12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

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Christmas & New Year flew by in a flash of gatherings & celebrations, blustery walks & lazing on the sofa, tensions & elations, card games & dancing, ice & sunshine…

My camera was with me to document some of these festive moments (although most of this film doesn’t look very festive!) – I had really wanted to rest after a busy year, but I like capturing what we’re doing, it’s part of how I see the world, so I can’t just turn off. The biggest struggle is my dislike of indoor lighting, so most of my film is our outdoors activities and the bits with the crummy lighting are special things I want to remember – in 5 years, I won’t care about that.

Want to make your own films like this? There’s still time to sign up for A Year of Creating Time Capsules… a whole year making films of your life – your fleeting moments, your memories all packaged up into a film. The course is packed with inspiration, tips & tricks from shooting to editing your film and an amazing community all motivating each other… Registration will close at the end of January – more details HERE.

Film and photos shot on Canon EOS 5DmIII with additional slow mo footage shot in iPhone 5s

 

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January 15th, 2015 at 5:23 pm

TRAVEL DREAMS FOR 2015

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It’s good to have dreams… things you’d like to do or make happen. I use to think that you shouldn’t declare it, coz otherwise you jinx it and disappointment creeps in… Oh and don’t ask for stuff – just wait till you’re offered it.

What nonsense! If you’d like to make something happen, you have to go after it – declare it – focus on it and then take steps towards it.

Travel & adventuring has always been a huge love for my family… the boys thrive outdoors seeing new stuff, Luke is amazing with languages and meeting new people… and the ability to view new locations through my lens is a gift… a life long passion.

Over the past few years we had some amazing opportunities to see the worldfar flung places and discoveries closer to home – all of them have enriched us so much… we made them happen, through hard work, putting ourselves out there and sprinkles of home made good fortune.

So when the lovely Zoe at Pinterest asked me to create a board with my 2015 travel resolutions… I thought what better way to manifest some travel dreams for this year…

Follow Xanthe’s board ADVENTURE INSPIRATIONS FOR 2015 on Pinterest.

For the first time in a few years our calendar is empty… ready & waiting to be filled – where will we go next?!

 

 

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January 9th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

2014 :: WHAT A YEAR!

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Before I can welcome in 2015, it’s a good idea to say thanks to 2014 as it’s been an incredible year…

It started with a word… my intention for the year ahead. I knew it was going to be a big year for me – big birthday, big intentions & big plans… it was the year to make lots happen.

I wanted to build on everything I’ve been working toward for years… I wanted to succeed in growing my business, be open & receive more opportunities, spend time adventuring & travelling with my family & for my work, push myself beyond my comfort zone…do the work I really love…. it was time to really thrive.

I’m beyond grateful for this year, for the things I experienced, for the steps I’ve taken, for the work I’ve created, for the places I’ve seen, for the people I’ve met & photographed or filmed, for the people I’ve taught, for the happiness, for the opportunities to do what I love and share that with my family.

2014 you rocked – My personal highlights are below… {not everything about the year was easy or fun, but I don’t want to dwell on that as when I focus on the good and the positive, more of that comes…} Long may the goodness continue, as I hope 2015 brings plenty more of this…

The year started off with a colour project to blast the greys away… color//colourlovers with Andrea. (We found colour again in July and hopefully it will be back in 2015)

February was a trip to Germany with some awesome instagrammers…

March was my birthday – so I reminisced, had a party and began a love affair with my new bike - oh and finally made the birthday list.

The love of card tricks was in full effect.

April saw the first camping trip of the year and running through fields of yellow… as the light returned.

The month of May was a packed one – beginning with a trip to Nice to celebrate my friend’s 40th with all my girlfriends & our families… & one of my films used by Canon on their site…

Blogtactular pushed me out of my comfort zone with a colourful balloon photo walk and a talk sharing my film making & storytelling tips.

At the end of May was the big trip to Mexico. This fun filled trip had us body surfing in the ocean and zip lining through the jungle TWICE… and so much more. All thanks to First Choice holidays.

June & July were packed to the brim as the summer began – moving house, weekends away, wonderful family sessions, a day at Wimbledon, fun at Pedlars, more camping and the best festival fun at Somersault.

August brought much needed calm as the boys went away and it was just us. Time for some family sessions and then we all travelled to Wales to visit Harwarden and then Pembrokshire, via colourful scenery.

It was a BRILLIANT summer - A real delight.

September – First, The Good Life Experience gave us a wonderful taste of the outdoors…

Then I traveled along the most beautiful train journey to Rhode Island and guided a lovely bunch of ladies on colourful photo walks for Squam In The City, thanks to Elizabeth for inviting me.

