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This colour hunting for the color // colour lovers is rather fun…

Red week is in full flow.

Today was filled with flowers from Achillea Flowers and cakes from bake-a-boo… Totally splendid.



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January 24th, 2014 at 5:46 pm


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As I watch the snow fall out the window this morning… all I can think about is warmth, blue skies, bare skin & sunshine…

SO I’m going back to Palm Springs and my California adventure in these five frames…

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January 18th, 2013 at 12:22 pm


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As part of our Behind The Scenes course, I share a video tutorial of how to put yourself in front of the camera.

I thought I’d share it here for those taking part 12.12.12 incase they fancy a little chat to camera… and for anyone else wanting to video blog.

Videoing yourself is not for everyone, I know it scares me, but I’m also kinda drawn to it… weird? I do it for my courses and I also like to put myself (when I can) into my films, because I believe it’s important to be part of the story too.

Here are my top five tips for talking to camera, should you be a little curious to do it…

  1. Find good light and space you feel comfortable with no distractions - Talking to camera is uncomfortable situation for most people, but be brave and keep doing it, as only practice, practice, practice will help you get better.
  2. Look into the camera, it’s about making contact with your viewer. Imagine you’re talking to a friend.
  3. Have an idea of what you might say, either a list in your head to keep the conversation more casual and spontaneous or make bullet point notes, to put by the side of your camera, to prompt you while you’re talking.
  4. Remember to check what you’ve recorded, to make sure you’ve got it in the bag. And don’t worry if you ramble on, because you can always edit it down.
  5. Have fun, experiment and don’t take yourself too seriously… Be YOU… get all the silliness and embarrassment out of you, make noises, be silly and then take a deep breath and BE YOU.

The video tutorial goes over these points in my silly way… I recorded this a few months ago, and I’m really cringing inside now I’ve watched it back… but hey ho, if I can do it, so can you…

Oh gosh, it makes me miss my old kitchen!… If you’ve survived watching my nonsense… perhaps you’d like to view the even more silly out-takes here.



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December 7th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

FIVE FRIDAY :: 12.12.12

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Can I tell you about my latest project? Let me break it down into FIVE chunks as it is 5 on Friday…

* For the past two years I’ve been involved in One Day On Earth, a global project gathering footage from all across the world. I’ve had some of my footage included, but that wasn’t my main goal… the main goal was to be part of a community… and be motivated to go shoot something. As much as I recommend being part of this global project… Lately, I’ve been drawn to create a community, just a little smaller & more imitate… so I’ve been gathering people who took part in my Creating Time Capsules Course and inviting them to use the skills they learnt in my course, to create some magic on 12.12.12… but now I’d love to invite anyone else out there who’d like to jump on board…

* For me, making a Time Capsule is taking photos or video, or both and packaging it up into a film that can looked back on years to come. I make films, like these… but you could get involved on 12.12.12 in any way… take a few images, blog about it, make a GIF or make a slideshow. Record some audio. You could video a segment of your day (unedited) and share it, you could shoot something on your phone or camera, edit it with your heart and put it out for others to see… or the big one…video and photograph your whole (or part of your) day and make a time capsule film. What do you think??? Shall we hang out on 12.12.12 and record our day in the life?

* I’m inviting you to make your own Time Capsule. Make it your way. That’s the beauty of it. We all have our own tale to tell… Through video, photos, writing. Whatever! Let’s use this historic day of 12.12.12 to focus on being present. Really be present in the moment, recognising and acknowledging our everyday lives and deciding what we want to remember. The beauty is, you’ll then have this day in your life to look back on… I did it last year on 11.11.11 and so much has changed in a year! Who knows what you’ll be doing next year… where you’ll be… what’s the same and what will be different. What’s interesting is choosing what you’ll shoot and then what you’ll share… If you’ve been looking to do “a day in the life” project, this might be just the time to do!

* I’ve gathered a group of past students of Creating Time Capsules and anyone else who wants to do involved, over in a Facebook group. I’ve found through my teaching, that being part of a group makes us accountable… sometimes as creatives we need that. Fellow like-minded people looking out for each other, inspiring and encouraging along the way. Together this group will spur each other on to tell the story of their day, then package it up into a Time Capsule for others to see. Imagine how beautiful it will be to watch everyone’s stories unfold in the weeks following 12.12.12. Powerful stuff.

The details - You don’t have to have taken Creating Time Capsules to be part of this… all you need to do is commit to recording your day on 12.12.12, and if you’d like, you can join us at Facebook in our 12.12.12 group… click to join and I’ll add you… and that’s it.

Let me know what you think? Are you on board? I’m excited!

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November 23rd, 2012 at 2:38 pm


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Whilst at Oasis I gave my first public talk. GULP! For those that speak regularly in front of others, this might not seem daunting to you, but for me it was kinda a big deal. Thankfully I was asked do it alongside Kim and having her there offered great comfort.

Tracey had asked Kim and I if we would share a little of “our process” to everyone, this seemed too enormous to dive into in front of so many people – talking technical stuff and how we work, just seemed impossible to an audience of varied experience and ability, so we took “our process” from a different angle, using inspiration from our course Behind The Scenes. We prepared what we were going to say, complied some inspirational quotes… and besides a little nerves the day before, which Myriam talked us out of… we just decided to go for it.

Leaving our messy room… we stepped out to find the commune being prepared and everyone waiting… GULP!

It’s kinda weird, because once we got started it felt ok… and we found our stride. Taking turns to talk, helping each other out when needed. We were honest, emotional and shared what we thought would strike a cord, hoping that even if one person took something away that sparked a feeling within them – that was enough. We talked about the little things that help our creative process… our journeys to this place… our stories… what drives us… what inspires us… what we would like to hear when listening to someone’s process.

There were tears and laughter (even my newly acquired American accent made an appearance, not that I can remember what I said!)  - we spoke from our hearts and drank diet coke (of course).

From what little I can remember it went ok… once it was over, there was more relief than elation.

Sometimes I think I’d like to listen to it through again, so wish I’d recorded an audio for it… but then again, maybe it’s best I stick with the hazy memory of it; no judgement can be made from that.

Would I do it again? well… I’ll keep you posted… never say never.

Before the talk :: Just as we’re about to finish


Behind The Scenes - our inspiration blogging course is now open for registration as a self-paced course at $79 – details here.

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November 16th, 2012 at 10:18 am


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So Five Fact Friday is getting a little face-lift and small re-launch today… there are some regular participants, and the community we’re creating is lovely. Recently, I’ve evolved away from “5 facts” to “5 of anything” so has Kim… so it’s now 5 on Friday… and you can play with it however you choose and then go link up over at Reflection Of You…


It seemed only fitting to share five photos of Kim while we were away and include her in my Women I Know series.

Kim has changed my creative life in so many ways since we met at Camp last year, it was beyond lovely to spend some real time together in California. We really made the most of it and… hung out, laughed, drank diet coke, photographed and embraced so much of the journey together, including giving a talk to all those at Oasis about our process (I think this might be a separate post for another time).

Thank you Kim from the bottom of my heart for all you do.

I’m sure this isn’t Kim’s favourite shot of her, but it is mine. I reminds me so much of our time together at the ACE… every morning the sun would flood into our room, we’d struggle to get up and I’d talk in my American accent about how the day was going to roll and Kim would always laugh at my nonsense – one first class room mate. Can’t wait to do it again.


Have a great weekend x.

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November 9th, 2012 at 12:00 pm