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This month was a struggle… this isn’t quite what I wanted for The Sixty Second Photograph project. But off the back of creating daily films for all of November, this was all I had.

So this is Sunday morning… such familiar scenes… stuff I’ve captured over and over. But to mix it up, it’s in stop motion style and in black & white… just to give a different perspective.

I was tried and I needed to show up for this project and it’s good to have something.

As ever, please check out the other fabulous artists over at The Sixty Second Photograph.

See more of my films from this project HERE.




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December 3rd, 2016 at 9:18 pm


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I managed to make 30 films in 30 days. Just little mini film each day – little snippets of life and fun. A commitment to create and share something everyday.

How did you get on?

What ever you did as part of the project – Thank you for joining in or following along.

Over 770 films have been shared on Instagram on the #makefilms_dailyproject tag… which is AMAZING!

Here are my stats -

Stop Motions – 7

Films with flowers or plants – 2

Films containing Time Lapses – 5

Films with autumn leaves – 9!

Slow Mo teatimes – 4

Films containing gin – 1

Films at a workshop – 2

Films with Boomerangs – 3

Films while on a bike ride – 6

Scenes From The Weekend – 4

Films shot at events – 4

Films containing elements of festiveness – 2

Scenes From Today or Yesterday – 7

All cameras used – Canon 5D3 & 5D4, Canon G7x and iPhone 6s

What have I learnt doing this…

Personal projects are so important. Making something just for you is so important. Having fun with a project is so important. When the line between what I create for work and for me is so blurred, it’s good to do something just for me, even if it’s related or similar to something I create for work… it’s still for me to experiment and play. I never want to stop playing.

Community spurs you on. Knowing I had a group of creatives all making alongside me, so encouraged me. I was inspired by the films they made and so proud of those who showed up every day (or nearly every day) with their wonderful views of the world and creative ideas.

Doing something everyday keeps you on your toes. The daily practice is so powerful (and exhausting!) but it gets that creative muscle really working and makes you produce things that you might not have tried or been bothered to finish. I like that. You show up with what ever you have. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be done.

If you took part, I hope you’ve taken away something from the experience. Even if it’s nothing more than a collection of films you might not have made otherwise.

I’m so proud of everyone who joined in on Instagram using the #makefilms_dailyproject tag. I can’t tell you how much I smile every time, I watch the beautiful work made. Thank you for joining me on this big commitment.

Shall we do it again in the Spring 2017?!!


Day 25 - BOOMERANG SAVES THE DAY – Shot on iPhone 6s using the Boomerang App.

Day 26 - SLOW MO TEATIME – COSY TIME & PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE – Shot on Canon 5D4 in slow mo.

Day 27 - COSY CARDIGANS FROM BODEN CLOTHING - Shot on Canon 5D3 in stop motion.

Day 28 - MINI MONDAY MOVIE – SISTER TIME & DONUTS – Shot on Canon 5D4 & iPhone 6s

Day 29 - SCENES FROM MONDAY - Shot on Canon 5D4 & iPhone 6s

Day 30 – YAY! - Shot on Canon 5D3 in stop motion.



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November 30th, 2016 at 4:25 pm


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Into the final week of the MAKE FILMS Daily Project…

Stuck for ideas of what to shoot next?

Let’s look at the community for some ideas -

A calming moment.
Make something.
Play with light and reflections.
Watch something soothing.
Notice the breeze.
Get creative with fruit and plasticine
Cook something.
Do a little dance.
Go for a walk.
Make the mundane into something fun.
Say it with flowers.
Boomerangs are best.
Stop motions make you smile.
Look for the details.
Tell the story of today’s weather.

These are just a handful of the wonderful films on the hashtag - It’s brimming with ideas to make your own.

My films from the past week looked like this -

Day 18 - A STOP MOTION WORKSHOP AT WEST ELM WITH 91 MAGAZINE. - Shot on Canon 5d4 & iPhone 6s

Day 19 - SLOW MO TEATIME – BISCUITS & BLUEBIRD TEA - Shot on Canon 5d4 in slow motion.

Day 20 - A SECOND STOP MOTION WORKSHOP AT WEST ELM WITH 91 MAGAZINE. - Shot on Canon 5d4 & iPhone 6s

Day 21 - MINI MONDAY MOVIE – WORKSHOPS & BIKES - Shot on Canon 5d4 & iPhone 6s

Day 22 - TAKE A MOMENT WITH THE CLOUDS - Shot on iPhone 6s using Hyperlapse app.

