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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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I’m often asked if I prefer photography or filmmaking…
One isn’t better than the other in my mind – they both capture moments in their own unique way.

I couldn’t choose between them, they both have a place in my storytelling, but sometimes one photo isn’t enough to tell the whole story… I like to see (and remember) how people & things move – focusing on a collection of details that make up the bigger picture… Then those memories are locked up in a Time Capsule film.

That’s why I’m loving making the mini films to share on Instagram – 15 secs of snippets that are instant reminders of that time. They transport me straight back, plus…. they’re quick and simple to create.

Rather wonderfully, lots of people are getting involved and creating films to enjoy forever – Take a look at the hashtags - #minitimecapsules & #minimondaymovies

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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August 10th, 2015 at 9:00 am


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It’s June! this year is flying… which is good, as it’s been packed with lots going on, but I’m also finding myself continually trying to catch up.

The one thing that’s constant, is the commitment I made alongside everyone taking my A Year of Creating Time Capsules course – to create at least one film a month in 2015.

So far so good. Phew! In fact this year has been full of all kinds of films – from Day In The Life films, stories of adventures and lots of mini Time Capsules being shared on Instagram…. and I’m loving the creativity flow.

I started in December with this -

Into January with a film about our Christmas -

February was the hardest month to find inspiration -

March gave us this -

First camping trip in April -

And May had me capturing our days in mini films - See the other days from that week HERE.

Watching all these 2015 films back is a joy… little memories locked away – a true Time Capsule. I can’t wait to see what the next six months brings for me and for those taking the year long course – So far nearly 350 films have been made, which blows my mind!!

If you’d like to learn how to make films like this – I share everything I know in these online courses -

CREATING TIME CAPSULES – where I share step-by-step instructions and loads of inspiration, so you can create your own films to treasure (Register now – Starts 2nd June)

MINI TIME CAPSULES – A mini course to make 15 second films on Instagram (Register now - Anytime access)

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





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Capturing our daily life and adventures is my passion.

I’m a huge documenter through photos and films – especially films!

Enjoying the whole process – The shooting… finding ways to make the footage look as delicious as possible & deciding what memories are worth preserving. To editing it all together, creating the right flow & pace to make our stories shine through.

My favourite part of the process is knowing that these films are here forever… the best bits preserved in a Time Capsule film to be treasured always. The little reminders that bring emotions flooding right back. The everydayness and the special adventures – moments carefully threaded together to look back on years to come.

These films are a gift to me & to my family.

For over three years now, I’ve shared my Time Capsule film making process with hundreds of people – My online course Creating Time Capsules shows you, how I make films with step-by-step instructions so you can create your own films to treasure.

I can’t tell how honoured I am to witness stories from all over the world – beautiful story telling of families documenting their brilliant lives.

I smile BIG every time.

If you’d like to try your hand at creating these memory evoking films…

Another round of the Creating Time Capsules course starts in June… all the details are HERE… Registration is OPEN!

Why don’t you join the wonderful community that gathers together?.

If you don’t have time to delve into all the details of film making, then my new offering might be just for you!

Mini Time Capsules are all the goodness in a teeny tiny film. To be shared on Instagram (or other social media) I’ll show you how to create a 15 second film of your stories. It’s the best fun!

All the details for MINI Time Capsules are over HERE. I’m so excited to share how simple and fun these are to make – Head on over as registration opens next week.

Any questions on either of the course, just contact me…

I look forward to sharing the magic that happens when you create these films for yourself.

Hey, this film is from this time last year… WOW… so much has changed & so much is the same… but all the details & memories are here – I’m so grateful!

I MUST go and find a yellow field this year!!!




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May 14th, 2015 at 5:27 pm


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If you’ve been following my work for a while now, you’ll know my favourite Time Capsule film to create is the ‘Day In The Life’ film. Having made them for years now, I treasure each one for the story it holds.

Currently my new course is running over at The Bloom Forum and if I can, I like to take part alongside everyone, but I was feeling like approaching this ‘Day In The Life’ project a little differently.

So instead of one longer film on just one day… I thought it would be a good challenge for me to collect snippets of footage each day for a whole week! and create a daily 15 second film to post on Instagram.

