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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


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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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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


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


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


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May 19th, 2016 at 9:46 am


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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.




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January 3rd, 2016 at 6:00 pm


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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.




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December 15th, 2015 at 4:00 pm


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Today was a whole Sunday where the boys hung out with us. A very rare thing lately…  as their weekends are full of friends & social engagements.

Even rarer is all four of us in the frame. I grabbed the first photo on our way out and it reminded me of a forgotten project.

I had such good intentions at the beginning of 2015 to create a couple of portraits of us four, every month… using a remote and setting the camera up wherever we were over each weekend.

I lasted till April.

It’s not like me to abandon projects… I don’t even think it was on purpose… I just forgot.

Annoying now I think about it, as we had a whole summer of opportunities and there aren’t many pics of the four of us together.

Here are a few from the project so far (well, earlier this year)… I wonder if I can pick it up again?.

Although the boys are always so busy, it might just get shelved again. Let’s wait and see.

Happy Sunday!


During November, I’m taking part in a month long blogging challenge - leaving a few words or photos or films here everyday – #NaPhoPoMo

Some of my friends are taking part - Kim :: Karen :: Andrea :: Jeanine :: Barb :: Kelly :: Bella :: - If you’re joining in, please leave your URL so I can add you to my list – Thanks! :: Cassandra :: Mascaraandmud :: Sara :: Dorry

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November 22nd, 2015 at 11:22 pm


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I’ve been taking selfies ever since I got camera as a teenager… way before “selfies” were a thing.

Excuse the grain… Nothing added here – The grain was real from the low light after nap time – with my first digital camera… hardly any pixels, cost a small fortune – but finally I could take all the photos I desired, without having to develop hundreds of rolls of film. I never would have imagined at the time, we’d all have amazing cameras in our pockets now…

No filters available to hide sweat from the afternoon heat in Thailand. As we lay in our beautiful wooden house, listening to the chickens and the whirl of fan. Darkness to keep it cool and aid sleep… Opening and closing all the shutters was a daily ritual. Then to the beach to eat sand and wait for the sun to go down.

Oh how young we were. No clue what I was doing, muddling through each day, finding our way. Thank you for making me a mama. You were the sweetest baba and together we figured it out.

This bundle of cheeks turns 14 today. What the what??

The time has gone by in a flash, yet it feels like a life time since this photo was taken. Like I’m looking at someone else. I remember me and him – but I also don’t. It’s so weird.

(I do remember this and it’s memory GOLD)

The one thing I do know… is I’m still winging this parenthood thing. Happy Birthday amazing boy.


The only recent selfie shot of us I could find – Ironic it’s not in focus at all… considering the shot above – you would have thought 14 years on, I’d be slightly better at this! I know the camera is WAY better… Must change that and snap something decent this weekend.


During November, I’m taking part in a month long blogging challenge - leaving a few words or photos or films here everyday – #NaPhoPoMo

Some of my friends are taking part - Kim :: Karen :: Andrea :: Jeanine :: Barb :: Kelly :: Bella :: - If you’re joining in, please leave your URL so I can add you to my list – Thanks! :: Cassandra :: Mascaraandmud




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November 6th, 2015 at 10:11 am


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Weekends lately have been full of activities & work commitments, so it was great to have one totally open for slow mornings at home and to play out & about in London.

We hung out in a few of our favourite places – Broadway Market, Shoreditch and Spitalfields Market – vibrant interesting scenes, full of colour and things to see.

As usual I was collecting footage for my Mini Monday Movie and with the extra sequences I thought a One Minute Memory film would be fun to put together.

It’s an easy film to make – you montage together various moments – no major storytelling needed… make it playful by filling it with as many memories as possible…. Oh and keep it within one minute!

This is the kind of film I encourage you to make during my Creating Time Capsules course, as it doesn’t feel overwhelming – not too much time shooting and editing.

Registration is open for the final round this year – All the details are here. Would be great to have you take part…

A LITTLE GIVEAWAY! – I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m offering TWO places on this course.

Either leave a comment below – telling me the favourite part of your weekend… and you can leave another comment on the Mini Monday Movie version of this film on my Instagram feed – for a second chance to win.

I’ll pick the winners next Monday. All the best!

Film & photos shot on Canon 5DmIII & iPhone 5s



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October 26th, 2015 at 10:16 am


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Our big adventure this summer was down to Devon & Cornwall…

After Somersault Festival, we headed along the coast to Bakesdown Farm near Bude…

Thankfully after all the rain at the festival, we were blessed with some blue skies and sunshine…. Setting up camp in their basic camping field, with views over fields full of sheep and cows…

Plus a different magical sunset every evening…

The town of Bude is pretty charming – typical seaside shops and restaurants with a cool surfing vibe. The main beach and surrounding bays gave us a chance for surfing, fishing and soaking up the sea air.

We had such a lovely time… can’t wait to go back!

Photos & film shot on Canon 5DM3 & iPhone 5s & all these photos have been printed as part of the #printingmyphotos project with Susie.