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At the end of Blogtacular there was an announcement to join the Mollie Makes collaboration raffle – A chance to be paired with someone at the conference to collaborate on a project of your choice – I popped my business card in the jar, as it sounded fun.

Mollie Makes organised the whole thing and emailed to say I’d been paired with the lovely Susie Earlam -

I was thrilled as we’d met on the photo walk – her red boiler suit made for wonderful photos! (I’ve still not written about the early morning creative stroll, along the Southbank – hopefully that post will come one day because some of the photos were so lovely!…)

Anyway, Susie and I have been brain storming via email and throwing a few ideas around of what we can collaborate on… and we’ve decided our project is…

I’m a big believer in printing photos… I love holding a print in my hand. I have boxes of photos, so many jumbled up memories and scrap books of glued-in photo moments.

There’s nothing quite like a printed photo in your hand.

During the final key note of Blogtacular – Anthony Peters spoke about brilliant his film – people creating work with their hands and producing something to hold… something physical… and not just something digital to view on the screen – this brought up so many emotions for me, as that’s how I feel about the printed image.

Of course it’s wonderful to view and enjoy our images on a screen – it’s quick and easy – but there’s something special about prints.

Lately I’ve fallen behind with printing my images….So this summer, Susie and I have pledged to print photos of our adventures and everyday life – to get the images off our devices & hard drives and into our hands. So our families can enjoy them or we can tuck them away for years to come or hang them on the wall – especially sun filled moments – that will help in those dark winter months.

You’re welcome to join us on our mission and pledge - I’m #printingmyphotos - in fact we’d LOVE to have you take part…

Both Susie and I will share the process on our blogs by sharing our fav places to print, and inspire you with tips to get organised and how you can display and enjoy your prints!.. Plus, over on Instagram we’ll be tagging #printingmyphotos to all our photos to be printed… That should help with the organising too…

Will you join us?

Imagine how amazing it will be to have a stack of photos to remember this summer by.


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July 17th, 2015 at 10:00 am


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I love instagram…

For years it’s been my favourite social media platform.

It’s easy to share my work & stories of my life – there are wonderful communities and so much inspiration.

I get asked lots of questions about Instagram - So does my wonderful friend Kim Klassen.

So earlier today we hosted an online chat to talk about Instagram – you can watch the re-run HERE.

We also announced our new e-course! – Instagram :: Our guide to creative growth - So excited to share everything we know and love about Instagram and how it’s helped boost our creativity and our businesses.

We’d love you to join us…

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July 16th, 2015 at 4:50 pm

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Sometimes you just need a quiet day at home to recharge.

During the last month, my weekends have been packed with work and birthday celebrations. I was feeling so tired. So when the sun shone on Saturday and the boys were in & out with their own social lives, I lazed in the garden and daydreamed… gazing at the leaves and the flowers dancing in the wind.

Just what I needed before the crazy couple of weeks ahead.

It’s end of term for the boys and end of an era, as primary school is over for us….

Plus an exciting project to launch – stay tuned!

If you’d like to try to create your own Time Capsule films – either a mini one for Instagram or perhaps longer ones like this one – check out my online courses… all the details are HERE>>>>


(Film & photos shot Canon 5DmIII)



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June has been colourful and sunny so far…

- Photowalks at Blogtacular and Mollie Makes Handmade awards – (separate posts to come.)

- Sunset basketball & skate sessions.

- Food from markets and home made treats.

- Bike rides anytime I can… I love my bike!

This week has been all about Cosmo’s birthday celebrations and that continues this weekend…

Photos captured on Canon EOS 5DM3 & iPhone 5s


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June 26th, 2015 at 12:40 pm

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During Sisterhood Camp, I was so excited to host the golden hour photo shoot and to photograph some of the lovely ladies during the weekend.

Abundant gorgeous light on the Friday night… pretty items from Toast to wear and play with & gorgeous handmade flower crowns.

It was pretty special.

Very grateful to all the amazing ladies who gracefully put themselves forward to be photographed. These are my favourite shots from the weekend…

You can see more over on the Toast Travels blog with some beautiful words from Hels Martin of Lionheart Magazine.

All photos shot on Canon EOS 5DmIII



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June 12th, 2015 at 10:01 am

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Last weekend was all I imagined it to be… and more.

Lou’s vision of Sisterhood - 

…to support, nurture and share creativity. The antithesis of the everyday competitive world.

It was just what we needed.

When you bring a group of creative people together magic happens, I’ve seen it happen before and I love being part of it.

