At the start of this year I made a decision: I wanted to gain confidence in my making and really explore creative ideas that had captured my imagination. I wanted to chase inspiration, to immerse myself in making and learn new things. As a result, I pledged to have 'An Inspired 2015' and have been on a creative mission that has opened up new worlds and places both online and in real life that excite and challenge me. One of the places I found myself recently was the Makelight studio.
Makelight studio is the real life home of photographer, blogger and maker Emily Quinton. Emily's images are breathtaking and her passion for creativity and making life more beautiful resounded strongly with me. I'm a creative person, I want that reflected in every part of my home and work. Whether it's the tools I use, the images I capture or the things I make, I find myself increasingly drawn to little voyages into beauty that make me so happy as I go about my daily life.
With that in mind, I booked onto one of Emily's workshops. If you're found me on Instagram, you might have seen the results already. I've been having a lot of fun.
Emily's gift is gentle encouragement and sound knowledge. She's been shooting pictures for most of her life and ran a successful wedding photography business before Makelight. It means that you get a blend of techniques, styling, insider knowledge into how to create images that appeal to your audience and a thoughtful look at how we present those images to the world.
Emily has a real vision with her social media and is supporting companies to think about their visual branding too. There's a quiet confidence in Emily's work that makes a big impact and being at her gorgeous studio really confirmed to me that it's ok to dream big, chase light and chase your dreams. Emily is living proof that growing your voice, be that written or in images, makes exciting things happen.
One of my favourite things that I took from the day has kept me inspired for a week since the workshop. Emily watched as we worked before gently asking 'what is your story?' I thought about it a lot and I've been playing with the idea ever since. Finally, my images are starting to tell the same story as my words and I couldn't be happier.
There are several different workshops from Level 1 (that's the one I took, I wanted to brush up on the basics) to more niche sessions like Food Styling or Photography for Makers. Emily works with both DSLR and iphone so the techniques are accessible to all.
The other gift from the day was a copy of Emily's new book, Maker's Spaces. The book is a glorious walk around the studios and spaces that creative businesses inhabit, all beautifully shot and presented to be gobbled up on rainy days like today. It's published by Ryland Peters and Small and is available to buy on Emily's website.
If you're looking to develop your story telling, make your blog and social media more enticing or just want to chase inspiration, I'll look forward to seeing you at the studio soon. I know I'll be visiting again.