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OUR SUMMER SO FAR

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I love the summer.

I love the sunshine, I love long evenings full of golden light, I love campfires, I love food cooked & eaten outside, I love adventures to old and new places, I love dappled light through the tress, I love marshmallows melting on your fingers, I love the smell of rain on the warm earth, I love the greens of nature… and more.

Our summer so far has been sprinkled with all these loves. Adventuring near and far, capturing little snippets of these delights with my lens and compiled together into a film, so they don’t gather dust on the hard drive…. and instead tell the story of our summer so far…

Focus on the good, look for the light. That’s what I’m concentrating on. Life isn’t all sunshine and marshmallows everyday – we just moved house and I’m totally exhausted, but concentrating on the good brings more good, and I’m all for that.

Thankfully, our summer continues… with more adventures to come & films, photos and stories to tell of them. But sometimes you have to use what you’ve gathered so far and play with it. I encourage people taking my Time Capsule courses, that completing a project is best way to learn what works and encourages you to make more. The summer round of Creating Time Capsules – A JOURNEY is producing some wonderful films, packed with memories and stories of their summers. It makes me so happy!

Thanks for being a wonderful summer so far… can’t wait to see what the forthcoming weeks bring!

All photos and the film captured on Canon EOS 5D mIII :: the next round of Creating Time Capsules will be in September.

 

 

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July 16th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

RANDOM HAPPENINGS – A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM

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A lot of this year has been dominated by photography… various projects have had me shooting more photos than films. For example… various family portrait sessions, the color//colour lovers project was mainly stills and my latest course – TANGIBLE Time Capsules has been centred around holding real photographs by getting your images off devices… plus I’ve been shooting with the Lumia 1020.

I have been capturing video sporadically, but I’ve not had enough time for editing, to make my films, and this has been affecting my creative spirit. I see in movement, lots of my photos have motion within and capturing video is my real passion.

So I was determined to make a film of our Easter break… (in fact a film of our first camp of the season is also in the works – and maybe a bike film?).

A “Random Happenings” film is something I encourage my course participants to create, as it’s just a collection of moments, put together in no particular order (maybe with a theme or a thread), thus provoking a feeling that takes us back to that moment, when we watch in years to come.

Blessed with amazing weather, I was squealing at the amazing light. Give me dappled sunlight in a wood or the golden hour and my camera & I are happy.

Huge thanks to our boys, who are so generous with their support to be filmed. I often get questions from people asking if they mind being documented, and currently they’re cool with it, getting involved in the process and cheekily reminding me how lucky I am to have them as subjects! – and believe me I’m so grateful. As I realise this might not last, so I’m making the most of it while I can…

If this kind of film making appeals to you & you’d like to capture your moments on video and make them into Time Capsule films… Well, Creating Time Capsules is coming back… a summer long course – combining photos & video capturing your moments, plus the TANGIBLE element of printing your photos. For details and updates of when it’s coming… please join my MAILING LIST.

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All footage shot on the Canon 5Dm3 with 35mm 1.4 lens.

 

 

CARD TRICKS – ONE MINUTE MEMORY

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The card trick obsession with the boys has been building momentum all year. In fact, I can’t go more than 10 mins in the boy’s company, without being offered the chance to pick a card and have the latest trick/shuffle or something card related shared with me.

So much so, that even after being away for 3 days on my Germany trip… I wasn’t greeted with a hug or hello, just “pick a card!”.

That means there’s a fair amount of footage of these tricks, so I’ve complied them together in a one minute memory film – these films are approx one minute long (sometimes a little more, but not more than two mins) and based on one subject or similar content. It’s one of the projects I suggest people taking my Creating Time Capsules try, as you don’t have to have lots of footage, you can keep it simple and focus on the one part of your life that you want to remember.

A memory all packaged up into a little film – lovely!

The next round of Creating Time Capsules starts this Friday – I won’t be running it again till September, as I have plans for bigger summer course brewing, using some of the elements found in this course, and structured in a different way… gathering all your summer memories through video and photos – into “THE SUMMER OF HAPPY”

There’s still time to sign up… and there’s still time to enter for a chance to win a place over here.

