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MEMORY POSTCARDS – A TIME CAPSULE FILM OF 2016

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I’ve created more films this year than ever before.

Lots of work projects. 52 weekend films… short & sweet but packed with memories. 12 films as part of The Sixty Second Photograph. A summer film. Some Day In The Life films. A Marrakech memories film. Stop motions & slow mo tea time, a plenty.

This is my final film of 2016…

The left overs… the details… the places, the light and the smiles I want to remember. (No bike shots! as there are plenty in other films.)

The one second project is a well established one. I remember first seeing it and being blown away about how much could be conveyed in a second. I created a random happenings film in response, using two second clips. And then my love of short snippets was born. Now there’s an app that helps you collate your seconds. Jeanine’s film is amazing and Francesca Russell uses her DSLR for her films in such an inspiring way. In fact Francesca has written a wonderful post all about creating your own one second films, with some brilliant tips.

My film doesn’t have a second from every day, as some of my days really aren’t that interesting and I think it’s easier when you have younger children, as they’re around more. My days are spend at my computer, shooting content and making tea.

So here are my one second glimpses… the clips hiding on my iPhone or scenes that didn’t make it into other films, plus a few clips that I just love and give me all the feelings from this year.

As it’s all about the FEELINGS. That’s why I started making Time Capsule films years ago… this one second film is a collection of memory postcards. Literally transporting me back to that second.

This is last years film. Boom! I’m right back there. Haven’t the boys changed SO much?! Blows my mind. Thank goodness for these films.

Have a go at making your own one second film. Either with footage from 2016… it’s such a relief to put all those clips lying around into something worth watching back and not have them fade away on some hard drive. They are archived properly.

If you can’t bear to go back. How about move forward? 2017 could be your year to start. Shoot one sec a day, use the app or like me, just pick up your camera regularly and capture the details of your life. Your faces, smiles, places, light and moments. Anything! You just need a short clip here and there, it’s not too demanding. And the editing is easy, it’s like putting a scrap book together. Find the clip, drag it in. Add music. Keep adding clips till done. Hey presto!

One last thing. Put yourself in your films. Please. Arms length, “selfie” style is enough. But do it. Be part of the story. Pass the camera to a family member, or set up a tripod, find a reflection… even pull a funny face. Whatever it takes, do it. It’s uncomfortable but it’s necessary… how can it be a Time Capsule of your story or your life, if you’re not in there.

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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 Fri 13th Jan and MAKE FILMS starts on Tuesday 17th Jan.

 

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January 12th, 2017 at 12:58 pm

2016 – WHAT A YEAR!

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Oh 2016!

You flashed by in a blink of my eye. It felt like my fastest year ever… I feel like I always say that, (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011,) but each year gathers momentum and I’m taken along for a speedy ride.

I heard something recently that made me feel a little better about how this quickly this year has disappeared. Liz Gilbert was chatting on Emma Gannon’s podcast (I’m a little late to discovering this, having just met Emma at a recent event.)

Liz says if life is going by quickly and you’re doing what you love, then that’s pretty good… it’s happiness. There I was thinking, the whizzing by meant I was missing something. But this positive look at another year flying by, has given me a lot of comfort.

This year has had it challenges and difficulties… it’s not all been easy. Raising teenage boys is a new experience. Moving house for the third time in four years was an emotional roller coaster. Living in a rental is pretty tough, as you never quite no how long you can stay and the astronomical rental costs are like throwing money away! Sadly I don’t think we’ll ever get back on the housing ladder.

But creatively and in terms of my business, 2016 has been pretty amazing. I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities to work with people and brands I truly love, doing the work I love. I’ve worked the hardest I’ve ever done, had things go well and made a few mistakes.

I’m so grateful to have a created a job & a business that truly reflects all of me.

I’ve put together my work & personal highlights here in this one post, but there’s more from this year with my photography and personal family films and summer scenes… as I couldn’t fit it all in here.

Let’s go…

JANUARY –  Began with new year with friends. One of my favourite films ever - Simple and so of the moment.

