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We’re actually having a wave of wonderful summer weather here in London… sunshine, blue skies and good times…

This weekend looked like this… plus lots of sitting around in the shade and being with friends & family – much needed!

As you may know… these weekend films are pretty special to me. It’s my longest running and favourite project!

Look how different last weekend was -

And the weekend before that -

The first film project on the MAKE FILMS course is to shoot your weekend, as it’s a great opportunity to experiment with all the shooting tips and try out the shots & angles I share with you.

It’s also a wonderful film to look back on and lots of people who start making weekend films as part of the course, continue to do so because they love them so much.

You can see all the films made as part of previous course, here - #makefilmscourse… They make me smile! over 2700 films full of life and creativity. Also, take a look at these blogposts sharing some of the amazing testimonials (and this one) the course has received.

Let me tell you more about the course -


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 mini films for Instagram or to share online. MAKE FILMS is packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films! We’ll focus on making a different type of film each week – see some of the examples below…

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 Tuesday 27th June. Hope you’ll join us!

Alongside the Scenes From The Weekend films… you can also create these -










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June 19th, 2017 at 2:45 pm

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The next round of MAKE FILMS starts this week… I’m always excited to see who’s joining in and looking forward to seeing what they’ll create…

It’s been way too long since I shared some testimonials, so I thought I’d share a few of the kind words that have been said about my MAKE FILMS course. I’m so grateful that people make the time to share how the experience has been for them… their words make me extremely proud that they’ve gained so much from taking part.

Please take a read…

“I had no particular goal or expectation when I started the MAKE FILMS course. All I knew was that watching your films on instagram always brought about that nice and fluffy feeling of happiness to me. So I guess I wanted to experience even more of this great ‘mood lifter’ of a feeling. If some of your tips and tricks could rub off, even better, but to be honest, I was doubtful of my own ability to figure out how to get my DSLR to produce something worth showing, let alone sharing on IG. Now that the 10 weeks have passed I am the first one to be surprised at what I achieved. It is just the beginning of my journey, clearly. Nevertheless you put me on the right path from the beginning. What resonated the most is that you encouraged us learners to just do it, no matter what camera gear we have – or don’t have. That it is more about encapsulating a moment, an emotion for the future than about reaching award-winning-hollywood-feature-film levels. This doesn’t mean that you skipped on the technical part during this course, quite the opposite. You gave us the tools, the tips and the confidence and this, in the most casual and amicable way. Allowing us to see your earlier films was another highlight because it shows not only how you progressed (giving us complete beginners hope) but also says a lot about your lovely personality. It felt like a big sister taking me by the hand and encouraging me to take the next step, complimenting my attempts even. On second thought you are more like a really kind friend than a sister and I know I will miss your weekly messages in my inbox.”

- Anouchka  

“It’s all your fault. You fed my love for making movies and now I just can’t stop! It’s fantastic!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for creating the Make Films course and sharing your gifts with all of us. I’ve loved film for as long as I can remember but I just didn’t think I had the time to dedicate to it that it needed. You not only helped me to see how I could find the time in my daily life but your filming guidance helped me to discover new storytelling ideas and ways of capturing my world through a medium I absolutely adore. Thank you especially for the reminder to play. It’s something I encourage others in my life to do but often forget when it comes to my own life. Playing has opened doors and windows inside of me. There is no doubt that I will continue to play, explore and create films both personally and professionally from this point forward. Thanks for sharing your passion with the world. You are a true inspiration! “

- Natasha

“Let me share with you what your course has meant for me. Before I took your class I tried to figure iMovie out on my own and got so overwhelmed/angry at myself and the process, I quit. I’ve always taken lifestyle shots and could picture how they would look as movie, but was stuck. I didn’t know how to get the image from my head onto the screen. 

Then along came your course. The only online course I’ve ever finished and dreaded the end of. In fact, I’m still sad it’s over! From your authenticity to your creativity and in-depth lessons I truly felt like I’d been handed a gift with your course. I am now able to record film of my precious family as well as my photography clients. Just this week a client said “You made my mom and dad (the grandparents) BOTH cry with your film” and she meant the good tears, not the bad! (lol).

I don’t know how I could ever thank you enough for your easy to follow tutorials and creative spark. Because the creative spark is what sets you apart. You are an artist in the truest sense. I’ve seen plenty of “how-to” tutorials other places but none feel as if I’m watching an artist at work. Your course is the embodiment of that. Pure artwork.”

- Sara

There’s still time to register for this session of MAKE FILMS… Check out this blog post for more details.



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May 17th, 2017 at 9:50 am

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The Day In The Life project is one of my favourite Time Capsule films to create… (closely followed by my Scenes From The Weekend films.)