The film above gives just a small flavour of the experience – it was peaceful, plenty of photo opportunities, good conversations, creative collaborations, plans made and friendships born & nurtured.

In the time we had together, so much happened… and I took way too many photos & video footage, so there’s going to be another post (or two!) to follow… especially of the golden hour shoot! – It was pretty special! – beautiful light & wonderful ladies putting themselves in front of the lens and gorgeous Toast robes to play in.

The weekend was packed with lots of activities…

I prefer capturing the ‘behind the scenes’ and finished results rather than actually taking part. I swooned over the flowers crowns and admired the hanging shibori fabrics wafting in the wind.

For our cliff top picnic, we lounged on rugs over looking the sea and were serenaded by musicians who happened to be busking near by.

Very grateful for friends to pose & play in front of my camera -

I could’ve photographed these two all day long!

Our location was LoveLand Farm - sleeping & dining in these futuristic pods in the most beautiful countryside….

and a 10 mins drive to the most beautiful beach – which I hope to take the boys to this summer.

It was a weekend packed with wonderful moments… can’t wait to share some more photos later this week.

Thank you everyone involved in putting it together and making it such a beautiful experience.

If you’re interested to hear more about Sisterhood camp in 2016 – Sign up to the mailing list HERE.

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June 8th, 2015 at 1:49 pm


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It’s June! this year is flying… which is good, as it’s been packed with lots going on, but I’m also finding myself continually trying to catch up.

The one thing that’s constant, is the commitment I made alongside everyone taking my A Year of Creating Time Capsules course – to create at least one film a month in 2015.

So far so good. Phew! In fact this year has been full of all kinds of films – from Day In The Life films, stories of adventures and lots of mini Time Capsules being shared on Instagram…. and I’m loving the creativity flow.

I started in December with this -

Into January with a film about our Christmas -

February was the hardest month to find inspiration -

March gave us this -

First camping trip in April -

And May had me capturing our days in mini films - See the other days from that week HERE.

Watching all these 2015 films back is a joy… little memories locked away – a true Time Capsule. I can’t wait to see what the next six months brings for me and for those taking the year long course – So far nearly 350 films have been made, which blows my mind!!

If you’d like to learn how to make films like this – I share everything I know in these online courses -

CREATING TIME CAPSULES – where I share step-by-step instructions and loads of inspiration, so you can create your own films to treasure (Register now – Starts 2nd June)

MINI TIME CAPSULES – A mini course to make 15 second films on Instagram (Register now - Anytime access)

Hopefully you’d like to create your own piece of magic in a Time Capsule film.





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Things have looked like this recently…

- Camping and living in a field. Escaping the routine and community living… I love that part of camping. More pics to come I’m sure.

- A few adventures around London – soaking up this wonderful city of ours.

- So thrilled people are enjoying making their mini time capsules - these 15 second films are super simple to make & packed with memories and fun. You can sign up anytime…

- There’s also another round of my main online course CREATING TIME CAPSULES starting on 2nd June…

- Chasing the light as usual… and falling for Cows Parsley dancing in the wind. Let’s hope June brings some summery vibes.

& this weekend I’m off to hang out with some creative ladies as Lou launches her vision of Sisterhood.

Thank you May… I’m ready for June.


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May 29th, 2015 at 10:00 am

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When the sun comes out, I like to make our favourite drink.

It’s so refreshing!

For a little bit of fun and because the ingredients are so pretty…. here’s a little demo.


Squeeze a couple of fresh limes & chop another one.

Chop a handful of mint.

Crush some ice in a clean tea towel and add everything to the jug.

Fill the jug with 1/2 ginger beer & 1/2 Sprite or lemonade.

Stir well & serve.

Delicious on its own or with a generous shot of vodka (apparently!)

(Jug & Tea Towel from Toast + Wooden spoon from Hope In The Woods)


Over the weekend Ky made his special fruit salad… I loved the colours so much we decided to make a Mini Monday Movie together…

If you’re interested in learning how I make these Mini Movies to share on Instagram…

Then check out my new course Mini Time Capsules which is available from today! I share shooting tips and show you all the basics to edit a tiny film in iMovie. It’s simple and fun!


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May 21st, 2015 at 2:00 pm


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It’s nearly time to start creating your own mini films for Instagram – All the magic of a Time Capsule film in 15 seconds of fun!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS OPEN – Details of the course and how to sign up are HERE.



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May 18th, 2015 at 5:49 pm

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