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This is a film of various moments taken during March… I call them Memory Postcards – a collection of one second clips strung together like mini reminders of that time, almost like sending a postcard back to yourself.

Each clip transports me back to that moment, a little trigger of goodness and that’s why I love making these films and why they’re so important to me. I call them Time Capsules as they preserve these moments so beautifully for me… especially as these clips might have just sat on my phone or hard drive, un-used and maybe even deleted to make space.

They might not be the most aesthetically pleasing clips, especially as lots of the ones in this film are just shot on my iPhone, but they are full of details of my family and how our life is at this moment.

What’s even better than a current film? Looking back at this time last year…


or TWO years ago…

or THREE years ago…

and even FOUR years ago…

Seeing what it was like, what were we doing and how things are different but also the same.

That’s a gift and why I love them. And it’s what pushes me to keep creating Time Capsule films.


If this has inspired you to start making your own Time Capsule films – Let me share everything I know about shooting & editing these type of films in my online course Creating Time Capsules – You will fall in love with the films you make!

There’s still time to register as the course starts 14th April… All the details are HERE.


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April 12th, 2017 at 6:08 pm


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Let me share with you my latest offerings for learning to create your own films…

Take a look at MAKE FILMS which begins on Tues 25th Oct.

With weekly prompts and inspiration, this 10 week course will look at different shooting & editing techniques, and the various stories you can tell through making films for Instagram or to share online. MAKE FILMS is packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films!

Check out the Instagram films that have been made on previous courses – over 1.5K films! or these testimonials.

This course isn’t just about family or personal films. You can use the films to promote your business or brand e.g. make stop motions of your stationery products or time lapses of your surroundings or mini films of your events. There is so much scope for telling stories through film.

Creating Time Capsules starts Fri 4th Nov - this six week online course, shares all you need to know to start making family films full of memories. You’ll love watching the little details of your life, as those memories will be safely locked away into beautiful films to be viewed in years to come. We look at making films with photos & video and combining them to tell your stories!

The course materials will guide you through shooting tips, tons of project ideas for inspiration and bite sized tutorials showing you the editing process in iMovie.

Head over here to join the fun.

Hope you’ll join me on one of these experiences!

To read more about these courses – Head over HERE.

Films shot Canon 5D3, Canon G7x & iPhone 6s


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October 2nd, 2016 at 6:00 am


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Currently I have two online courses, both sharing how you can make your own little films -

MAKE FILMS & Creating Time Capsules.

I’ve had a few emails asking the difference between the courses… so let me share some details here.

Both courses are suitable for all levels… from beginners who have never shot any video and want to get started… to people who are already making films confidently, but would like some encouragement and project ideas to continue on the path.

You can use any camera you like on either course – DSLR, mobile or compact… whatever you are familiar with. For the editing software – I share techniques in iMovie, but you can use other editing programs… some of the editing tips can be transferred easily. Additional equipment for MAKE FILMS – tripod & remote (but not essential).

A lot of the course materials cross over on both courses, but they’re delivered in different ways, depending on the film being made. I’ll be covering shooting, editing and sharing lots of film inspiration.

Let’s break down each course…


A Time Capsule film is a memory evoking film. Your unique moments, packaged up in a movie; using a mix of photos or video, for you to share and enjoy… forever.

Creating Time Capsules is a course for those people who want to make regular films of their life and family times… The six week course will guide you through shooting tips, tons of project ideas for inspiration and bite sized tutorials showing you the editing process in iMovie. You’ll also be part of community sharing their films and connecting with each other on Vimeo.

The course schedule recommends creating three films (one every two weeks) – the first will be photo based – stop motion or slideshow. The second film focuses on just video to hone your skills and the final film can combine both mediums.

All the details are HERE.

Some examples of films you could create – One Minute Memories, Random Happenings or Day In The Life films.



MAKE FILMS is a new course for 2016, based on all the films I’ve been sharing on Instagram.

With weekly prompts and inspiration, this 10 week course will look at different shooting & editing techniques, and the various stories you can tell through making 15 second films for Instagram or one minute films to share online. It’s packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films! We’ll concentrate a different type of film each week, from stop motions, time lapses, slow mo stories, scenes from the weekend films… to simply shooting interesting footage to edit into little films.

Even though the focus will be on mini Instagram films, you can share these films anywhere and make them longer than 15 secs.