Then working on my online courses… with a second round of A Year of Creating Time Capsules and creation of my brand new course MAKE FILMS. This course and Creating Time Capsules ran multiple times throughout the year, guiding hundreds of people through the process of making your own films. Watching my students create magical films regularly is such a buzz… I feel so honoured to share the joy of film making with them.

The best start to the year –  The color//colour lovers project - RED : YELLOW : PINK : GREEN : ORANGE : BLUE - All that colour makes the winter a little more bearable.

One weekend it snowed for about an hour… I took my bike into central London.

FEBRUARY -

Attended London Fashion week with Canon UK.

Fun work projects with Sipsmith and Cath Kidston... and filmed Liv Purvis for kikkiK’s valentine campaign.

MARCH -

Documented my Week In The life – MONDAY - TUESDAY - THURSDAY - FRIDAY - SATURDAY - SUNDAY

Lots of fun had on a photo walk in Shoreditch…

So excited to collaborate with my favourites Anthropologie on this Easter Table feature and Boden & Lucy from Shiny Thoughts on this blog feature.

I was interviewed on the Blogtacular podcast with Kat.

Created this for Cath Kidston… love a table setting project!

APRIL -

A short trip to Marrakech… I loved the first day and seeing new colourful things.

It was a dream to work with Etsy UK on their first Etsy Awards campaign. Creating stop motions with products from their sellers.

I hosted an instameet for #wwim13 with colourful friends…

Worked on a Back To School shoot with Boden… lots of kids and a big red bus. And this From Where I Stand blog post.

Played pretty picnics for Cath Kidston…

MAY -

Another Week In The Life - MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY - SATURDAY - SUNDAY

Created some more films for Sipsmith. Attended the Instagram logo party.

Time in Wales at Fforest for Sisterhood Camp and then away with friends for half term on our special beach.

And goodbye to my sister’s bake-a-boo… Still makes me well up when I watch her turn the CLOSED sign.

Wish I’d been packing for a real weekend away!

JUNE -

Created these slow mo teatime films for a campaign with Kipling Bags… as part of their We Make Happy project.

Hosted a Video Walk and delivered a mini film-making workshop at Blogtacular…

Attended a wedding… Instagram’s MyStory exhibition… Photographed Boden’s Christmas in June.

And captured so much pretty for Clare at Achillea Flowers.

JULY -

I created colourful breakfasts for Alpen…. for their Start Colourful campaign… what a dream job!

Went to Margate for the day.

Created some tennis fun and 4th of July stop motions.

We moved house! It was exhausting but we survived. Our final evening was the best.

Created something pretty for Betty Magazine…

And worked with Penguin Books on some stop motions for their special edition Beatrix Potter books…

Hosted a sunny photowalk in the Barbican area for Mollie Makes Handmade Awards… showed people all about Boomerangs and Instagrammer Down.

Attended Instagram’s first video workshop… the Facebook office was as cool as you would imagine.

Danced the weekend away to 80′s music at a pool party. In this outfit.

Created photos and video content at the Cath Kidston Disney launch.

AUGUST -

Photographed the colourful Lucy for Boden again. And visited our favourite wall.

Hosted a photo walk in Margate with Charlotte Jacklin… it was lots of fun!

Created a variety of fun Olympics content for Boden.

Got a sneak peek of Instagram’s stories feature before it was released and was asked to host a meet up at The Roundhouse for it’s launch and give people a chance to play and create their own stories. Then we had drinks on the rooftop beach.

Took some time off to go camping…. Then a few days away in Wales, first to the vibrant Aberaeron, with colourful houses EVERYWHERE. Then the windiest and rainy holiday ever. Good friends and good food made it bearable.

SEPTEMBER -

Created another series of photos and films for Sipsmith.

And a couple of films for Twinings tea. The most perfect brief for me… drinking tea and sharing the little details that set up my day…

I spent a week in Southwold with Cath Kidston creating social media content for the SS17 campaign… such a fun and for-filling job.

Shot a fun stop motion for Etsy UK… showing my new desk in the new house…

Taught a mini stop motion workshop at Etsy Lunch & Learn.

And spent the day with Lauren Lavern for Boden. A real delight!

