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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.

 

 

LATELY

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This week has whizzed by… hard to believe only a week ago I was greeted by this yellow loveliness and had a weekend packed with goodness.

It was back to work with a bang on Monday. My new course launched and a lovely group has gathered, all excited about shooting their stories and printing those images to go into their TANGIBLE Time Capsule box.

I’m taking the course alongside them, which I love being able to do, as I get the gift of photos of our life that I might not have taken otherwise.

One afternoon after school, for one of the projects we’re doing, I captured the usual stuff… snacks, reading, chatting etc…

Just in case you always think life is so calm and serene in my world… oh no! there’s a fair amount of wrestling and sitting one each other.

The constant wrestling does my head in… thankfully most of the time it’s done in laughter, but yes, it often ends in tears… but they soon go back for more. I don’t get it, but they need to do it apparently.

This time instead of leaving the room as I usually do, I kept photographing these moments.

As this is life right now… and I’m sure I’ll miss it when it’s gone.

 

 

 

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April 4th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

MORNINGS

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As much as I love capturing a “day in the life” – sometimes it can feel overwhelming. You would think taking photos as you go about your day would be simple, and it is in essence. It just takes up time, and everything takes longer to do.

That why I love capturing portions of the day… and mornings are my favourite. There’s something about the morning routine that is the same everyday… yet slowly over time, there are changes that you don’t notice happening. BIG changes, especially when I look back at mornings from years ago.

This week, as I come to the end of my thirties, it seemed right to capture my favourite time of the day. Photos to add to my TANGIBLE Time Capsule, especially as I get ready for the TANGIBLE course to start next week.

I’m going to encourage participants to capture their mornings and other portions of their day to put into their TANGIBLE Time Capsule… perhaps you might be inspired to do so too? – Mornings are wonderful! Perhaps you’d like to share a frame or two from your morning? Leave a link in the comments, I’d love to see.

Here’s my collection of images from mornings this week… little memories preserved forever… being sent off for printing asap.

TANGIBLE Time Capsules begins next week… there’s still time to join the fun…

x.

 

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March 27th, 2014 at 10:08 am

MEMORIES THROUGH PHOTOS – THE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING

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I’ve been reflecting A LOT these past few days… with the 10 year anniversary and turning 40 around the corner, my head is full of memories & feelings. As I sort through boxes of photos and hard drives, I’m seeing the stories of my life flash before me.

Do you get ever get that? Like when you scroll through your Instagram feed, dip into old blog posts or open pages of old journals. 

I want to create a photo wall/montage something, of friends & family at the 40th party I’m having with two of my bestest oldest girlfriends. This project seems daunting because of the sheer volume of photos I have, but I’m also thankful that I have all these memories either shot myself or commissioned of my family as we’ve grown up.

As I sift through my photos, I began thinking about every person/family/child I’ve photographed – they’ve had that time in their life frozen by my camera, with the joy of images to experience now by scattering around the home or sharing with friends and family.

The real gift, I always tell them is in 10 years, when these photos instantly transport you back to that time and place. Feelings wash over and emotions run high. Yes, sometimes there are tears – but I’m that kinda girl. I’m sat at the moment with a pile of photos taken before and after when our first baby was born. Life was so different… Weren’t we young? It seems like only yesterday, yet so much has happened and changed. Look, my once baby, is now in secondary school! Wtf?!

Lately, enquires for my family, maternity & newborn portrait work have been thin on the ground… January is a tough month apparently. But you see I’m itching to photograph! to give memories… I can capture your life and preserve your story. I’m good at seeing what’s beautiful in your story and I’ll capture it and you in all the glory, so you can sit and reminisce with your family in years to come.

Just like I’ve been doing lately…

I get replies to enquiries saying they can’t afford my fee or they don’t feel fit/pretty/thin enough for photos right now… but I tell you, your wonderful life is happening right now, it’s passing by like a speed train changing all the time – I feel it deeply just by looking at our cubby cheeked bundle of a boy… he used to bounce non-stop on my lap, now his legs stretch for miles.

Can I provide you with photos of what’s really important?… please…

So, if you’ve ever thought of having photos by me… do get in touch… tell me your budget, tell me about you & your family. Let me come and hang out with my camera. Don’t wait any longer… trust me.

Take a look at these stories. These are the gifts that just keep giving.

 

xo.

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…

 

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.

12

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I know next year is the big one… turning 13 & entering into teenage hood, and I’ll look back at this and be like, pah! 12 was nothing.

But…. hold on… every birthday is BIG.

I’ve been a mama for 12 years.

What??!!

12 years.

I don’t always get it right (who does?) – But I know, I’m good at being a mama, I love being a mama and I’m grateful we get to guide this amazing boy.

Even if he doesn’t ever remember to put things away and sees it as an ongoing mission to annoy his brother too much.

Happy Birthday Ky Boy! (although his instagram account is broken at the moment)

So glad we made this film together this summer… it was so him at the time… as already he’s become much more grown up.

11 was good.

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

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November 6th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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

THAT LIGHT

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“Wait right there while I grab my camera.” I said.

Thankfully he obliged.

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October 16th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

LATELY

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Nearly halfway through the summer break with our boys… and we’ve been busy with plenty more fun still to come…

It’s been about keeping a balance… between work & life. I don’t think I get the whole balance thing, it’s a myth right? I’m just doing enough to complete projects but more importantly, just be present with my family and make the most of our summer together.

Our camping Cornwall trip deserves another blogpost or two with a Time Capsule film I’m sure… still to come.

You know what?… London is really kinda wonderful in the summer – when it’s sunny, full of colour and pretty empty as Londoners escape… I love it here in August.

We’ve been biking, hammocking, pottering around, eating al fresco, swimming, lunching and lounging…

Here’s one such lovely day in London… a little film made as part of my course COLLABORATE… a simple stop-motion full of the less obvious details and memories of our day…

Before I go… a little reminder of London adventure happening this weekend… An instagram photowalk with Susannah & I… Will you join us?