TIME CAPSULE :: HARVEY-HOPES - xanthe berkeley
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Can I tell you my bliss?. Hanging out with a family, getting to know them, being part of their day. Noticing the little things… the things that I imagine will be important to recall in years to come. Take photographs, not just fancy “hey everyone, look at me” portraits but the ordinary moments, where you’re focused on something else… where you almost don’t notice me. Then record some video, so you can remember what you sound and move like, how you smile or cry… you know, the stuff we take for granted.

“The details, that’s what the world is made of. Those are the paints” – Wes Anderson.

This is my bliss.

I’m very grateful to be in a position where I make my own time capsules of our family life… and I’ve guided lots of people in Creating Time Capsules, sharing my process so they can create their own magic of their memories or for other people, and it’s so amazing to see how everyone approaches it so differently.

Lately I’ve been making these for other people, really getting inside their everyday – their ordinary moments, being part of their family life and recording it forever, giving them a time capsule of that moment in time. Something for the whole family to treasure forever.


Meet the Harvey – Hopes. My In-laws. And one of the most fabulous families I know. They have very kindly let me share this peek into their lives… and this is the message they sent me after receiving their films –  “Thank you! Really, so special and wonderful, brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart – these photos and films make me remember all the good bits! Thank you.”

Here are their time capsule films – Split into two parts, because there was too much magic to squeeze into one…

And here is a selection of my favourite images (some are in the time capsule, some are not).

Wanna make your own time capsules? Find details here – or let me share my bliss and invite me to capture your family, just contact me & I’ll send you details of this investment.


  • Cherish
    Posted at 15:25h, 01 October Reply

    Oh Xanthe, these are marvellous. You are such a an amazing artist. I would love a time capsule of my family. Damn – if only London and Vancouver were a little closer;)

  • Nancy
    Posted at 11:50h, 25 September Reply

    So enjoyed this series. Lots of inspiration here. Thank you.

  • Leonie
    Posted at 07:16h, 25 September Reply

    Xanthe! these are , SO great.

  • Cathy
    Posted at 07:15h, 25 September Reply

    Oh my gosh, this was pure magic. So beautiful. I loved the bed shots as it seems that is where my boys (who are all grown men now), always gathered. So much beauty here… really lovely.

  • pen
    Posted at 01:37h, 25 September Reply

    Magical! I loved watching every minute of it – so I can only imagine how amazing this must be for the precious family. Love it.

  • Carmen
    Posted at 19:38h, 24 September Reply

    Oh, my goodness. You captured so much magic. There were several moments where I started to tear up… What treasures these are!

  • Tina
    Posted at 16:46h, 24 September Reply

    man oh man, you are magic. pure magic.

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