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Today was a whole Sunday where the boys hung out with us. A very rare thing lately…  as their weekends are full of friends & social engagements.

Even rarer is all four of us in the frame. I grabbed the first photo on our way out and it reminded me of a forgotten project.

I had such good intentions at the beginning of 2015 to create a couple of portraits of us four, every month… using a remote and setting the camera up wherever we were over each weekend.

I lasted till April.

It’s not like me to abandon projects… I don’t even think it was on purpose… I just forgot.

Annoying now I think about it, as we had a whole summer of opportunities and there aren’t many pics of the four of us together.

Here are a few from the project so far (well, earlier this year)… I wonder if I can pick it up again?.

Although the boys are always so busy, it might just get shelved again. Let’s wait and see.

Happy Sunday!


During November, I’m taking part in a month long blogging challenge - leaving a few words or photos or films here everyday – #NaPhoPoMo

Some of my friends are taking part - Kim :: Karen :: Andrea :: Jeanine :: Barb :: Kelly :: Bella :: - If you’re joining in, please leave your URL so I can add you to my list – Thanks! :: Cassandra :: Mascaraandmud :: Sara :: Dorry

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November 22nd, 2015 at 11:22 pm


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I’ve been taking selfies ever since I got camera as a teenager… way before “selfies” were a thing.

Excuse the grain… Nothing added here – The grain was real from the low light after nap time – with my first digital camera… hardly any pixels, cost a small fortune – but finally I could take all the photos I desired, without having to develop hundreds of rolls of film. I never would have imagined at the time, we’d all have amazing cameras in our pockets now…

No filters available to hide sweat from the afternoon heat in Thailand. As we lay in our beautiful wooden house, listening to the chickens and the whirl of fan. Darkness to keep it cool and aid sleep… Opening and closing all the shutters was a daily ritual. Then to the beach to eat sand and wait for the sun to go down.

Oh how young we were. No clue what I was doing, muddling through each day, finding our way. Thank you for making me a mama. You were the sweetest baba and together we figured it out.

This bundle of cheeks turns 14 today. What the what??

The time has gone by in a flash, yet it feels like a life time since this photo was taken. Like I’m looking at someone else. I remember me and him – but I also don’t. It’s so weird.

(I do remember this and it’s memory GOLD)

The one thing I do know… is I’m still winging this parenthood thing. Happy Birthday amazing boy.


The only recent selfie shot of us I could find – Ironic it’s not in focus at all… considering the shot above – you would have thought 14 years on, I’d be slightly better at this! I know the camera is WAY better… Must change that and snap something decent this weekend.


During November, I’m taking part in a month long blogging challenge - leaving a few words or photos or films here everyday – #NaPhoPoMo

Some of my friends are taking part - Kim :: Karen :: Andrea :: Jeanine :: Barb :: Kelly :: Bella :: - If you’re joining in, please leave your URL so I can add you to my list – Thanks! :: Cassandra :: Mascaraandmud




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November 6th, 2015 at 10:11 am


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Weekends lately have been full of activities & work commitments, so it was great to have one totally open for slow mornings at home and to play out & about in London.

We hung out in a few of our favourite places – Broadway Market, Shoreditch and Spitalfields Market – vibrant interesting scenes, full of colour and things to see.

As usual I was collecting footage for my Mini Monday Movie and with the extra sequences I thought a One Minute Memory film would be fun to put together.

It’s an easy film to make – you montage together various moments – no major storytelling needed… make it playful by filling it with as many memories as possible…. Oh and keep it within one minute!

This is the kind of film I encourage you to make during my Creating Time Capsules course, as it doesn’t feel overwhelming – not too much time shooting and editing.

Registration is open for the final round this year – All the details are here. Would be great to have you take part…

A LITTLE GIVEAWAY! – I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m offering TWO places on this course.

Either leave a comment below – telling me the favourite part of your weekend… and you can leave another comment on the Mini Monday Movie version of this film on my Instagram feed – for a second chance to win.

I’ll pick the winners next Monday. All the best!

