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A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM & A GIVEAWAY

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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

WEEKEND MEMORIES – A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM

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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

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

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Christmas & New Year flew by in a flash of gatherings & celebrations, blustery walks & lazing on the sofa, tensions & elations, card games & dancing, ice & sunshine…

My camera was with me to document some of these festive moments (although most of this film doesn’t look very festive!) – I had really wanted to rest after a busy year, but I like capturing what we’re doing, it’s part of how I see the world, so I can’t just turn off. The biggest struggle is my dislike of indoor lighting, so most of my film is our outdoors activities and the bits with the crummy lighting are special things I want to remember – in 5 years, I won’t care about that.

Want to make your own films like this? There’s still time to sign up for A Year of Creating Time Capsules… a whole year making films of your life – your fleeting moments, your memories all packaged up into a film. The course is packed with inspiration, tips & tricks from shooting to editing your film and an amazing community all motivating each other… Registration will close at the end of January – more details HERE.

Film and photos shot on Canon EOS 5DmIII with additional slow mo footage shot in iPhone 5s

 

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January 15th, 2015 at 5:23 pm

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.

 

 

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December 22nd, 2014 at 3:59 pm

A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM & A GIVEAWAY

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Our plans changed at the last minute over the weekend, so we had a free day to roam around London. The weather was divine… sunshine and shadows a plenty.

I had it in my head to make a film of our day, as a project to share in my up-coming course – A Year Of Creating Time Capsules.

As the day unfolds, I capture the moments witnessed and push myself to see the scenes differently from previous Time Capsule films. Trying alternative camera angles & interesting compositions to mix it up… but also looking for themes and repeating moments to thread throughout the film. The sunshine and shadows were a gift of the day, so I filled the frame with plenty of light… Also, being mindful to see the stories, routines and details, that make this month in our life unique, to lock up in a Time Capsule.

I edited the film on Saturday night, as the boys watched some random action film – Head phones on, laptop & blanket, with Bruce Willis saving some plane in the background. As I sorted through the footage, I wanted each moment to linger…Something about the way I was feeling… wanting to indulge in the sunshine, the movement, the little details of my family… also, it’s probably something to do with my current love of slow motion… so this film is nice & slow…

You can make a simple Day In The Life film during my online course – I share how you can capture your moments, edit them together to keep them forever.

My online course has been extended for 2015 – A Year Of Creating Time Capsules – so we can make more films by creating them regularly… inspiring each other along the way. There’s an amazing community forming, it starts next week and there’s still time to join in throughout December…

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 photo)

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

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

 

 

SLOW MO VIDEO – ADDING VIDEO CLIPS TO INSTAGRAM

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You know I love shooting video and making films… right? well, my new love is slow-mo video shot on the iPhone…

It’s turning into an addiction…

Yes, I use slow motion footage in my family Time Capsule films, as I love the feeling it creates and how you can really indulge in a moment.

But using the iPhone is great, as it’s SO easy to shoot with and the slow-mo feature is brilliant.

I’ve had a few questions about my video clips and people asking how I’m uploading my clips to Instagram… so I thought I’d make a little tutorial and share my process.

Here I share how I edit my clips in iMovie… how to fade-to-black… uploading in the 16:9 ratio… it’s simple and quick – anyone can give it a try. (It’s likely there are plenty of other ways to do this, I’m just sharing how I do it.)

These are the apps I use - iMovie app  - Squaready Video

I’d love to see if you make use of this tutorial, so please tag me @xantheb so I can peek into your slow-mo world.

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My online course Creating Time Capsules has been running for years, where I share all you need to know to turn your photos & videos into films of your life.

Starting in December there’ll be an extended version ALL YEAR LONG, during 2015. Giving plenty of time to make some magic films of your life.

A Year Of Creating Time Capsules is happening… all the details are HERE.

Why don’t you join the growing community that will be capturing their 2015 by creating Time Capsule films.

 

 

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November 26th, 2014 at 8:15 am

A WEEK OF MORNINGS

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All week long I’ve been capturing our mornings… mainly of the boys as they are changing so fast and the rhythm of our mornings has changed so much over the years.

I’ve created a slideshow of my favourite images – it’s like a virtual photo album. A way of viewing the photos as a Time Capsule film.

If you enjoy taking photos and sometimes struggle with video, then a simple photo slideshow is the answer. It’s the film I suggest people in my Creating Time Capsules course begin with.

I have some exciting news for people interested in making their own films & taking my course (and for those who’ve already participated in previous courses) – I will be running an extended version ALL YEAR LONG, during 2015. Giving plenty of time to make some magic films of your life.

A Year Of Creating Time Capsules is happening… all the details are HERE.

Why don’t you join the community that will be Creating Time Capsules, using photos & videos to tell the stories of their lives.

 

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November 7th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

IT’S NOVEMBER

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I can’t believe it’s November.

But it’s ok, because I’m not going to do my usual panic that the year has whizzed by too fast. It’s best to just be in the moment and take each day as it comes – and try to tackle all that’s brewing in my head… get on with the plans for the rest of the year & 2015 and the events coming up.

It’s all good.

This week I’m focusing on home and our mornings… and it’s good to be shooting for me… just memory making. The camera is out and my eyes switched on. I’ll share some of my favourite images on Friday, but you can follow along on Instagram for a daily update.

I’ve been formulating a new version of my e-course, as I’d like to challenge myself and others to create for a longer period of time… so A Year Of Creating Time Capsules is coming… A chance to spend all year making films of your life. The possibilities are exciting!

I’m eager to launch it… for the course to begin in mid December, when there’s lots going on and usually plenty to capture – join my mailing list or come back here for details later this week.

Coming soon… A whole year of combining photos & video into stories of your life.

 

 

 

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November 3rd, 2014 at 2:12 pm

THE ROUTINE OF EVERYDAY

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Coming out the summer and having shot loads of pretty places and events, I’d kinda forgotten about just capturing the everyday stuff… other than a little bit on that Sunday afternoon recently.

These everyday photos and memories are what I will love in years to come.

So on our ride yesterday morning, I grabbed some footage on my iPhone to make a One Minute Memory film – it’s not the best quality or brilliantly shot or even, one of my best films, but it packed with memories of our ride to school…. and I love the way he rides his scooter, the backpack and those long legs!

This was all shot on my iPhone and then edited in iMovie on the phone – simple & quick – all the palm of my hand.

This is prime example of a Time Capsule film… the type of film I encourage people to make during my online course - you don’t need fancy equipment to tell a story.

SO… that leads me on to announce the winners of my giveawayErica & Jack – I will email you today.

There’s still time to join us – the course starts tomorrow… all the details are here.

What memories will you capture?

 

 

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October 23rd, 2014 at 4:10 pm

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

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Yes, I love capturing the holidays, adventures and special moments…

but I also relish in gathering images of the everyday life at home.

It’s been a wonderful hectic summer, with many weekends away, so it was a gift to have a weekend with NO plans last week. A chance to potter, sort some things out in the house and have a roast dinner!

So I kept my camera with me and gathered some little vignettes… Keeping it simple by using only photographs to make into a stop motion film – the current round of Creating Time Capsules have been making some lovely films using photos – so I was inspired.

This is our now… no major events & imperfect images embraced…

Besides the light is so gorgeous at this time of year… it’s probably the star of the show.

Hope Autumn is bringing you some lazy Sundays… thanks for passing by x.

 

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September 17th, 2014 at 2:04 pm