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A lot of this year has been dominated by photography… various projects have had me shooting more photos than films. For example… various family portrait sessions, the color//colour lovers project was mainly stills and my latest course – TANGIBLE Time Capsules has been centred around holding real photographs by getting your images off devices… plus I’ve been shooting with the Lumia 1020.

I have been capturing video sporadically, but I’ve not had enough time for editing, to make my films, and this has been affecting my creative spirit. I see in movement, lots of my photos have motion within and capturing video is my real passion.

So I was determined to make a film of our Easter break… (in fact a film of our first camp of the season is also in the works – and maybe a bike film?).

A “Random Happenings” film is something I encourage my course participants to create, as it’s just a collection of moments, put together in no particular order (maybe with a theme or a thread), thus provoking a feeling that takes us back to that moment, when we watch in years to come.

Blessed with amazing weather, I was squealing at the amazing light. Give me dappled sunlight in a wood or the golden hour and my camera & I are happy.

Huge thanks to our boys, who are so generous with their support to be filmed. I often get questions from people asking if they mind being documented, and currently they’re cool with it, getting involved in the process and cheekily reminding me how lucky I am to have them as subjects! – and believe me I’m so grateful. As I realise this might not last, so I’m making the most of it while I can…

If this kind of film making appeals to you & you’d like to capture your moments on video and make them into Time Capsule films… Well, Creating Time Capsules is coming back… a summer long course – combining photos & video capturing your moments, plus the TANGIBLE element of printing your photos. For details and updates of when it’s coming… please join my MAILING LIST.


All footage shot on the Canon 5Dm3 with 35mm 1.4 lens.



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  • mummydaddyme

    Blogtacular has reinforced to me that I really want to do one of your video courses! x

  • alisonchino

    Xanthe this is just gorgeous! I’m obsessed with these yellow fields (we don’t have them back in Arkansas) and I can’t stop taking photos of them! My big kids don’t love being my photo subjects anymore (sniffle) but I have one who will still run in a field, so I just run along with him!

  • Chloé Browne

    I can’t tell you enough how much I love this. I didn’t realise you made films – what an inspiration!

  • Tahnee

    oh xanthe! that silhouette skyline with one of the boys towards the end.. made me breathe out loud in absolute awe! my goodness I love stopping by x

  • Jeri_Taira

    Love, love, love. Hammocks yes please ;-)

  • Emily Beale

    Beautiful Xanthe, makes me want to take my boys outside for an adventure!