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I’m often asked if I prefer photography or filmmaking…
One isn’t better than the other in my mind – they both capture moments in their own unique way.

I couldn’t choose between them, they both have a place in my storytelling, but sometimes one photo isn’t enough to tell the whole story… I like to see (and remember) how people & things move – focusing on a collection of details that make up the bigger picture… Then those memories are locked up in a Time Capsule film.

That’s why I’m loving making the mini films to share on Instagram – 15 secs of snippets that are instant reminders of that time. They transport me straight back, plus…. they’re quick and simple to create.

Rather wonderfully, lots of people are getting involved and creating films to enjoy forever – Take a look at the hashtags - #minitimecapsules & #minimondaymovies

At the moment I’ve got a couple of online courses where I share everything I know, so you can learn how to make films of your own.

MINI TIME CAPSULES – A mini guide of bite sized tutorials to show you how to make 15 second films on Instagram (Register now - Anytime access)

Or if you’d like a more in depth look at creating longer films…

CREATING TIME CAPSULES – Step-by-step instructions and loads of inspiration & project ideas so you can create your own films to treasure (Register now – The course is self-paced up till August)

Hopefully you’ll join in to create your own piece of magic in a Time Capsule film.


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August 10th, 2015 at 9:00 am


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Sometimes you just need a quiet day at home to recharge.

During the last month, my weekends have been packed with work and birthday celebrations. I was feeling so tired. So when the sun shone on Saturday and the boys were in & out with their own social lives, I lazed in the garden and daydreamed… gazing at the leaves and the flowers dancing in the wind.

Just what I needed before the crazy couple of weeks ahead.

It’s end of term for the boys and end of an era, as primary school is over for us….

Plus an exciting project to launch – stay tuned!

If you’d like to try to create your own Time Capsule films – either a mini one for Instagram or perhaps longer ones like this one – check out my online courses… all the details are HERE>>>>


(Film & photos shot Canon 5DmIII)



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It’s June! this year is flying… which is good, as it’s been packed with lots going on, but I’m also finding myself continually trying to catch up.

The one thing that’s constant, is the commitment I made alongside everyone taking my A Year of Creating Time Capsules course – to create at least one film a month in 2015.

So far so good. Phew! In fact this year has been full of all kinds of films – from Day In The Life films, stories of adventures and lots of mini Time Capsules being shared on Instagram…. and I’m loving the creativity flow.

I started in December with this -

Into January with a film about our Christmas -

February was the hardest month to find inspiration -

March gave us this -

First camping trip in April -

And May had me capturing our days in mini films - See the other days from that week HERE.

Watching all these 2015 films back is a joy… little memories locked away – a true Time Capsule. I can’t wait to see what the next six months brings for me and for those taking the year long course – So far nearly 350 films have been made, which blows my mind!!

If you’d like to learn how to make films like this – I share everything I know in these online courses -

CREATING TIME CAPSULES – where I share step-by-step instructions and loads of inspiration, so you can create your own films to treasure (Register now – Starts 2nd June)

MINI TIME CAPSULES – A mini course to make 15 second films on Instagram (Register now - Anytime access)

Hopefully you’d like to create your own piece of magic in a Time Capsule film.





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When the sun comes out, I like to make our favourite drink.

It’s so refreshing!

For a little bit of fun and because the ingredients are so pretty…. here’s a little demo.


Squeeze a couple of fresh limes & chop another one.

Chop a handful of mint.

Crush some ice in a clean tea towel and add everything to the jug.

Fill the jug with 1/2 ginger beer & 1/2 Sprite or lemonade.

Stir well & serve.

Delicious on its own or with a generous shot of vodka (apparently!)

(Jug & Tea Towel from Toast + Wooden spoon from Hope In The Woods)


Over the weekend Ky made his special fruit salad… I loved the colours so much we decided to make a Mini Monday Movie together…

If you’re interested in learning how I make these Mini Movies to share on Instagram…

Then check out my new course Mini Time Capsules which is available from today! I share shooting tips and show you all the basics to edit a tiny film in iMovie. It’s simple and fun!


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May 21st, 2015 at 2:00 pm


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Capturing our daily life and adventures is my passion.

I’m a huge documenter through photos and films – especially films!

Enjoying the whole process – The shooting… finding ways to make the footage look as delicious as possible & deciding what memories are worth preserving. To editing it all together, creating the right flow & pace to make our stories shine through.

My favourite part of the process is knowing that these films are here forever… the best bits preserved in a Time Capsule film to be treasured always. The little reminders that bring emotions flooding right back. The everydayness and the special adventures – moments carefully threaded together to look back on years to come.

These films are a gift to me & to my family.

For over three years now, I’ve shared my Time Capsule film making process with hundreds of people – My online course Creating Time Capsules shows you, how I make films with step-by-step instructions so you can create your own films to treasure.

I can’t tell how honoured I am to witness stories from all over the world – beautiful story telling of families documenting their brilliant lives.

I smile BIG every time.

If you’d like to try your hand at creating these memory evoking films…

Another round of the Creating Time Capsules course starts in June… all the details are HERE… Registration is OPEN!

Why don’t you join the wonderful community that gathers together?.

If you don’t have time to delve into all the details of film making, then my new offering might be just for you!

Mini Time Capsules are all the goodness in a teeny tiny film. To be shared on Instagram (or other social media) I’ll show you how to create a 15 second film of your stories. It’s the best fun!

