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LET’S GET PRINTING

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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

CREATING TIME CAPSULE FILMS – ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS

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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

DAY IN THE LIFE – A NEW TIME CAPSULE ONLINE WORKSHOP

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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

A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM & A GIVEAWAY

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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

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

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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

TRAVEL DREAMS FOR 2015

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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

A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM & A GIVEAWAY

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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!

 

 

SOMERSAULT FESTIVAL – CREATING TIME CAPSULES GIVEAWAY

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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.

SUMMER ADVENTURES 2014 – A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM

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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.

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*Side note about music in the film : I love this song… it’s been played frequently as we’ve travelled about this summer, so it seemed only right to have it as the soundtrack to this film… I don’t usually like to use unlicensed music now, and I spend hours searching for decent tracks to accompany my work… but this song IS our summer, so I’m using it… Hey, if you like it too, I recommend the whole album, especially this track

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