June 2015 archive

Makelight Photography Workshop with Emily Quinton

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On Friday I attended Emily Quinton’s photography workshop Makelight for Makers and had what felt like a massive light bulb moment.  Honestly, I’ve struggled with photography for years and I don’t think I have ever taken a photograph as nice as the one above, ever.  I attended because I wanted to improve my instagram feed and, whilst I will probably always use professional photographers, I wanted to be able to take the odd product photograph and it not look bloody awful.  I feel like Emily has given me the skills I need to do just that, which is so exciting!

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Emily’s studio is a light filled industrial space in South London and is incredibly inspiring.  It is full of beautiful props and pieces of ephemera. Emily is so friendly and relatable and the skills you learn are simple, life-changing (honest) and memorable.  The following day I took the below photo with my phone for instagram, and i’m really happy with it.  It wasn’t a quick snapshot: I painted that background especially and I waited for the light (the weather was horrible!) but the extra effort and patience were well worth it.

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I would hugely recommend an in-person workshop.  The people I met were all fascinating, talented people and I expect we’ll all keep in touch on social media. And if you fancy it, please check out my instagram feed… i’m a lot happier with it now and plan on having lots of fun.

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A Few Snapshots from April & May

Oh my goodness, wedding season is well underway!  My to-do list gives me little thrills of panic/joy every time I look at it but equally I have had time to spend with friends and to get outside and be leisurely!

We visited Kew Gardens on a hot, sunny late-April day and thought our tulips compared favourably with theirs…

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I got my first pair of glasses!  Friends of mine, most of whom are specs wearers, know that I have always hankered after a pair of geek chic glasses in spite of my perfect vision. Lucky me, the ageing process means I now need a pair for computer work.  I never could quite bring myself to ‘fake it’ so it was a momentous occasion – I documented it with a selfie that doesn’t quite capture how excited I was….

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I’ve been working on some lovely stationery, these two projects were for May weddings.  A bit of brush calligraphy for place cards for a London wedding and the animal drawings were for a dinner table plan and table names.  Can’t wait to show lots of it off after it has been photographed.

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It’s rambling season!!  A couple of weeks ago we did a walk in the Kent countryside, from Otford to Eynsford via Shoreham.  It was completely glorious.  You can find details of the walk here.  You can helpfully download the walking guides onto the kindle app on your phone, which was way better than carrying around a book/printed sheets of paper.  This picture is of my husband Steve walking down a hill into the village of Shoreham.  I can’t recommend it enough.

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