COLOURS OF PROVIDENCE – SQUAM IN THE CITY

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When Elizabeth from Squam asked me if I’d like to host a photo walk in her favourite city – she said I would LOVE the colours there… and she was SO right.

For our two photo walks - the routes were carefully planned out by Elizabeth, so we could see parts of Providence with plenty of colour potential.

Houses, doors, flowers & shutters… there was opportunity everywhere.

We played with our cameras – searching out contrasting colours, different textures, making portraits and just having fun making technicolour compositions…

Thanks to all the fabulous ladies for joining me on this colour quest and to Elizabeth for the opportunity to create in such a wonderful environment, with such special people.

Squam In The City & Providence – you were amazing!

All photos captured on Canon 5DmIII

 

 

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October 13th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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LATELY

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A couple of announcements first…

GATHER California is happening in November! I will be gathering with my dear friends Kim, Myriam & a wonderful group of artistic souls – to be creative, to recharge, to inspire each other, make plans and share our passions – there are a couple of spaces left, so if you’d like to join us for this special creative experience – contact Myriam at gathercalifornia@animyst.com - we’d love to hang out with you.

Creating Time Capsules is OPEN for registration… I will guide you through my process of making films with photos & video, so you can tell the stories of your life through your films… it’s the last time I will run it this year – find out more here.

This week autumn arrived in full force… windy & rainy with glimpses of sunshine now and again…

Thankfully, on the rainiest day of the week, I was invited for lunch in Palma! – crazy brilliant – on the Dreamliner with Thompson Holidays.

I totally fell in love with this plane when we visited Mexico earlier this year, so jumped at the chance to fly on it again. I’ll share some more photos from our day to Palma next week.

And I’m so happy it’s Friday… totally looking forward to a lie in tomorrow -

Don’t you just wish you were a cat sometimes?

Have a lovely weekend! x.

Photos captured on Canon 5DmIII and iPhone 5s 

 

 

 

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October 10th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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LADIES OF SQUAM IN THE CITY

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During my time at Squam In The City I was blessed to hang out with some amazing ladies… in my workshops and in the evenings when we chased the golden light…

My workshops were about seeking out and photographing colour – I’ll share some images from those soon, but I also wanted to give people a chance to shoot portraits in front of the colourful backgrounds we found.

So we just played… with colour and with the light when it showed up.

Here are a few of my favourite images… Thank you gorgeous ladies for stepping in front of my lens.

 

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October 9th, 2014 at 9:00 am

TAKING THE TRAIN – ONE MINUTE MEMORY FILMS

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One of the surprises during my recent trip was the train journey between Rhode Island & New York. I had planned to use this time to work at my laptop, but was mesmerised by the stories being told through the window as the beautiful scenery passed by.

The city of New York… the countryside of Connecticut… the beaches… the grass marshes… the towns… the stations… the cute houses. It was all so pretty and so different from any train journey I’ve ever taken before.

As the train rattles around so much, I just grabbed my iPhone and shot some footage on the way to Providence, Rhode Island (see above) and on the way back to New York (see below).

I love the light, colours, textures & lines and the way the ‘passing by’ movement creates such beautiful shapes.

It’s hypnotising. So relaxing.

I honestly could’ve made a 20 minute film, but that’s not ideal, so these are my favourite snippets condensed into a couple of One Minute Memories. So I can transport myself back to those journeys anytime.

These are really quick films to make… shot on the iPhone and edited simply.

If you’d like to learn how I make films like this and my family Time Capsule films

Then my ecourse Creating Time Capsules is just for you. All the details are here – registration opened TODAY! and this will be the last time I run in 2014, so why not jump onboard!

 

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October 7th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

LATELY

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A couple of weeks ago I was heading to the airport to New York…

having just unpacked my bag from The Good Life Experience. It felt like a whirlwind. In the best way.

I have tons of stories & images to share from this adventure…

Like the train ride from New York to my colour walk workshops on the vibrant streets of Providence…

Tales of the fabulous & magical ladies I met and spent time with at Squam…

and in New York afterwards…

But first I had to catch my breath and just hangout with my boys… besides, there was plenty of glorious autumn sunshine to enjoy this weekend.

I’m finding my feet… I’ll be back this week with plenty more colourful goodness… and news of Creating Time Capsules which will run again later this October, if you’d like to join in – registration opens TOMORROW!.

It’s good to be back.

Photos captured on Canon 5DMIII and iPhone 5s

 

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October 6th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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THE GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE

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I sort of knew the Good Life Experience would be our kinda festival. Celebrating the outdoors with music, activities, camping and lots of fun, is right up our street.

