hay bales, chatted and soaked up the atmosphere most of the time.

My few highlights were…

I loved watching everyone having such a great time… especially the children playing on the little hill and rolling pumpkins down it again and again.

Watching Luke and Duncan run whittling workshops for lovely groups of children – so sweet to see them pass on the skill of using a knife, to make patterns on a stick… it seemed to bring so much joy for all the kids involved.

Then Luke went on to help Karen and Laura make a spoon…

The Cuban band were amazing! I wish I’d gone inside the main music tent sooner!. I was lazing around outside on the hay bales (as I mentioned earlier…) and they sounded brilliant… but I’m so glad to sneaked up to the front of the stage to really soak up their talent and energy!

Spending time in the brilliant real life Sketchbook ClubJennie had created a special modules with a festival/camping theme… she filled the tables with colouring pencils and inspiration…. and then went on to give a lovely talk about her passion.

Camping alongside some of the ladies from the Sisterhood Camp and the chance to get to know their families. Friendships were made stronger and all the children played so sweetly together…

All in all… what a fabulous time! The Gladstones and Cerys Matthews and the whole team have created a really special festival… that feels like a big party full of friendly likeminded people – I hope it becomes a tradition to say farewell to summer at The Good Life Experience…. although next year, I’d love to camp with views of the castle! 

A few more pics… just because.

All photos taken on Canon 5DM3 – Time Capsule Film shot on DSLR and iPhone…

Learn to make your own films with my online courses – Creating Time Capsules or MINI Time Capsules. 


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September 25th, 2015 at 1:40 pm


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I’ve been sharing my Time Capsule films online for many years now – mainly through Vimeo and on this blog.

These films are so precious to me – they hold so many memories.

It’s been a journey of constant learning and then passing on my knowledge and inspiring others in my online courses. 

Back in February, I started making weekly mini films of my weekend adventures, to share on Instagram.  It came out of my pledge to create films alongside participants taking my year long course. It’s been a big commitment, but a great process.

I LOVE a project!… and this one has given me a chance to experiment with telling my stories in just 15 seconds….

The added bonus is, each week people join in with #minimondaymovies and I’m always so excited for them – as I know these #minitimecapsules of goodness will be treasured in years to come.

As my Bloom Forum Day In The Life workshop is in full swing… I thought another week of daily mini Day In The Life films might be fun!

As it happens, it’s not been a very eventful week… but that’s the challenge – noticing the beauty in everyday things and capturing the details that will change over time. This is a week in my life…

These films are super easy to make, I hope watching them here or on my Instagram feed inspires you to have a try… Go on! you’ll be so pleased you did!

If you’d like a little guidance – I have a short online course sharing everything you need to get started!

MINI TIME CAPSULES is always open for registration and you can get creating right away. Come join in the fun…

Oh before I go… lots of changes have happened over on Instagram recently…

The biggest change is the ability to upload video clips direct into Instagram – here’s a little walk through if you haven’t had a chance to play yet.

I’m still undecided how I feel about it – watch this space…

Have a great weekend! Why don’t you film some of your adventures?…


All the films were shot on Canon EOS 5DIII & iPhone 5s.



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September 18th, 2015 at 7:55 am


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Our big adventure this summer was down to Devon & Cornwall…

After Somersault Festival, we headed along the coast to Bakesdown Farm near Bude…

Thankfully after all the rain at the festival, we were blessed with some blue skies and sunshine…. Setting up camp in their basic camping field, with views over fields full of sheep and cows…

Plus a different magical sunset every evening…

The town of Bude is pretty charming – typical seaside shops and restaurants with a cool surfing vibe. The main beach and surrounding bays gave us a chance for surfing, fishing and soaking up the sea air.

We had such a lovely time… can’t wait to go back!

Photos & film shot on Canon 5DM3 & iPhone 5s & all these photos have been printed as part of the #printingmyphotos project with Susie.



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I love documenting our everyday lives…

One of my favourite Time Capsule films is the “Day In The Life” film – I love how these everyday scenes can tell such a wonderful story of your life as it is, right at this moment.

