FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES

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Continuing with my Five Favourite Frames series… because photographing real life is the best… always will be.

Photos I love for the story they tell, the memory they give me or the way they make me feel.

More FIVE FRAMES HERE

 

 

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January 3rd, 2016 at 6:00 pm

2015 – WHAT A YEAR!

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I said “What a year” in 2014… as it was pretty brilliant in so many ways.

2015 deserves a “What a year!” too, even though it’s been a mixed bag… sometimes good and then not easy, often overwhelming and then surprisingly amazing. It’s hasn’t all been smooth sailing and positive times this year, but in my creative life and my business, things have been pretty great (if a little full on at times) and more often than not, I get to create every day and produce work that means so much to me.

My work and life are evolving together, with projects intertwining… All the work I’ve been doing over the past few years seems to be turning into the bigger things I’ve been dreaming of…. I’m very grateful.

There are so many favourite moments worth acknowledging… it’s blown my mind putting this post together. Thankfully making me forget the tricky times… and feel really proud of all I’ve done. Not to blow my own trumpet, but to take note of what I’ve made happen through hard work and sheer joy of what I love to do.

Thank you 2015. Here’s what happened…

JANUARY - The year began with a film from Christmas and the start of A Year of Creating Time Capsules.

Kicked off color//colour lovers… my favourite project to launch the year in a celebration of all things colourful!

RED :: YELLOW :: PINK :: GREEN :: ORANGE :: BLUE + some colourful collections.

Still adoring the slow mo stride by.

FEBRUARY… we had a little staycation in London.

A little ordinary weekend... (started creating Mini Time Capsules) and took the boys skiing for the first time… where I found this hut.

Also, I photographed a flower workshop with 5ftinf… (I didn’t know at the time that there would be more events with flowers throughout the year!)

Love a bike ride.

MARCH looked like this.

Waiting for spring. An instameet. Luke opened his online shop. My birthday weekend. A Time Capsule film.

APRIL – First camp of the year… Easter excursionsand eggs. Worked on some wonderful films full of flowers.

Had a fancy brunch. Made daffodils dance. Shared my favourite London markets on the West Elm blog.

Pinterest named me an influential pinner!

Hosted an online workshop at The Bloom Forum.

MAY – Launched the Mini Time Capsules course and spent a week creating daily Day In The Life mini films.

This happened. Went to Brighton for the day. Another camping trip. Attended another flower workshop.

JUNE – Kicked off at the Sisterhood Camp with a wonderful group of ladies... and more flower play.

Photowalks at Blogtacular with West Elm and Mollie Makes Handmade awards.

Sunset basketball & skate sessions... and a lazy day.

JULY – Took some photos for Pedlars. Anniversary brunch. Started a photo printing challenge.

The last day of school and good bye to bike ride school runs. More camping and a mini festival… Before Somersault Festival.

Many reasons to be joyful. 

AUGUSTAdventures in Cornwall. Surfin’Camping… Lying on hill tops...

Launched Instaguide with Kim. Enjoyed Sketchbook club. Visited the Globemakers on the hottest day ever!. Excited to be featured in Click Magazine.

Soaked up the summer holidays and then a final trip to Wales.

Created the first #slowmoteatime

Basked in scenes from our summer.

SEPTEMBER… a packed month of…

Back to school & new routines. A week of Day In The Life films. A photowalk with West Elm.

Another great time at The Good Life Experience.

Then straight to Canada to be with my dear friend Kim. We hosted the Finding Stillness workshop and then hung out and created magic in her beautiful studio. I HAVE to go back in 2016… please…

OCTOBER -

A shoot for Boden at the Sipsmith Distillery. Another photowalk.

Shared some recent family portrait sessions.

A few pics… Love Autumn. And Halloween.

Featured in the John Lewis Annual. Spent the weekend sharing photos for My Plumo Weekend.

NOVEMBER – Launched A Year of Creating Time Capsules for 2016 and a brand new course MAKE FILMS… starting in January.

Last photowalk of the year – more to come next year.

A whole month of blogging!! Crazy but good. Started a new blogpost series – Colourful places in London.

The wonderful candlelit Sisterhood Camp supper with more flower workshops!

The Canon Meetup at Millennium Mills gave me the chance to shoot smoke bombs.

DECEMBER – Spent the morning looking around the new Kikki store here in London. Oh… another flower workshop (5 in total this year!)

