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A YEAR TO BUILD

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I’ve been reflecting on 2013 this past month… spending a lot of time in my archives and inside my head re-living moments… evaluating various aspects of this year through the good times and the difficult times.

My one word for 2013 was BUILD and till recently, I was feeling like it hadn’t served me well. Then I mentioned this to a lovely friend and she just stared at me with disbelief “You’ve built a whole new life, so much has changed since this time last year”

Yep.

It’s true.

I’d been so busy in the doing of it, that I hadn’t noticed all the building that happened… creating the foundations towards a better life for us all.

We were still settling into a new home just as 2013 began… which created opportunities for new schools… and lead to us having new adventures. I’ve embraced new attitudes, skills & opportunities… while building my business organically & building my passions towards the bigger dream.

We’ve adventured far away and near to home… giving us memories to have forever and ignited the passion to carry on travelling as much as we can.

I’ve guided hundreds of people through my Creating Time Capsules course and some additional e-courses expanding on the idea of combining photos & videos into stories of your life. (I was inspired to make one film a month for my family)

I’ve had the honour to photograph and film some wonderful people & families… & Captured colour through my lens to heal and excite me.

Watched all my boys expand into the great opportunities ahead… all the changes this year will hopefully give them the boost to keep making progress….

Throughout the year… many challenges & difficulties have been present… financially it’s been tough, with ups and downs a plenty… I’m ready to say goodbye to those parts of 2013… and continue to BUILD on the groundwork that’s been laid and looking forward to seeing what’s next around the corner…

This is my favourite photo from 2013… taken in a place that’s pretty special to me… a rare moment of loveliness between these two, during the most incredible experience we had this year. Very grateful.

Thank you 2013 for all you’ve given me… see you on the other side xo

 

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December 31st, 2013 at 9:33 am

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2013 :: LOOKING BACK PART THREE

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Looking back… part three…

What you’ll often find when visiting here – is our life – who we are, the things we do and love… no, it’s not the nitty gritty of dirty laundry, grumpiness, arguments, unclean bathroom, tears… Yes, we have plenty of that going on here on a daily basis, but I don’t feel the need to capture that, let alone share it.

Here lies the beauty of using a camera… I focus on the good, look for the light, seek out the colour, gravitate towards the movement & the details of stuff that mean something to me… the little things now, but what will be amazing memory triggers as time passes.

These are some of my favourite moments with my boys this year…

 

2013 :: LOOKING BACK PART TWO

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This week I’m looking back through 2013 and all I’ve captured through my camera.

2013 was the year I really wanted to build on my love of film-making. Explore storytelling through film and keep practicing & creating with this medium. So I set myself a challenge as part of my birthday list - #20 – to make a Time Capsule film each month for my family & a film about our summer.

Fortunately, this year took us some incredible adventures, bringing plenty of material to shoot. What’s lovely, as I look back, is the variety of stories I’ve been able to capture. From everyday stuff & the moments from family life to all the colours, sunshine and smiles from our adventures.

What a blessing 2013 has been….

JANUARY – A SELECTION OF RANDOM MOMENTS DURING ONE SATURDAY.

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FEBRUARY – TO BEAT THE WINTER BLAHS – I SEARCHED AND CREATED COLOUR FOR 30 DAYS.

And I created this archive film.

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MARCH – A ONE MINUTE MEMORY FILM TO CAPTURE THE JOY OF HIS FIRST ZIP CARD.

Plus I completed a new welcome video

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APRIL – HIGHLIGHTS OF ALL OUR WATER ADVENTURES – ALL SHOT ON THE IPHONE.

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MAY – ALL THE SIGHTS & COLOURS OF OUR BIG HOPEFUL ADVENTURE.

Plus these additional films telling more stories of our big hopeful adventure – onetwothree

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JUNE – A PORTRAIT OF ALL THE THINGS OUR ELDEST BOY LIKES TO DO.

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JULY – ALL THE JOYS OF COOKING WHILE CAMPING ON A SUMMERS EVENING.

I wanted to remember this special day.

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AUGUST – A STOP-MOTION OF RANDOM MOMENTS DURING A DAY OUT IN LONDON.

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SEPTEMBER – A STORY OF GOING FISHING WHILE IN CORNWALL.

And this stop motion.

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A FILM ABOUT OUR SUMMER – ALL MY FAVOURITE MOMENTS.

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OCTOBER – A COLLECTION OF MOMENTS OF ALL THE “MOVING” & TRAVELLING THROUGHOUT OUR YEAR.

& A STOP-MOTION OF ONE ORDINARY SUNDAY MORNING.

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NOVEMBER – A COLLECTION OF CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR BOYS.

And this extra film using more footage from our big hopeful adventure.

DECEMBER – Still to come…

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If watching these films inspires you to want to create your own Time Capsule Films next year… I’m running my online course again in January, where I share all my tips & tricks to shoot and edit your own films in my course - Creating Time Capsules.

All the details are here.

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December 18th, 2013 at 9:41 am

2013 :: LOOKING BACK PART ONE

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Looking back helps to see how far you’ve come and gather fuel for the year ahead. In collecting the material for these 2013 :: LOOKING BACK posts, I’ve been wonderfully surprised to see how much I’ve shot this year… for myself & for other people, in photographs and through films.

With an abundance of stories and images – I’ve split them up into manageable posts…

Part one begins with a selection of some of the amazing people and families I’ve captured… preserving this moment in their lives… It’s a real honour. Thank you.