Could I capture a real look at life in such a short film?

For the whole week I shot details of my day and in the evening edited it together… even though these films are pretty short – each second is a memory trigger and full of the emotion or events of the day.

I really enjoyed it!

(These films were originally posted on Instagram, but for this blog post they’ve been re-edited to add titles and some additional footage)

Along with so much wonderful support on Instagram, I was also asked lots of questions – so I’m putting together a mini online course sharing how you can create these films too!

All the details for MINI Time Capsules are over HERE. I’m so excited to share how simple, easy and fun these are to make – Head on over as registration opens soon.

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



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As part of A Year of Creating Time Capsules I’ve challenged myself alongside everyone else to create a Time Capsule film each month.

You can see my February & extra one :: January :: December films – so far so good.

The community in the course are making some AMAZING films packed with the most precious memories – my heart completely bursts when I see all these moments preserved forever.

My film for March is from one weekend a couple of weeks – The sun was out and it really felt like spring was in the air. (If only the weather had stayed that way!).

If you’re interested in making your own Time Capsule films – I have a new online workshop running in April… Details are HERE.




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April 2nd, 2015 at 9:00 am


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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.

I’m so excited to offer a new course based around making one of these films -

I’ll be hosting it over at the gorgeous (and packed with some amazing talent!) Bloom Forum - You can find all the details over on their blog… (You will need to be a member of the Bloom Forum to take part)

The course starts at the end of April. 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)

Let’s have some fun gathering your everyday moments into a story of your life… Pop over to the Bloom Forum to find out more.

If you’d like some inspiration – Here are some of my favourite DITL films from recent years…



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March 30th, 2015 at 1:58 pm


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Just popping in to announce the lucky people who get a chance to join

Creating Time Capsules…  from this giveaway.

Names out of the hat from my blog -


& from Instagram -


Let’s connect so I can give you all the details. YAY!

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March 2nd, 2015 at 4:35 pm


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Last week we answered the burning desire to visit the mountains and try our hand at skiing… the Alps would’ve been nice, but the budget didn’t allow, so we adventured off to Scotland instead.

A quick flight to Edinburgh… a stunning scenic car ride along fields & tree lined roads and we were on the slopes for the afternoon. SO quick and easy.

The boys were in their element and took off down the slopes with ease. I surprised myself, (having failed miserably at skiing on a school trip) I managed to tackle the ski runs with them… even if I was going at half the speed (taking in the sights of course!) and they all laugh at my snow plough action!

Here are just a few moments we captured on a Go Pro 4 and the Nokia Lumia 1020.

To be honest I was too busy skiing to capture everything I would’ve liked, plus the weather was very misty on the last day! and it’s not that easy to film while skiing (surprise!).

There was enough footage to make a One Minute Memory… and that’s all you need sometimes 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 moments, edit them together to keep them forever.

The next round of Creating Time Capsules starts soon on March 6th – I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m launching 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 winners next Monday 2nd March – All the best!

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February 23rd, 2015 at 1:54 pm


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If I could, all our Time Capsule films would be of fun filled adventures to colourful places, golden hours leaping through sun drenched fields of corn or grabbing some wheels to explore the streets of some familiar London favourite… & even new destinations.

But I have to remind myself that magic is happening everyday in my life. The little things are just as beautiful and just as important to capture.

As part of my A Year of Creating Time Capsules course, I’ve challenged myself along with the lovely people taking part, to create films each month. This should be a simple task as the past couple of years have shown. But now that it’s a goal, it changes the pressure I feel. So I struggled this month. Battled with what to create, wishing for those magic elements I mentioned above, but alas February is the toughest month (that’s why the color//colour lovers project is so important to me) – no cool adventures, just everyday stuff.

So I made a simple film of our weekend. I finally figured it was alright for my film this month to be just OK… Just embrace our life. And the pressure was lifted.

Sun drenched days & adventures will return hopefully, but till then I’ll happily gather our moments and be grateful for this process of making Time Capsules.

Another round of Creating Time Capsules starts next month – this will be the last time I run it till the summer. So if you’d like to create your own films and step into the magic of telling your everyday stories – here are all the details!


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February 18th, 2015 at 6:00 pm