A Christmasy blogpost for Boden. My Time Capsule films and Mini Monday Movies throughout the year.

Much needed quiet Christmas

and now here I am on the last day of 2015. Thanks for a great year…. Thanks for my wonderful boys.

Excited to see what 2016 will bring.

Happy New Year! Thanks for passing by, xo.

 

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December 31st, 2015 at 9:23 am

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FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES

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Christmas was super quiet this year… much needed. It was so lovely.

More FIVE FRAMES HERE

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December 30th, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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BE MERRY

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Happy festivities to you…

Time to sign off for a few days, to embrace the festive spirit and RELAX!

See you on the other side.

 

 

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December 24th, 2015 at 9:00 am

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2015 LOOKING BACK :: TIME CAPSULE FILMS

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Tis the season for LOOKING BACK posts… I actually love putting them together, even though they take ages!

As it’s so cool to put everything together from a whole year into one place…

Let’s kick off the series with my 2015 Time Capsules films… the monthly films I’ve made as part of A Year of Creating Time Capsules course… (If you’re interested - 2014 & 2013 films)

Here we go… so very grateful to have these memories locked away.

JANUARY

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

FEBRUARY

WEEKEND MEMORIES

MARCH

SCENES FROM THE WEEKEND & LET’S GO SKIING

APRIL

DAY IN THE LIFE – CAMPING

MAY

DAY IN THE LIFE MINI FILMS

The rest of the week is here…. THURSDAY :: FRIDAY :: SATURDAY :: SUNDAY :: MONDAY

JUNE

SISTERHOOD CAMP

JULY

A LAZY DAY

SOMERSAULT FESTIVAL – MINI FILMS

AUGUST

ADVENTURES IN CORNWALL

SEPTEMBER

MINI TIME CAPSULES – DAY IN THE LIFE

MONDAY :: TUESDAY :: WEDNESDAY :: FRIDAY :: SATURDAY ::

PLUS A ONE MINUTE MEMORY FILM FROM THE GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE

A ONE MINUTE MEMORY FROM THE FINDING STILLNESS WORKSHOP IN CANADA

OCTOBER

SUMMER ADVENTURES 2015

NOVEMBER

SCENES FROM THE WEEKEND – ONE MINUTE MEMORY FILMS

DECEMBER

MEMORY POSTCARDS & SCENES FROM THE WEEKEND

 

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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 2016 the year to create stories through video and photos.

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December 23rd, 2015 at 9:17 am

SCENES FROM THE WEEKEND – THE WEEKEND BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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There’s a lot of excitement about Christmas coming soon… especially from this one. I have a feeling it might be the last one with this level of anticipation.

Our weekend looked like this…

Let me announce the winners for this giveaway winners for a spot on MAKE FILMS starting in January.

Picked randomly…

On the blog – Marian Needham & on my Instagram post – @littlejampotlife

I’ll be in touch later today with the details you need.

For more information about my online courses… head over HERE.

 

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December 21st, 2015 at 6:57 am

MEMORY POSTCARDS – FINAL TIME CAPSULE FILM OF 2015

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All year I’ve been meaning to make a film using just one second clips… I kinda do it with my Mini Monday Movies as most of the clips are between 1-3 seconds. But I wanted to cut a whole film together with that one second pace… although there are some fabulous apps that do it all for you.

I’ve filmed tons this year… what with making weekly weekend films, adventures here and there and a couple of Day In The Life weeks… there’s a lot of footage that goes unseen.

Then there’s the footage that’s goes unloved, because it’s out of focus, not quite enough “action”, or is pushed aside because another bit of footage tells the story better…

These pieces are still beautiful in my eyes… they’re almost like the in-between moments, the pause to look at the scenery… the smile I missed at the end of the clip.

So I thought these unseen clips would be great for the one second concept. I gathered the snippets together… yes, it’s time consuming… but worth it. And the editing is easy peasy… grab a one second section, then another, and another… and keep going till you’re up to two minutes (ish).

Putting it together was a bit like making a slideshow of photos, except these photos were moving. They reminded me of postcards – look at this beach, hilltop or field of grass and they were packed with memories, even in a one second burst. That smile in the sunshine, the wind in my hair, a cup of tea or another beautiful spoon carved.

So this film became an album of memory postcards… blurred and bit tattered on the edges, but full to the brim with goodness.

I love it. This initially unloved footage would’ve been left on the cutting room floor, but here it can shine and evoke the memories of our year.

