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!
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.
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.