Film & photos shot on Canon 5DmIII & iPhone 5s



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October 26th, 2015 at 10:16 am


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Our big adventure this summer was down to Devon & Cornwall…

After Somersault Festival, we headed along the coast to Bakesdown Farm near Bude…

Thankfully after all the rain at the festival, we were blessed with some blue skies and sunshine…. Setting up camp in their basic camping field, with views over fields full of sheep and cows…

Plus a different magical sunset every evening…

The town of Bude is pretty charming – typical seaside shops and restaurants with a cool surfing vibe. The main beach and surrounding bays gave us a chance for surfing, fishing and soaking up the sea air.

We had such a lovely time… can’t wait to go back!

Photos & film shot on Canon 5DM3 & iPhone 5s & all these photos have been printed as part of the #printingmyphotos project with Susie.



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Summer is full swing… and we have a few adventures under our belts already and I figure if I’m to stay on top of my summer collaboration of #printingmyphotos with Susie - I should be printing regularly after each chapter of the holidays.

Our first weekend was – An annual family camp up with various friends and then a day festival in London – Citadel Festival.

One of reasons behind the printing project is that I take tons of photos on my DSLR and iPhone. But sometimes my personal photos get forgotten and only organised and edited when I want to share them… but not all the photos I take are for sharing, most are just for us… Our story.

I’ve found getting them ready for printing is a great way of staying on top of the organisation. Usually I try to print once a month, but for this summer #printingmyphotos project, I’m going to try and print every couple of weeks or as I mentioned after each adventure.

So far I’ve edited my latest photos and created a folder in my external hard drive called “This summer I’m Printing My Photos” – I like this call to action – committing to print my photos…

I’m not a printing expert, I don’t know a lot about quality of paper and colour grades. I’ve just found a couple of places that work for me. It’s about getting the images off my computer and into my hand in the easiest way.

My favourite place to print personal photos is Snapfish – cheap and cheerful especially if they have a special offer on – sometimes 50% off or 1p a print. The colours are good enough and they offer matt finish which I prefer and a white border, although it does crop into your photo.

For my client photos and special prints I love Loxley Colour. It’s a pro lab so you need to register with them, but I love the colours. They are more expensive but worth it.  Plus, you can print in any size and add borders without cropping the image.

I’d love to try some more printing places during this project – so do let me know your favourites… Plus, I’d love to upgrade my printer and even print at home – I’ll keep you posted with any discoveries made…

Have you started printing your summer photos? I’d love to see them – share a link below or use the hashtag on Instagram - #printingmyphotos

All photos taken on Canon EOS 5DM3



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July 30th, 2015 at 12:09 pm


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Christmas & New Year flew by in a flash of gatherings & celebrations, blustery walks & lazing on the sofa, tensions & elations, card games & dancing, ice & sunshine…

My camera was with me to document some of these festive moments (although most of this film doesn’t look very festive!) – I had really wanted to rest after a busy year, but I like capturing what we’re doing, it’s part of how I see the world, so I can’t just turn off. The biggest struggle is my dislike of indoor lighting, so most of my film is our outdoors activities and the bits with the crummy lighting are special things I want to remember – in 5 years, I won’t care about that.

Want to make your own films like this? There’s still time to sign up for A Year of Creating Time Capsules… a whole year making films of your life – your fleeting moments, your memories all packaged up into a film. The course is packed with inspiration, tips & tricks from shooting to editing your film and an amazing community all motivating each other… Registration will close at the end of January – more details HERE.

Film and photos shot on Canon EOS 5DmIII with additional slow mo footage shot in iPhone 5s


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January 15th, 2015 at 5:23 pm


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It’s good to have dreams… things you’d like to do or make happen. I use to think that you shouldn’t declare it, coz otherwise you jinx it and disappointment creeps in… Oh and don’t ask for stuff – just wait till you’re offered it.

What nonsense! If you’d like to make something happen, you have to go after it – declare it – focus on it and then take steps towards it.

Travel & adventuring has always been a huge love for my family… the boys thrive outdoors seeing new stuff, Luke is amazing with languages and meeting new people… and the ability to view new locations through my lens is a gift… a life long passion.

