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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


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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…



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March 27th, 2014 at 10:08 am


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Looking back… part three…

What you’ll often find when visiting here – is our life – who we are, the things we do and love… no, it’s not the nitty gritty of dirty laundry, grumpiness, arguments, unclean bathroom, tears… Yes, we have plenty of that going on here on a daily basis, but I don’t feel the need to capture that, let alone share it.

Here lies the beauty of using a camera… I focus on the good, look for the light, seek out the colour, gravitate towards the movement & the details of stuff that mean something to me… the little things now, but what will be amazing memory triggers as time passes.

These are some of my favourite moments with my boys this year…



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Sometimes you just need a creative break…

To escape the constant imagery online and just get inspired by the real world.

Today, I met up with my friend and fellow photographer Kirstin to mooch, catch up with news and shoot some photos…

and capture some colour naturally.

Imagine my excitement to find colourful balloons cascading down a building on Regent St. Yay!

It was a good day…

Taking part in Karen’s NaPhoPoMo this month – posting photos daily for the month of November.

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November 7th, 2013 at 5:21 pm


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So… back to the birthday list… still trying to keep on top of it. It’s good to have a focus you know.

Let’s celebrate and be grateful for…

#38 – visit as many beaches as I can – There were plenty during our big hopeful adventure naturally and this summer we hung out on a handful of beautiful ones here the UK.

There’s nothing more grounding than the pull of the sea, the wide open sky and the pleasure of stones or sand under your feet.

Taking part in Karen’s NaPhoPoMo this month – posting photos daily for the month of November.


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November 3rd, 2013 at 7:27 pm


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Now that our school run has changed, I’m finding myself walking through the parks near us, on my way back home. It’s so good.

I’m watching the autumn colours change daily and having that 20 mins in nature before I start my work is such a pleasure.

As much as I enjoy the silence each morning…

I do long for someone to photograph in the scenes I find… so instead I’ve been playing with autumn self portraits instead.

All photos shot on the iPhone edited in VSCOcam – I’m taking part in Karen’s NaPhoPoMo this month. 

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November 2nd, 2013 at 12:51 pm


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“Wait right there while I grab my camera.” I said.

Thankfully he obliged.

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October 16th, 2013 at 2:50 pm


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Back in May I read this post by Sas… and it’s really stayed with me… especially this bit -

When you talk about your home, you are talking about your life.”

Where we’re living at the moment is temporary, so there’s a sense of limbo… and that’s a real reflection of life right now. It’s like we’re in the space in between… waiting for the next chapter to begin. This is neither bad or good.

It just is.

As I’ve been focusing on my list lately, it’s clear that we’d love Number #11 to happen… to buy a home again – we’d like to make a new space really ours. This isn’t possible just yet in the grand scheme of things, but the intention is there.

One afternoon over the summer break, upon returning from some adventure… I focused on making memories from this place that’s home for now.

Nothing special was happening… in fact nothing happened at all. No big story. Just us hanging out. It’s pretty ordinary, but that’s often where beauty can be found and memories can be preserved.

This is a stop-motion film… using only stills – shot & edited in a short amount of time… I’ll share how you can make simple films like this in Creating Time Capsules. - Come back tomorrow for a giveaway!




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I heard this affirmation today… perhaps you need it too? -

“I trust that life is unfolding exactly as it’s supposed to.”

Scenes from our home for the August Break & for a film I’m currently creating.


Artwork in photo two by – Leonie Wise :: Andrea Jenkins :: Shanna Murray :: Elise Joy



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August 14th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

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Nearly halfway through the summer break with our boys… and we’ve been busy with plenty more fun still to come…

It’s been about keeping a balance… between work & life. I don’t think I get the whole balance thing, it’s a myth right? I’m just doing enough to complete projects but more importantly, just be present with my family and make the most of our summer together.

Our camping Cornwall trip deserves another blogpost or two with a Time Capsule film I’m sure… still to come.

You know what?… London is really kinda wonderful in the summer – when it’s sunny, full of colour and pretty empty as Londoners escape… I love it here in August.

We’ve been biking, hammocking, pottering around, eating al fresco, swimming, lunching and lounging…

Here’s one such lovely day in London… a little film made as part of my course COLLABORATE… a simple stop-motion full of the less obvious details and memories of our day…

Before I go… a little reminder of London adventure happening this weekend… An instagram photowalk with Susannah & I… Will you join us?