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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


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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.




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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.




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I’ve said it before, but this summer holiday went so fast.

To combat the ‘back to school’ feelings… I’ve been re-living the summer by completing this film.

These are my favourite moments – the little things that will spark the bigger memories in future. The details of our life and this time together, which is so fleeting.

These are our stories. I’m so grateful to have captured them.

This was our summer.

Still to be completed is a film just about Somersault festival, even though lots of fav memories are within here… and I reckon a “one minute memory” skateboarding film has to be made, as I have tons of footage.

This was the summer of skating.

Now, maybe… this film has you all inspired and wishing you could make your own memory films… well…

Creating Time Capsules starts TOMORROW! and I’d love to guide you through the magic of making your own films & for you to be part of a community all sharing their stories.

Plus there’s still a few hours left to win a place on the course… head over here… I’ll be e-mailing the winners this evening UK time.


*Side note about music in the film : I love this song… it’s been played frequently as we’ve travelled about this summer, so it seemed only right to have it as the soundtrack to this film… I don’t usually like to use unlicensed music now, and I spend hours searching for decent tracks to accompany my work… but this song IS our summer, so I’m using it… Hey, if you like it too, I recommend the whole album, especially this track


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This summer feels like the fastest I’ve ever experienced… yet we managed to pack so much in… and why does July feel like a lifetime ago? – time is weird that way, right?

I’m currently editing films about our summer, I’ve been capturing our recent moments through photos & video – all the fun times and everyday moments. I’m excited to see them come together and re-live the memories over and over in one of my Time Capsule films.

That’s the gift of these films… I see it already with a film I made back in July.

And even more so when I look at the film of last summer… so much has changed, so much still the same. The places we adventured too… the things we saw. They are all locked down in this film – a Time Capsule of last summer to re-live whenever we want.

It takes time and effort to shoot & edit something like this, and when I’m struggling to complete a film, I go back and look at my old ones to spur me to complete it, because I know how wonderful these will be to look at in a few weeks when winter kicks in… or next year, when the boys have changed again and in 5 years when I’ll have surely forgotten some of these moments.

Before I get back to editing our summer 2014 adventures… let me share this…

Fancy learning how make your films?… Creating Time Capsules is where I guide you through my process and you can start shooting & editing your own films and make Time Capsules to enjoy forever.

The next course starts this Friday 5th… there’s still time to join us.

As I do with every course, I’d like to offer TWO places as a giveaway, for those who’ve wanted to take part but haven’t for whatever reason…

Just tell me your favourite summer moment this year in the comments below and I pick the two winners at random on Thurs, ready for the course to start on Fri.

Easy peasy…


Updated : the winners are Traci & Hannah – I’ll be e-mailing you. YAY!



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September 2nd, 2014 at 2:01 pm


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The lovely people behind the exquisite Pedlars are hosting a new festival in Hawarden, North Wales -

The Good Life Experience – Remember the launch back in July – what a vibrant affair!

As we were heading to Wales this summer, the organisers invited us to check out all the delights that Harwarden has to offer… And oh boy, we were blown away.

First we headed to Hawarden farm shop… Packed with fresh produce either direct from the estate or locally sourced. A tour of the on-site butcher had the boys watching sausages being made and Luke being given the low down on all the cuts from a cow.

We sampled lunch from the deli counter – the boys proclaimed the hot dogs were the best sausages they’d ever had.

With full bellies and plenty of photos taken in the colourful store, we were shown around the site where the festival will be.

They’ll be a main music tent with music curated by Cerys Matthews, bush craft activities in the wood, axe throwing, archery, food by Bill Granger, yoga, beer tasting, spoon carving and so much more!

The estate was gorgeous… I can’t wait to see it in all it’s festival glory.

Next stop was Gladstone’s Library… where we were staying for the night. Beautiful bedrooms brimming with history, with a modern twist, as they were sprinkled with stylish furnishings.

We were shown around the magnificent library, which houses Gladstone’s collection of books, many of which contain notes and comments on the script & author by Gladstone himself.

