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Our plans changed at the last minute over the weekend, so we had a free day to roam around London. The weather was divine… sunshine and shadows a plenty.

I had it in my head to make a film of our day, as a project to share in my up-coming course – A Year Of Creating Time Capsules.

As the day unfolds, I capture the moments witnessed and push myself to see the scenes differently from previous Time Capsule films. Trying alternative camera angles & interesting compositions to mix it up… but also looking for themes and repeating moments to thread throughout the film. The sunshine and shadows were a gift of the day, so I filled the frame with plenty of light… Also, being mindful to see the stories, routines and details, that make this month in our life unique, to lock up in a Time Capsule.

I edited the film on Saturday night, as the boys watched some random action film – Head phones on, laptop & blanket, with Bruce Willis saving some plane in the background. As I sorted through the footage, I wanted each moment to linger…Something about the way I was feeling… wanting to indulge in the sunshine, the movement, the little details of my family… also, it’s probably something to do with my current love of slow motion… so this film is nice & slow…

You can make a simple Day In The Life film during my online course – I share how you can capture your moments, edit them together to keep them forever.

My online course has been extended for 2015 – A Year Of Creating Time Capsules – so we can make more films by creating them regularly… inspiring each other along the way. There’s an amazing community forming, it starts next week and there’s still time to join in throughout December…

I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m launching a giveaway for TWO places – one place by leaving a comment here on the blog & one place by leaving a comment on my Instagram feed (this photo)

Let me know what you would like to capture in a Time Capsule film next year.

I will announce the random winners on Thursday 11th Dec – All the best!



  • Star Davis
    Posted at 19:36h, 11 December Reply

    I would love to win a spot in your class, your videos are beautiful and I would love to capture my family the way you have yours.

  • Siobhan Wright
    Posted at 16:20h, 11 December Reply

    I always look forward to viewing your wonderful time capsule videos and, although it sounds a bit pathetic, I get excited every time I see you post about a new video addition on your blog. What can I say, they give me a warm feeling and I would totally love to learn how to create something similar.I am about to start a new chapter of my life with the birth of my first born in February, and want to capture all the fun times ahead with this little person and give him something tangible to look back on when he’s older. Childhood is way too much fun to be forgotten! I don’t have many photos or keepsakes from my own childhood and want to make sure he does. By documenting our family life together via these time capsules, I will be able to freeze all the best moments, allowing me to go back later and re-live them.

    Oh ya, I’ve also just made the move to Mac and would love to start using the imovie feature!

  • Lauren McMillan
    Posted at 02:54h, 11 December Reply

    This film was so darling. In the new year, I want to capture my life, just as it is and as it becomes. University is such a time of change, so I’d really value being able to create a capsule of the routines and moments in it.

  • Shawn Van Klompenberg
    Posted at 18:03h, 10 December Reply

    This might be my favorite of your films yet. I’ve had your email with the link to the new course signup in my inbox, set to pop up every few days since I first got it. It’s on my wishlist to commit to doing this course for next year. Winning a spot would be great. I’d just love to capture more of the everyday stuff and I adore how your style of filming (and editing the film) seems to do just that so beautifully.

  • Elizabeth Lehman
    Posted at 16:22h, 10 December Reply

    i would love to learn how to capture the ordinary… the routines we
    have on the weekends or in the evenings, a weekend hike or quick trip to
    our favorite pond… as well as a way to capture the highlights of a
    trip to a special place or time with family.

  • Sabine
    Posted at 15:17h, 10 December Reply

    Would be so awesome to lern to make inspiring, happy and magical little films like you do. You’re such a huge inspiration to me. You already changed my style of photography.

  • Magda Augustyn-Coulter
    Posted at 14:18h, 10 December Reply

    I would love to learn how to create time capsule films. You are such an inspiration. I love your work. What I would love to capture? Anything and everything! Every day brings something new and exciting and we often miss it and don’t appreciate when it’s here. But to be able to capture it and enjoy when we all can just sit down and watch it together would be priceless.
    Thank you for the chance.

  • Kathy Winebrenner Glynn
    Posted at 00:06h, 10 December Reply

    I would like to capture the beautiful details of everyday life in my studio, with my kids, and the beauty of South Florida.

  • Leslie Kenreich
    Posted at 20:50h, 09 December Reply

    I love yur work. You have such a great eye for imagaes.

