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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

HOTEL LIFE – RIU PALACE PACIFICO – PUERTO VALLARTA

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Before heading off to Mexico with First Choice Holidays, we’d never stayed at an all inclusive hotel before as a family…

We were delighted with all the Riu Palace Pacifico had to offer… during our time out there we adventured to beaches, experienced whizzing through the jungle and wandered around the old town… but we could easily have stayed right there in the hotel all week.

Here’s just a little flavour of what we got up to just in the hotel…

We were spoilt with a choice of pool or beach… Opting to hang out at the pool early in the morning or at sunset, when there weren’t so many people around…

It was the beach that stole our hearts… reclining under the shade of the palm trees and frolicking in the waves. The water was warm, so not that refeshing from the outside temperatures, but wonderful for the boys to play in for hours. The perfect waves made for fun body boarding – we all became addicted to riding into shore… even me!

It was a peaceful beach, beautiful sand and thankfully not many passers by selling goods. One morning we borrowed kayaks from the water sport centre for no extra cost, paddling at a leisurely pace down the cost.

The sea was really calm once you got past the breaking waves.

I was especially happy at sunset… the temperatures were cooler and the colours were magnificent… as each golden hour was different. The boys would swim or dig holes in the sand, we’d take drinks to the shore and watch the Frigate birds swoop overhead – they looked like something from the pre-historic age.

The food and drink was plentiful and so much variety with a choice of restaurants… The morning buffet was my favourite, with an abundance of fruit and everything you could possibly want for a cooked breakfast. Naturally, the boys were in love with the freshly made donuts and the chocolate fountain with marshmallows at dinner.

I don’t think we even touched the surface of all the activities on offer at Riu Palace Pacifico. Ky took Spanish lessons one morning, all the boys went jet skiing (for an additional fee), we watched the water polo and aerobics. I sneaked off for a massage in the spa, purely for research purposes of course! (this was also an additional fee) and I can report it was fabulous. While the boys entertained themselves with ping pong alongside the pool and when that got too hot, they retired to the air conditioned sports bar for a few rounds of air hockey.

As I sipped another iced fruity cocktail in pool side bar one afternoon, watching my family having a super time splashing in the water… I felt so very blessed to be there. So a huge cheers to First Choice Holidays for giving us the opportunity to experience and blog all about our Out Of Office adventure. We loved you Mexico and can’t wait to go back one day.

 

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July 9th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

FEELING BLUE – PHOTOS FROM MEXICO + A GIVEAWAY

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We’re back… Mexico was ace in SO many ways… and slowly over a few blog posts here & on the First Choice blog, I’ll share some of the adventures.

I’m just beginning to sift through footage and images from my Canon DSLR. So let’s start with iPhone images…

The colours… oh the colours of Mexico. They did not disappoint. Everywhere was colour, I was in heaven. Greedily, I want more, this just felt like a taste of what Mexico & South America has to offer and hope we can make it back there soon, to bask in the colours I love to shoot.

The colour in abundance was BLUE… it was everywhere… surrounding us in the sea & the sky… and of course, in the pool at the hotel.

Oh BLUE… you are delight! – There’s plenty more colour & sunshine to come…

Now for a giveaway!

Creating Time Capsules – A JOURNEY starts next week… all the details are here.

As promised before I left. Let’s do a giveaway - The offer is for TWO places to take part – Double the chance to win!. All you need to do is leave a comment and I’ll pick a couple of random comments on Friday 6th June.

Now, before I go… let me share possibly my favourite clip from the trip… It’s short & it’s imperfect. Shot on the fly on the iPhone, the focus is off as there was no time to set this shot up, it was totally spur of moment.

But I love it!

It sums up Cosmo at this moment in his life. You see, Cosmo is never without cards, constantly doing tricks on anyone who’ll give him attention.

During our visit to Las Caletas, he fell in love with this Macaw… and wanted him to become part his act… we were totally surprised by what happened!

 

All photos & video shot on the iPhone 5s.

 

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.

 

 

GO OUTSIDE

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Breathe the fresh air.

Feel the breeze on your skin.

Smell the grass and the earth.

Watch the light filter through the trees.

Smell the day turn to night

Hear the bird song.

Watch the wind move the branches.

Breathe in the colours.

Smell the wood burning.

Stare into the sky & the clouds.

Feel the warm sun on your back.

Get away from the screens, the noise of the internet & the constant images flowing in front of me.

And just be, outside. And be nourished & inspired by that.

Just a few frames from the weekend… shot on Canon 5Dm3.

 

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April 22nd, 2014 at 10:21 pm

BALANCE

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I watched him sitting there… thinking it would make a good photo. I crept up behind and captured it.

Then I waited. Quietly.

He climbed up further and tried to find a spot to stand. He fell down onto the grass, then wobbled while trying again.

So he moved to a different spot… and this happened.

Simple lessons learnt.

Keep going. If it’s not working. Try again. But keep going, you’ll find a way.

I love that.

Have a happy weekend.

 

 

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April 17th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

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LATELY

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Bike riding :: course writing :: making dreams & hoping :: magic trick watching :: emailing :: light painting :: puddle splashing :: idea bursting :: spring cleaning :: migraine suffering :: bbq season starting :: nail painting :: tea drinking :: always appreciating :: picture hanging :: happy skyping :: kale juicing :: inspiring instagramming :: memory making :: sweet pea cultivating :: duvet hiding :: photo printing :: days whizzing :: wrist hurting :: travel yearning…

That was my week – how was yours?

Have a super tip top weekend – make some magic memories… ok?

xxx

{more LATELY posts}

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April 11th, 2014 at 1:00 am

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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.