Packed with loads of things to do and see – the boys were gutted it was only on for one day.

Some of the highlights for us were…

Bountiful fairground rides – as many times as you like… well, our boys were in heaven, having multiple turns of the swings and helter skelter, till they eventually got kicked off, to let someone else have a turn… But an hour later they were back.

There was archery and axe throwing… the boys loved this!

A wide variety of workshops and food demonstrations – like spoon making, bread making and the cooking, had me eager to get in the kitchen and rustle up something new.

The music was amazing – a wonderful mix of delights, from sweet campfire singsongs with Cerys Matthews to the energetic CC Smugglers, who’s passion shined through, with a beat certain to get you moving.

I loved the chance to hang out with friends and make some new ones – especially camping alongside a few instagram and blogging friends and their gorgeous families – all the children played so well with each other.

The whole experience was like being at a big party, it was so friendly. Well done to everyone involved in creating such a spectacular event…Thanks for having us.

Can’t wait till next year!

A few more of glimpses of what we saw and got up too…

 

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September 24th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

SCENES OF SUMMER

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This summer was a glorious whirlwind… packed to the brim…

The sun glistened and the days were long – oh those were the best… and the golden hour, that I never want to end. It rained a lot too… I’ll never forget those Bertha thunderstorms, making me worry about the boys camping on their own in some valley in Scotland.

It was the summer of the skateboard – much like last year was the summer of the scooter and the summer before that – the diabolo (although, even those still make a regular appearance) the love of the skateboard had us discovering new pockets of London.

There were body boards too… but the water wasn’t as warm as Mexico, so it wasn’t as appealing.

There was peacefulness in the house & there were noisy times – the boys fighting and the volume it creates.

The lush greens, the countryside and those Welsh hills covered in purple heather as we drove by. The vibrant cityscapes of our dearest London – I love the colours and new corners explored.

Being in the company of wonderful friends & their children… food and conversation – stories shared and laughter round the table or campfire.

There were tears too – a few headaches and heartaches, keep the balance of feeling all emotions fully… that’s ok. I’m sensitive to it all. I know this.

So grateful for a life this full. For my camera to capture it all. Oh summer of 2014 you were a delight!

Just a few of my favourite scenes of summer… the little frames to spark the bigger story.

 Photos shot on Canon 5DIII & iPhone 5s

 

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September 19th, 2014 at 8:00 am

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

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Yes, I love capturing the holidays, adventures and special moments…

but I also relish in gathering images of the everyday life at home.

It’s been a wonderful hectic summer, with many weekends away, so it was a gift to have a weekend with NO plans last week. A chance to potter, sort some things out in the house and have a roast dinner!

So I kept my camera with me and gathered some little vignettes… Keeping it simple by using only photographs to make into a stop motion film – the current round of Creating Time Capsules have been making some lovely films using photos – so I was inspired.

This is our now… no major events & imperfect images embraced…

Besides the light is so gorgeous at this time of year… it’s probably the star of the show.

Hope Autumn is bringing you some lazy Sundays… thanks for passing by x.

 

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September 17th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

FAMILY ‘TIME CAPSULE’ PHOTO SESSION

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Yesterday, I shared a family session with two adorable little girls… It’s easy to think that the time to capture your family is when the kids are young… but I think any age is important to document. There’s always a story to tell as family life is constantly changing.

It’s about making time to freeze this ‘day in your life’ to remember the everyday things and what you did or where you lived at this stage in your family life… plus all the connections and love that a family has, no matter the age of the children.

These guys were fantastic – they laughed, shared stories with me… and their dog, Biscuit was always trying to be part of the action.

The boys showed me their favourite things to do – Sasha even wrote me a poem! that’s a first for me.

Here are a few of my favourite frames.

If you’re interested in a family session with me… contact me – I’d love to tell your stories.

 

 

FAMILY ‘TIME CAPSULE’ PHOTO SESSION

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I love to just hang out with a family during a photo session at their home.

We play and chat….I’m grateful to be invited into their world.

They don’t have to be doing anything special – just their everyday stuff will make for great memories in the future.

I remember many mornings like this with our boys, when they were younger.

Recently I went to play with this mama and her two adorable girls – They played, read, drew pictures, had snacks… just the regular stuff that happens in a home with a family like this. I was even entertained by songs from the Frozen soundtrack – what a treat!

They now have this “day in their life” preserved forever – a Time Capsule of memories of how their life is, right at this moment. I think that’s pretty special.

Here are a few of my favourite frames.

Interested in booking a session? Contact me & I’ll send you the details. x.