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A WEEK OF MINI DAY IN THE LIFE FILMS

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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

 

 

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.

FEBRUARY -

Attended London Fashion week with Canon UK.

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

MARCH -

Documented my Week In The life – MONDAY - TUESDAY - THURSDAY - FRIDAY - SATURDAY - SUNDAY

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!

APRIL -

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…

MAY -

Another Week In The Life - MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY - SATURDAY - SUNDAY

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!

JUNE -

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.

JULY -

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.

AUGUST -

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.

SEPTEMBER -

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!

OCTOBER -

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.

NOVEMBER -

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…

DECEMBER -

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

2016 LOOKING BACK – MY FILMS

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I love LOOKING BACK posts… a chance to put all my memories, films and photos from that year, in one place on this blog of mine. The virtual album of my life.

I’ve been doing it for here for as long as I’ve had the blog… 2015 :: 2014 :: 2013 :: 2012 :: 2011

And I couldn’t miss 2016. (Although I’ve just pulled at my heart strings watching old films and soaking up photos from the past… life has passed by in a blink.)

Let’s start with my personal “Time Capsule” films this year… I set the same goals as previous years for at least one a film a month. In the end I created way more than one a month… These are my favourites…

JANUARY -

CHRISTMAS

And VIDEO PORTRAITS… of us all.

And COSMOME

FEBRUARY -

WEEKEND MEMORIES – A YEAR LATER

FEBRUARY – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

MARCH -

A Week In The Life mini Time Capsules…

TUESDAY - THURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY

MARCH – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

APRIL –  

MARRAKECH MEMORIES

APRIL – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

MAY -

Another Week In The Life mini Time Capsules…

MONDAYTUESDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY

MAY MEMORY POSTCARDS

JUNE -

JUNE – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

MINI MONDAY MOVIE – SUNSHINE, STRIPES & CLEANING

JULY -

MINI MONDAY MOVIE – GOODBYE HOUSE, HELLO NEW HOME

JULY – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

MAX & NICK’S 40TH PARTY WEEKEND

AUGUST

MINI MONDAY MOVIE – WET & WINDY WALES

MINI MONDAY MOVIE – FAMILY CAMP UP 2016

AUGUST – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

SEPTEMBER - 

SCENES FROM THE SUMMER – 2016

SEPTEMBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

MINI MONDAY MOVIE – TRAVELLING ON TRAINS

OCTOBER -

MINI MONDAY MOVIE – IN KIM’S STUDIO AND HOME TOWN

OCTOBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

NOVEMBER -

There were so many films as part of my 30 day challenge… a couple of my personal favs -

MINI MONDAY MOVIE – THE SUN WAS SHINING

MINI MONDAY MOVIE – SISTER TIME & DONUTS

NOVEMBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

DECEMBER -

MINI MONDAY MOVIE – FOOD, FAMILY AND FESTIVE FUN

DECEMBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

 

 

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If you’d like to make 2017 the year, you start to create stories through making your own films – check out my online courses where I share everything you need to get started and be inspired through the whole process.

 

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December 30th, 2016 at 1:43 pm

SEPTEMBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

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The latest installment from the collaboration The Sixty Second Photograph…

I love the theme of this film because riding my bike is my happy place… and taking these early evening journeys with Cosmo fills my heart.

This film tells the story of my joy.

As always all of The Sixty Second Photograph films are breathtaking. Do take a look!

See more of my films from this project HERE.

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September 29th, 2016 at 5:03 pm

SCENES FROM WALES

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The end of August tradition continues.

 

I love this time away so much. Let’s ignore the fact it rained pretty much the whole time and the wind was fierce.

It’s about the tradition. And the friendships. And the food.

 

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September 4th, 2016 at 6:09 pm

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JULY – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

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This film is gift to me.

The deadline for the July film for The Sixty Second Photograph changed by a few days, so it meant I could shoot this film, instead of the one I’d started to edit together. This is way more special to me. This is our last night in the house we’d called home for two years. The house I so didn’t want to leave. The house I’d kinda imagined we stay in for years to come.

So this film is my farewell. Gifted with glorious weather. Gifted with these memories of us just hanging out, making food and enjoying this space one last time.

Very grateful for this project.

All the films made as part of The Sixty Second Photograph are so full of summer flavours… do take some time to enjoy them all.

 

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July 28th, 2016 at 7:31 am

FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES

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July is always about soaking up the light and the sunshine. I wish it could stay forever.

I’ve not made the most of the sunshine lately, with the house move and stuff going on. Hoping August brings more warm weather to enjoy.

More Five Favourite Frames HERE. Plus, my friend Andrea joins in each month.

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July 27th, 2016 at 7:12 am

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MOMENTS IN MAY – A TIME CAPSULE FILM

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Back in May, I decided to join in with the A Year of Creating Time Capsules course and do a 30 day project to shoot a little something everyday and make a film of my month of May.

It turned out to be a pretty full on month, with lots going on and plenty to capture. As I was filming everyday anyway… I did a week of mini Day In The Life films as well – some of the footage crosses over, but hey, I don’t mind…

This film has been sat half finished since the beginning of June, but finally it’s done. I used the memory postcard idea from a film I made at the end of 2015… little snapshots of details, moments, smiles and sunshine.

The month passed by so quickly, it’s great to re-live it all.

This film got me thinking about what was happening this time last year and in previous years and thanks to the magic of Time Capsule films… I have all those memories locked away…

Here’s what was happening…

MAY 2015

DAY IN THE LIFE MINI FILMS

The rest of the week is here…. THURSDAY :: FRIDAY :: SATURDAY :: SUNDAY :: MONDAY

MINI MONDAY MOVIE

MAY 2014

MAY 2013

MAY 2012

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 later this week.

 

 

 

 

 

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June 28th, 2016 at 2:02 pm

FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES

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May 19th, 2016 at 9:46 am

FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES

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Continuing with my Five Favourite Frames series… because photographing real life is the best… always will be.

Photos I love for the story they tell, the memory they give me or the way they make me feel.

More FIVE FRAMES HERE

 

 

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January 3rd, 2016 at 6:00 pm