Then slowly over time things change, so it’s great to have these stories available to enjoy in the future.

I’ll be hosting my “Day In The Life Time Capsule” online course over at Bloom Forum - the workshop starts on Monday 31st and runs for 3 weeks.

The focus will be sharing the whole process to create your own DITL film – from shooting your day to editing it together – It’s going to be wonderful to concentrate on the magic of this kind of film.

(Some of the materials will be from my original Time Capsules course, so if you have any questions about taking part – just email me or leave a comment)

You can find all the details over HERE (You will need to be a member of the Bloom Forum to take part)

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August 28th, 2015 at 10:41 am


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I love a photowalk – totally LOVE it!

A group of creatives all together… walking… chatting and photographing the beauty around them, sharing tips and Instagram stories… and making fun photos with the people they’re with.

It can be such a good time… opening your eyes to new things to photograph, a chance to learn and see how other creative people work.

Back in June, I hosted photowalks at the Mollie Makes Homemade awards and then at Blogtacular.

For Blogtacular, our early morning jaunt along the Southbank was super colourful. The walk was sponsored by one of my favourite stores and all around lovely brand – West Elm - they were such great support of our photo walk, that they’ve very kindly invited me to host another couple of photo walks with them.

We’ll start at their store in Tottenham Court Road, stock up on caffeine and energy to explore. Then we’ll head out and discover the delights of the surrounding areas – capturing things we see and the people we’re with. All levels of photographer are welcome and feel free to shoot on your chosen camera – iPhone or DSLR. After we’ve finished walking and shooting, we’ll head back to West Elm to relax on their sofas, enjoy refreshments while we edit & share our photos on Instagram.

The cost to register is £20 – All the details to sign up are here -

Saturday 12th Sept at 9.30am

Saturday 17th Oct at 9.30am

I hope you’ll be able to join us -

Check out my tips for an awesome photo walk here…

If you got any questions, please contact me or leave a comment below.

Photos captured on Canon 5Dm3 & iPhone - taken at Blogtacular, Mollie Makes Handmade Awards & an Instameet.


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August 18th, 2015 at 1:18 pm

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I’ve been following Jennie Maizels on Instagram for a while now… I saw her holiday sketchbooks last summer and fell in love with her drawing and beautiful documenting. I used to love creating sketchbooks with my photos and scribbles, but since going digital, places like Instagram help me keep a visual journal instead.

We finally met in real life at Blogtacular and Jennie’s passion for her work really shines through – I love that!

She was so excited about taking her in person sketchbook club, into an online format and having people all over the world take it… So much encouragement poured out of her, I just knew I was going to love it -

Jennie’s sketchbook club, breaks everything down, so you don’t fear the blank page – she gives you the brief and all the visual references to help create your own colourful pages. It’s a chance to sit and doodle with intention, step away from work & our screens and connect with something creative.

We’re SO enjoying it!

Any age or ability can take part, I’ve even managed to encourage the boys to join in – When they were younger, they used to draw all the time… but with busy social lives and screen time, they hardly draw any more… but sketchbook club is changing that.

We’ve only done two modules so far… I don’t want to rush through it! There are two more and we can always go back and create more pages from the first prompts… there are so many possibilities. Just take a look at the amazing community - #sketchbookclubhouses & #sketchbookclubfish

I can’t wait to fill my book with colour! – although I really want to learn how to do lettering like Jennie… hopefully that’s a module coming soon…

So looking forward to seeing Jennie at The Good Life Experience - with my sketchbook in hand, I’ll be camped out at her workshop soaking up more of her energetic spirit.

Thanks Jennie for injecting this little piece of creativity into my family life… it’s such a joy to be creating something tangible and to have this relaxing time connecting with our boys.

If you’d like to make your own mini films (like the one at the top of the post)… Check out MINI TIME CAPSULES – A mini guide of bite sized tutorials to show you how to make 15 second films on Instagram (Register now - Anytime access)



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August 17th, 2015 at 2:09 pm

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