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2014 :: WHAT A YEAR!

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Before I can welcome in 2015, it’s a good idea to say thanks to 2014 as it’s been an incredible year…

It started with a word… my intention for the year ahead. I knew it was going to be a big year for me – big birthday, big intentions & big plans… it was the year to make lots happen.

I wanted to build on everything I’ve been working toward for years… I wanted to succeed in growing my business, be open & receive more opportunities, spend time adventuring & travelling with my family & for my work, push myself beyond my comfort zone…do the work I really love…. it was time to really thrive.

I’m beyond grateful for this year, for the things I experienced, for the steps I’ve taken, for the work I’ve created, for the places I’ve seen, for the people I’ve met & photographed or filmed, for the people I’ve taught, for the happiness, for the opportunities to do what I love and share that with my family.

2014 you rocked – My personal highlights are below… {not everything about the year was easy or fun, but I don’t want to dwell on that as when I focus on the good and the positive, more of that comes…} Long may the goodness continue, as I hope 2015 brings plenty more of this…

The year started off with a colour project to blast the greys away… color//colourlovers with Andrea. (We found colour again in July and hopefully it will be back in 2015)

February was a trip to Germany with some awesome instagrammers…

March was my birthday – so I reminisced, had a party and began a love affair with my new bike - oh and finally made the birthday list.

The love of card tricks was in full effect.

April saw the first camping trip of the year and running through fields of yellow… as the light returned.

The month of May was a packed one – beginning with a trip to Nice to celebrate my friend’s 40th with all my girlfriends & our families… & one of my films used by Canon on their site…

Blogtactular pushed me out of my comfort zone with a colourful balloon photo walk and a talk sharing my film making & storytelling tips.

At the end of May was the big trip to Mexico. This fun filled trip had us body surfing in the ocean and zip lining through the jungle TWICE… and so much more. All thanks to First Choice holidays.

June & July were packed to the brim as the summer began – moving house, weekends away, wonderful family sessions, a day at Wimbledon, fun at Pedlars, more camping and the best festival fun at Somersault.

August brought much needed calm as the boys went away and it was just us. Time for some family sessions and then we all travelled to Wales to visit Harwarden and then Pembrokshire, via colourful scenery.

It was a BRILLIANT summer - A real delight.

September – First, The Good Life Experience gave us a wonderful taste of the outdoors…

Then I traveled along the most beautiful train journey to Rhode Island and guided a lovely bunch of ladies on colourful photo walks for Squam In The City, thanks to Elizabeth for inviting me.

October – three days in New York! and then one day in Palma!

And A Week of Mornings… sometimes the everyday is the most beautiful.

November was focused on GATHER :: the first retreat hosted by Kim and I – a beach house in California to shoot and share our passions with a bunch of kindred spirits. It was a dream come true and where I shared Luke’s first spoon.

Thank you to everyone who made it so amazing, especially to my dear friend Kim.

And here we are in December… at the end with a full heart – There was a beautiful Saturday & a look at my Sunday films, an addiction to slow mo and all the festive celebrations.

Thank you 2014 – you whizzed by so brilliantly + thank you to all my boys who fill my life with so much joy and energy.

Roll on 2015 – Let it be the best year yet! I’m ready for more…

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you….

Thanks for visiting here… xo

 

 

 

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December 30th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

2014 :: FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS

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As a photographer, it’s a privilege to spend time with a family and capture their moments.

Submerging myself into their lives, playing with the children, seeing the connections between siblings, the smiles & laughter, the energy that pours out of children, 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 so very much…

This year I witnessed some beautiful stories, met some new families and got to hang out with children I’ve seen grow up in front of my camera… preserving this moment in their lives is a real honour. Thank you to all my amazing families.

Please let 2015 bring an abundance of opportunities to tell more of these stories…

 

 

2014 :: LOOKING BACK PART ONE

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It’s that time of year… {I love LOOKING BACK posts}

Gives me a chance to reflect on the year and re-live some moments.

Last year I shared all my 2013 films - turns out it was pretty much one film a month.

Inspired by this, the momentum carried on into 2014… some months were easier than others. Now I have a better idea which are the quiet months – the winter ones when there’s not as much light… and which months are bursting with possibilities – the sunny ones, when we’re out and about enjoying adventures… I will keep all of this in mind in 2015 while taking part in a A Year of Creating Time Capsules – I hope to encourage participants to create a film a month as well.

This year has been wonderful in so many ways… I’m sure there’ll be more details in future posts, but for now…

Let’s take a trip back through the year – so grateful for all of these…

JANUARY - 

AN EVERYDAY MORNING 

MEMORIES FROM MY CAMERA PHONE – ALL THE UPLOADS FROM MY IPHONE DURING THE COLOR//COLOUR LOVERS PROJECT

FEBRUARY - 

LUMIA IN FOCUS TOUR – I SPENT THE WEEKEND WITH SOME INSTAGRAMMERS IN GERMANY

MARCH - 

CARD TRICKS – A ONE MINUTE MEMORY FOCUSING ON COSMO’S PASSION

APRIL –

RANDOM HAPPENINGS – VARIOUS DELICIOUS MOMENTS DURING APRIL

MAY –

A DAY ON CAMP – STOP MOTION OF OUR FIRST CAMPING TRIP OF THE YEAR

JUNE –

A FEW FILMS FROM THE BRILLIANT TIME IN MEXICO

MORE HERE – PICK A CARD :: BOAT TRIP :: HOTEL LIFE ::

JULY –

A COLLECTION OF MOMENTS FROM OUR SUNNY SUMMER SO FAR

AUGUST –

MY FAVOURITE SUMMER ADVENTURES

SUNDAY –

A TIME CAPSULE OF A QUIET DAY WHILE THE BOYS WERE AWAY

SEPTEMBER –

I WAS MESMERISED DURING THE NEW YORK TO RHODE ISLAND TRAIN RIDE -

A STOP – MOTION OF A LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT HOME 

OCTOBER –

ARCHIVE FILM OF OUR TIME AT SOMERSAULT FESTIVAL

CAPTURING OUR MORNING BIKE RIDE 

NOVEMBER -

A SLIDESHOW OF PHOTOS CAPTURED DURING A WEEK OF MORNINGS

A WEEK IN CALIFORNIA DURING OUR GLORIOUS RETREAT – GATHER 

DECEMBER –

BEFORE THE BUSY TIMES OF THE FESTIVE SEASON WE HAD A QUIET WEEKEND IN LONDON

 

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If you’d like a whole year to play and make your own films, there’s still time to join A Year of Creating Time Capsules & make 2015 the year to create stories through video and photos.