As the sun was shining, we dragged ourselves from the library for a walk… caught glimpses of ruined castles, paddled in the river and tried not to disturb the sheep roaming the land.

As if we hadn’t been spoilt with so many delights already… it was time for dinner at the Glynne arms.

The food and the decor… one word = Scrumptious!

The decor details echo those found in the Pedlars store – an eclectic mix of vintage items, signage, bottles, art work – some incorporating portraits of Gladstone and references to the great outdoors, especially with the signature axe popping up everywhere.

And the food… was outstanding – I wish this was my local!

Cosmo was so inspired by the crest at the Glynne Arms, he set about creating our own family one, including a tree & tent for our love of camping, a camera, pack of cards… and maybe a skate board if his brother can persuade him! it’s still progress, but it’s looking rather brilliant.

Thanks to everyone at Pedlars for showing us such a marvellous time, can’t wait to get back to Hawarden for The Good Life Experience in a couple of weeks! There are still tickets available, come & hang out with us and enjoy the great outdoors!

I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty special, and the sun is certain to shine on us, right?!



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September 1st, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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The love and connection found in families is wonderful to watch and during my family portrait sessions I get to freeze that moment, for them to view in years to come. Little moments – the laughing, the hugs, the dancing, the curls, the tickles, and all the kisses & sometimes the tears – the abundance of energy and the quiet of family life.

I’m booking sessions in London for the next couple of months – and I’m also in New York & Providence at the end of Sept, perhaps I can hang out with you there? – contact me – let’s chat about telling your family stories.


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August 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 am

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I have a few offerings to share…

1. My online course Creating Time Capsules is OPEN for registration NOW… All the details are here – there’s a lovely community already gathering… will you join us?

2. I will be hosting a couple of photo walks in Providence, Rhode Island as part of Squam In The City in Sept – I’m SO excited to explore this city with my camera… perhaps you might like to adventure with us?.., TODAY is the last day you can register to join us…

3. A couple of frames from a recent family portrait session… I spent the morning with these fantastic girls… it was such a joy – Would you like your family moments captured and preserved forever?… I have a couple of available slots for sessions in Sept & October… contact me for details…

Finally… Kim Klassen and I are exploring the idea of virtual creative conversations – an online gathering, like we’re having tea with each other, sharing stories and inspiring each other… There’s a chance to hang out with us both via Skype on Kim’s blog… would you like to chat with us?

Have a wonderful weekend… see you on the other side. xxx




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August 15th, 2014 at 11:19 am


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The ‘day in the life’ film is my most favourite time capsule project.

This is where you document parts of your day… seeking out your moments.

The more “everyday” the moment, the better… I find.

It’s a chance to record the details that will slowly over time change… you know – preserving the fleeting moments.

Last Sunday we were nearly at the end of our child-free time, as the boys were due back from camp in a couple of days. It’s been quiet without them, we missed them terribly, but also really enjoyed our time alone together.

So I made a simple film of our Sunday – just using photos, put together as a slideshow & stop-motion. Usually my films are full of action, colour and fun. I think this reflects this quiet time, just the two of us – plus, the crazy weather we had that day.

Making films using photos is the first project I encourage participants of my Creating Time Capsules course to make. It’s an easy project to start with, to focus on looking for the moments, to think about storytelling, to look for movement and to practise editing in iMovie. It’s a great transition project into video, if you’re not used to that medium.

Registration for the September round of Creating Time Capsules opens today – so if you’d like to start making your own Time Capsule films, I’d love to guide you through the magic of making them & to have you join the inspiring community that gathers… All the details are here.

More of my Time Capsules films here…



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August 14th, 2014 at 11:00 am


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The past few weeks for the Living Arrows project on I Heart Snapping blog have looked like this.

Our lovely boys have been away for two weeks! Yep, two weeks without us, camping in Scotland. With just letters to communicate.

They returned yesterday, having had the time of their lives. It’s such a magical camping organisation – lots of freedom, fun, singing, games, hiking, fire making and even more campfire singing.

I’m glad they’re growing into such independent boys, but even happier they’re back in the nest…

More Living Arrows here…


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August 13th, 2014 at 9:11 am

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