But it’s been a while since I’ve made the mini daily versions - May 2016 & March 2016 & Sept 2015 & May 2015

Last year flew by so quickly… I’d planned to do one week in the autumn, but ended up doing 30 days of films instead.

So here we are in spring 2017 and I knew I needed to get on it!

We are in a different house now and the boys are growing up faster than I can imagine. My work life is so varied from week to week… I’d like this some of this to be documented. But it was finding the energy to get going.

You see, this project takes commitment and extra time.

But I know, I’ve just got to start… because once I’m in the zone of creating… the benefits shine and the momentum of finishing each film keeps me going.

So my week is complete… seven days, seven films full of little snippets from the day. I love them. I love seeing the differences and the similarities to last year and the year before – it’s such a gift. Even though I had to stay up late editing and annoy my family by filming every day… and find different ways of documenting, yet another cup of tea being made.

I think it was worth it.

Now this is over, I can get on with #hurrayforplay!

Perhaps these mini films 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 – My MAKE FILMS course starts on May 16th and we spend a whole week dedicated to this project.

All the details are HERE.

All films shot on a mix of Canon 5d4, iPhone 6s and Canon G7x




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MAKE FILMS - The online course starts on Tues 16th May… I’m so excited to offer it again.

Check out all the films made as part of previous courses - #makefilmscourse… These films blow my mind! over 2500 films bursting with creativity. Also, take a look at this blogpost sharing some of the amazing testimonials the course has received.

Let me tell you more about the course -


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 mini films for Instagram or to share online. MAKE FILMS is packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films! We’ll focus on making a different type of film each week – see some of the examples below…

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 Tuesday 16th May. Hope you’ll join us!

Here are some one of the films you can make -








ONE MORE STOP MOTION (Coz I love this one!)




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April 16th, 2017 at 7:00 am

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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.


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.


Attended London Fashion week with Canon UK.

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



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!


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…



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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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…


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


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I managed to make 30 films in 30 days. Just little mini film each day – little snippets of life and fun. A commitment to create and share something everyday.

How did you get on?

What ever you did as part of the project – Thank you for joining in or following along.

Over 770 films have been shared on Instagram on the #makefilms_dailyproject tag… which is AMAZING!

Here are my stats -

Stop Motions – 7

Films with flowers or plants – 2

Films containing Time Lapses – 5

Films with autumn leaves – 9!

Slow Mo teatimes – 4

Films containing gin – 1

Films at a workshop – 2

Films with Boomerangs – 3

Films while on a bike ride – 6

Scenes From The Weekend – 4

Films shot at events – 4

Films containing elements of festiveness – 2

Scenes From Today or Yesterday – 7

All cameras used – Canon 5D3 & 5D4, Canon G7x and iPhone 6s

What have I learnt doing this…

Personal projects are so important. Making something just for you is so important. Having fun with a project is so important. When the line between what I create for work and for me is so blurred, it’s good to do something just for me, even if it’s related or similar to something I create for work… it’s still for me to experiment and play. I never want to stop playing.

Community spurs you on. Knowing I had a group of creatives all making alongside me, so encouraged me. I was inspired by the films they made and so proud of those who showed up every day (or nearly every day) with their wonderful views of the world and creative ideas.

Doing something everyday keeps you on your toes. The daily practice is so powerful (and exhausting!) but it gets that creative muscle really working and makes you produce things that you might not have tried or been bothered to finish. I like that. You show up with what ever you have. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be done.

If you took part, I hope you’ve taken away something from the experience. Even if it’s nothing more than a collection of films you might not have made otherwise.

I’m so proud of everyone who joined in on Instagram using the #makefilms_dailyproject tag. I can’t tell you how much I smile every time, I watch the beautiful work made. Thank you for joining me on this big commitment.

Shall we do it again in the Spring 2017?!!


Day 25 - BOOMERANG SAVES THE DAY – Shot on iPhone 6s using the Boomerang App.

Day 26 - SLOW MO TEATIME – COSY TIME & PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE – Shot on Canon 5D4 in slow mo.

Day 27 - COSY CARDIGANS FROM BODEN CLOTHING - Shot on Canon 5D3 in stop motion.

Day 28 - MINI MONDAY MOVIE – SISTER TIME & DONUTS – Shot on Canon 5D4 & iPhone 6s

Day 29 - SCENES FROM MONDAY - Shot on Canon 5D4 & iPhone 6s

Day 30 – YAY! - Shot on Canon 5D3 in stop motion.



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November 30th, 2016 at 4:25 pm


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Into the final week of the MAKE FILMS Daily Project…

Stuck for ideas of what to shoot next?