October – three days in New York! and then one day in Palma!

And A Week of Mornings… sometimes the everyday is the most beautiful.

November was focused on GATHER :: the first retreat hosted by Kim and I – a beach house in California to shoot and share our passions with a bunch of kindred spirits. It was a dream come true and where I shared Luke’s first spoon.

Thank you to everyone who made it so amazing, especially to my dear friend Kim.

And here we are in December… at the end with a full heart – There was a beautiful Saturday & a look at my Sunday films, an addiction to slow mo and all the festive celebrations.

Thank you 2014 – you whizzed by so brilliantly + thank you to all my boys who fill my life with so much joy and energy.

Roll on 2015 – Let it be the best year yet! I’m ready for more…

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you….

I’ll be back next week with my word for 2015… have you chosen yours??

 

 

 

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December 30th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

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2014 :: FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSIONS

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As a photographer, it’s a privilege to spend time with a family and capture their moments.

Submerging myself into their lives, playing with the children, seeing the connections between siblings, the smiles & laughter, the energy that pours out of children, the hugs & the kisses and the love they all share … and then documenting it – the fleeting moments as a family grows…  knowing these images will be the key to unlocking these memories in the future.

It’s something I love to do so very much…

This year I witnessed some beautiful stories, met some new families and got to hang out with children I’ve seen grow up in front of my camera… preserving this moment in their lives is a real honour. Thank you to all my amazing families.

Please let 2015 bring an abundance of opportunities to tell more of these stories…

 

 

BE MERRY & BRIGHT

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It’s nearly here…

An abundance of festiveness…

Wishing you a merry and bright time…

Thank you for passing by here and see you on the other side.

 

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December 24th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

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2014 :: LOOKING BACK PART ONE

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It’s that time of year… {I love LOOKING BACK posts}

Gives me a chance to reflect on the year and re-live some moments.

Last year I shared all my 2013 films - turns out it was pretty much one film a month.

Inspired by this, the momentum carried on into 2014… some months were easier than others. Now I have a better idea which are the quiet months – the winter ones when there’s not as much light… and which months are bursting with possibilities – the sunny ones, when we’re out and about enjoying adventures… I will keep all of this in mind in 2015 while taking part in a A Year of Creating Time Capsules – I hope to encourage participants to create a film a month as well.

This year has been wonderful in so many ways… I’m sure there’ll be more details in future posts, but for now…

Let’s take a trip back through the year – so grateful for all of these…

JANUARY - 

AN EVERYDAY MORNING 

MEMORIES FROM MY CAMERA PHONE – ALL THE UPLOADS FROM MY IPHONE DURING THE COLOR//COLOUR LOVERS PROJECT

FEBRUARY - 

LUMIA IN FOCUS TOUR – I SPENT THE WEEKEND WITH SOME INSTAGRAMMERS IN GERMANY

MARCH - 

CARD TRICKS – A ONE MINUTE MEMORY FOCUSING ON COSMO’S PASSION

APRIL –

RANDOM HAPPENINGS – VARIOUS DELICIOUS MOMENTS DURING APRIL

MAY –

A DAY ON CAMP – STOP MOTION OF OUR FIRST CAMPING TRIP OF THE YEAR

JUNE –

A FEW FILMS FROM THE BRILLIANT TIME IN MEXICO

MORE HERE – PICK A CARD :: BOAT TRIP :: HOTEL LIFE ::

JULY –

A COLLECTION OF MOMENTS FROM OUR SUNNY SUMMER SO FAR

AUGUST –

MY FAVOURITE SUMMER ADVENTURES

SUNDAY –

A TIME CAPSULE OF A QUIET DAY WHILE THE BOYS WERE AWAY

SEPTEMBER –

I WAS MESMERISED DURING THE NEW YORK TO RHODE ISLAND TRAIN RIDE -

A STOP – MOTION OF A LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT HOME 

OCTOBER –

ARCHIVE FILM OF OUR TIME AT SOMERSAULT FESTIVAL

CAPTURING OUR MORNING BIKE RIDE 

NOVEMBER -

A SLIDESHOW OF PHOTOS CAPTURED DURING A WEEK OF MORNINGS

A WEEK IN CALIFORNIA DURING OUR GLORIOUS RETREAT – GATHER 

DECEMBER –

BEFORE THE BUSY TIMES OF THE FESTIVE SEASON WE HAD A QUIET WEEKEND IN LONDON

 

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If you’d like a whole year to play and make your own films, there’s still time to join A Year of Creating Time Capsules & make 2015 the year to create stories through video and photos.

