Makelight: Inspiration

Hello friends and a very happy Monday. Sadly it's rather grey and rainy today, so I'm delighted to share with you a bit of pretty, to hopefully cheer things up a little. As you may know, I've taken two of Emily Quinton's Makelight photography classes {I wrote about them here and here} and I loved them. Emily is an incredible teacher, arming her students with knowledge and confidence to take the photos we all dream of taking. I've certainly felt a whole lot more confident and equipped since taking these classes. But along with getting to know Emily and learning from her, it's also been a joy to be part of the wider Makelight community of students. Coming together in our own Facebook group to ask questions, share blog posts and generally be inspired has been so wonderful. Always positive and encouraging, it's hard to put into words how valuable this community has been for me. Many of the students I met doing the courses have since become really good friends and it's always lovely to see what they are up to, how their photography is developing and seeing what's inspiring them.

So, when Emily set us all a challenge to take a photograph around a given word I was delighted. The given word was 'inspiration'. After an initial mind blank, inspiration indeed did strike, and here is my photo -

I chose to compose this image as a way of representing my current state of mind: excited, bright and full of positivity. I have lots of fun plans afoot, not least a brand new blog, on a brand new platform, with a brand new name and logo. It's all jolly exciting, I hope you'll agree! So for this photo, I played around with colours that felt 'me', a quotation that summed up how I'm feeling, and styled it out with some of my most used pieces of equipment - my pen {of course, as a writer this had to be included} and a pair of scissors to represent the craft and making elements that I'm hoping to bring into my work more often. I also added a few little decorative touches, in the form of a cute little sticker {from Hema}, some 'hello' tape {from Quill} and of course some of my favourite washi tape.

Just this morning Emily posted the full collection of 'inspiration' images from all her students, including me and it's great! I find it so fascinating to see how others interpret the same word, as it speaks to them and their journey. To see their images, and of course Emily's too, head here to see the full post. And stay tuned for next month's new word!

Talking of the lovely Emily, I also want to give a quick shout out about her upcoming workshop 'Defining Your Style'. Hosted with the hugely talented Gudy Herder, this workshop looks all kinds of awesome. If you want to kick your photography skills up a notch, and see how to build inspiring moodboards to define your style then have a little look here to find out more and book onto the course. Incidentally, and please forgive me for bombarding you with links, but I wrote up a lovely Q&A with Gudy for the current issue of Heart Home Magazine. Head over there to read all about her work with ceramics and see photos of her most beautiful studio space.