OCTOBER -

The Boden 25th birthday colour walk was a vibrant occasion full of lovely friends and rainbow clothes to fill the frame. I nearly forgot to set up a stride by!

The next day I had the opportunity to hangout with Erica Davies and capture her in four winter coats for Boden.

To recover from August & September’s full-on-ness, I took a little time out to visit my dearest friend and fellow creative Kim. For the past five years we’ve run or taught at retreats together, but this year we felt the pull to be just us and allow some time to create together. It was bliss.

Pumpkin time! and some cute halloween content

Then had a restful half term with the family.

NOVEMBER -

Full on personal project to create 30 daily mini films, what a good challenge!. See my films here and everyone taking part films on the hashtag.

So many events attended or working at, including press days for Boden & Cath Kidston. The most gorgeous dinner organised by Etsy, where every detail was thought of… we created our own goodie bags by picking items from Etsy sellers, the menu was based around our personal tastes and the pianist even played our favourite song.

An evening visiting an exhibition of talented creatives on Instagram…

Created some festive films for Sipsmith…

I hosted a couple of stop motion workshops at West Elm as part of the 91 magazine pop up… so many great products to make move.

And watched Luke share his beautiful work at the Instagram Christmas fair…

DECEMBER -

My favourite weekend… as we kicked off our family tradition of taking one of us out for the day… Cosmo picked a bike ride for me… we spent all day in East London riding along the canal.

I then took Ky for an adventure as we climbed the 02 at sunset one evening.

I created lots of Christmas content for Boden, Cath Kidston & The White Company.

This fun shoot for Boden with Lucy took us to Golbourne Rd - can’t wait to go back.

And a fake Christmas with Dolly Alderton (who I’d secretly like to be my best friend.)

Then it was time for our real Christmas…

And goodbye to 2016… hello 2017…

Wow. It’s been an incredible year… Time for a cup of tea to reflect. So grateful and humbled by the fabulous projects I’ve worked on and people I’ve met. Huge thanks to all.

I hope 2017 brings as much joy & goodness…

 

 

 

 

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January 5th, 2017 at 2:02 pm

2015 LOOKING BACK :: TIME CAPSULE FILMS

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Tis the season for LOOKING BACK posts… I actually love putting them together, even though they take ages!

As it’s so cool to put everything together from a whole year into one place…

Let’s kick off the series with my 2015 Time Capsules films… the monthly films I’ve made as part of A Year of Creating Time Capsules course… (If you’re interested - 2014 & 2013 films)

Here we go… so very grateful to have these memories locked away.

JANUARY

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

FEBRUARY

WEEKEND MEMORIES

MARCH

SCENES FROM THE WEEKEND & LET’S GO SKIING

APRIL

DAY IN THE LIFE – CAMPING

MAY

DAY IN THE LIFE MINI FILMS

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

JUNE

SISTERHOOD CAMP

JULY

A LAZY DAY

SOMERSAULT FESTIVAL – MINI FILMS

AUGUST

ADVENTURES IN CORNWALL

SEPTEMBER

MINI TIME CAPSULES – DAY IN THE LIFE

MONDAY :: TUESDAY :: WEDNESDAY :: FRIDAY :: SATURDAY ::

PLUS A ONE MINUTE MEMORY FILM FROM THE GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE

A ONE MINUTE MEMORY FROM THE FINDING STILLNESS WORKSHOP IN CANADA

OCTOBER

SUMMER ADVENTURES 2015

NOVEMBER

SCENES FROM THE WEEKEND – ONE MINUTE MEMORY FILMS

DECEMBER

MEMORY POSTCARDS & SCENES FROM THE WEEKEND

 

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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 2016 the year to create stories through video and photos.

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December 23rd, 2015 at 9:17 am

2014 :: WHAT A YEAR!

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Before I can welcome in 2015, it’s a good idea to say thanks to 2014 as it’s been an incredible year…

It started with a word… my intention for the year ahead. I knew it was going to be a big year for me – big birthday, big intentions & big plans… it was the year to make lots happen.

I wanted to build on everything I’ve been working toward for years… I wanted to succeed in growing my business, be open & receive more opportunities, spend time adventuring & travelling with my family & for my work, push myself beyond my comfort zone…do the work I really love…. it was time to really thrive.