Day 23 - PLANT SHELFIE - Shot on Canon 5d3


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November 24th, 2016 at 9:00 am


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Here I am celebrating day 17!…

I missed the halfway point of #MAKEFILMS_dailyproject as my site went down… the whole thing disappeared! Some server or URL issue, never quite got to the bottom of it… thankfully my brilliant developer sorted it. We are working behind the scenes to finally update my website, which will be so amazing, as I’ve been waiting two years to do it… It’s not taken that long, I’ve just been so distracted with other exciting projects and creating for other people… I’ve kinda neglected my online home. It’s getting sorted now. I’m so grateful.

Anyway… back to the matter at hand. The half way point of #MAKEFILMS_dailyproject has been and gone. Is it too much to share all the films made so far?

Oh well… here they are. Let me say, if you’re not a fan of autumn leaves, you might wanna head over to somewhere else. Coz there are lots of leaves in this collection of films. I’ve been obsessed.

And quite rightly, as this autumn has been awesome!

Roll on day 18.

P.s So chuffed at over 500 films made and shared on Instagram.

Day 10 - LEAF OF THE DAY - Made in the Boomerang app

Day 11 - BREAKFAST TIME - Shot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.

Day 12 - FINDING IT HARD TO CHOOSE MY LEAF OF THE DAY - Shot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.

Day 13 - WHEELIE GOOD TIME - Shot on iPhone in slow mo.


Day 15 - SIPSMITH FESTIVE FUN - Shot on the iPhone using the Hyperlapse & Boomerang app.

Day 16 - STILL OBSESSED WITH LEAVES - Shot on Canon 5d3.

Day 17 - SLOW MO TEATIME – FIRST MINCE PIES OF THE SEASON - Shot on Canon 5d3 in slow motion




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November 18th, 2016 at 8:01 am


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I love Boomerangs….

Do you know what a Boomerang is? It’s a little video loop created in an app by Instagram.

It shoots a series of photos and turns them into a video clip that loops backwards or forwards depending how you set it.

The beauty of the Boomerang is it’s not like a regular video clip or even a GIF, because the action is played one way and then the other… and then repeated! So even really simple actions look cool.

This makes the app is really fun to play with. Boomerangs are fun to shoot and fun to watch.

I love shooting them with friends as they always make us giggle and I love introducing them to people who haven’t played before, as more often than not, the whole process brings out a smile.

It’s pretty simple to use. Let me show you.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it up.

The full screen camera opens up. You can choose front facing or “selfie” mode.

You’re looking for little movements. I find if the movement is too quick, the loop is fast and blurred.

You tap or hold the shutter button to capture the movement.

It might take a couple of tries to get it how you have envisioned. But you also might create something that hadn’t occurred to you and this might spark further ideas of how to play.

Each time you shoot, you’ll be shown a preview. You can choose to save to your camera roll or share.

Then you’re ready to shoot another one.

You can check out all the Boomerangs you’ve made by clicking the square in the bottom left corner when you’re in camera mode.

More tips for getting the most out of creating Boomerangs.

ILLUMINATE – Find good light! The app doesn’t let you adjust the exposure of the frame – Please can you make that happen Instagram??!! The better the light, the crisper your clip.

EDITING – The options are limited within the app itself. You can add a filter and trim the clip down once you’re uploading in Instagram… you could even edit together a series of Booms together if you’d like.

THE SECRET MENU – you can adjust the settings like resolution and direction of action. Once you’re in the app, tap with four fingers, four times to bring it up. It can sometimes take a few tries to bring it up…

It looks like this….

RESOLUTION – The compression that happens when you upload a video clip to Instagram, can distort it, so I tend to shoot at 720p instead of 1080p as it seems to be smoother.

PLAY – The best results come from experimenting. It takes a while to figure out what movements work and how long they should be, plus when to press the shoot button… But that’s part of the fun and what keeps me playing with it.

THE APPS ARE CONNECTED – You can add your Boomerangs to your Instagram feed direct from the app, plus you can open Boomerang from within Instagram – When in the camera mode, tap on the small logo in the bottom right corner and it will open up the Boomerang camera. So they work together in perfect harmony…

SHARING – You can add your Boom masterpieces to your feed on Instagram or in your stories. For stories – Pull down when in camera mode to reveal your camera roll from the past 24 hours. Select your Boomerang and add to your story. The most recent update (10.11.16) to Instagram, now let’s you create Boomerangs directly in your stories, which is so cool!.

COMMUNITY – Find other people sharing their Boomerangs, by checking out these hashtags on Instagram – #boomerangoftheweek #boomerangbangbang #boomerangforinstagram #boomerangoftheday #boomerangfail and something new I’d like to start #theartoftheboom (Do let me know of any more in the comments).


PLEASE NOTE – These boomerang clips have been coverted into GIFs for this post.


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November 10th, 2016 at 4:34 pm


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I’m on Day 10! of the #makefilms_dailyproject… Wow.

