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April arrived quickly and whizzed by in a flash!

The month looked like this…

The Easter break – A couple of trips away had us outside enjoying nature. One with friends and loads of Easter treats. The other… the first camp of the year.

My Bloom Forum workshop started this week – It’s based on my Creating Time Capsules course but with a focus on creating “Day In The Life” films. Can’t wait to see what everyone creates! I’ve been so inspired, and tried approaching the idea from a different angle, by having fun making my own 15 second DITL films on Instagram.

I’ve been collaborating with West Elm in advance of them sponsoring the Blogtacular walk I’m hosting – There are a few tickets left! – come and join us… there are some fantastic speakers! – There’ll be a few blog posts for the West Elm blog, sharing some of my favourite markets in London. More posts to come…

Photographing a few lovely families… the most adorable newborn twins and a family I’ve watched grow up in front of my lens.

It’s been a packed month… here are some more of my favourite moments.

 Photos captured on Canan EOS 5DMIII & iPhone 5s



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May 3rd, 2015 at 9:00 pm

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When the first camp of the season is planned… I’m a little reluctant as it’s often quite chilly at night. I’m still scared from a very cold May Bank Holiday camp a few years ago, where we were all woken in the night so cold, with no way of warming up!

We’re better prepared now… Blankets a plenty, thermals, hot water bottles and huddling together.

All the boys are so eager to get the tent out for its first adventure, I get swept up in their excitement and pack my woolly hat and scarves.

As it happens the weather was glorious! Blessed with beautiful sunny days allowing pockets of lazing around… Campfire cooking & a successful mission of making bows and arrows.

Good times… can’t wait for the next camping adventure.

If you’re interested in creating your own Day In The Life films –

Check out my new course over at The Bloom Forum… the course starts in a couple weeks.




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April 13th, 2015 at 2:45 pm


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As part of A Year of Creating Time Capsules I’ve challenged myself alongside everyone else to create a Time Capsule film each month.

You can see my February & extra one :: January :: December films – so far so good.

The community in the course are making some AMAZING films packed with the most precious memories – my heart completely bursts when I see all these moments preserved forever.

My film for March is from one weekend a couple of weeks – The sun was out and it really felt like spring was in the air. (If only the weather had stayed that way!).

If you’re interested in making your own Time Capsule films – I have a new online workshop running in April… Details are HERE.




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April 2nd, 2015 at 9:00 am


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One of my favourite Time Capsule films is the “Day In The Life” film – I love how these everyday scenes can tell such a wonderful story of your life as it is, right at this moment.

I’m so excited to offer a new course based around making one of these films -

I’ll be hosting it over at the gorgeous (and packed with some amazing talent!) Bloom Forum - You can find all the details over on their blog… (You will need to be a member of the Bloom Forum to take part)

The course starts at the end of April. The focus will be sharing the whole process to create your own DITL film – from shooting your day to editing it together – It’s going to be wonderful to concentrate on the magic of this kind of film.

(Some of the materials will be from my original Time Capsules course, so if you have any questions about taking part – just email me or leave a comment)

Let’s have some fun gathering your everyday moments into a story of your life… Pop over to the Bloom Forum to find out more.

If you’d like some inspiration – Here are some of my favourite DITL films from recent years…



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March 30th, 2015 at 1:58 pm


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March is my favourite month, it’s full of hope after a long grey winter…

The light changes and there are daffodils everywhere!!

And blue skies start to make a regular appearance.

That’s reason enough to make it my favourite month…

It’s also my birthday & Lukes and lots of good friends, so there’s usually a few gatherings and celebrations…

We’ve been exploring London,

Making fires with the prize I won from Toast,

Luke’s been making spoons and has opened an online shop,

Pinterest named me an influential pinner here in the UK.

& I’m so excited to be hosting another photo walk at Blogtactular - this time with Samee Lapham.

Thank you March!

Lately things have looked like this…

 Photos shot on Canon EOS 5DmIII & iPhone 5s



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March 24th, 2015 at 9:56 am

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Since I’ve been sharing the little stop motions over Instagram, there have been a few questions about my process, so I thought… why not show you a little peek at behind the scenes of my latest creation.