  • Teri
    Posted at 19:43h, 09 December Reply

    I want to capture the thousands of single moments that when they come together in a time capsule become a timeless story of my family’s life.

  • Em Rathbone
    Posted at 19:14h, 09 December Reply

    I would just love to capture as much as I can of the kids as they are right now, they’re changing before my eyes

  • Tanya R.
    Posted at 18:04h, 09 December Reply

    I would love to Time Capsule the beauty and resilience of young women/mothers.

  • Jill
    Posted at 17:39h, 09 December Reply

    I would certainly like to throw my name into the proverbial hat! Your films captivate!

  • anitas
    Posted at 17:16h, 09 December Reply

    I would like to capture the moments that seem so common but are really big moments when you look back.

  • Breanne Smoley
    Posted at 14:35h, 09 December Reply

    I thought I commented yesterday, but I don’t see it here! I just love your videos and the emotion you can feel from them! this course has been on my mind + heart since you posted it. i just haven’t been able to pull the trigger and register yet! i’d love to capture bits of our “pre-kid” life so one day they/we can look back on it. there’s something so enchanting about finding photos of my mom as a young woman. i want the same for my future children 🙂 i’d love a spot! xoxo

  • Gerri Smalley
    Posted at 02:28h, 09 December Reply

    I can see why you love slo-mo…lovely glimpse into your Sunday! xxO

  • Lindsay Crandall
    Posted at 01:15h, 09 December Reply

    I want to capture the ordinary of my family’s everyday! I love ordinary moments.

  • Lauren
    Posted at 00:54h, 09 December Reply

    The slow mo video is fabulous! I love the focus on the details. I would love to create videos with details of our christmas!

  • Diana Foster
    Posted at 00:53h, 09 December Reply

    Your work is fabulous Xanthe. I would love to learn how to create videos of my family in 2015. Heading over to check out your class!

  • anneberit
    Posted at 23:04h, 08 December Reply

    Thank you for this chance to win a seat! I would love to join (of course I would)! I would love to capture my kid as he grows, how we are taking over and making this farm our and of course glimpses in to our daily life. I also would love to use my dSLR more often both for stills and videos.

  • Tracie West
    Posted at 18:07h, 08 December Reply

    I will comment in both spot, not that it will better my chances…but it may. IT would be a dream come true that’s all I have to say and also I really truly get just pulled straight into your video’s, you have a true gift for capturing life.

  • Judith
    Posted at 17:13h, 08 December Reply

    Love your time capsules, Xanthe! I sometimes catch a little moment on video, but my eyes and stories become so 2D in my head. I’d love to learn and work more with video in the new year. Thank you for the opportunity and the (slowmo!!) inspiration!

  • Lindy Pfaff
    Posted at 15:48h, 08 December Reply

    Wow! This video is amazing. <3 It has been a goal of mine for some time to learn how to put these together. What a precious gift to have, to remember all those little details that are so easily forgotten. Would really love to participate, thank you for the opportunity to put my name in.

  • Kristina
    Posted at 15:26h, 08 December Reply

    As always a beautiful time capsule! I adore you and your work. Would love to be in your class in 2015!

  • Fran Balistrieri
    Posted at 14:55h, 08 December Reply

    Seriously love this! I want to film do much more of my kiddos in 2015 – I want to remember how there little bodies moved when they tried new things or mastered old ones, how their faces scrunch up and their shoulders shake when they laugh, how we move in unison as a family, or how the scene looked and sounded on those days. I love my photos but these little films, for my family, are creating some serious emotional connections and I can’t wait to do more. You are inspirational!

  • Tiffany Grant-Riley
    Posted at 14:05h, 08 December Reply

    Stunningly beautiful, as always Xanthe. I’ve just started getting to grips with filming on my DSLR and would love to find out how better to stretch those skills etc. Also, I keep saying I’m going to email and you then forget. So…I’m going to email you… 😉 xx

  • Lauren
    Posted at 13:49h, 08 December Reply

    Oh Xanthe your video is beautiful.
    We bought a 1936 yacht and a 1946 rowing boat this year and having created memories so far via photographs I want to take it up a step by capturing those memories and experiences on film. Not just the sailing itself but preparing the yacht to sail, and the quality family time we have once we have moored up for the evening/night.

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