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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.
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.
Attended London Fashion week with Canon UK.
Lots of fun had on a photo walk in Shoreditch…
I was interviewed on the Blogtacular podcast with Kat.
Created this for Cath Kidston… love a table setting project!
It was a dream to work with Etsy UK on their first Etsy Awards campaign. Creating stop motions with products from their sellers.
Played pretty picnics for Cath Kidston…
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!
And captured so much pretty for Clare at Achillea Flowers.
I created colourful breakfasts for Alpen…. for their Start Colourful campaign… what a dream job!
Went to Margate for the day.
Created something pretty for Betty Magazine…
Attended Instagram’s first video workshop… the Facebook office was as cool as you would imagine.
Created photos and video content at the Cath Kidston Disney launch.
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.
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…
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!
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.
Then had a restful half term with the family.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
And VIDEO PORTRAITS… of us all.
WEEKEND MEMORIES – A YEAR LATER
FEBRUARY – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
A Week In The Life mini Time Capsules…
MARCH – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
APRIL – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
Another Week In The Life mini Time Capsules…
MAY MEMORY POSTCARDS
JUNE – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – SUNSHINE, STRIPES & CLEANING
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – GOODBYE HOUSE, HELLO NEW HOME
JULY – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
MAX & NICK’S 40TH PARTY WEEKEND
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – WET & WINDY WALES
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – FAMILY CAMP UP 2016
AUGUST – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
SCENES FROM THE SUMMER – 2016
SEPTEMBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – TRAVELLING ON TRAINS
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – IN KIM’S STUDIO AND HOME TOWN
OCTOBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
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
MINI MONDAY MOVIE – FOOD, FAMILY AND FESTIVE FUN
DECEMBER – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH
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.
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.
See more of my films from this project HERE.
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.
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.
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.
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…
DAY IN THE LIFE MINI FILMS
MINI MONDAY MOVIE
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.
I found these today while shifting through the archives for another project.
Photographing real life is the best… always will be.
Reminds me why it’s important to keep picking up the camera for the everyday stuff and not get caught up in creating images just to share… you know… photos for Instagram.
These are my favourite stories.
These are the photos I’ll want to see when I’m old & grey with dodgy knees (oh… that’s me now!)…
I’ll love proof of our time together, not just pretty tea cups on wooden tables.