I’m beyond grateful for this year, for the things I experienced, for the steps I’ve taken, for the work I’ve created, for the places I’ve seen, for the people I’ve met & photographed or filmed, for the people I’ve taught, for the happiness, for the opportunities to do what I love and share that with my family.

2014 you rocked – My personal highlights are below… {not everything about the year was easy or fun, but I don’t want to dwell on that as when I focus on the good and the positive, more of that comes…} Long may the goodness continue, as I hope 2015 brings plenty more of this…

The year started off with a colour project to blast the greys away… color//colourlovers with Andrea. (We found colour again in July and hopefully it will be back in 2015)

February was a trip to Germany with some awesome instagrammers…

March was my birthday – so I reminisced, had a party and began a love affair with my new bike - oh and finally made the birthday list.

The love of card tricks was in full effect.

April saw the first camping trip of the year and running through fields of yellow… as the light returned.

The month of May was a packed one – beginning with a trip to Nice to celebrate my friend’s 40th with all my girlfriends & our families… & one of my films used by Canon on their site…

Blogtactular pushed me out of my comfort zone with a colourful balloon photo walk and a talk sharing my film making & storytelling tips.

At the end of May was the big trip to Mexico. This fun filled trip had us body surfing in the ocean and zip lining through the jungle TWICE… and so much more. All thanks to First Choice holidays.

June & July were packed to the brim as the summer began – moving house, weekends away, wonderful family sessions, a day at Wimbledon, fun at Pedlars, more camping and the best festival fun at Somersault.

August brought much needed calm as the boys went away and it was just us. Time for some family sessions and then we all travelled to Wales to visit Harwarden and then Pembrokshire, via colourful scenery.

It was a BRILLIANT summer - A real delight.

September – First, The Good Life Experience gave us a wonderful taste of the outdoors…

Then I traveled along the most beautiful train journey to Rhode Island and guided a lovely bunch of ladies on colourful photo walks for Squam In The City, thanks to Elizabeth for inviting me.

October – three days in New York! and then one day in Palma!

And A Week of Mornings… sometimes the everyday is the most beautiful.

November was focused on GATHER :: the first retreat hosted by Kim and I – a beach house in California to shoot and share our passions with a bunch of kindred spirits. It was a dream come true and where I shared Luke’s first spoon.

Thank you to everyone who made it so amazing, especially to my dear friend Kim.

And here we are in December… at the end with a full heart – There was a beautiful Saturday & a look at my Sunday films, an addiction to slow mo and all the festive celebrations.

Thank you 2014 – you whizzed by so brilliantly + thank you to all my boys who fill my life with so much joy and energy.

Roll on 2015 – Let it be the best year yet! I’m ready for more…

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you….

Thanks for visiting here… xo

 

 

 

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December 30th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

2014 :: FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS

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As a photographer, it’s a privilege to spend time with a family and capture their moments.

Submerging myself into their lives, playing with the children, seeing the connections between siblings, the smiles & laughter, the energy that pours out of children, the hugs & the kisses and the love they all share … and then documenting it – the fleeting moments as a family grows…  knowing these images will be the key to unlocking these memories in the future.

It’s something I love to do so very much…

This year I witnessed some beautiful stories, met some new families and got to hang out with children I’ve seen grow up in front of my camera… preserving this moment in their lives is a real honour. Thank you to all my amazing families.

Please let 2015 bring an abundance of opportunities to tell more of these stories…

 

 

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.

 

 

2013 :: LOOKING BACK PART THREE

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Looking back… part three…

What you’ll often find when visiting here – is our life – who we are, the things we do and love… no, it’s not the nitty gritty of dirty laundry, grumpiness, arguments, unclean bathroom, tears… Yes, we have plenty of that going on here on a daily basis, but I don’t feel the need to capture that, let alone share it.

Here lies the beauty of using a camera… I focus on the good, look for the light, seek out the colour, gravitate towards the movement & the details of stuff that mean something to me… the little things now, but what will be amazing memory triggers as time passes.