All the details for MINI Time Capsules are over HERE. I’m so excited to share how simple and fun these are to make – Head on over as registration opens next week.

Any questions on either of the course, just contact me…

I look forward to sharing the magic that happens when you create these films for yourself.

Hey, this film is from this time last year… WOW… so much has changed & so much is the same… but all the details & memories are here – I’m so grateful!

I MUST go and find a yellow field this year!!!




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May 14th, 2015 at 5:27 pm


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If you’ve been following my work for a while now, you’ll know my favourite Time Capsule film to create is the ‘Day In The Life’ film. Having made them for years now, I treasure each one for the story it holds.

Currently my new course is running over at The Bloom Forum and if I can, I like to take part alongside everyone, but I was feeling like approaching this ‘Day In The Life’ project a little differently.

So instead of one longer film on just one day… I thought it would be a good challenge for me to collect snippets of footage each day for a whole week! and create a daily 15 second film to post on Instagram.

Could I capture a real look at life in such a short film?

For the whole week I shot details of my day and in the evening edited it together… even though these films are pretty short – each second is a memory trigger and full of the emotion or events of the day.

I really enjoyed it!

(These films were originally posted on Instagram, but for this blog post they’ve been re-edited to add titles and some additional footage)

Along with so much wonderful support on Instagram, I was also asked lots of questions – so I’m putting together a mini online course sharing how you can create these films too!

All the details for MINI Time Capsules are over HERE. I’m so excited to share how simple, easy and fun these are to make – Head on over as registration opens soon.

All the films were shot on Canon EOS 5DIII & iPhone 5s.



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When the first camp of the season is planned… I’m a little reluctant as it’s often quite chilly at night. I’m still scared from a very cold May Bank Holiday camp a few years ago, where we were all woken in the night so cold, with no way of warming up!

We’re better prepared now… Blankets a plenty, thermals, hot water bottles and huddling together.

All the boys are so eager to get the tent out for its first adventure, I get swept up in their excitement and pack my woolly hat and scarves.

As it happens the weather was glorious! Blessed with beautiful sunny days allowing pockets of lazing around… Campfire cooking & a successful mission of making bows and arrows.

Good times… can’t wait for the next camping adventure.

If you’re interested in creating your own Day In The Life films –

Check out my new course over at The Bloom Forum… the course starts in a couple weeks.




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April 13th, 2015 at 2:45 pm


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As part of A Year of Creating Time Capsules I’ve challenged myself alongside everyone else to create a Time Capsule film each month.

You can see my February & extra one :: January :: December films – so far so good.

The community in the course are making some AMAZING films packed with the most precious memories – my heart completely bursts when I see all these moments preserved forever.

My film for March is from one weekend a couple of weeks – The sun was out and it really felt like spring was in the air. (If only the weather had stayed that way!).

If you’re interested in making your own Time Capsule films – I have a new online workshop running in April… Details are HERE.




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April 2nd, 2015 at 9:00 am


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One of my favourite Time Capsule films is the “Day In The Life” film – I love how these everyday scenes can tell such a wonderful story of your life as it is, right at this moment.

I’m so excited to offer a new course based around making one of these films -

I’ll be hosting it over at the gorgeous (and packed with some amazing talent!) Bloom Forum - You can find all the details over on their blog… (You will need to be a member of the Bloom Forum to take part)

The course starts at the end of April. The focus will be sharing the whole process to create your own DITL film – from shooting your day to editing it together – It’s going to be wonderful to concentrate on the magic of this kind of film.

(Some of the materials will be from my original Time Capsules course, so if you have any questions about taking part – just email me or leave a comment)

Let’s have some fun gathering your everyday moments into a story of your life… Pop over to the Bloom Forum to find out more.

If you’d like some inspiration – Here are some of my favourite DITL films from recent years…



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March 30th, 2015 at 1:58 pm


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Last week we answered the burning desire to visit the mountains and try our hand at skiing… the Alps would’ve been nice, but the budget didn’t allow, so we adventured off to Scotland instead.

A quick flight to Edinburgh… a stunning scenic car ride along fields & tree lined roads and we were on the slopes for the afternoon. SO quick and easy.

The boys were in their element and took off down the slopes with ease. I surprised myself, (having failed miserably at skiing on a school trip) I managed to tackle the ski runs with them… even if I was going at half the speed (taking in the sights of course!) and they all laugh at my snow plough action!

Here are just a few moments we captured on a Go Pro 4 and the Nokia Lumia 1020.

To be honest I was too busy skiing to capture everything I would’ve liked, plus the weather was very misty on the last day! and it’s not that easy to film while skiing (surprise!).

There was enough footage to make a One Minute Memory… and that’s all you need sometimes to transport yourself back in time.

A One Minute Memory film is simple to make and I encourage participants to create them during my online course Creating Time Capsules where I share how you can capture your moments, edit them together to keep them forever.

The next round of Creating Time Capsules starts soon on March 6th – I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m launching a giveaway for TWO places – one place by leaving a comment here on the blog & one place by leaving a comment on my Instagram feed on the mini version of this film.

Let me know what you would like to capture in a Time Capsule film in the comments.

I’ll announce the winners next Monday 2nd March – All the best!

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February 23rd, 2015 at 1:54 pm