 

 

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December 22nd, 2014 at 3:59 pm

LATELY

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Yesterday – A Year of Creating Time Capsules began… I’m so excited about this course – being able to offer encouragement, inspiration and support, so those taking part can spend the year capturing their moments make them into films of their life. Since I started sharing my films online at the end of 2011, I’ve made so many precious films, documenting the special and the everyday – it’s such a gift. It’s my wish that by this time next year, everyone has a collection of films that represent 2015 – their gift for the future.

Registration will remain open till mid January for those people who would like to start after the festive period. All the details are HERE.

Recently there’s been a lot of tea drinking – it’s been chilly and to be honest, I’ve needed the caffeine boost… It seems I’m often capturing this routine in my films and now my instagram.

Fancy a little more colour?

Loved seeing these brilliant baubles from the Pedlars Store… & now we have some hanging at home.

And the doors of London continue to brighten up my day…

More Lately posts here…

 

 

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December 17th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

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SUNDAY – A COLLECTION OF STOP-MOTION TIME CAPSULE FILMS

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The essence of a Time Capsule film is to lock up some moments to look back on in years to come. Just like a Time Capsule box full of treasures – your film could be packed with everyday moments or special memories… or even both!

When people take part in my online film making course – Creating Time Capsules, I encourage them to look for the details they might want to remember… the little things that seem mundane or ordinary… but will, slowly over time, change.

It’s seems I’ve been drawn to Sunday stories… I didn’t really realise it, but I’ve made a few films, in the last year or so on a Sunday and they’ve all been stop-motions – because this is the simplest film to make and the one I encourage people just starting out to try. Here’s my most recent one from last weekend… with a festive flavour!

You take photos to capture the movement within the frame and in the editing process you bring the images in and adjust the timings and you’re done! It’s that simple. For those just staring out in film making, it gives you a chance to look for and capture movement without worrying about understanding video.

These Sunday films make me smile – nothing major happens, in fact from what I’ve just watched, there’s a lot of tea drinking! from me… shoes & socks being put on, cats lazing around or begging at the door and “let’s look at the sky” but that’s my style… those are the things I’m drawn too, those are the movements I see and want to remember… and in the background I see memories preserved. I see our old house, I see the boys changing, the things we do and my favourite mug of the moment!

As I go into next year – I’m going to continue with the Sunday theme and make more as part of

A YEAR OF CREATING TIME CAPSULES…

It starts next week – Jan 16th, just in time to capture some festive memories… Registration for will remain open till January for those who would prefer to begin at the start of the year.

A whole year to give you time and space to create some wonderful films – would you like to join? Maybe you can capture some of your Sunday stories?… I’d love to see them.

Imagine the collection of films you could have by the end of 2015.

 

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December 12th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

A YEAR OF CREATING TIME CAPSULES – WINNER ANNOUNCED

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Just popping in to announce the lucky people who get a chance to join

A YEAR OF CREATING TIME CAPSULES… from this giveaway…

Names out of the hat from my blog -

Fran Balistrieri

& from Instagram -

@yellowhousedays

I will be in touch with all the details. YAY!

 

 

 

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December 11th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

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A NEW TIME CAPSULE FILM & A GIVEAWAY

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Our plans changed at the last minute over the weekend, so we had a free day to roam around London. The weather was divine… sunshine and shadows a plenty.

I had it in my head to make a film of our day, as a project to share in my up-coming course – A Year Of Creating Time Capsules.

As the day unfolds, I capture the moments witnessed and push myself to see the scenes differently from previous Time Capsule films. Trying alternative camera angles & interesting compositions to mix it up… but also looking for themes and repeating moments to thread throughout the film. The sunshine and shadows were a gift of the day, so I filled the frame with plenty of light… Also, being mindful to see the stories, routines and details, that make this month in our life unique, to lock up in a Time Capsule.

I edited the film on Saturday night, as the boys watched some random action film – Head phones on, laptop & blanket, with Bruce Willis saving some plane in the background. As I sorted through the footage, I wanted each moment to linger…Something about the way I was feeling… wanting to indulge in the sunshine, the movement, the little details of my family… also, it’s probably something to do with my current love of slow motion… so this film is nice & slow…

You can make a simple Day In The Life film during my online course – I share how you can capture your moments, edit them together to keep them forever.

My online course has been extended for 2015 – A Year Of Creating Time Capsules – so we can make more films by creating them regularly… inspiring each other along the way. There’s an amazing community forming, it starts next week and there’s still time to join in throughout December…

I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m launching a giveaway for TWO places – one place by leaving a comment here on the blog & one place by leaving a comment on my Instagram feed (this photo)

Let me know what you would like to capture in a Time Capsule film next year.

I will announce the random winners on Thursday 11th Dec – All the best!