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All week long I’ve been capturing our mornings… mainly of the boys as they are changing so fast and the rhythm of our mornings has changed so much over the years.

I’ve created a slideshow of my favourite images – it’s like a virtual photo album. A way of viewing the photos as a Time Capsule film.

If you enjoy taking photos and sometimes struggle with video, then a simple photo slideshow is the answer. It’s the film I suggest people in my Creating Time Capsules course begin with.

I have some exciting news for people interested in making their own films & taking my course (and for those who’ve already participated in previous courses) – I will be running an extended version ALL YEAR LONG, during 2015. Giving plenty of time to make some magic films of your life.

A Year Of Creating Time Capsules is happening… all the details are HERE.

Why don’t you join the community that will be Creating Time Capsules, using photos & videos to tell the stories of their lives.


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November 7th, 2014 at 4:53 pm


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I can’t believe it’s November.

But it’s ok, because I’m not going to do my usual panic that the year has whizzed by too fast. It’s best to just be in the moment and take each day as it comes – and try to tackle all that’s brewing in my head… get on with the plans for the rest of the year & 2015 and the events coming up.

It’s all good.

This week I’m focusing on home and our mornings… and it’s good to be shooting for me… just memory making. The camera is out and my eyes switched on. I’ll share some of my favourite images on Friday, but you can follow along on Instagram for a daily update.

I’ve been formulating a new version of my e-course, as I’d like to challenge myself and others to create for a longer period of time… so A Year Of Creating Time Capsules is coming… A chance to spend all year making films of your life. The possibilities are exciting!

I’m eager to launch it… for the course to begin in mid December, when there’s lots going on and usually plenty to capture – join my mailing list or come back here for details later this week.

Coming soon… A whole year of combining photos & video into stories of your life.




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November 3rd, 2014 at 2:12 pm


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Things have looked like this…

A trip to the seaside.

Plenty of pumpkins.

An evening with Pinterest celebrating Day of the Dead Mexican style… with nail art!

Family shoots & new baby yumminess.

Off to enjoy the rest of half term with the boys… see you on the other side.



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October 30th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Coming out the summer and having shot loads of pretty places and events, I’d kinda forgotten about just capturing the everyday stuff… other than a little bit on that Sunday afternoon recently.

These everyday photos and memories are what I will love in years to come.

So on our ride yesterday morning, I grabbed some footage on my iPhone to make a One Minute Memory film – it’s not the best quality or brilliantly shot or even, one of my best films, but it packed with memories of our ride to school…. and I love the way he rides his scooter, the backpack and those long legs!

This was all shot on my iPhone and then edited in iMovie on the phone – simple & quick – all the palm of my hand.

This is prime example of a Time Capsule film… the type of film I encourage people to make during my online course - you don’t need fancy equipment to tell a story.

SO… that leads me on to announce the winners of my giveawayErica & Jack – I will email you today.

There’s still time to join us – the course starts tomorrow… all the details are here.

What memories will you capture?



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October 23rd, 2014 at 4:10 pm


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This family are very dear to my heart… having photographed them a couple of times before (here & here).

I love watching them grow from one year to the next, giving them the gift of memories of their family life, to enjoy in the future.

I’m itching to photograph your family… to give you memories… I can capture your life, look for what’s beautiful in your story and preserve it. I’ll capture photos of you in all the glory, so you can sit and reminisce with your family in years to come.

I sometimes get replies to enquiries saying they can’t afford a session or they don’t feel fit/pretty/thin enough for photos right now… but I tell you – your wonderful life is happening right now, it’s passing by like a speed train changing all the time – I feel it this so deeply as I watch our two boys grow up!

Can I provide you with photos of what’s really important?…right in this moment. Please…

So, if you’ve ever thought of having photos by me… do get in touch… tell me your budget, tell me about you & your family. Let me come and hang out with my camera. Don’t wait any longer… trust me.


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I was feeling the autumn blues creeping in, coz I’m missing the hazy days of summer.

It happens every year and I’ve found the tonic – relive my favourite summer moments through films and photos!

I did it last year and it really helped.

So when the rain poured down earlier this week, I revisited my half finished film of Somersault Festival and completed it. Somersault was one of our highlights of the summer… my top ten favourite moments are here.

Watching this transports me right back there… the feelings wash over and the greyness of the clouds over head seem to fade away for a while.

(Some of this footage made it into our film of summer adventures)

We had such a good time as a family there. The music, the activities, the location and the food. We saw some of our favourite artists perform, while lazing in the sunshine.