There is a schedule – The new project or weekly inspiration will be shared in my online learning space every Tuesday… you then have all week to create your project and share it on a Monday with the course community on Instagram – check out the #makefilmscourse tag to see what’s being made.

This course isn’t just about family or personal films. You can use the films to promote your business or brand e.g. make stop motions of your stationery products or time lapses of your surroundings or mini films of your events. There is so much scope for telling stories through film.

All the details are HERE.

Some examples of films you could create - Stop motions, Time lapses, Scenes From The Weekend films, Slow mo stories & Mini Day In The Life films.

So which course DO I recommend?

Both courses offer a similar outline with what’s available to learn – especially the shooting tips and editing guidance. The project ideas are slightly different as you can see from the examples.

So really it’s a personal preference…

Ask yourself… how much time do you have to devote to creating films? What kind of films would you like to make? How would you like to share them? Do you have something specific you’d like to learn? What stories or content is available for you to capture?

I think by answering these questions the right course will reveal itself to you… Come and join in the fun!

If you’ve got any more questions… leave a comment here or contact me.



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July 1st, 2016 at 8:00 pm


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Back in May, I decided to join in with the A Year of Creating Time Capsules course and do a 30 day project to shoot a little something everyday and make a film of my month of May.

It turned out to be a pretty full on month, with lots going on and plenty to capture. As I was filming everyday anyway… I did a week of mini Day In The Life films as well – some of the footage crosses over, but hey, I don’t mind…

This film has been sat half finished since the beginning of June, but finally it’s done. I used the memory postcard idea from a film I made at the end of 2015… little snapshots of details, moments, smiles and sunshine.

The month passed by so quickly, it’s great to re-live it all.

This film got me thinking about what was happening this time last year and in previous years and thanks to the magic of Time Capsule films… I have all those memories locked away…

Here’s what was happening…

MAY 2015


The rest of the week is here…. THURSDAY :: FRIDAY :: SATURDAY :: SUNDAY :: MONDAY


MAY 2014

MAY 2013

MAY 2012

If these films have inspired you to tell your own family stories and you’d like to learn to make your own Time Capsule films – The next round of Creating Time Capsules starts later this week.






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June 28th, 2016 at 2:02 pm


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I really love making films!

I put together this compilation to give a flavour of all the things I love to shoot, including my weekends stories, a few adventures, alongside some recent work projects… It makes me smile.

If you’d like a go at making your own films, let me show you how in my two online courses -

Creating Time Capsules or MAKE FILMS.




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June 18th, 2016 at 6:00 pm


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Last weekend was a mixture of emotions…

From glorious sunshine and playtime in one of my favourite places. I love the time we spend there.

To the goodbye of my sister’s tea room Bake-a-boo - after 10 years of serving delicious cakes.

I’m so proud of Boo. This is my tribute to her.

If these films have inspired you to have a go at making your own films… have a look at my online courses – The next sessions for Creating Time Capsules & MAKE FILMS are in July and registration is open.



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June 4th, 2016 at 10:58 pm


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As much as I love the challenge of telling a story by creating a film that’s 15 seconds long, it was great to hear news that the ability to share films that are up to 60 seconds, has arrived on Instagram.

This means a little more freedom for film making and the opportunity to get really creative on this platform.

It’s taking a while for me to get used to it… I’ve not shared anything longer 30 seconds so far… just edging myself slowly into it.

I’ve had a lot of questions about it from people taking my online courses and the community on Instagram. So I thought I’d share a little look at how it works and how to know if the update has arrived yet for you. Plus, how to use the multi clips editing feature, which is much more useable now there’s more time to edit clips together.

As mentioned in here, the new function for longer video is rolling out slowly to everyone over the next few weeks. So if it’s not working for you yet, stay patient… it’s coming soon!

Let me know if you’re enjoying the new feature and what stories you’re telling with all this extra time!

P.s For those that have been asking… registration for the next sessions of my online film making courses opens FRIDAY 15TH APRIL.


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April 14th, 2016 at 2:29 pm


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My favourite film to look back on is the one packed with the everyday details.

As the years seems to whizz by faster and faster… these films are full of reminders of our daily life.

Creating a Day In The Life film gives you the opportunity to notice the details of your routine and the ordinary things… and then capture those mundane things, to make them beautiful.

These are the little things I notice, the things I want to remember. I’m telling a story for my future self.

