A Spring Makelight Photo Walk

On Saturday I met up with a gorgeous group of Makelighters, all armed with cameras and smartphones ready to capture London in the Springtime. We had the most beautiful weather and it really was the loveliest way to welcome Spring. 

Makelight Spring Photo Walk
Makelight Spring Photo Walk
Makelight Spring Photo Walk
Makelight Spring Photo Walk
Makelight Spring Photo Walk
Makelight Spring Photo Walk

I really love teaching online and reaching people all over the world but nothing beats meeting up with people in real life. We're hoping to do lots more Makelight events in London and beyond, so that we can meet lots more of you! 

Makelight Spring Photo Walk
Makelight Spring Photo Walk

I always love to see how people see different things on the same walk. Here are a selection of some of my favourites from the lovely Makelighters who came on this walk with me. 

This morning in Primrose Hill on a photo walk with @makelight - met some lovely people and had a great time! #makelightphotowalks

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Future walks and events will be shared in our newsletter and the Makelight Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts. xo

Growing the Makelight Membership

At the beginning of 2016 I started to dream of creating a membership for Makelight. A wonderful online community was forming, made up of people who had either taken one of my in person workshops or one of my online courses. 

I could see that the more people engaged with their photography and with each other the better they got. Teaching photography and social media skills needed more than just one workshop or one online course. I wanted to create something that helped people to stay connected both with each other and with their photography. 

I also noticed that so many of these people had a business or a blog. I know all to well how isolating it can feel to work on your own or to work on something that feels really hard on some days, and even more so if you don’t have anyone to share the challenges or frustrations with. And then what about when things are going super well or you get over 100 likes on an Instagram post and you need someone to high-five?! 

When Stef joined Makelight last April I knew that creating something bigger than online courses and workshops was possible. I also knew that we could go bigger than just photography courses. We could build something where we could pour in all our shared knowledge about building businesses (large and small), creativity, branding, blogging, social media, tech, photography and so much more. A place where people could join together from all over the world and support each other in growing their ideas, their businesses, their blogs and at the same time their creativity. 

Over the past year we have grown the Makelight Membership and now have 550 members. In May we are set to switch over to Makelight being the Membership. All our courses and tools will be run inside the membership only. I am so excited to take this leap and go all in on our amazing community and support these wonderful people to grow, to do their best work and to be the very best that they can be, all while they are also supporting each other. 

It is an exciting thing to do an online course or a workshop but it’s even more exciting if you can keep the buzz and commitment going after the course has finished. If you can make friendships and collaborate with people both near and far. If you have a tribe to cheer you on when things are going well and who will also be there to pick you up and support you when things get tricky. 

Stef and I are so passionate about Makelight. We want everyone to join us, so that we can share our knowledge and experience with you and help, support and inspire you to harness the amazing power of the internet and modern technology to do the work that you, in turn, are passionate about. 

Together let’s make 2017 incredible. xo 

The April Membership is now open and it starts with our Beautify Your Instagram course. There are just 100 places and once these have gone the Membership will be closed again until May. 

Using Facebook Live to welcome Spring and raise £1,000 for charity

Today is the first official day of Spring. Looking outside my window at the grey, wet and windy day here in London today, it doesn't look much like Spring but if I turn around and look at all the leftovers from yesterday's Spring Workshop it certainly does! 

Yesterday was just brilliant. So many of you tuned in Live from all over the world to watch our Spring Photography and Styling workshop over on our Facebook Page. And very best part is that we raised over £1,000 for UNICEF. Our way of spreading the Makelight love a little further this Spring to help children around the world who are facing some really hard times. 

If you didn't get the chance to join us Live yesterday, you can still watch the workshop (which is in four parts) on our Spring Live course page. It is free to access, so please do share it with anyone you think might find it useful.

During the workshop I promised that I would take some images with the props and backgrounds I was using yesterday and share them with you. Here are a selection!  

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F4 / ISO 640

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All of these images were taken with my Canon 5D III with my Canon 24-70 F2.8 lens. They were all edited with Photoshop using Radlab.

The background is from Capture By Lucy and the pink muslin is from Silk and Willow. The little seed packets I shared in the workshop (the ones lots of you asked about!) are from Maartje van den Noort. I'm not sure if she's selling them at the moment but here is her online store.   

I have really enjoyed seeing some of your images on Instagram under the #MakelightSpringLive and #MakelightLive hashtags. Here are some of my favourites. 

Thank you all again for making the start of Spring extra special. And thank you to Facebook for creating my favourite technology of the moment with Facebook Live! xo