Let’s look at the community for some ideas -

A calming moment.
Make something.
Play with light and reflections.
Watch something soothing.
Notice the breeze.
Get creative with fruit and plasticine
Cook something.
Do a little dance.
Go for a walk.
Make the mundane into something fun.
Say it with flowers.
Boomerangs are best.
Stop motions make you smile.
Look for the details.
Tell the story of today’s weather.

These are just a handful of the wonderful films on the hashtag - It’s brimming with ideas to make your own.

My films from the past week looked like this -

Day 18 - A STOP MOTION WORKSHOP AT WEST ELM WITH 91 MAGAZINE. - Shot on Canon 5d4 & iPhone 6s

Day 19 - SLOW MO TEATIME – BISCUITS & BLUEBIRD TEA - Shot on Canon 5d4 in slow motion.

Day 20 - A SECOND STOP MOTION WORKSHOP AT WEST ELM WITH 91 MAGAZINE. - Shot on Canon 5d4 & iPhone 6s

Day 21 - MINI MONDAY MOVIE – WORKSHOPS & BIKES - Shot on Canon 5d4 & iPhone 6s

Day 22 - TAKE A MOMENT WITH THE CLOUDS - Shot on iPhone 6s using Hyperlapse app.

Day 23 - PLANT SHELFIE - Shot on Canon 5d3


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November 24th, 2016 at 9:00 am


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Here I am celebrating day 17!…

I missed the halfway point of #MAKEFILMS_dailyproject as my site went down… the whole thing disappeared! Some server or URL issue, never quite got to the bottom of it… thankfully my brilliant developer sorted it. We are working behind the scenes to finally update my website, which will be so amazing, as I’ve been waiting two years to do it… It’s not taken that long, I’ve just been so distracted with other exciting projects and creating for other people… I’ve kinda neglected my online home. It’s getting sorted now. I’m so grateful.

Anyway… back to the matter at hand. The half way point of #MAKEFILMS_dailyproject has been and gone. Is it too much to share all the films made so far?

Oh well… here they are. Let me say, if you’re not a fan of autumn leaves, you might wanna head over to somewhere else. Coz there are lots of leaves in this collection of films. I’ve been obsessed.

And quite rightly, as this autumn has been awesome!

Roll on day 18.

P.s So chuffed at over 500 films made and shared on Instagram.

Day 10 - LEAF OF THE DAY - Made in the Boomerang app

Day 11 - BREAKFAST TIME - Shot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.

Day 12 - FINDING IT HARD TO CHOOSE MY LEAF OF THE DAY - Shot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.

Day 13 - WHEELIE GOOD TIME - Shot on iPhone in slow mo.


Day 15 - SIPSMITH FESTIVE FUN - Shot on the iPhone using the Hyperlapse & Boomerang app.

Day 16 - STILL OBSESSED WITH LEAVES - Shot on Canon 5d3.

Day 17 - SLOW MO TEATIME – FIRST MINCE PIES OF THE SEASON - Shot on Canon 5d3 in slow motion




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November 18th, 2016 at 8:01 am


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I’m on Day 10! of the #makefilms_dailyproject… Wow.

Although I’m only sharing my films up to yesterday… as I’ve not created/shared today’s film. And besides 5 films is enough for one post, don’t you think?…

The past five days have been fun… lots has been captured in a variety of ways. If you’re interested in which camera I’m shooting on etc, I’ve added notes at the end of each post for this project.

I never expected (only hoped) that so many people would join in along with me…. The number of films being shared on Instagram keeps going up everyday! It really spurs me on to know that so many are noticing the movements around them, capturing it so beautifully and gathering stories that might not have created if it wasn’t for this project.

It’s so brilliant!! Check out the hashtag #makefilms_dailyproject to be inspired!

We’re a third of the way done. Still a fair way to go.

Gotta keep going, keep making, even something simple and quick. Just keep doing. It will be so worth it.

Now… what will I film today?…

Day five – SLOW MO TEATIME – IN BETWEEN THE CHAOS – Shot on Canon 5d3 in slow mo.

Day six - I LOVE ALL THE CHAIRS IN KIM KLASSEN’S STUDIOShot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.

Day seven – MINI MONDAY MOVIE – FIREWORKS, FLAMES & FUN – Shot on Canon G7x & 5D3 and iPhone 6s

Day eight – SCENES FROM THE #DISCOVERYOURSTORY PARTY – Shot on iPhone 6s using Boomerang & Hyperlapse and Canon 5d4

Day nine – MARVEL AT ALL THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN – Shot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.




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November 10th, 2016 at 7:00 am