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

Creating Time Capsules starts TODAY (registration will be open till the 12th) – 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.

Or take a look at MAKE FILMS which begins on May 17th.

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 – nearly 1K films!

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.

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

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


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May 6th, 2016 at 5:51 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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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. The course starts Friday 6th May.

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. The course starts Tues 17th May.

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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March 6th, 2016 at 8:00 pm


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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


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It wasn’t the most exciting weekend over here… How about you?

Even when I think there’s nothing worth documenting… there are still snippets worth filling the frame with and making a film.

Saturday was continuing with the clean up mission at home… feels good to be getting things organised… and dusted. Oh and it snowed! for a few minutes…

Then on Sunday all four of us headed out to Covent Garden, which was looking and feeling very festive.

Sometimes uneventful weekends are just what you need.

Feeling inspired to make your own films? I’ve got a couple of online courses coming up…

Creating the mini version of the film above will be one of the projects we’ll make during MAKE FILMS – I’ll share all you need to know… from my favourite angles and compositions to use… to editing it together into a 15 second film for Instagram… (or a one minute film). Plus, there will be lots more film projects to make in this 10 week course… stop motions, slow mo fun and time lapses.

Read more about MAKE FILMS here.

If you’d like to explore making films of your life and family throughout 2016… then A Year of Creating Time Capsules might be for you. With the goal of one film a month, there’ll be the chance to tell your stories and gather the memories of family life to be treasured for years to come. Imagine being able to look back at your year with all these memories preserved. I did it 2013 & 2014… and I’ve nearly completed 2015… I know each film is a gift… and I’ll show you how you can create your own magic films.

Read more about A Year of Creating Time Capsules here.

I hope you’ll join me on one of these creative journeys… they’re going to be so much fun!


During November, I’m taking part in a month long blogging challenge - leaving a few words or photos or films here everyday – #NaPhoPoMo

Some of my friends are taking part - Kim :: Karen :: Andrea :: Jeanine :: Barb :: Kelly :: Bella :: - If you’re joining in, please leave your URL so I can add you to my list – Thanks! :: Cassandra :: Mascaraandmud :: Sara :: Dorry


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November 23rd, 2015 at 10:20 am


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Another One Minute Memory film from the weekend… The past couple of weekends are here & here.

Fireworks and bowling to celebrate Ky turning fourteen and a few snippets from the photo meet up I took part in on Saturday… using the clips from the Mini Movie I shared on Instagram. There are a few more photos and maybe it’s own film to come later this week.

If you’re interested in trying out Time Capsule film-making and creating your own little films packed with memories like the one above… the final round of Creating Time Capsules in 2015 is starting TODAY.

There’s still time to register - I’d LOVE to have you join us.


During November, I’m taking part in a month long blogging challenge - leaving a few words or photos or films here everyday – #NaPhoPoMo

Some of my friends are taking part - Kim :: Karen :: Andrea :: Jeanine :: Barb :: Kelly :: Bella :: - If you’re joining in, please leave your URL so I can add you to my list – Thanks! :: Cassandra :: Mascaraandmud





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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