This will be my December film for 2015 as part of my year long course A Year of Creating Time Capsules. There’s a bumper post coming up with all the films this year… stay tuned.

A Year of Creating Time Capsules has started today and registration will remain open till mid January for those wanting to start after the holidays… although I’m going to show how to make this film during December as either an archive film like mine… or something to collect festive memories.

It’s a great course to really explore all the different types of family films you can create and start making them regularly… so you’ll have some wonderful stories to look back on at the end of 2016.

All the details are over HERE. Will you join us?

 

 

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December 16th, 2015 at 3:11 pm

FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES

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I found these today while shifting through the archives for another project.

Photographing real life is the best… always will be.

Reminds me why it’s important to keep picking up the camera for the everyday stuff and not get caught up in creating images just to share… you know… photos for Instagram.

These are my favourite stories.

These are the photos I’ll want to see when I’m old & grey with dodgy knees (oh… that’s me now!)

I’ll love proof of our time together, not just pretty tea cups on wooden tables.

More FIVE FRAMES HERE

 

 

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December 15th, 2015 at 4:00 pm

THE JOYS OF THE MINI MONDAY MOVIE AND A GIVEAWAY

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Creating Mini Time Capsule films to share on my Instagram feed, began in February this year.

Previously, I’d been sharing video clips on Instagram of slow mo walking and time lapse fun. But I wanted a way of sharing the kinda films I’d been making of my family and maybe encourage people taking my courses to join in.

It all started as I gathered some footage for a Random Happenings film, but I wasn’t that happy with all the footage. But there were a few clips I liked. So I experimented with putting together a 15 sec mini film of my favourite clips. Surprisingly I really liked it, as you could actually tell a story in that short amount of time.

Also, I realised this kinda film was quicker to shoot and edit… but still contained all of the feelings to transport me back to that time.

I was in love!

So the #MiniMondayMovies hashtag was born.

The idea was simple – Gather snippets of footage over the weekend… Clips that represent the things I/we did. Then string together between 5 to 8 clips into a 15 second film. Voila!

I usually edit it on a Sunday evening when I’d possibly be just slumped on the sofa… it doesn’t take long if I already have the music chosen.

So I now have nearly a years worth of weekend films saved to look back on. Which makes me really happy…

Rather wonderfully, through my #minimondaymovies hashtag other brilliant people have been joining in. So many interesting lives all around the world.

If you’re inspired to make your own mini weekend films, it will be one of the projects we’ll be making during my MAKE FILMS course. The course starts in January… Maybe you’d like to join in? or enter the giveaway above…

Happy Monday.

 

How about a giveaway? Two places to take part in MAKE FILMS… One person chosen from here on the blog and one from Instagram (this film).

Just leave a comment letting me know your favourite part of this weekend… I’ll announce the random winners to join MAKE FILMS next Monday 21st…

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December 14th, 2015 at 7:15 am

REMINISCING AGAIN…

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I’ve been reminiscing again…

This time looking at 12.12.12… it’s the 12th tomorrow!! these films were made only three years ago… but feels like WAY longer…

I literally just finished watching all of these, as I’m putting them into my new course space for the 2016 round of A YEAR OF CREATING TIME CAPSULES starting next week.

These films are a complete joy to me… those boys, I remember them like this of course, but they’re SO different now… not just the teeth and size of them, but also the little people they were… is so different to who they are now. I doubt I’d be able to get them to dance in front of the camera now!.

What a blessing to have this record of life on that day. I can’t stop smiling!

In fact, so much is different… the little things in the background that made up our life then, have changed… our home, our routine, our sofa, our car, our work, our activities… the list goes on. But they are preserved here.

I had another post scheduled to announce the winners of my giveaway… but I had to share these instead because they represent everything that a Time Capsule film should be.

A gift for the future.

What a pleasure it’s been transporting myself back to 2012.

Now… on to the winners… Picked randomly…

On the blog – Mel Whibley & on my Instagram post – themonsterandme

I’ll be in touch with the details you need.

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If you didn’t get picked, don’t fret yet… I’ll be doing another giveaway on Monday for a couple of places on MAKE FILMS starting in January… stay tuned.

But there’s still time to join A YEAR OF CREATING TIME CAPSULES if you’d like to create some films to be your gift for the future…

The course starts on Wednesday 16th Dec… with registration remaining open till mid January for those wanting to start in the new year. I hope you’ll join us.

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December 11th, 2015 at 1:33 pm