Magic!

 

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March 18th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

THE MORNING ROUTINE

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Previous films - THE MORNING ROUTINE 2012 & THE MORNING ROUTINE 2011

I love the morning routine… That hour or so between waking and the boys going to school. It feels pretty ordinary and much the same each day, as we move through the mundane motions of daily life; like the dishwasher being emptied & cereal being poured. Yet over the years, some things remain and other bits are completely different.

A shift happens… so slowly that I don’t notice it. The school uniforms change, the cats are bigger, the boys hair is different and teeth have grown, but hey, Asterisk books are still being read. If I hadn’t made one of these films last year and the year before that, I might not have really noticed the differences. I might not have taken the time to remember the details of everyday life are always evolving.

The morning routine is still one of my favourite Time Capsule films to make. Deciding which moments are the memories I want to preserve. These films aren’t about being technical perfect or trying to make a “better” film each time. They’re a personal story of our life. They’re just about capturing an ordinary moment in time and packaging it up to remember forever… thus making it extraordinary to me.

This was filmed a few months ago in the Autumn and already, by January, things have changed… and next time I’m shooting one in the summer months! – those dark moments first thing in our basement flat, aren’t the best to capture.

SO, if this has inspired you to create a film about your morning routine… and you’d like to begin creating your own Time Capsule films… I can inspire you through my course Creating Time Capsules… Registration is open for the course beginning Friday 31st Jan. All the details are here…

GIVE AWAY TIME – As I do on every course I run… I’d love to giveaway TWO places for this course… just leave a comment telling me your favourite part of your morning routine at the moment and I’ll announce the winner on Thurs 23rd Jan.

All the best. x.

 

 

 

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January 16th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

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

A TIME CAPSULE FILM – OUR BIG HOPEFUL ADVENTURE PART TWO

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As the rain pours down outside…and my room fills with darkness. I’m grateful this week to have been transported back to happy times in the sunshine earlier this year.

Our trip – our big hopeful adventure was a blessing, something we had dreamed of but never thought possible. Then a surprise pot of money showed up and sometimes the urge to be sensible, is over ruled by the need to feed the soul and live in the moment, because you never know what’s round the corner.

I’ve already made a few films about our trip… plenty, some would sayyes, probably enough… but there were still bits of footage – full of joy, sunshine and our lovely boys… that it seemed a shame to leave said moments lonely on a hard drive…

So in honour of my week travelling through the archives… it’s a continuation of the first story – a film of random happenings during our month away… each clip tells a story to me, by taking me back to the moment that prompted me to pick up camera and capture the beauty happening… like a moving scrap book or opening a box of memories… that’s the best kind of time capsule.

I’m so grateful we got to experience all of this… for our family and for my creativity… it’s was the best blessing ever…

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Taking part in Karen’s NaPhoPoMo this month – posting photos daily for the month of November.

CONVERSATIONS

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My Time Capsule films are never going to be “arty farty”, layered with hidden meanings. They are simple stories of my life. Just that. What I see and what I love.

I share my work, my films and my life, in the hope to inspire others to create the same. To capture their moments to remember… coz I just know how super, brilliant & amazing, these films are to look back on.

In sharing these parts of my life, I battle with a familiar demon because I’d never want anyone to think I’m declaring my life is perfect or that I’ve got it all sorted, just because the bits I choose to share are full of sunshine and smiles.

Let me tell you, our boys argue and fight A LOT. It drives me bonkers sometimes. But I don’t need make films or take photos of that – I’d much rather focus on the good… the stuff that makes me ever grateful these two boys are in our lives.

Back in April I started a film project… a “conversations” film. For 14 days I asked the boys questions – found out about their day, asked them what they were grateful for and anything else that popped into my mind. We chat everyday (obvs), but this time I was making an effort for 5 mins everyday (!) to capture it on video in order to create a Time Capsule of conversations.

Through a film, I can capture their voices, facial expressions & thought processes. Something a photo isn’t going to deliver.

And for two weeks I did it… high five!

Then the footage sat on the hard drive for 6 months… fail!