First, let’s take a look at the stop-motion shared on Instagram.

Just a little bit of springtime fun…

Now you can take a behind-the-scenes peek at how I shot it -

Equipment used – Canon Camera Remote Control Cable TC-80N3 & Canon EOS 5DMIII with 35mm 1.4 lens

Other details – Fabric from Fictive Fingers :: My clothes from BodenCardigan & Breton :: Temporary tattoo from Rosie Wonders


Once the photos are edited and re-sized to 16:9 ratio, I will bring them into iMovie to create the 15 second stop motion film and get it ready to upload to Instagram.

There are other editing programs you could use but this is quick and simple for me.

Let me show you…

Easy, right?

Hope this has inspired you to create your own stop motion films… HAVE FUN!

If you do create one I’d LOVE to see it, tag me on Instagram (@xantheb) or share in the comments here or my Instagram feed.

Have a great weekend… x.

If you’d like details of my online courses and other tutorials I’m creating, feel free to sign up to my MAILING LIST.

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March 13th, 2015 at 11:26 am


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Most of the family portrait sessions I photograph are with young children…

They’re adorable… a delight to photograph, full of energy & sweetness, but this family made me remember it doesn’t matter what age your children are – family photos are so wonderful. The connections are there, so is the love… and that should be preserved. These daughters just adored their mama… Dad was around and part of many of the photos, but it was the girls and their mother that were the centre of the story.

Just a few of my favourites from the afternoon we spent together…

If you’d like some family photos… don’t let time pass by – Let’s freeze your moments right now and create some magic memories of your life as it is right now.

Contact me… I’d love to meet you.




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It’s so joyful spending time with creative people playing & making with flowers & pretty things.

I had the pleasure of joining Philippa of 5ftinf at her floral workshop at West Elm a few weeks ago, to document the experience.

As you can see from the film above…the workshop was packed with prettiness, creativity and good times!

West Elm provided a beautiful space for Philippa to share her process and encourage others to create. The ladies used flowers and greenery to make heart shaped wreaths and flamboyant head pieces.

Tables were bursting with pretty things, colourful flowers, foliage & cups of tea – making a beautiful mess!

Everyone was making… creating… chatting and connecting.

The atmosphere was buzzing with creativity and smiles… from what I could see everyone had a lovely time and so many beautiful pieces were made…

I so enjoyed capturing the experience… Thanks for having me Phillippa and West Elm.


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March 5th, 2015 at 5:57 pm

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A fun part of the color//colour lovers project was creating the little Instagram films based around each colour.

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Just gathering bit and bobs I found around the house, in the colour of the week.

Making simple stop motions and mini films of the objects moving and disappearing, makes me smile.

It’s quite simple to do, just requires a bit of patience…

And remembering to keep the cat out of the room!

I even explored the beauty of nature… with petals and leaves.

I’m certain to make more of these! I see blossoms, petals and so many flowers dancing… also… pebbles, feathers, ribbons – my head is buzzing with ideas!

And then I visited some of my favourite shops to play with their products and organise in colour.

Thank you to Pedlars and West Elm, London for letting me come and play in your stores.

Can I return sometime soon?

I so enjoyed the process of playing, experimenting and creating – I’m looking forward to making more… so watch this space.


Along with shooting video and making your own films… I share everything I know about making stop motions using photos and editing them together in iMovie in my online course Creating Time Capsules – It’s super simple once you know how!

There’s still time to register as the course starts on Friday 6th… All the details are HERE.



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The final week of color//colour lovers was all about the BLUES…

Beautiful blues found everywhere you look… especially the sky.

On the table of course…

and the occasional bloom…

It’s been such a fun project… both Andrea & I have embraced as much colour as we could and soaked away the grey of the winter months…

Thanks Andrea for all your colour finds!… and to everyone that played along on Instagram – It’s been a blast!

Till next year… keep tagging your colourful finds with #colorcolorlovers or…

…visit our shared space if you’d like to see the whole project…

and if you’re ever in need of a colour tonic, you can always find me collecting colour here…

Follow Xanthe Berkeley – Film & photography’s board ALL ABOUT THE COLOUR! on Pinterest.


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March 3rd, 2015 at 1:47 pm