Photography is such a nice hobby and when you are a maker it becomes an essential component of what you do, so I am always striving to improve in this area.
I think @EmilyQuinton is one of the first people on Instagram that I started to follow over a year ago as I was really drawn to her beautiful floral images and love to join in her regular #fridayflowercompetition IG challenge.
I had often looked at her courses in a wistful way. As she is based in London it was almost impossible for me to attend, but fortunately a slot came up for her daytime #makelight level 1 course at her studio in the summer holidays, when I could take advantage of Granny's babysitting.
Emily talked to us about her background, her experience, equipment, how to achieve depth of field, as well as the elements of a good photograph. Of course, natural light is the key, and we were told about the best times of the day for shooting clear images. Her light-filled studio with the perfect array of interesting props was perfect for taking crisp, clear images. I took along a few of my porcelain vessels to practise on. I think the contrast of old natural wood and the white brick background is a good starting point for me.
With a few simple tips my i-phone photography should improve from here on in. I was so excited to learn how to capture the 'moody' shots by turning down the exposure setting. One of the other students helped me create a nice autumnal feel here, which is then tweaked in 'PicTapGo'.
Emily also demonstrated how she does her signature flat-lay floral images, and we had a little go. A textured background really helps the flowers take centre stage. These images aren't perfect at all, and there are things I'd do different next time, but they are a great starting point to learning a technique so that I can then develop my own style in the future.
I was so inspired by Emily. I had heard a lot about her, and discovered that she is such a kind, warm, talented and genuine person; and with four kids she is truly inspirational too! You may already know that she has recently had a book published, which is jam-packed with beautiful homes and studios of inspiring makers. So I took the opportunity to snaffle a copy.
I already knew that aswell as flowers, Emily is a keen plant enthusiast and had been slowly adding to her 'green wall' in the studio; and likes to join in with the #urbanjunglebloggers hashtag. So I brought along a wee gift in the shape of one of my tiny planters with macrame and handmade porcelain beads to add to the mix.
(Photo taken by Emily and posted on instagram).
The group of students were all lovely and their feedback and supportive comments really did make the day a very special one.
Finally, she's not pictured here, but we also had a lovely assistant, Kate, @aplayfulday. I was so excited and happy to meet Kate as I have just started to co-host a hashtag with her #wipsandblooms. I'm confident that my course with Emily will benefit my efforts with this new gallery.
So, thanks again Emily. You were so generous with your knowledge. I can't wait to catch up with the other attendees on our facebook group and to get practising ready for makelight Level 2. Who's with me?