Over the past few years we had some amazing opportunities to see the worldfar flung places and discoveries closer to home – all of them have enriched us so much… we made them happen, through hard work, putting ourselves out there and sprinkles of home made good fortune.

So when the lovely Zoe at Pinterest asked me to create a board with my 2015 travel resolutions… I thought what better way to manifest some travel dreams for this year…

Follow Xanthe’s board ADVENTURE INSPIRATIONS FOR 2015 on Pinterest.

For the first time in a few years our calendar is empty… ready & waiting to be filled – where will we go next?!



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January 9th, 2015 at 12:49 pm


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Our plans changed at the last minute over the weekend, so we had a free day to roam around London. The weather was divine… sunshine and shadows a plenty.

I had it in my head to make a film of our day, as a project to share in my up-coming course – A Year Of Creating Time Capsules.

As the day unfolds, I capture the moments witnessed and push myself to see the scenes differently from previous Time Capsule films. Trying alternative camera angles & interesting compositions to mix it up… but also looking for themes and repeating moments to thread throughout the film. The sunshine and shadows were a gift of the day, so I filled the frame with plenty of light… Also, being mindful to see the stories, routines and details, that make this month in our life unique, to lock up in a Time Capsule.

I edited the film on Saturday night, as the boys watched some random action film – Head phones on, laptop & blanket, with Bruce Willis saving some plane in the background. As I sorted through the footage, I wanted each moment to linger…Something about the way I was feeling… wanting to indulge in the sunshine, the movement, the little details of my family… also, it’s probably something to do with my current love of slow motion… so this film is nice & slow…

You can make a simple Day In The Life film during my online course – I share how you can capture your moments, edit them together to keep them forever.

My online course has been extended for 2015 – A Year Of Creating Time Capsules – so we can make more films by creating them regularly… inspiring each other along the way. There’s an amazing community forming, it starts next week and there’s still time to join in throughout December…

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 (this photo)

Let me know what you would like to capture in a Time Capsule film next year.

I will announce the random winners on Thursday 11th Dec – All the best!




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I was feeling the autumn blues creeping in, coz I’m missing the hazy days of summer.

It happens every year and I’ve found the tonic – relive my favourite summer moments through films and photos!

I did it last year and it really helped.

So when the rain poured down earlier this week, I revisited my half finished film of Somersault Festival and completed it. Somersault was one of our highlights of the summer… my top ten favourite moments are here.

Watching this transports me right back there… the feelings wash over and the greyness of the clouds over head seem to fade away for a while.

(Some of this footage made it into our film of summer adventures)

We had such a good time as a family there. The music, the activities, the location and the food. We saw some of our favourite artists perform, while lazing in the sunshine.

I’m so happy it’s been announced that Somersault will happen next year… Is it too early to start counting the days?!

Making this kinda of film is a gift for me and my family. It’s a virtual Time Capsule – brimming with memories that are great to watch, even though only a few months have passed – imagine how good it will be next year, or in two years or beyond.

You can make your own films like this… I share all you need to know to get creating in my online course Creating Time Capsules.

The final round in 2014 starts next week and I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’d like to offer TWO spaces in a little giveaway…

Just leave a comment here and tell me what memories you would like to film and I’ll pick a couple of random winners on Wednesday (to announce on Thursday), just in time to begin.

Easy peasy…

All the best! x.


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I’ve said it before, but this summer holiday went so fast.

To combat the ‘back to school’ feelings… I’ve been re-living the summer by completing this film.

These are my favourite moments – the little things that will spark the bigger memories in future. The details of our life and this time together, which is so fleeting.

These are our stories. I’m so grateful to have captured them.

This was our summer.

Still to be completed is a film just about Somersault festival, even though lots of fav memories are within here… and I reckon a “one minute memory” skateboarding film has to be made, as I have tons of footage.

This was the summer of skating.

Now, maybe… this film has you all inspired and wishing you could make your own memory films… well…

Creating Time Capsules starts TOMORROW! and I’d love to guide you through the magic of making your own films & for you to be part of a community all sharing their stories.

Plus there’s still a few hours left to win a place on the course… head over here… I’ll be e-mailing the winners this evening UK time.