I love photography. It's part of the reason I enjoy blogging so much: it gives me a place to share the photos that I love, and it gives me an excuse to upload the photos from my camera, go through them and actually make something of them. In winter, it's hard to get photos as the light is so infrequent and poor, especially on work days when I leave home in the dark and return in the dark. So I've been making the most of my weekends for photography!
Over the last month or so, I have been experimenting with flatlays. A flatlay is basically an arrangement of objects or props or items, laid out specially to produce what is hopefully an aesthetically pleasing picture.
I first came across the concept when I discovered Emily Quinton's beautiful Instagram feed. Emily is a photographer who runs Makelight: workshops and online courses which are all about producing more beautiful images. I would love to do one of her in-person workshops one day, but that's a bit tricky when they tend to be on weekdays when I'm working. However, there is a free taster course on her website, and I have followed along eagerly with that and been putting a few of her suggestions into practice.
I want to keep on improving my photography, particularly if I'm sharing it here. I have approached photography for the blog reasonably functionally: if I'm sharing a craft project, have I shown the finished item, and a few details? Have I documented the process? And that has been enough. However, I'm now keen to think not just in terms of the function of these photos, but also the form. Can I photograph a project in a way that shows what I've done, but in a way that means the photo itself is also attractive?
I am very much a beginner in this process, and so I recommend looking up the Makelight instagram account which you can find at @emilyquinton as it really is incredibly lovely. Anyway, I've been following Emily for a little while now, and find her work very inspiring: her pictures made me want to see if I could improve my own!
Some of the pictures in today's post are new; some you may have seen over the past month, but it has been a lot of fun experimenting with this idea of creating prettier images and styling them out. Through the month of December, you can use the hashtag #makefestivelight to see loads of other pictures which draw inspiration from this style. I love looking at pictures and it's a nice way to while away a few minutes here and there.
P.S. This post is part of my Journal Your Christmas series: a collection of posts following along with Shimelle's online class.
P.P.S. Seriously, come back natural light, I need you!