Till now. (Oh my, these boys have already changed SO much since I shot this – that’s the power of a time capsule film right there)

I kept this project really simple. It doesn’t require fancy equipment, just a little patience and cooperation from your family. I’ve even edited it in the most simple way.. no fancy cutaways or detail shots… just the boys chatting straight to camera.

This is the short version – as I’m sure you don’t want to sit through all 8 mins of it – that’s just for me to indulge myself in years to come.

Hey, you don’t even need children to make a conversations film – you can consider interviewing yourself… your thoughts and feelings at this moment are just as wonderful.

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This is just the kinda of film you can create during my course - Creating Time Capsules.

I’d love to giveaway TWO places on the next round which starts THIS Friday… Would you like to take part as my guest?

Leave a comment and let me know if you were to make a “conversations” film – what question you would ask in order to be reminded of the answers in years to come…

I’ll pick a winner on Thurs 7th Nov… All the best x.

Taking part in Karen’s NaPhoPoMo this month – posting photos daily for the month of November.

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November 4th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

PARIS WITH THE LADIES

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A couple of nights in Paris with my girlfriends last month for Francesca’s birthday was super fun.

I didn’t take many photos, mainly because it rained a lot!… and also, I was too busy capturing silly moments on my iPhone… a few of the other ladies captured alongside me… and this is the montage I put together.

Shot on the iPhone 4s using the 8mm app.

Making a film like this, just shot on the iPhone and edited together using iMovie is something YOU could create. I share how I do it in my Creating Time Capsules course which starts in November… all the details are here… Come and join the fun!

 

 

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October 23rd, 2013 at 2:10 pm

MOVING ON BY

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Recently, I was taken down with a silly virus, feeling proper sorry for myself. Lounging in bed, I found myself wishing for exciting things to be happening… for adventures far and wide to be on my agenda.

Instead of having a full on pity party – I went back to that place of gratitude.

By dipping into my archives from our Big Hopeful Adventure and recalling the many amazing places we’ve seen this summer and passed through this year. Oh boy, there’s plenty to be grateful for.

Through various bits of un-used footage from this film and all I captured during our summer road trips, it was interesting to find a theme of “moving on by” through so many sights – always moving and experiencing so much.

This is the magic we’ve seen while travelling this year.

Film footage shot on Canon 5DMk3 and iPhone with a Lifeproof case using the 8mm app. 

{Other films from our adventures are herehere & here)

I’m using this film as a positive intention to see/do more of this – to keep on moving, to keep on exploring, keep on making films, keep on taking photos through plenty more adventures still to come… yes please. and thank you.

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I put together the Moving On By film as part of my Creating Time Capsules course. One of the project ideas I suggest, is to pick a theme to shoot, gather those clips over a period of time and mix them all up, just like a collage.

I’ve had a few requests to run the Creating Time Capsules course again this year, so I’m going to open registration on Thurs 17th Oct for the course to start on Fri 8th Nov. I hope you’ll join us. For all the details of when registration opens - join my mailing list here.

All photos captured in Bali on Canon 5DMk3

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October 14th, 2013 at 10:05 am

SAYING GOODBYE TO HUDDLESTONE ROAD

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Oh my goodness! I totally fell in love with this family…

This family session was originally organised as part of a birthday gift, but while spending time with them and learning that they would be moving house the following month…. the photo session turned from just family photos, into capturing memories and the things they love about their long-time home on Huddleston Road.

So, alongside the images captured, I created a film – gathering what can’t be captured in photos, including some little things like… The children’s voices – at that age when everything they say is so sweet… sharing their memories of their home… and the way they giggle and snuggle each other.

and the doorstep – the threshold to any home.

Also, how they run down the pathway – the pathway that’s seen so many footsteps of friends and family come and go. The pathway that they won’t travel up and down on a daily basis anymore, as they’ve said goodbye to this home.

This is a gift they’ll have forever…. {much like the Time Capsule I made before we moved house.}

I love these moments… when pieced together, they create the bigger picture… a portrait of their home and family life.

Thanks for letting me capture this time in your lives, I wish you all the best in your new home. When can I come and capture your new family life?…

I love family sessions… contact me for details of how I would tell stories of your family life.