Although I’m only sharing my films up to yesterday… as I’ve not created/shared today’s film. And besides 5 films is enough for one post, don’t you think?…

The past five days have been fun… lots has been captured in a variety of ways. If you’re interested in which camera I’m shooting on etc, I’ve added notes at the end of each post for this project.

I never expected (only hoped) that so many people would join in along with me…. The number of films being shared on Instagram keeps going up everyday! It really spurs me on to know that so many are noticing the movements around them, capturing it so beautifully and gathering stories that might not have created if it wasn’t for this project.

It’s so brilliant!! Check out the hashtag #makefilms_dailyproject to be inspired!

We’re a third of the way done. Still a fair way to go.

Gotta keep going, keep making, even something simple and quick. Just keep doing. It will be so worth it.

Now… what will I film today?…

Day five – SLOW MO TEATIME – IN BETWEEN THE CHAOS – Shot on Canon 5d3 in slow mo.

Day six - I LOVE ALL THE CHAIRS IN KIM KLASSEN’S STUDIOShot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.

Day seven – MINI MONDAY MOVIE – FIREWORKS, FLAMES & FUN – Shot on Canon G7x & 5D3 and iPhone 6s

Day eight – SCENES FROM THE #DISCOVERYOURSTORY PARTY – Shot on iPhone 6s using Boomerang & Hyperlapse and Canon 5d4

Day nine – MARVEL AT ALL THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN – Shot on Canon 5d3 as a stop motion.




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November 10th, 2016 at 7:00 am


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Excited to announce that I’m running a mini workshop… sharing how you can make a simple stop motion film with your mobile device.

It will be happening as part of a curated pop up event being held by 91 Magazine at West Elm, Tottenham Court Road, London, to celebrate the release of their latest Autumn/Winter issue.

My stop motion workshops will be on -

Friday 18th Nov at 2pm – 3.30pm

Sunday 20th Nov at 12 – 1.30pm

You can book a place over HERE – Tickets are £25 + eventbrite fee.

There are other amazing workshops happening between 17th – 20th Nov from making ceramic decorations & paper wreaths, to photo styling, weaving & creating a wall hanging… you can find the details HERE.

Hope to see you there!



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November 5th, 2016 at 7:26 pm


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It’s actually happening… 4 days into the makefilms_dailyproject and 4 films done.

Little snippets of fun.

The best bit… the bit that makes me really smile… are all the films being made and shared on Instagram. Wonderful stories and peeks into people’s lives.

Films that might not have been made if it wasn’t for this makefilms_dailyproject.

Roll on day 5!

(Another thing making me happy – the lovely Andrea and Jeanine are daily blogging this month!)

Day one – An armful of autumn – A stop motion shot on Canon 5D3

Day two – Let’s downhill – A time lapse shot on the iPhone 6s using Hyperlapse

Day three – All the pretty details of my day – Compilation film shot on iPhone 6s & Canon G7x

Day four – All the colours & fun of the Boden spring 2017 event - Compilation film shot on iPhone 6s & Canon G7x



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November 4th, 2016 at 10:50 pm


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It’s November! Shall we begin?

The MAKE FILMS daily project starts today…

I will be attempting to share a film everyday and I hope you’ll join in!

The kind of film you create, is up to you…. Shoot any kind of movement you like, in any style. It’s about having fun and experimenting.

For example it could be one short clip… you can shoot in slow motion or time-lapse. You can play with the Boomerang app or create a stop motion film. Or you can shoot a Day In The Life film or Scenes From Your Weekend or any other stories using multiple clips.

You could shoot something different every day, or stick to the same format, e.g. 30 Boomerangs or 30 DITL films.

Explore the possibilities!

If you don’t think you can create something everyday, then try and do it regularly - Make your own project guidelines.

Share your films…

Joining in is simple – Use the hashtag #makefilms_dailyproject to share your film. I will be sharing on Instagram and on my blog, via Vimeo. Feel free to use your favourite platform. You’re welcome to tag me or share your films with me… I’ll do my best to check them out.

Let’s have some fun!

This is a playful personal project, so do what you can, when you can. There’s so much to be learnt from a creative daily challenge, I hope you enjoy it and make some films you love!

Can’t wait to see what you create!

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November 1st, 2016 at 7:00 am


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Another month, another film for the fabulous The Sixty Second Photograph project.

Yes, it’s another story of bike rides! A familiar theme of my films of this year long project, but cycling is a big part of life right now. It’s one of the few times I get to hang out with the boys, so these are the memories I want to remember.

I love this project to push me to create something precious just for me.

Do check out the other wonderful stories being told over at The Sixty Second Photograph.

See more of my films from this project HERE.



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October 31st, 2016 at 9:25 pm