I’m so happy it’s been announced that Somersault will happen next year… Is it too early to start counting the days?!

Making this kinda of film is a gift for me and my family. It’s a virtual Time Capsule – brimming with memories that are great to watch, even though only a few months have passed – imagine how good it will be next year, or in two years or beyond.

You can make your own films like this… I share all you need to know to get creating in my online course Creating Time Capsules.

The final round in 2014 starts next week and I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’d like to offer TWO spaces in a little giveaway…

Just leave a comment here and tell me what memories you would like to film and I’ll pick a couple of random winners on Wednesday (to announce on Thursday), just in time to begin.

Easy peasy…

All the best! x.


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During our trip to Mexico with First Choice Holidays, I fell in love with the 787 Dreamliner plane. You can read my gushing love letter here.

So when the blogging team at First Choice invited me to spend more time on this marvellous plane and to stop off for lunch in Palma, Mallorca! I jumped at the chance.

An early start had us enjoying a presentation on the plane for press and media, as Thompson Holidays announced their future plans to become the world’s best ‘holiday airline’. There are plans for family seating areas, contact with your resorts so you can start planning your activities in the air before arrival. More Dreamliners on order and some exciting new destinations.

During the flight I was sat with some lovely bloggers, including the lovely Katie who I’ve spent time with at other events plus we collaborate over at I Heart Snapping. We were treated to a delicious breakfast and a light show! called the Tui Wave – on a regular flight this would happen before take off… we were able to experience it numerous times, so everyone could grab a snap shot.

Once we’d landed, there was a chance to explore the plane more, check out the cock pit and talk to the pilot, who also happened to be the MD of Thomson airline!

A quick drive into Palma and the most delicious meal at Ca’n Eduardo with stunning views of the marina.

And a brief walk in the sunshine with the delightful Poppy Loves soaking up the heat and the colours.

Then back on the Dreamliner for the most gorgeous sunset as we took off… and one of the perks of travelling premium economy on a night flight with Thomson – cozy duvets and hot chocolate with marshmallows – they know how to look after their customers!

Thanks to the lovely team at the First Choice blog for inviting me and to all those at First Choice & Thomson Holidays who made the day so special, I had such a super time with everyone!

Photos captured on Canon 5DmIII & iPhone 5s


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October 16th, 2014 at 11:26 am


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When Elizabeth from Squam asked me if I’d like to host a photo walk in her favourite city – she said I would LOVE the colours there… and she was SO right.

For our two photo walks - the routes were carefully planned out by Elizabeth, so we could see parts of Providence with plenty of colour potential.

Houses, doors, flowers & shutters… there was opportunity everywhere.

We played with our cameras – searching out contrasting colours, different textures, making portraits and just having fun making technicolour compositions…

Thanks to all the fabulous ladies for joining me on this colour quest and to Elizabeth for the opportunity to create in such a wonderful environment, with such special people.

Squam In The City & Providence – you were amazing!

All photos captured on Canon 5DmIII



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October 13th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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A couple of announcements first…

GATHER California is happening in November! I will be gathering with my dear friends Kim, Myriam & a wonderful group of artistic souls – to be creative, to recharge, to inspire each other, make plans and share our passions – there are a couple of spaces left, so if you’d like to join us for this special creative experience – contact Myriam at gathercalifornia@animyst.com - we’d love to hang out with you.

Creating Time Capsules is OPEN for registration… I will guide you through my process of making films with photos & video, so you can tell the stories of your life through your films… it’s the last time I will run it this year – find out more here.

This week autumn arrived in full force… windy & rainy with glimpses of sunshine now and again…

Thankfully, on the rainiest day of the week, I was invited for lunch in Palma! – crazy brilliant – on the Dreamliner with Thompson Holidays.

I totally fell in love with this plane when we visited Mexico earlier this year, so jumped at the chance to fly on it again. I’ll share some more photos from our day to Palma next week.

And I’m so happy it’s Friday… totally looking forward to a lie in tomorrow -

Don’t you just wish you were a cat sometimes?

Have a lovely weekend! x.

Photos captured on Canon 5DmIII and iPhone 5s 




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October 10th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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During my time at Squam In The City I was blessed to hang out with some amazing ladies… in my workshops and in the evenings when we chased the golden light…

My workshops were about seeking out and photographing colour – I’ll share some images from those soon, but I also wanted to give people a chance to shoot portraits in front of the colourful backgrounds we found.

So we just played… with colour and with the light when it showed up.

Here are a few of my favourite images… Thank you gorgeous ladies for stepping in front of my lens.


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October 9th, 2014 at 9:00 am