These last few weeks have been crazy and exciting, with work trips to Egypt and Italy twice, a few fun days and off, and then… last Saturday… I’ve finally treated myself to a photography workshop. I know, who goes back to school as a present to herself?! Well, I do! I’ve been dying to attend one of Emily Quinton’s Makelight workshops for a while, and early September turned out to be just the perfect time!
I knew of Emily from her past career as a successful wedding photographer; however, as she no longer does weddings, these days Emily defines herself as “a photographer, blogger, mother of four and a maker“. But of course, there is a lot more to her, as she is also a book writer (release in Spring 2015!), a teacher, and more than anything, an inspirer.
I went to Makelight because I desperately wanted to improve my photography skills, so I could take better pictures to use for my blog and my social media feeds, and I could document wedding preparations and small details that photographers don’t always have the time to capture.
Emily’s workshops claim to be practical, realistic and adaptable to any camera you might have. And believe me, the one day workshop I attended proved to be just so. There was no rushing through topics, no snobbery about our equipment, no incomprehensible photography words that weren’t thoroughly explained and practically demonstrated. And more than anything, there was support and encouragement both from Emily and from the lovely bunch of ladies that attended, all pros in their own fields but slightly confused about how to find the best light (and use our cameras!) to give our images that beautiful aura that you always see on someone else’s instagram, but never yours!
All the images you see above and below are from the studio set up. Emily is also a ‘maker’, remember? So she has a huge range of super useful and pretty props she uses at home to style her images and that she brings to the workshop so that students can learn styling tips and tricks and improve their composition skills. Part of the practical side of the workshop is to use her props to practice the techniques we have just learnt about.
By the end of the day, I felt that I had picked up a lot of tips on how to find the best light and compose better pictures, and I concluded that my laziness (i.e. ‘can’t be bothered’ to pick up that object and move it to a part of my house where the light is better) is the only, real hinderance to me not being able to take decent pictures. Everything else can be learnt.
And, while I will never take pictures like Emily (I also believe that photographers are artists that somehow see beauty where the normal eye sees none), there is a lot *I* can and must do to take better pictures!
Thank you so so much Emily for the wonderful day and for sharing your knowledge with us! And thank you for the gorgeous Laura Ashley basket and all the super pretty styling goodies in it!
Lots of love!
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