And I know I’m going to love what ever details I put in the frame because they are fleeting. I know this to be true by watching back Day In The Life films I’ve made over the years.

Each film is a gift. A gift to my future self.

Last week in the MAKE FILMS course I encouraged people to create a Day In The Life film… even one mini film like these. In my current Bloom Forum course… people are documenting their lives so beautifully… and tomorrow my Creating Time Capsules course starts and the DITL film is one of the best Time Capsules films you can ever make.

These films take effort. I don’t promise it’s quick & easy, but I do promise you will love what ever you create.

Hope these mini ones have inspired you to have a go at creating your own Day In The Life film…

If you’d like any help, inspiration or guidance… consider taking one of my online courses - Creating Time Capsules starts on Friday or MAKE FILMS on 22nd March.

Check out this blog post to hear about both courses.

These films are shot on Canon 5D3, Canon G7x and iPhone 6s



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All year I’ve been meaning to make a film using just one second clips… I kinda do it with my Mini Monday Movies as most of the clips are between 1-3 seconds. But I wanted to cut a whole film together with that one second pace… although there are some fabulous apps that do it all for you.

I’ve filmed tons this year… what with making weekly weekend films, adventures here and there and a couple of Day In The Life weeks… there’s a lot of footage that goes unseen.

Then there’s the footage that’s goes unloved, because it’s out of focus, not quite enough “action”, or is pushed aside because another bit of footage tells the story better…

These pieces are still beautiful in my eyes… they’re almost like the in-between moments, the pause to look at the scenery… the smile I missed at the end of the clip.

So I thought these unseen clips would be great for the one second concept. I gathered the snippets together… yes, it’s time consuming… but worth it. And the editing is easy peasy… grab a one second section, then another, and another… and keep going till you’re up to two minutes (ish).

Putting it together was a bit like making a slideshow of photos, except these photos were moving. They reminded me of postcards – look at this beach, hilltop or field of grass and they were packed with memories, even in a one second burst. That smile in the sunshine, the wind in my hair, a cup of tea or another beautiful spoon carved.

So this film became an album of memory postcards… blurred and bit tattered on the edges, but full to the brim with goodness.

I love it. This initially unloved footage would’ve been left on the cutting room floor, but here it can shine and evoke the memories of our year.

This will be my December film for 2015 as part of my year long course A Year of Creating Time Capsules. There’s a bumper post coming up with all the films this year… stay tuned.

A Year of Creating Time Capsules has started today and registration will remain open till mid January for those wanting to start after the holidays… although I’m going to show how to make this film during December as either an archive film like mine… or something to collect festive memories.

It’s a great course to really explore all the different types of family films you can create and start making them regularly… so you’ll have some wonderful stories to look back on at the end of 2016.

All the details are over HERE. Will you join us?



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December 16th, 2015 at 3:11 pm


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This time last year I made this film… it’s one of my favourite Time Capsule films I’ve ever made.

It was totally spontaneous… woke up on that Saturday and decided to film the day. The weather was gorgeous… so that helped… and it was the start of my love affair with slow motion sequences in my films.

And of course… all my boys are in it.

I adored the film at the time… but I love it even more now. A year later. It’s such a good representation of the end of 2014. When I watch it… I FEEL everything.

I’ve been putting together a blog post, with some films I made in 2015… this will mark the end of the A Year of Creating Time Capsules – 2015 course, but I wanted to highlight this film… because it was the first film I shared when the course began.

Every month or so, as part of the course, I would share my editing process and thoughts behind the film I’d been creating.

Would you like to see behind the scenes, in iMovie, of the film above?

It gives a flavour of why and how I edited this film. People taking the course loved watching these, it’s great to see how other people approach creating a project and understanding why they use certain clips of footage and where.

If you enjoyed getting a peek into my process and would like to spend 2016 creating your own films…

A Year of Creating Time Capsules 2016 begins on 16th December – with registration open till the end of January for those wanting to start at the beginning of the year.

I share how you can capture your moments, edit them together to keep them forever… There will be all the materials from my original Time Capsule film course, plus monthly encouragement to create regularly, more behind the scenes tutorials and a community all sharing their films. We can make more films together… inspiring each other along the way.

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 (this film)…

Let me know what you would like to capture in a Time Capsule film next year.

I will announce the random winners on Fri 11th Dec – All the best!


For more details about my courses running in 2016 – Check out this blog post or head over HERE.




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December 3rd, 2015 at 3:03 pm