These are some of my favourite moments with my boys this year…

 

2013 :: LOOKING BACK PART TWO

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This week I’m looking back through 2013 and all I’ve captured through my camera.

2013 was the year I really wanted to build on my love of film-making. Explore storytelling through film and keep practicing & creating with this medium. So I set myself a challenge as part of my birthday list - #20 – to make a Time Capsule film each month for my family & a film about our summer.

Fortunately, this year took us some incredible adventures, bringing plenty of material to shoot. What’s lovely, as I look back, is the variety of stories I’ve been able to capture. From everyday stuff & the moments from family life to all the colours, sunshine and smiles from our adventures.

What a blessing 2013 has been….

JANUARY – A SELECTION OF RANDOM MOMENTS DURING ONE SATURDAY.

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FEBRUARY – TO BEAT THE WINTER BLAHS – I SEARCHED AND CREATED COLOUR FOR 30 DAYS.

And I created this archive film.

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MARCH – A ONE MINUTE MEMORY FILM TO CAPTURE THE JOY OF HIS FIRST ZIP CARD.

Plus I completed a new welcome video

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APRIL – HIGHLIGHTS OF ALL OUR WATER ADVENTURES – ALL SHOT ON THE IPHONE.

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MAY – ALL THE SIGHTS & COLOURS OF OUR BIG HOPEFUL ADVENTURE.

Plus these additional films telling more stories of our big hopeful adventure – onetwothree

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JUNE – A PORTRAIT OF ALL THE THINGS OUR ELDEST BOY LIKES TO DO.

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JULY – ALL THE JOYS OF COOKING WHILE CAMPING ON A SUMMERS EVENING.

I wanted to remember this special day.

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AUGUST – A STOP-MOTION OF RANDOM MOMENTS DURING A DAY OUT IN LONDON.

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SEPTEMBER – A STORY OF GOING FISHING WHILE IN CORNWALL.

And this stop motion.

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A FILM ABOUT OUR SUMMER – ALL MY FAVOURITE MOMENTS.

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OCTOBER – A COLLECTION OF MOMENTS OF ALL THE “MOVING” & TRAVELLING THROUGHOUT OUR YEAR.

& A STOP-MOTION OF ONE ORDINARY SUNDAY MORNING.

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NOVEMBER – A COLLECTION OF CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR BOYS.

And this extra film using more footage from our big hopeful adventure.

DECEMBER – Still to come…

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If watching these films inspires you to want to create your own Time Capsule Films next year… I’m running my online course again in January, where I share all my tips & tricks to shoot and edit your own films in my course - Creating Time Capsules.

All the details are here.

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December 18th, 2013 at 9:41 am

2013 :: LOOKING BACK PART ONE

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Looking back helps to see how far you’ve come and gather fuel for the year ahead. In collecting the material for these 2013 :: LOOKING BACK posts, I’ve been wonderfully surprised to see how much I’ve shot this year… for myself & for other people, in photographs and through films.

With an abundance of stories and images – I’ve split them up into manageable posts…

Part one begins with a selection of some of the amazing people and families I’ve captured… preserving this moment in their lives… It’s a real honour. Thank you.

A YEAR TO FLY

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2012 seems to have flown by… which is kinda apt really, considering fly was my word of the year. This one little word has served me well and I’m reluctant to let go of it. Perhaps that’s why I’ve faffed around choosing my new word for 2013.

Last year was all about learning to fly… taking off with new ventures and discovering what really inspires me creatively.

The chance to fly literally across the world and do what I love.

Opportunities to learn and be inspired.

Setting intentions and making them happen.

Celebrating those I know, and reaffirming the images that move me.

It was time to fly from our old home, let go of a lot of stuff and emotion and make a new nest. We’ve flown right into storms and out the other side.

It’s been a journey of ups & downs, laughs and tears…

All the while, my wings kept me flying or hovering just above where I needed to be.

It was a year to remember for sure…

We did it together… all my boys and me. Thank goodness these guys are with me on my journey… it just wouldn’t be the same without them.

As we step into 2013 today… 12 images that will forever remind me of us there in 2012.

 

 

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January 1st, 2013 at 11:00 am