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Three weeks of #hurrayforplay have whizzed by! Nothing like a creative project to speed up time.

Did you try creating a cinemagraph or boomerang last week? I struggled with the cinemagraph if I’m honest… a little too subtle for me but maybe it has a time and place, and it’s certainly fun to play with…  I do prefer a boomerangor two!

We’re moving into our final week (for this round) of #hurrayforplay – Let’s go out with a bang and create lots of amazing work this week, through play!

WEEK FOUR – 22nd – 29th May – Play with capturing a story that’s imaginary &/or from real life.

Your imaginary scenes can give you a chance to let your imagination run away with you… and set something up you’ve only dreamed of creating.

Your real life scenes are happening all around you, look at the everyday (and sometimes mundane) details in a new light and elevate them by capturing it a beautiful way.

Each weekly prompt so far, has had focuses and ideas that have crossed over slightly, so feel free to incorporate any of them into this week’s prompt… For example, last week we explored shooting video clips in the shape of cinemagraphs & boomerangs, or the weeks before we took photos that shared light or colour, so you could play with those again, as you shoot ‘make believe’ or everyday beauty stories.

An additional focus for you if you choose… Shooting with a mobile device &/or DSLR. We tend to have our go-to cameras… it could be a mix of phone or DSLR… but we stick to our favourite set up and often forget about those cameras collecting dust (or maybe that’s just Sara & I?!)

Use this week to pick up your camera (or lens or piece of equipment) that’s been neglected and remember why you loved it. Step out of your usual creative set up and see what happens.

Enjoy this last week together… and as ever, just experiment and play… focus more on the process than the result. But if you do create something you love, share it with Sara & I on the hashtag #hurrayforplay on Instagram or Twitter.

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May 22nd, 2017 at 7:00 am

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Halfway through the month of #hurrayforplay – a little fun project I’m hosting with Sara

Have you been enjoying the experience of creating through play? I know I have! Even the small pockets of time I’ve had this past week, have made me happy – I’ve been looking at light in playful way.

SO on to this week…

WEEK THREE – 15th – 21st May – Play by capturing scenes that are still &/or moving.

For this week there are a few directions you can take. As we’ve suggested each week, try something new or create in the way that feels comfortable – it’s up to you how you PLAY.

The focus is “capturing a scene” – these could be quiet moments or fun playful moments. They could be scenes you’ve set up and styled yourself or real life situations.

We wanted to add a new element this week, by adding the option to play with making something that moves and shooting some video. (But feel free to stick with photography as well).

Explore Cinemagraphs & Boomerangs or short clips of video to see your scenes in a new way… for tips for how to use these, check out – Xanthe’s post about Boomerangs & Sara’s post about Cinemagraphs.

Here are the apps & some tags to help get you started -

Cinemagraphs – MaskArt is free and simple to use. Check out #cinemagraphs for the magic in action.

Boomerang – iPhone & Android - These Boomerang tags have tons of inspiration – #boomerangoftheweek  #boomerangbangbang #boomerangforinstagram

As ever… experiment, play and have fun. If you create anything you love, share it over on Instagram or Twitter with #hurrayforplay for Sara & I to see.







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May 15th, 2017 at 7:00 am

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From what I’ve seen on Instagram and Twitter lots of you have been playing and creating so beautifully… you’ve jumped head first into the #HurrayForPlay project that Sara and I started last week.

For the past week I’ve played with neutrals and found a little colour, you can see some of my pics and films on Instagram (I’ll do a round up post at some point)… and we’re sharing some of our favs from the hashtag over on the newsletter – You’re welcome to join up to HERE.

Onto this week’s prompt…

WEEK TWO – 8th – 14th May – Playing & creating inside &/or outside.

We’re often drawn to create in an environment that inspires and is familiar to us. Use this week to shoot where you are comfortable but also try something new…

Inside might be your preferred location – this could be in your home where you know the best spots to frame a shot or inside a favourite place.

Or it could be outside in your neighbourhood, perhaps you live in the city or countryside.

You could encourage yourself to shoot where you’re not familiar and it offers a little challenge – perhaps you never take your camera outside? or you struggle to find the best light in your home.

Mix it up this week by shooting both indoors and outdoors.

Let this week’s focus be looking for different types of light. Whether inside or outside… look for the light.

Inside – this could subtle window light or shadows created by the sun beaming in. You can make your scenes bright or moody. Outside – look for sun flare, shadows & silhouettes, if the sun comes out… or if it’s overcast or rainy, play with that flat even light or create something a little moody.

Whatever direction you go in… have fun and play! – Make time for experimenting… No worries about the result. It’s about the journey not the destination. Let’s see what this week brings…

Hurray for PLAY!

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May 8th, 2017 at 9:37 am

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Recently I was invited by the lovely Sara Tasker to chat on her podcast #hashtagauthentic - If you haven’t listened to my episode yet… please check it out -The Power of Personal Projects.

I shared some of my favourite personal projects… the things I learnt from them, why I love them and how important they’ve been for the work I do now.

During the conversation, Sara and I toy with the idea of doing a project together, because collaborations or working in a group can be very motivating and keep us accountable… so something has been bubbling and we’ve decided that the month of May is all about PLAY… and we’d LOVE you to join us.

Each week there will be two opposite directions to focus your creative play and a suggestion to explore something, like a technique or subject. You can use the prompt literally or make it your own. This is just the starting point and something to get you excited about creating through which ever medium you prefer… there are no rules, it’s just about play… and creating something just to create.

Hurray for PLAY! Make time for experimenting… No worries about the result. It’s about the journey not the destination. Who knows what we’ll create.

WEEK ONE – 1st – 7th May – Playing with Colour &/or Neutrals.

We’re often drawn to a particular colour palette in our work. Use this week to play with colours you love or dip your toes into a different spectrum of tones.

Try playing with some props when representing your chosen palette – colourful ones or muted tones… there are so many possibilities!

With each weekly project you’re welcome to explore one of the topics or both… you can stick to one if it’s familiar to you and you’d like to dive into deeper into that theme or you can go with the opposite one, where you can experiment in a different area and perhaps discover a different way of creating. You can even try both!! The kind of work or amount of it you produce, is up to you…

Just a reminder – This project is primarily about creating while playing… just for the sake of creating, rather than sharing it. As we can often get caught up on making something because of how it will be received by an audience, rather than because we love it. So there’s no pressure to share what you’re creating, but if you do make something you LOVE and want to put it out there… It would be great to see it – Use the hashtag #HurrayForPlay (we used the English spelling) you could share it on Instagram or in your Instagram Stories or make a blogpost with your creations or give us a sneak peek on Twitter or wherever you choose to share.

I’m looking forward to having this little project motivate me this month. Sara and I hope you’ll join us in this playtime – visit our blogs on a Monday for the weekly prompts & more tips and inspiration can be sent direct to your inbox… please sign up over HERE.

Are you in? LET’S PLAY IN MAY!






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May 1st, 2017 at 8:00 am

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